Next Big Futures, by Emily Haddon and Anna Deveau, is a collection of essays written by trans women of color that explore their transness in a wide variety of media and on stage.
The anthology is set to release on September 30, 2017.
Trans woman and writer Emily Haddons piece, Transparent Subscribe Button, is one of several essays in the anthology.
In it, Haddon writes about the life of her trans friend, Roxanne Rose, and her experiences with the media.
“Transmedia is now a reality, but we still have a long way to go,” Haddon said in a statement to The Huffington Post.
“I think that a lot of trans people are not getting enough attention or attention in mainstream media, so I think it’s important for us to make sure that we’re speaking up for ourselves and not for those who are telling us to just sit back and be quiet.”
Transgender activist RoxanneRose, a trans woman of color, speaks during a media session at the National Queer Film Festival (NQFP) in New York City on April 24, 2020.
Haddon’s piece about Roxanne reads: Roxanne rose was my friend and I was born into a family that was extremely transphobic and very racist and homophobic.
She was born and raised in a white household, a white culture, a racist culture and was treated as a second-class citizen by her parents, who were abusive, racist and violent.
They tried to kill her with a razor blade.
When she was nine, I was diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and I had to have a gender reassignment surgery at age 18, after a lifetime of denying it to myself and trying to hide it from the world.
She transitioned into a cisgender woman and was eventually accepted as a woman by her family.
I felt like a fraud because I had always been a boy, a boy with the body of a girl, and the same male hormones I had been using all my life.
But I also was very proud of who I was.
I had an amazing family and a life that was perfect for me.
Roxanne had a perfect life and then I was rejected by her very first family.
When my mother asked me why I was rejecting them, I said that I was scared to die alone.
I was terrified to live alone.
My sister and I were terrified to go to the doctor and I’m afraid to go into the emergency room.
I am scared that if I tell anyone, they will hurt me and they will tell my entire family.
And I feel like I’m dying inside, and it makes me angry and I don’t know what else to do.
Roxne is not the only trans woman who has been hurt by the media or the media’s acceptance of her.
RoxaneRose was diagnosed as trans in 2017.
Her story of transphobia in the media and her acceptance of it have been documented by other trans women and trans people of color.
Trans people of colour, like Roxanne, have been the targets of media violence in the past, including the 2016 shooting of Keith Lamont Scott at the hands of a white man in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Haddos essay also explores Roxanne’s experiences of racism and homophobia in the entertainment industry.
“There is a lot that I would like to see from trans and non-binary folks who are in media, from artists and writers, from comedians and performers, to artists in all forms of media,” Haddins piece reads.
“As trans women, we often do not get the space to be the people who can tell our stories and make us feel like we belong.
We don’t get the voice to say, ‘I am here.
This is what I am doing.
This isn’t who I am.
This can’t be what I feel about myself, this can’t happen to me.'”
Transgender artist and writer Anna Devellos essay about her trans daughter, Vivian Deveaux, is set in the “gender fluidity” world.
“The transgender world has always been incredibly fluid and complex,” Devellas essay reads.
Vivian was born male and gender fluid.
She went through surgeries at a gender clinic in the mid-2000s, but was rejected and still had not officially transitioned.
She said that she was bullied at school for not feeling comfortable as a male or female, which caused her to be diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria and Gender Identity Disorder in the late 2000s.
Vivians journey was chronicled in her book, Trans: A Memoir.
The book, which was released in 2016, explores the trans experience and how it intersects with race and class in the United States.
“It’s a complex story,” Deveaus said.
“You never get to know all the details.
But the story that I tell is that it is not about what the transgender community has been through, it’s