Visibility During Pride Month
VC is fortunate to call Corey Wakefield a friend. We learn from him and are inspired by his activism online, from which there is always a lesson to be learned.
When we released the Pronouns collection, a collaboration with Kellan Gibboney, Corey suggested a Trans Pride design which became our Trans Pronouns Revolution. We then expanded it to our Non-binary Pronouns Revolution and both of our Pride Pronouns Revolutions.
We are thankful to Corey for his idea, and for sharing thoughts with us on the importance of visibility.
Why is Visibility Important During Pride Month?
As a queer transmasculine person, I’m afforded cis-het passing privilege in most social circles however I made a decision (largely influenced by my other privileges – white, educated, middle socioeconomic, stable job) to be an ‘out athlete’ even once my gender stopped being questioned on the line. Growing up there weren’t many ‘out’ athletes of the gay or lesbian variety and even now the trans athletic community is small enough that we can celebrate our wins, advocate for our rights and compete together. By choosing to be loud, proud and out we’re choosing to use our visibility to create change, inspire the next generation of athletes and changing the narrative.