Most of you saw the post I made yesterday regarding an incident where a transgendered DA user was essentially told to shut up or leave the site because they were unhappy with the "unspecified" gender option being removed and did not wish to choose "male" or "female".
Thanks to your feedback, the people in charge eventually put in some changes to bring back the "other" option. I've decided to go back to using it, myself. Although this problem has been upsetting for a lot of people, I think it's brought up some much needed discussion, and hopefully everyone- DA staff and users alike- have all learned something.
For example, based on how people reacted to it (or failed to react at all) I now know a bit more about my peers in this community. Some of you really made me proud and stood up with well-spoken discussions. Some of you were very new to the subject of transphobia and made a sincere effort to educate yourself, which is really great! And some of you made me cringe in disgust.
And some of you felt strongly enough about the issue to leave the site permanently.
I'm very sad to report that one of my best friends and webcomic creator peers, *Rosalarian, has decided to leave DA. She made a post explaining why, and after reading it/speaking to her, I can understand her reasoning.
I, however, have decided to stay. Like anything in this world, Deviantart certainly has its flaws, and although the PR of the last incident could have been handled differently, I do appreciate that they eventually listened and made a change. I do love this site, I love the community and the opportunities here! I love my friends and followers. But perhaps most importantly, I want to stay in case something like this pops up again.
The trans community needs some high-profile allies here. (The same goes for any minority group who feels they are being ignored or mistreated.) And trust me, I will speak up for you.
Thank you for eventually listening, DA. And thank you, everyone who spoke up. Together, we made a small, but significant difference, and a step of progression.