And according to one American study , transgender women experienced intimate partner violence at more than five times the rate of cisgender women. Simply put, trans women are at high risk of violence for similar reasons as other vulnerable women. If it sounds grim, then imagine how tired we feel. In August, video of a year-old Philadelphia man named Maurice Willoughby being harassed and bullied for having a transgender girlfriend went viral. This societal demand for — and entitlement to — perfect and highly personal information about ourselves defines and limits the spaces available for trans women to tell our stories. This spills into our romantic and domestic lives, creating an uncomfortable cocktail that manipulative people know how to mix and spike. In fact, heterosexuality even formed an essential diagnostic criteria through which medical gatekeepers defined someone as trans.
Leslie. Age: 32.
But why is heterosexuality normal?
Lexi. Age: 27.
I’m tired of celebrating cis men who date trans women
We see heterosexuality as natural because it is compulsory. To get a sense of scale, organizations that deal with violence against women estimate that around three women are murdered by their intimate partners per day in the U. A American survey by The National Center for Transgender Equality revealed that 54 percent of respondents have experienced some form of domestic abuse, and nearly one in four trans people have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner compared to the U.