We Have Always Existed Art Print
There’s this strange notion that transgender and same-gender attracted people are a modern phenomena but we’ve been around forever; you’d be hard pressed to find a culture or a time that doesn’t have people like us, and you’ll be disappointed if you think we’re going to stop existing.
So why does it seem like there’s so many more of us these days? Just think for a moment what life was like, say, 60 years ago. Think about your country - what was happening to people who loved those of the same gender, or those who’s gender expression or identity was different to how they were “supposed” to act based on their birth. Their existence was illegal. They were arrested, killed, or given no real chance of living openly as themselves. Sure there were some who were known to be gay or who, upon their death, were discovered to have been “born” female but spent their life as male. These are the outliers - the ones who’s stories weren’t erased from history or who were able to document, in some way, their existence - or it was documented for them.
LGBT rights aren’t where they should be, we still face disproportionate levels of hate crimes and violent attacks. We’re still seen as illegal in some countries, and even in the states we see incredibly high numbers of black and brown trans women being murdered. But things aren’t what they used to be, it’s comparatively easier to exist as a trans or same gender attracted person now than it was 100 years ago. It’s easier to find communities who accept us, the vast majority of us can talk about our true selves online without fear of being arrested or killed by our government.
It’s not that there’s more trans people or more lesbians or bisexual people or gay people or non-binary people. It’s just that there’s less laws preventing us from existing, less government suppression, less erasure.
We have work to do still, but we are here. We always have been and we always will be - don’t you let anyone tell you otherwise
This art print is A4, measuring 21.0cm x 29.7cm (8.27" x 11.69")