We're Still Trying

from Let Me Be Perfectly Queer by Ariana Giroux

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51 years later, Sylvia Rivera's "Yall better quiet down speech" still holds so much weight in the trans community.

I think that quote of "yall better quiet down," and a later quote of "I've been trying to get up here all day" are just such trans moods. Trans women constantly face dismissal, minimization, and gaslighting every day, to this day. In many ways, this album is my way to ensure that my voice cannot be silenced.

This song is my way of telling the cis, and cis-queer, communities that they need to stop and listen. Trans allyship doesn't end at pronouns and "trans women can wear dresses." In my eyes, thats hardly even being an ally. Allyship means listening to, and believing wholeheartedly, the words of trans people. Allyship means learning and understanding why 51 years after stonewal, I am still using Silvia's words to demand being heard.

Allyship means being quiet and letting trans people speak without discourse.

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Yall better quiet down

I've been trying to get up here all day

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from Let Me Be Perfectly Queer, released June 12, 2021

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Ariana Giroux regina, Saskatchewan

Synth nerd and electronica producer, general nerd and FOSS enthusiast.

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