Editors' Note: Guest blogger Helen Boyd is a partner of a trans person and queerio in her own right. She is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married. Her blog (en)gender can be found at www.myhusbandbetty.com.
Yesterday, the National Stonewall Democrats teamed up with a bunch of bloggers from the trans community to create Trans Blogs for Obama Day, which was a neat way of raising awareness and funds for Obama's campaign. But despite Betty and I being "Obama Girls" from the geto-go (he had us at the DNC in 2006), the real reason we participated was to see the trans community go from being politically invisible to politically viable. That's important for everyone to see - not just the Stonewall Democrats (who have had trans leadership for a good decade now), but for the DNC and Obama's campaign, for all the other groups who have been helping fundraise for Obama on ActBlue, but for us, the trans community, to be able to see ourselves.
Because the question of whether or not there is a trans community comes around from time to time, and often the answer is that there are trans communities. While I've always been a big fan of plurals - I think there are feminisms, too - when it comes to political viability, you're either visible or not. So the idea for yesterday, and hopefully for ongoing activism, was to make us seen.