I agree with you. On all points. And while, yes, articles like this are always better coming from actual members of the LGBTQ community, I sometimes use my white cishet privilege to write about these topics since I have a primarily white, cishet audience who otherwise wouldn’t be reading articles in LGBTQ sections. I also happen to be the Mom of a transgender teen — which I usually include in my articles as a disclaimer — and a public trans advocate. And because I deeply believe in the importance of amplifying voices from the LGBTQ community (especially trans people), I’m also the founder/editor in chief of another publication here on Medium called Gender from the Trenches — a publication I started over a year ago for exactly the reason you mentioned — to amplify voices from the trans community. Please check it out sometime!

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