Aaron Morrison | Mic | Yahoo News | April 28, 2016
Transgender activists have routinely pushed back on narratives that they say elevate individuals in their community who might “pass” for their preferred gender while marginalizing others whose self-presentation does not conform to the gender binary. If we want to challenge the rigid way society views and classifies people by gender presentation, the thinking goes, we should seek to elevate trans people whose appearance reads neither as stereotypically male nor female.
Here’s a case in point: On Tuesday, New Jersey-based Meg Bitton Photography agency posted a photo of Corey Maison, who is transgender and appears feminine — so much so that some commenters missed the point of the meme, thinking Maison was cisgender. The company posted the image to speak out North Carolina’s HB2, which, among other things, prohibits municipalities in the state from adopting protections for trans folks who wish to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.
“If this was YOUR daughter, would you be comfortable sending her into a men’s bathroom?” the photo’s caption reads. “‘Neither would I. Be fair. Be kind. Be empathetic. Treat others how you would like to be treated.”