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‘the future is transgender’ by Ezra C. Burnett

Trigger warning: mention of death and transphobic violence.

the future is transgender a love letter to the art of gender fuckery ezra c. burnett - he/they trigger warning: mention of death and transphobic violence this is a love letter to those brave few who subscribe to the art of gender fuckery, and to the magic that comes with it. to the self-expression that flows with this newfound freedom. to the transgender people who are sick of performing a role that makes no sense to them. to those who have dared to shape the sculpture of their own identities, even if they aren’t an artist. to the transgender people who are bored of the rules. this is a love letter to the wisdom of gender-bending. to those who don’t understand gender, yet thrive in the tenderness of its flexibility. to the transgender people who resonate with all gender, and to those who resonate with none. this is a love letter to those who simply don’t give a fuck. to the transgender people who have chosen to leave the performance behind them. to the transgender people who write their own narrative, and to those who are forging their own path. this is a love letter to transgender people who do not know how to love themselves. to those transgender people slowly learning to love themselves. this is a love letter to every queer found family and to the beauty of trans friendships. to the transgender people who protect each other, and who treat each other gently. to the transgender people who nurture each other, and who help each other grow.
this is a love letter to all transgender people who have led the way. to Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, and to all transgender women of colour. to the transgender people who fought for us then, and to the transgender people fighting for us now. this is a love letter to those who didn’t make it here with us, and to those who deserved better, taken from us far too early. this is a love letter to their lives cut short. this is a love letter to transgender children. to those who i looked up to as a closeted transgender child, and to those transgender children currently looking up to me. this is a love letter to myself as a trans child, and to my own journey. to my gender. to my body. to my medical transition. to finally feeling at home. to finally being at peace. to finally understanding the power of trans joy. to the art of gender fuckery, and to all who practice it: thank you. i love you. you are stronger than you think. there is so much trans joy in this world, and so much of it exists right here, in this moment, within you.
Photo of a slightly crumpled blue, pink and white transgender flag

About the author

Ezra Cosmo Burnett (he/they) is a transmasculine writer and activist from Ballarat, currently living and working in Naarm (Melbourne) on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people. As a chronically ill, disabled, and neurodivergent queer person he aims to explore the complexities of marginalization within his work, with a specific focus on intersectionality, accessibility, and inclusivity. Currently studying a BA in Gender Studies and Sociology, you can find them under @tguyswag1 on Instagram. 

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash.

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