You’re so brave

Brave for what? Being out? Being an activist? Fighting off the forces of Rita Repulsa?

This comes from a good place, and I typically respond with a “thank you” or such if I’m not willing to spend the time discussing the nuance of this. Yes, being out and trans can be dangerous and certainly presents extra challenges in life. Thank you for recognizing that. However, this glosses over or outright ignores other realities of being out. Being out often requires a lot of privilege, which I am uncomfortable having described as brave. Having a support network, access to medical treatment, and the income necessary to support myself doesn’t speak as much to my bravery as it speaks to my privilege.

If I am being called brave for saving Angel Grove from the forces of Rita Repulsa? Sure. I’ll accept that mantle with honor.