Our National TRUTH Council works to uplift the stories and truths of trans young people throughout the US. In this project, Western member M uplifts Savion. Read Savion’s interview here!
What is your name + what does it mean to you?
- Savion Morgan Cooper; For me, it’s like a second wind. I feel free and comfortable to shout my name, but still remember where I came from and the trials I’ve gone through to get where I am now.
What are your pronouns + how do you identify?
- They/Them & He/Him; Non-binary
Where do you live + how is the climate for trans people?
- San Diego; From my perspective, trans folk aren’t as respected outside our Hillcrest/North Park area. School may preach about being supportive to their trans students, but fail to adhere to their pronouns and validate their identity. I’ve had teachers complain about my change in name and pronouns. I still get misgendered and deadnamed by my teachers even after being out for two years. If students are willing to respect their teachers for a prolonged period, getting pronouns and preferred name is minimal. However, for those who want to medically transition, there’s lots of resources and connections for us.
What does living your truth mean to you?
- It means to live my life authentically without others adding their two cents. Selfish, but in the best way possible. I’ve always been held in a box in terms of what I could do with my body and life; these walls were held up by family and community members that imposed cultural and religious standards. Climbing out of those restrictions were difficult, but essential for me to be a better me.
What other identities do you hold aside from being transgender?
- I identify as Black and queer as well. My blackness, especially, encompasses my identity and allows me to navigate into a deeper level of the trans community that can really support my needs. I would love for it to be different but white trans folk, who are more predominantly out, make it difficult to even try.
What do you wish cisgender allies knew?
- I’d like them to know that transgender folks need support. Not the bare minimum of reposting trans issues when they come up, or when something tragic happens in the community. Real, authentic help outside of tragedies. Call or text your trans folk, check in on their mental health, do what you can when they can’t.