One of the things that has become obvious to me, at least, is that many people in the general public still don’t pay attention to the news, other than what they can see, what they can share easily on social media, or videos that are easy to play and consume.
I actively believe that this trend makes the fight for transgender equality harder, if not impossible, given the current state of politics. Recent studies suggest that social media polarization means when we share articles meant to change peoples' minds, they won't ever see them.
There are several reasons that we have come to this place, but all that is left to us is to fight, to survive, and to resist the hatred and bigotry that tells us we should not. Hopefully, along the road, we will attract others to share the struggle.
It is easy to become fatigued, to want to stick our heads in the sand, especially with the depressive state of what felt like an unusually strong tide turning in favor of trans equality. We are besieged by a constant torrent of news articles that scream that our world is collapsing around us, that we are constantly under threat. I get it, really, I do.
I felt the same way, too. After the election, many other outlets and platforms and allies with more courage and strength than I had at the time doubled down and turned their attention to fighting back. But I didn’t, and that’s not right, and I’m going to do better. Which starts with this show, with the redesign of the website, and trying to put content discussing topics important to the transgender community in a format that is easier to access.
The challenge, as it has been set before us, is fighting back against corrupt or corrupted legislative priorities.
There is a certain uncomfortable reality that depends on doing everything we can to fight for visibility, but also for visibility that furthers our purpose.
That means standing up for what’s right, speaking up for ourselves, our brothers, and sisters in the community, and resisting the attempts -- and they have already started -- to erode our freedoms.
Hello! My name is jordan.
I'm 29 years old, I have a lifelong background pursuing in-depth research and a passion for tackling the important issues confronting the trans community head-on.
I graduated from Buhler High School in Buhler, Kansas. After high school, I graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas with a degree in English literature.
While at college, I was extended my 4-year high school debate career into an 8-year affair with doing extensive research in preparation to have arguments.
In my professional life, I've carried that over to a career as a copywriter and editor as well as utilizing my skill set to conduct in-depth market research incorporating social media data.
Advocacy work has come naturally to me, too, as someone who found her voice in the competitive argument scene, and then rediscovered a passion for it after coming out. I want to fight back and develop a platform that can help improve the quality of life for all transgender people.
During my advocacy work in Kansas City, I supported a variety of initiatives for the TGNC community, including Transgender Day of Remembrance, the KC TGNC Leadership Summit for TGNC youth and people of color, and so much more.