An Education

Do you know how I know that the whole “If you don’t educate me how will I learn” thing is a load of crap?

Because, um, well, who the hell do you think educated me?

Do you think trans people are born knowing this stuff? Or that there’s some kind of magic database that we get a password to at the time that we come out?

No. We have to do our own damn research. Often in secret, perhaps on a shared computer, obsessively erasing our browser history every fifteen minutes. We don’t get to ask for help, or demand that other people educate us. For us, at a certain point, such a move would be dangerous.

We learn because we care. If you care, you can learn too.You do not need us to walk you through it.

I had to do it myself. So did the vast majority of other trans people.

And so can you.

It’s a big internet out there, and yes, while internet access is a privilege, it’s a privilege that is getting more accessible to more people all the time. Anyone reading this clearly has it already. Don’t take it for granted. Put it to work.

Go google something.

About Asher

Asher Bauer is fast becoming a fixture in the San Francisco kink community, and intends to stay that way. He has worked as a Queer Educator at LYRIC (Lavender Youth Recreation And Information Center), and since has taken his talents as an educator to a wider variety of audiences, teaching on subjects ranging from safer sex to BDSM to trans and queer identities. He is also one of the hosts and originators of Transmission, the new trans-centric party at the San Francisco Citadel, and Invasion, the Citadel's all-genders queer party. View all posts by Asher

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