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01-May-2020 06:06

For me, it’s a primary example of how colonization has degraded the inherent humanity of Indigenous trans women.

Romantic rejection is painful, yes—but imagine if that rejection is grounded in Western society’s judgment and conception of your gender as invalid.

Many of the names on the lists of murdered and missing Indigenous women belong to Indigenous trans women.

I walk inside the violence of being an Indigenous trans woman every day.

In the teachings I know from elders within my nation, Indigenous trans women have always existed in Anishinaabe society.

There are traditional legends about us as well as specific ceremonial roles for Indigenous trans women.

We were viewed as valuable in Anishinaabe culture, because we were often surrogate parents to orphaned children and worked to support our communities.

He told me repeatedly that he was comfortable with my gender, including during our breakup.

This replays the colonial narrative again, but in intimate terms. I am the conquered woman that he discovered and discarded. This is the intersection of being Indigenous and trans.

Right before I experience a deeply intimate expression of transphobia, I enter a space of racism and colonial thought. Within my traditional culture, there is no fear or aversion to trans women as romantic partners.

We were not separated from other Indigenous women, but were valued as equal to cisgender Indigenous women.

Often we took on roles related to community caretaking and nurturing, working as negotiators, orators, and community planners.

He told me repeatedly that he was comfortable with my gender, including during our breakup.

This replays the colonial narrative again, but in intimate terms. I am the conquered woman that he discovered and discarded. This is the intersection of being Indigenous and trans.

Right before I experience a deeply intimate expression of transphobia, I enter a space of racism and colonial thought. Within my traditional culture, there is no fear or aversion to trans women as romantic partners.

We were not separated from other Indigenous women, but were valued as equal to cisgender Indigenous women.

Often we took on roles related to community caretaking and nurturing, working as negotiators, orators, and community planners.

Dating as a trans woman is always dangerous and dehumanizing, but dating as an Indigenous trans woman is more complicated.