Ever since trans folk have been in the public eye, we have been accused of being trans to be “trendy”. “Transtrending” as a concept is a fucking lie, propagated by a ciscentric culture that says “people are born one gender and stay that gender”. It’s a way to discredit transness – by making it a trend – but it especially discredits the types of transness that are most radical and dangerous to the status quo of ciscentrism. “Transtrending” also regulates what types if trans people are “really” trans from a ciscentric perspective. Ie, you are only “really” trans according to rules which have been set by a ciscentric culture, which doesn’t want transness to exist anyways.
Finding value in being trans according to standards set by a ciscentric culture which says only XYZ people are “truly trans” is like accepting water from a poisoned well. It is true that drinking from this well – because ciscentric culture has insisted trans people do so in order to gain a modicum of “acceptance” – will earn some approval for those who do. But it’s still going to make them sick. And it still might even kill them in the end.
To be clear: I don’t blame trans people for this. I blame a culture which is actively hostile and poisonous to us (and, I would argue, to all human beings on some level, but that is a digression for another day). If we want to change that, the solution is not to kowtow to the very rules and attitudes which do us harm.
Transtrending is a lie. It would be cool if people would stop imbibing in that filth.