It would come to no surprise to anyone in the trans community that I have not met any other trans person in person. It can be lonely being trans in a smallish town. Sometimes I find myself desperately looking around for other trans people to no avail. That’s not surprising either. I have made several internet searches for support groups or any trans organizations in my area but have not found anything.
My school does have an LGBT organization which offered me some hope but they seem to have restructured themselves to be more of an outlet to seek social change. That resonates well with me in theory but the way they phrase their mission statement sounds off somehow to me. I saw that they have over 100 members. That numbers scares me. The organization not being strictly an LGBT organization is not comforting either. I just want other trans people to talk to and coming out to 100+ people without a guarantee that there will be another trans person there is not something I feel inclined to do.
Sometimes I tell random people on the internet that I am trans just so I can have someone to talk to. I have outed my back up handles. This tactic has been fruitless as well. I know I am not alone, but I can’t seem to find much company. I have one friend online who is trans and I am infinitely grateful for her being there for me.
I am hoping to write more about the trans experience in the valley. I will continue my search for support. I hope to have less lonely news in the future.