Being Trans.

ef558b966b8a57fe79d609dc83cc0678There’s no right way to be transgender – you don’t have to still fit into the gender binary after coming out, you don’t have to fit into the ‘born in the wrong body’ narrative, you don’t have to race to transition (or even medically transition!), you don’t have to do anything other than be authentically you in whatever way you can.

Trans is an inclusive term that covers so many different identities and experiences and there are plenty of resources that cover trans 101 material. There are days that have happened like #TransLiberationTuesday and the annual #TransDayOfVisibility that call on awareness for the issues facing trans people and education for those not familiar with the community.

Being trans can be hard but unbelievably fulfilling. As trans people, we are more likely to attempt or commit suicide but there are people and resources are out there to help and support you. We (especially trans women of color and black trans women) are more at risk for violence. But there are so many wonderful things about being trans as well. There are others out there going through similar experiences, many of whom are here to love and support anyone going through rough times. And the trans community is wonderful, diverse, and includes so many different experiences.

3 thoughts on “Being Trans.

  1. In my Sociology of Dress class next week we are discussing an article about Caitlyn Jenner called “What Makes a Woman” and I know many people in my class are ignorant about trans issues and identities. I’m looking for the best way to explain the difference between gender and sex because though I understand it I’m not quite sure the best way to explain it. Do you have any recommendations for what I could read/share?

    • I’ll see what I can dig up but for now, the way I’ve understood the difference is that sex is what you’re assigned at birth based on biological characteristics like having a penis or vagina. (Of course not everyone is born with a distinctive penis or vagina because intersex people do exist but that’s a whole other thing.) Sex is usually forced upon birth based on what the doctors/health professionals/parents/etc see between a baby’s legs.

      Gender is more based on social and gender roles (like femininity and masculinity rather than male and female). Gender is often forced as well but it’s more of how people act versus what may be between their legs.

      Both gender and sex are frequently assumed, with gender based on what sex you are assigned with at birth. But a lot of people will differentiate between the two as biological (sex) and social (gender), although both sex and gender are social constructs in many ways (which doesn’t make them any less real or scientific).

      Describing and defining both is really complicated and I’ll see if I can find anything that helps define this a little better!!


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