Hello, dear You Won’t Walk Alone team.
The way you become the voice of some people who are being forced into veiling is very transformative, and it makes a person feel not alone. Actually, it can be said that you are doing good deeds in terms of Islam by doing good things for people.
I want to address people with a viewpoint that I think is very different. I am a trans woman and I couldn’t start my transitioning because of risks like losing my job, not being allowed to practice my profession, my family turning their backs on me, and perhaps my house being taken away from me by my family.
When I read about how families force their daughters into veiling and the severe reactions those who wanted to unveil get, I identify with them a lot… I get angry and feel like I’m trapped in a cage when I read them. For this reason, I’ve always thought that veiled women’s and trans women’s fights are the same. For instance, both these subjects fight to look the way they want to look. Both subjects have way too many people interfering with their lives. Both subjects have people who would like to harm them if they got the slightest chance. Both subjects have a harder time surviving and finding a job.
I’m starting to look more masculine, and I manage to control my behavior so well that I’m becoming too depressingly “manly.” I hope that I will not go crazy. I mean, imagine those crude people who make me go crazy win the fight. God forbid…