From part one of this series, I gave a brief glimpse into my personal life. Now, I think I would like to share my political views. While I go into more detail of my personal life, remember that it is related to my politics; for the personal is the political. I’ve come a long way in my life both politically and personally, and I think sharing my story will help give insight to what some trans people are doing.
To be honest, I was very determined to write many of my thoughts for this blog post, but considering the intricacies of life, I will be telling a few key points of my feminist ideology and some important tidbits of my life as my intersecting identities (queer, transmasculine, gender neutral) co-mingle in our current society.
I grew up in rural central Minnesota for most of my life up until this point. I was exposed to fairly centrist ideology until I reached high school, where I started to learn and think more about social justice. At the time, I had come out as bisexual to a few close friends. Coming out to my family was a very sudden and and not thoroughly well thought out. The reaction wasn’t necessarily physically violent as it was emotionally damaging.
Identifying as queer was and always will be very important to me. It’s an aspect of my life that had lead me to where I am today and with whom I have interacted with.
I came out as transgender in my first year of college. I had known I was different as far back as I can. I believe I was raised fairly neutral regarding gender. It was when I was surrounded by other transgender people that I came to discover that these feelings I had were real and others experienced them as well.
Being someone who is part of the marginalized group makes it easier to see the inequalities that all marginalized people experience. The more I discovered my own identity, the more I discovered the world I wanted to work in.
While my sexuality has shifted during my time alive, my gender identity has remained fairly consistent. As a gender neutral transgender man, my privileges are shown through my white skin, able-bodiness, and academic proficiency are also noticed through a male lense. I’m just one of the boys now; that comes with both the positive and negative aspects of being a male.
I’ve never been physically beaten or bullied for being queer. I was a very quiet person throughout most of my primary schooling, so I think a lot of my classmates just didn’t care. Ironically, I was popular amongst the popular kids for some reason, but I digress. The only forms of harassment I’ve faced, so far, is my lack of medical care due to my gender identity. I feel the pain of gender dysphoria when people misgender me, mis-pronoun me and ask me uncomfortable questions about my body.
Since my life has revolved around queer issues, my political and feminist ideology stems from that base knowledge of discrimination against queer people. Through involvement with different social justice groups and black student associations both inside and outside my academic life, I came to better understand the diversity in our world.
A lot of my feminist thought comes from Black Feminism where sexism, class oppression, gender, and race are inherently woven together. One cannot be defeated and the rest exist, for their histories are so woven together in time that only focusing on one of the systems of oppressions is useless.
As to keep this blog post short, I will simply put out statements most relevant to my beliefs:
- I believe in free housing for everybody.
- I believe in the reclaiming of the means of productions.
- I believe in the abolition of money and capitalism, for both do not benefit anyone but the super rich.
- I believe in the abolition of prisons and the police (this including the military).
- I am anti-fascist.
- Hate speech IS NOT free speech.
- I believe in protecting our planet.
- Animal rights are just as valid as human rights
- BLACK LIVES MATTER
- NATIVE LIVES MATTER
- TRANS LIVES MATTER
- You are not defined by your productivity.
- I am an anarchist.
- No Walls, No Borders
If anything were to be learned from these two blog posts, it’s this: To whatever extent possible, make sure to take care of both yourself and your neighbor. Self-care is important but community-care is just as important. Keep good friends, ditch bad ones. Be kind to yourself. Be kind to your neighbors. Be kind to the planet. Everything is horrible enough as is, why not be kind to others to make the world a better place? However, take no crap from anybody. The revolution starts with the average Joe so start today.
From one comrade to another.
Hello! My name’s Archie Andersen, and I use he/him and they/them pronouns. I identify as a neurodivergent, AFAB, Fat, Queer, Nonbinary Transgender man activist. My main studies are in Queer Theory and Issues and the Prison Industrial Complex, but I also work to end all forms of oppression. I am in my 4th year at St. Cloud State University majoring in Gender and Women’s Studies and minoring in Ethnic Studies. My favorite color is pastel blue, and I really enjoy watching YouTube videos in my spare time. Blog monitor. Editor.