META 03 – EDITOR’S LETTER

Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.
Bruce Barton

Things are changing. Of course, change is constant, but we’ve noticed a strong feeling of progress recently and it’s moving across the globe. Trans people are taking on the world and winning – and we want to celebrate this.

Of course, it’s important to remember that, worldwide, trans people are still subject to the most horrendous injustice, violence and, sometimes, death. A young trans woman of colour in the United States, CeCe McDonald, is currently facing a 41 month sentence in a men’s prison – for surviving a violent hate crime.

A year ago, CeCe was verbally and physically attacked by a group of white men; her abusers shouted transphobic, homophobic and racist insults while slicing into her cheek. CeCe tried to defend herself, and the man who attacked her died in the struggle. She was the victim, but she fought back. See how you can help her continue the fight by visiting SupportCeCe.wordpress.com, where you can write to her and donate towards her support fund, and follow the #FreeCeCe hashtag on Twitter. As META goes to press, none of her attackers have been charged.

Janet Mock (who we’re pleased to welcome on board this issue) pointed out in the Huffington Post that: “transgender women make up 44 per cent of all LGBT murder victims, most of them trans women of color, despite the fact that trans people as a whole only account for about 8 per cent of the LGBT population.” This must change.

We may lose friends and we may lose battles, but we must never lose hope. Through sheer persistence and the courage of our convictions, trans people are increasingly making our voices heard and challenging anti-trans sentiment. We’re fighting back. This issue, we speak to two very different public figures in Britain – feminist writer Julie Bindel and talk-show host Jonathan Ross – both of whom have come under fire for making jokes about trans people. Both of whom chose META to explain why. Let us know what you think about these full and frank interviews by tweeting @META_mag.

We also continue our series on the My Transsexual Summer boys – so you can catch up with everybody’s favourite Jewish trans man, Max Zachs, (and find out why his nan likes to hug people in the supermarket) on Page 28. Not only that, New York counter-culture legend Joey Arias drops by for a chat ahead of his appearance at this year’s Meltdown festival (Page 8), and our fantastic cover star Kate Bornstein tells us how things have changed for trans people since she last felt so “naked”. Read her boisterously fun (and blisteringly funny) exchange with Roz Kaveney on Page 22.

Like what we do? Then show your friends how with it you are and introduce them to the only magazine that’s aimed at trans people of every gender expression. And congratulate yourself for finding us first.

Things are changing. Be part of the movement.

Paris Lees

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