I’m Lane. I am a white, low-income, queer, atheist/agnostic (raised Catholic), currently able-bodied, non-binary, masculine-of-center trans* persyn who was Assigned Female At Birth (AFAB). I am 21 years old and I have a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of California, Davis. Why am I telling you all these things? Because I think it is important to contextualize my story by letting you know my various identities, which come with privileges or lack thereof, which have defined my life experiences. I would like to write a blog detailing my story as a person who holds all of these identities because I hope that people who hold some of the same, or similar, identities to mine might read and relate to some of my experiences and possibly not feel so alone. I think the mass media does not value the stories of trans*, queer, and low-income people as much as it values the stories of straight/heteronormative, cisgender, and the middle and upper class, because those identities have traditionally been the ones the mass media sees as normal/default. I also think that the mass media does not value the stories of people of color and disabled people, among other identities, as much as it values the stories of white people and able-bodied people, again for the reasons listed previously. I recognize that in those aspects I do hold privilege, and I would like to again state that my story and experiences are very much influenced by the fact that I am white and currently able-bodied. I would also like to state that I am not attempting to claim that my story represents all queer, trans*, or low-income people, in the same way that I am not attempting to claim that my story represents all white, atheist/agnostic, and able-bodied people. My story is just that, MY story, it represents me and only me.
Now, for a few blog logistics: 1) I am going to try to post once a week, I may post more if something urgent/exciting/infuriating etc. occurs, and I may post less if I am short on time, need to prioritize other parts of my life, or don’t have internet access. 2) I strive to be as inclusive and non-oppressive with my language as possible, if something strikes you as oppressive in anyway, and you have the time and/or energy and/or passion and/or caring and/or motivation etc. to let me know, I would love to hear your feedback and get the opportunity to grow/learn (again, no pressure, just if you feel the urge!). 3) I will try to post trigger warnings at the beginning of every post for the things I think may be triggering, I recognize that there may be triggers that I do not think of, and if I have missed one, and you have the time and/or energy and/or passion and/or caring and/or motivation etc. to let me know, again, I would love to hear your feedback and be able to make my blog more reader-friendly (again, no pressure!).
Other than that, thanks for reading! If you have questions/thoughts/comments/concerns etc., I’d love to receive them!
Until next time…