Austin Transgender Advocate Fights for Visibility and Understanding

Austin Transgender Advocate Fights for Visibility and Understanding:


Skidmore’s approach to advocacy is as authentic as the life she leads today—just live; be visible; use social media as a tool; reach out; and provide support. From her experience as a member of the LGBTQ community, a Texan, and a southerner, she offers the following advice to both her trans siblings and cisgender folks navigating the gender spectrum: “The first thing I would say is that you are not alone. We are all a part of an amazing, powerful, loving community. It is a community as diverse and as beautiful as we all are as human beings. There is no right way to be transgender. There is no test. Regardless of what we look like, how we dress, how we sound, whether we are ‘out’ or not, stealthy or visible, ‘full-time’ or not, early or late transitions, binary, non-binary, genderqueer, gender fluid, on and on. We are all transgender. We are all human.”

“To the cis community, I’d say that I recognize that trying to understand the transgender experience—for somebody who is not—is somewhat of an act of faith,” Skidmore continues. “It’s okay if you don’t understand it. All you need to do is accept it as real and valid.”