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British trans woman's slam poetry takes the Internet by storm

London-based Reece Burrows Lyons talks about transfobia and society's attitude towards non-conformists

Sreyashi Mazumdar @Sreyashi27 11 July 2018, 1:52 PM
More power to Reece Burrows Lyons

More power to Reece Burrows Lyons Image: Facebook

I am a woman and I have a penis. Did you just skip a heartbeat? Or did you get the shock of your life? Despite so many voices raised against the draconian Section 377 in India, despite all the debates and discussions about a non-binary society, society largely looks down upon transgenders. In fact, the entire LGBTQ community. But for how long? And it's not just in India where people cringe when seeing a transgender, but in the UK as well. Reece Burrows Lyons, a London-based transgender, spoke about her tryst with an essentially regressive society through slam poetry. And her words have surely thrown people across the board into a tizzy.

"It's the up-down glances from people staring at my throat as I speak as if my Adam's apple is a piece of forbidden fruit..." she said.

Although the UK has eventually come up with various laws and rights to protect the transgender community, looks like people still haven't come to terms with the third gender. They still struggle to have an equal footing. 

Through her words, Reece tries to take on transphobia, talking not only about the third gender, but also women who do not fit into the largely-accepted definition of femininity.

Take a look at her performance:

Reece took to Facebook to thank people who lauded her effort, and also those who suffer from transphobia for fuelling her passion.

Image: Facebook

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