Sarah McBride had a problem of coming out. She was not sure what to expect as she read stories about survivors and accounts that would eventually stir the conscience of a nation that had long refused to reckon with its culture of sexual violence.
She ended up doing the needful by tweeting those devastating words: “Me Too.”
Until that moment, McBride, national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign and the first transgender American to address a major party convention, had only disclosed her sexual assault to a few people. She said she stayed silent for years because she feared she wouldn’t be believed.
“There’s this baseline level of disbelief that survivors of sexual assault writ large face,” she said. “And then there’s this extra unique barrier that transgender people face around this notion that … we are somehow so undesirable that people wouldn’t sexually assault us, which is a fundamental misunderstanding of both who transgender people are and how sexual assault works.”
#MeToo: I’m so open about every other part of my life except one. I can count on one hand the number of people I’ve confided, she tweeted
While the perception of the LGBTQ community is that of increasing visibility and acceptance, especially during Pride month, it is a population that continues to face discrimination that makes it more vulnerable to sexual violence.