What Hidden Figures Means To Me As A Transgender Boy

Hidden figures is about 3 amazing and inspirational women, who face the dreadful racism in America in the 1960s. It easily lands itself in my top 5 films, and puts Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson as 3 of the most inspirational people to me, right up there with my mum. 

I won’t go into all the details as to why I love the film, but to name a few it managed to make me feel every emotion on the spectrum, from joy and love to anger and jealousy – I love that in a film. I was shaking my head at some points and grinning and laughing saying ‘hell yeah!’ at others.

Let’s move onto what the story told in the film means to me. Who am I though?

My name is Liam and I am a 17 year old transgender boy who was born in England. I am half English, half Asian and at 4 years old I remember experiencing discrimination due to racism for the first time. As I grew up I faced more discrimination because I was a girl too. Although that isn’t all there is to me, it is the foundation of me. 

Some more things about me are that I love doctor who and reading books, especially non fiction. I am better at socialising with people younger and older than me, rather than people my own age. My favourite colour is yellow and I’m at college doing a course in childcare.

Hidden figures means so much to me because I relate to those wonderful women. My family came out after watching the film today and my mum said she didn’t know those kinds of things were going on whilst she was a child. I wasn’t surprised though, because to I face that today. For a different reason and to a different extent, yes, but it still matters and I will use my voice.

For something I cannot change or control about me, people make judgements and don’t want to be friends with me for that simple fact. They may also decide to hate me for that. I can get turned down from jobs and am limited to special toilets (the disabled toilets even though being transgender is not a disability, and the very rare few gender neutral or unisex toilets). This is because I have to check the policies and procedures and legality of going into the male toilets for every different place I go, and if I go into the female toilets, it not only makes me feel dreadful but it genuinely scares females in there who see I am a boy. I have to be cautious going to new places because if someone decides they is want to they can beat me up. I’m a walking ‘hit me’ note to some people. 

Published by the independent in 2016, there has been a 170% increase of transphobic hate crimes in the last 5 years. This means people face violence, sexual assault, threats and harassment just because they are transgender.

Someone who does not face this every day has no clue. 

Johnson, Vaughn and Jackson fought though, they faced racism head on. They did something about it. I want to do something about this. I will do something about this.

Thank you for reading,

See you in my next post,

Liam 🙂

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