As a trans woman living a life of transition in the United States, I am constantly looking at new ways to improve my health awareness. I’m constantly looking for new ways for myself to be seen, for myself to be taken seriously, and for me to be taken care of. I don’t always know what to do about it though, there are many people out there who are living their life in the shadows because of who they are.
Transgender health journals, for those who are more aware of the issues, are some of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in the last 5 years. The journaling process is a very personal one, and this is one of the best examples I’ve seen, so go check it out.
If you are someone who is questioning your gender, you are not alone. I think many of us are afraid to openly question ourselves because we think that would make us a “bigger” person. I think it is a misconception that because transgender people are “out,” they are better off.
I think that is a very dangerous notion, and one that can have real destructive effects. It is much easier to dismiss issues when people have no one to talk to. That is why I say that the most important thing you can do to create a safe space for yourself is to talk to other trans folks. If you are a trans person, you will have many, many other friends who are trans.
To the uninitiated, the term trans is a bit of a misnomer because it doesn’t actually refer to the gender a person prefers, rather to their biological sex. If you are a Transgirl, you would refer to yourself as a Transgirl, and if you are a Transwoman, you would refer to yourself as a Transwoman.
The trans community is a large and diverse group, many of whom are incredibly knowledgeable about the LGBT health implications of their own gender identity. Transpeople are living with the effects of gender dysphoria for a long time, and are suffering from a myriad of health issues that stem from the dysphoria. However, there are some commonalities between the trans community and the general LGBT community that are important to note.
First of all, the transgender community is often the first community that anyone ever considers to be LGBT. This is because many transgender people are already out as transgender, so by definition they are already LGBT. Secondly, the whole idea of gender dysphoria is that it is a medical issue that needs to be treated. It isn’t about “what you do to your body,” and it isn’t an issue that needs to be cured. But many transpeople are in a state of gender dysphoria.
Trans people are already out as transgender, so the only way anyone would ever consider transgender people LGBT is if they are already LGBT. The first step to being LGBT is to be out. Now, that being said, what does being out mean? The term “out” is a very complicated thing. It can mean “not hiding from the world” or “not hiding from your feelings”. For example, some people are not afraid to be out about being transgender because they are gay.
There’s a lot of confusion when it comes to what being out is. It can mean everything from “not hiding” to “coming out of the closet.” The two are closely related and are not mutually exclusive. But, for the most part, being out means being out of the closet. If someone is out about who they are, they are no longer hiding, and that person will probably be out about their sexual orientation as well.
This is why people sometimes go to great lengths to protect their privacy. If they are gay, or bisexual, or just “just” not out about being transgender, they are not “stigmatized” as much as people who are not out about being gay or bisexual.