In the year 2020, “this” can refer to a lot of different things, but for the most part, “this” is referring to the pandemic. “This” is preventing us from experiencing a lot of (admittedly superficial) things that we enjoy, things we took for granted, whether it is a haircut, dining out, or a pedicure.
I hear a lot of people saying things like “when this is all over, I am taking a vacation”, or “when this is all over, I am throwing a party”. I love that people are planning things to look forward to. It’s very encouraging to hear such optimism.
Eventually the pandemic will… well, maybe not go away, but it will get under control, or a vaccine will be developed. Eventually those vacations will be taken, and those parties will be thrown.
But some things will never pass. The roadblocks that prevent us from living the life we want will never go away. There will never be a vaccine for many things in life.
I’m talking about transphobia.
Which, of course, is a ridiculous word. I don’t think people are really afraid of me. Sure, they may hate me, but I can’t imagine that anyone is scared of me.
People hating each other will never be over. You can write laws ending discrimination until the end of time, but racism, sexism, homophobia, misogyny will always exist.
You can’t wait until this is all over. Hatred will never go away. You can’t wait until “this” passes before you step out of the house en femme.
I know this all sounds very pessimistic, but really it’s a call to action.