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When a lot of queer and trans people shifted here back in August 2018 from Twitter, i commented that this was probably the first public social network that had this amount of trans people discussing things openly and safely alongside cis people and how groundbreaking that was in terms of normalising our experiences for all involved.

I still think this is the case today, which is why i feel its important we need to all collectively try our best to steer things here towards the positive.

We are living in abnormal times, its only logical that the continuing stress of such has taken its toll on a lot of us, with tensions running higher and people feeling less capable of niceties or assuming best intentions.

I dont have any giant wisdom but we're all here together and the timeline has a weird way of feeding back on itself for better or worse.

Just look out for each other if you can. We didn't come here to fight each other.

@mxsiege "I don't know what this means but it feels like it means something" is such a mood

@mxsiege that’s kind of true LMAO I kind of assume when I’m reading The TL that every poster is trans by default at this point

@venusinlibra666 i do think its a big deal. It's the only place ive encountered where we're not forced to continually defend ourselves from anti-trans commenters like twitter, but also we're still public, and accessible unlike say giant trans only discord groups, and also sociable and just chilling and living our lives unlike say trans subreddits. its not ideal, we have some awful blind spots and a decent handful of bad faith actors but its at least a step in a better direction

@mxsiege compared to mastodon, I'm now constantly surprised at the dearth of trans and nb people I encounter at work, social, and public spaces and paranoid that I'm in exclusionary spaces

@mxsiege There waas a somewhat similar eaarly breakout at Ello, though probably not as large -- 10-50k maybe initially, actives far smaller.

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