As a trans woman and a victim of two separate men raping and stalking me, I would ask you to see my humanity. I would not have been raped or stalked if I hadn’t transitioned to womanhood. My womanhood made me a target, not my gender nonconformity.

Trans women share the risk of male violence with cis women when we transition and we could have avoided that violence had we not transitioned.

A world with less male violence is a safer world for trans women, so it makes sense to organize and care for each other with the devastating effects of the violence men subject us both to.

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Political journalist. The first openly trans Capitol Hill reporter in US history. Writing about more than just trans issues. Follow her on Twitter @transscribe

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