fighting to live or living to fight

do you ever get tired of putting on a brave face? With 44 anti-transgender legislative bills being considered in 17 states, it’s becoming exhausting. Believe it or not, there is still a law in my home state that requires people to publish a legal name change in a public newspaper for a 3 week period, forcing them to broadly disclose a personal part of themself in an already potentially hostile environment. In order to even pursue a gender marker change, I would need to go through this process. How can I possibly be safe from discrimination if lawmakers do not set a precedent of understanding, acceptance, and equal rights for trans folks? As someone who was raised in a conservative part of the midwest, it is incredibly disheartening and painful to know that leaders from my home state and others are actively working to ensure I do not feel welcome or protected there.