One of my favorite concepts that I’ve encountered as an activist is the idea of “holding space.”
To break it down further, “holding space” is about making room for certain experiences, feelings, or perspectives to be acknowledged and affirmed that may otherwise be pushed aside or invalidated.
Holding space can be powerful. I’m a big believer in giving people the space to open up – and in doing so, building greater understandings of where someone is coming from. A little affirmation can go a long way in making someone feel whole.
And one thing that I’ve noticed as a transgender person is that people hold very little space for us.
Society at large has avery particular idea of what the trans experience is – and it doesn’t give us room to have honest, real conversations about what we’re going through, especially when it contradicts this narrative.
This leads us…
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