The term 'gender activist' is used to point at trans people living with dignity and solidarity, capable of saying 'no thank you' and daring to shrug at and disagree with someone who doesn't like them just because they're trans. 'Activist' is used as an insult for someone who believes in autonomy.
'Our spirits will always expand to fill whatever space we are given,' she says. She found her own face in the mirror, her own presence, emerging from nothingness.
In 2022, powered by young activist Shaneel Lal, Aotearoa New Zealand banned conversion therapy. 'Stop congratulating me for being brave,' Lal says. Instead, 'annihilate the systems that force me to be brave.'
Identities move together like ripples. They're ways of being.