By Kay Ulanday Barrett | Fusion
After Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer, which aired on April 24, “he became the most visible transgender person in the country, if not the world,” Time magazine reported. In response to the media’s focus on Jenner’s announcement, Kay Ulanday Barrett – a poet, performer, and educator navigating life as a disabled pin@y-amerikan transgernder queer in the U.S. – offers insights into the experiences of trans people of color.
The problem regarding Bruce Jenner’s situation is the media circus that it all culminates into. It’s all a freakshow for cisgender and non-transgender people.
The painful reality is that our gender identity is under speculation, suspicion, doubt, and policing. But the current curiosity surrounding Jenner’s interview in the non-trans community creates a magical fantasy based on a very wealthy, able-bodied, American, and white experience that isn’t the case for many of us who struggle for survival and justice as transgender people of color. (more…)