On today's anniversary of the Stonewall riots and during Pride Month it is time to be happy and proud about what has been achieved. Quite a few have got one form of more or less equal marriage, are more or less progressing on trans rights (while others going awfully backwards, see Hungary). The country I live in (Germany) is still quite backwards by itself in regards to gender self determination and trans rights and the government is infuriatingly laid back with reforming trans and gender laws. In other words: there is nothing of substance happening.
We have recently got a law that kind of forbids conversion therapy for minors, but there are many loopholes and grown ups are still free to get caught by these charlatans. We are losing people on a global basis who are ultimately destroyed by these practices.
Intersex people are still struggling for body autonomy and not to have their bodies medicalized and surgeries executed on babies that can bring along a whole bunch of psychological problems in later life. Parents who are understandably overwhelmed rely on doctors who in this case should restrain themselves and just let the children be.
And as usual people who are already struggling are often having it even worse, POC, migrants, refugees.
In many cases we as a society are not informed enough and not willing enough to show solidarity, the empathy and support that is needed. Many queer refugees are left in dangerous situations, are struggling with their own identity and culturally imposed prejudice that when they finally dare to speak up they are not believed because they should have spoken up earlier. This completely denies the complex issues of coming out to oneself, to learn to be oneself and to come out publicly. The latter can be threatening, i.e. prohibitive to seeking help and support.
The issues are far too complex to do the very individual situations justice if you do not even try to understand and educate yourself.
Year after year the ILGA organization issues maps to give an overview on where we stand as a global community of people. I believe they speak for themselves.
And btw, have you ever wondered why my name developed from das.t to hEARt PhoniX?
For many years I was das.t - das is the German neutral pronoun and t the first letter of my outside life name. I also liked that in English it sounded like "dust". I am quite fond of that name, it has served me very well for about 20 years, but now I was in need for something more international.
And yes, a heart has got no gender, it is just different for each individual person, and I feel way better that way. In addition the last X directly indicates that the name is gender neutral as of gender neutral grammar in English. There are more meanings within that name, which is why I chose it. I don't care if people get the nuances, but to me it is important that they are there.
Even on my very first Friendica instance I marked my gender as "other" as I am annoyed to be labeled within the binary, that's just not me. While I am read as male, that side of the binary is often the most alien to me, I feel more at ease on the other, the female side. But I cannot place myself within either. Each time I am addressed as male it hurts a bit, though, feels wrong. Each time I am read as female (yes, that does happen from time to time, still today) I am thrilled. To me gender has always provided the chance for a wide range of identities, to me gender is a spectrum with lots of space within and between the binaries. It was a revelation when I read that someone like Magnus Hirschfeld already wrote about this about 100 years ago.
In addition I am a pan sexual (i.e. I don't care for your body parts but for you as a person) who happens to be married to a woman and luckily we are still in love after now 17 1/2 years together. Life has changed, love has changed, we have changed. But here we are.
And love is love. Who are we to argue about that.