Transgender people’s gender identity is different from the gender they were thought to be at birth. “Trans” is often used as shorthand for transgender. Neither male or female categories feel right for non-binary people. Many transgender people have always known their true gender, and they often fear rejection from friends and family. Safety is a huge concern for transgender people. There are 1.4 million transgender people in the United States, I’d like to introduce some of them to you.
“My name is rose, I’m a sure and a gender girl, I was born as a boy that I always knew I was a girl.” “she would write letters to Santa Claus, to the Tooth Fairy when will she be turned into a girl? Could you turn her into a girl?” “I’m scared as a dad for her safety, whether a society will be as accepting as her family and her friends are. She is very special when seeing her face the first time we let her wear a dress outside of the house. So just keep on being herself.”
“My name is Devon, I’m a trans male, I mean I was born female and I’m a male now. When I was three I decided that I was going to grow up and be a father and marry Janet Jackson. I was terrified of coming out, I was afraid of losing friends, family and loved one. I was afraid of discrimination and potential violence. I’ve been dad, I’ve been humiliated, I’ve been physically assaulted several times when I using a bathroom. I want to be myself, I’m proud to be trans male, because I think life is too short, and this is who I am.”
“I’m a non-binary trans person, t means I’m not a man or am I a woman. I was raised as a girl, but what I learned about non-binary gender identities it was like a whole new world had opened up for me. If there isn’t a gender-neutral bathroom available when there are only men’s and women’s bathrooms, I have to make a decision about how I look that day and whether there’s more risk for me going into the men’s room or the women’s room.”
“My name is Ronnie and my sister Ellie is a transgender person. Ellie told us on her fourth birthday that she was a girl in her heart and in her brain. The easiest way to support transgender people is to follow their lead, letting them be who they are.”
“I feel embarrassed and unsafe when people out me to other people, I was chased by four people in the metro for being transgender, we need support. Supporting transgender people means letting them be who they are”.
Just as some transgender people said above, they are the same as everyone of us, they just want to live the way they like, they need supporting and acceptance. They also need a trans date. Fewer people are willing to accept a tranny date. I know that it’s not easy for us to fully accept transgender people, but we need to respect them at least.