'Because a lot of trans people's experiences are pretty dark and pretty sad, there has got to be some way to keep the hope up.'
The r/traaaaaaannnnnnnnnns community is Reddit's oldest active subreddit for trans-centered shitposts, memes and GIFs. With over 297k "shitposters" today, the subreddit continues to grow as a place where transgender folks can make fun "of themselves, others, and the situations they find themselves in." Speaking to Mashable about the community's growth, one of the moderators for the Traaaaaaannnnnnnnnns subreddit, Corinne, said: "When I started, it was a lot more edgy memes. Now it's more like a place where people can leave events, support others, and comfort others while seeking humor."
"We didn't realize the user base had changed so much. It was just a couple thousand people just making crass jokes. But really, by Christmas 2018, it had become something more than that," they added. "I think a lot of it has to do with increasing acceptability. Of course during [the Trump] presidential administration we've regressed a lot in terms of human rights. But in terms of social consciousness, people are more aware of what being trans is. People want to know what options there are for people who experience gender dysphoria or who are not their assigned gender at birth. It's really hard to be able to explore those things alone... We've noticed we've gotten more and more younger users. They are feeling more open in their lives to come out -- at least come out online. So a lot of trans people turn to [us]."
"Trans people are often some of the most marginalized people in society," Corinne said. "So they develop a thick skin, which translates into humor. Because a lot of trans people's experiences are pretty dark and pretty sad, there has got to be some way to keep the hope up [and this is one]." Here are 23 posts that found their way to the Traaaaaaannnnnnnnnns subreddit:
If you're worried about the effects of hormone replacement therapy, just wait til you hear about puberty— Laura Amalasunta Gazzoli (@LauraAmalasunta) July 8, 2021
Monday: Mass Shooting— Chef & Fred The Yorkie Man (@UncleSnotty) June 2, 2021
Tuesday: Mass Shooting
Wednesday: Mass Shooting
Thursday: Mass Shooting
Friday: Mass Shooting
Saturday: Mass Shooting
Sunday: Mass Shooting
Republicans: We Gotta Do Something About Trans People Playing Sports..........
Less than 1% of trans people regret transitioning & of that <1%, half say it's cuz of social stigma or because they're actually non-binary. More than 50% of marriages fail. Stop acting like accepting trans people is dangerous and start worrying about your matrimony dysphoria.— kaigh (@kaichoyce) December 17, 2021
"If you transition, you have to be prepared to be the ugliest woman alive"— Jasmine('s boobs hurt) (@Ranting_Trans) May 18, 2021
Bro I'm not transitioning into your mom