“Microaggressions,” recorded with Natalie Brandt

Content Warning: transphobia

Me (author)

Both

Person 2

Microaggressions

My life is a series of microaggressions

Every time someone says, 

“Are you a transgender?” 

microaggression 

or “Have you had The Surgery?” 

microaggression

or “You’re so cute for a trans guy” 

microaggression

or “What’s your real name?” 

microaggression

or “So, you still have a girl’s body, right?” 

microaggression 

or “She- oh sorry, he” 

microaggression 

or “What’s in your pants?” 

microaggression

 or “Are you a boy or a girl?” 

microaggression

Every time a server at a restaurant says, 

“ladies” 

when talking to my table. 

microaggression

Every time someone calls me

“ma’am” 

or 

“miss” 

on the phone because they only hear my voice. 

microaggression

Every time I get a weird look in the men’s restroom.

microaggression

Every time someone at the doctor’s office calls the wrong name.

microaggression

Every time I feel someone’s eyes dissecting my appearance to identify my gender.

microaggression

Every time someone takes my ID and looks at me as if they solved the puzzle after seeing the gender marker.

microaggression

Every time I look in the mirror and can only think to myself,

“you look like a girl.” 

microaggression

My ribs ache and my back breaks carrying each of these moments,

threatening to crush me under the weight of who I am desperate not to be

“Wouldn’t it be easier if you just stayed a girl?”

Sure

Maybe for you

Abstract: “Microaggressions” is a spoken word poem about the author’s experience as a transgender person and the frequent, exhausting microaggressions they’ve had to endure. It is performed by the author himself with Natalie Brandt as the second person.

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Quinton Holt
Quinton is a senior creative writing major at Point Park. He is a storyteller and writer from Pittsburgh, PA. They are the president of Point Park's Gender and Sexuality Spectrum Alliance (GSSA) and vice president of the Name (Pen)ding… creative writing club. He primarily writes poetry, often as a form of activism, expressing his experiences as a queer transgender man. Quinton also has a passion for Dungeons & Dragons and other tabletop role-playing games.