To the Cis Artist Who Wants to Tell a Trans Story

An open letter from an exhausted trans person.

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A faceless person typing on a laptop. Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash

I want you to ask yourself, “Why do I think I, a cis person, should be the person to tell this story?”

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A slightly wrinkled Trans Pride Flag. Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

I want you to consider just how many talented trans and nonbinary writers there are in this world, and how often people like us are passed over for work.

Do you really think you can do a more skillful, more competent, more authentic job of telling a trans story than any actual trans person can?

Do you know enough about what it’s like to be trans?

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A person with curly hair, obscuring half of their face with a fan of leaves. Photo by Jorge Saavedra on Unsplash

Are you hoping a trans person will do all the hard work for you?

Do you see echoes of yourself in any of these scenarios, cis artist? Are you exploiting trans people for personal gain?

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A laptop, coffee mug, notepad, and mug of coffee on a desk. Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

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