After the “Stranger Things” event at the LEGO Store in Rockefeller Center, I hear chants from what sounds like a large crowd. Mark comments it might be protesters at one of the nearby Drumpf buildings. Around the corner, turning into Rockefeller Plaza comes a small, yet powerful contingent of trans folx and allies, each holding signs with the names of PEOPLE. These are DEAD friends and neighbors and lovers and family who are gone, likely because they were MURDERED, killed by hateful actions of people I have little empathy for, but whom I recognize as part of a fucked up, destructive system. Indeed, ALL LIVES do NOT matter until trans lives matter and Black lives and brown lives, and so many other maligned and marginalized lives. If YOU don’t understand this, I invite you to consider some internal reflection about your attitudes and why you hold the beliefs you do. Do you have compassion for other people who want to live and love and be who their god(s) or Mother Nature made them to be? If you know me and call me friend or family, if you see MY humanity then I beseech you to recognize that I fall under the umbrella of the term “transgender.” I don’t conform in a number of ways to so-called traditional gender roles, don’t always wear my assigned clothing, or particularly care for “male” pronouns. Also, one of my partners is soon to have top surgery and at worst, they might be seen as a “faggy guy”, which comes with its dangers, but at least won’t be as likely to be murdered if they’d been assigned male at birth and transitioned to feminine or female identifying. I have friends who have penises AND breasts. I have friends with breasts who wish they didn’t and also wish they had biological penises. Wait, fuck that. They wish they had gloriously hard and wonderful cocks to fuck with and be sucked, to enjoy with wild, consensual abandon, the power and pleasures of sexual congress. The scientific vocabulary is important, but so is the poetry of the human experience, as varied as it is. Sometimes I wish I had a different body, different parts. Hello world.