Decrease Body Stigma (Day 17)

One way we can decrease violence against trans and non-binary people is to encourage ourselves and each other to radically and unapologetically LOVE our bodies.  Trans and non-binary people are saturated with messages that our bodies are not whole, handsome, beautiful, just the way they are. Trans people are inundated with messages that we do not meet societally defined aesthetic standards. We HIGHLY disagree. And, we hope you do, too. 

Transgender bodies are glorious, lovely, impressive, sexy, rugged, shapely and WORTHY of being loved.  So, how can you continue your body love journey or help someone begin or continue theirs? 

Here are a few ways: 

  • Take selfies! Taking selfies, even if you never post them anywhere, can be very rewarding. Download apps that let you play with filters and light and let you be the artist in charge or go filter-free and create a folder in your phone of your self-love adventure!
  • Nurture yourself! Savor a nice hot shower, cuddle up to extra pillows in bed, paint your fingernails a fun color, sip some hot tea in a candle-lit room.
  • Listen and interrupt your inner voice that may be telling you that you’re not worthy. What we tell ourselves makes a HUGE difference in what we believe.  Take inventory of the thoughts you repeat to yourself, interrupt them and replace them with messages of self-worth.
  • Even during COVID, you can creatively express and celebrate your gender and presentation. For example, you could wear colorful masks that relate to your identity, trans-themed clothing or accessories, or express yourself through makeup! Hear about more ideas in this video.
  • Many trans/non-binary people struggle with viewing their body in a positive light. You may find comfort in relating to others’ experiences around body image and self-love. In these two videos, Ryan Sallans discusses his experiences with body image and eating disorders. Know that you are not alone!
  • Uplift others’ body love! Help your trans/non-binary friends to see their own worthiness by giving them reminder texts, emails and other types of verbal/non-verbal validation of how beautiful they are. 

Some other things to think about: Many trans people experience violence, harm, or even death, in part because some people cannot imagine, accept or celebrate the wide range of shapes, configurations and varieties of bodies. If we can acknowledge and learn that all bodies are beautiful, that all bodies are ‘normal’ and whole, that all bodies are worthy of respect and dignity, we can help shift a culture where “trans panic” is still used as defense for harming trans people.

#30DaysOfAction #TDOR #TDOR2020 #SelfLove #TransIsBeautiful #LetYourInnerLightShine

P.S. In honor of your awesome body, celebrate #GivingTuesday on December 1.