Yes, it is getting to be that time of year, Pride is upon us. Events are starting to pop up on Calenders and the trans-radical community is abuzz with indigent arguments against going. I could run a point by point here, maybe even paste some Facebook screen shots. But, this is the 250 word or less blog, so not happening. If you wish to see flaming rants, I suspect you know where to look.
However, the overwhelming theme against seems to have something to do with Gay Inc. casting us all aside. And yes, I get the history, I know there are some real issues in the past, and no doubt some now. But, it occurs to me that a person refusing to show up has no grounds to bitch about not being welcome. (Pardon me for being a bit grumpy, I am still a touch sunburned from Phoenix Pride last weekend.)
The trans community should be at Pride. In fact, we should be everywhere, every event, every time. Has the LGB cast us aside? I can't argue that in 250 words, and wont entirely argue against it anyways. But, assuming it is 100% true, then what better reason to show up in large numbers and claim what is as much ours as anyone's? As a dear friend of mine likes to say
"annoying and underfoot gets the job done."
Hmmm...Could we not apply that to lots of things beyond Pride? Maybe on a larger level? Just a thought.