PM 2Ring wrote:OTOH, in many parts of the world, acceptance of gender and sexuality variation is a lot better than it was several decades ago, but even in the most enlightened districts there's still plenty of room for improvement.
I want to unpack this a little bit. In terms of what is enlightened, and what is the opposite of that.
Throughout global history, lots of activities and identities that we would consider queer, trans, or gender non-conforming, have been understood and accepted. Lots of cultures have had and some continue to have a three- or four-gender system. Many have had or continue to have a framework wherein it's acceptable to transition, and there are frameworks around same-gender romantic/ sexual relationships as well.
It has often been colonial forces that imposed binarist, cissexist, and homophobic beliefs, so I'm wary of approaching queer and trans liberation as enlightenment to be spread throughout the world, often by the same cultures/nations/peoples who spread the opposite to begin with.
edit: Here's an example of something I felt strongly about, in an article much better-written than my hurried forum post.https://gaygoesglobal.wordpress.com/201 ... perialist/