Reviews | I am a trans woman. Bullies don’t surprise me, but allies always do.

As a queer American and involved in the LGBTQ equality movement for over two decades now, I’m not surprised at how trans people are continually bullied, misunderstood and belittled. What Is What surprises me a bit is that in response, so many others – straight, cisgender and gay – have rallied on our behalf.

Getting up makes a difference. In 2020, the same day Ms Rowling posted one of her screeds about trans people eroding what it means to be a woman, British actress Emma Watson (best known for playing Hermione in the Harry Potter film series) tweeted, “I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are.” It mattered. When actor Don Cheadle wore a t-shirt that read “Protect Trans Kids” on “Saturday Night Live” in 2019, it mattered. When Iowa – Iowa! — flew the trans flag at the State Capitol on Transgender Remembrance Day in 2019, It Mattered.

When members of Congress unfurled the flag outside their offices for International Transgender Awareness Day, that mattered, too. I was especially grateful last year when Democratic Rep. Marie Newman of Illinois installed one so her neighbor across the street, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, had to stare at her when she’s came to his office. Ms Greene had criticized the Equality Act – which would expand civil rights protections to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity – calling it a “direct attack on God’s creation”.

I have a message for anyone who prefers to leave me out of American history: I am not an attack on God’s creation. I’m someone God made, just like that. There may be no place for me in your worldview. But the world contains all kinds of miracles: the wombat and the seahorse and the night-blooming cereus. Surely there is room in the universe for all of these things, however strange – to you – we may be.

I’ve been writing for the New York Times opinion page for 15 years now, since Halloween 2007. Today, with equal pride and fatigue, I step down as opinion writer. I confess that this makes me a little sad; there is so much more work to do. But I know that as I approach retirement age, I will be grateful to be freed from the constant deadlines this column has demanded and to devote my energies to other projects, including a forthcoming new novel. this fall, “Mad Honey”, co-written with Jodi Picoult.

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