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Life of a Trans Person

by Christina Evers, Writer at Corporate Blog

Transgender people have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from the sex that they were assigned at birth. Some transgender people who desire medical assistance to transition from one sex to another identify as transsexual. Transgender, often shortened as trans, is also an umbrella term; in addition to including people whose gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex, it may also include people who are non-binary or genderqueer. Other definitions of transgender also include people who belong to a third gender, or else conceptualize transgender people as a third gender. The term transgender may be defined very broadly to include cross-dressers.

It is the responsibility of all to normalize people’s identity experience and to be sensitive to how behavior shapes workplace experience. “The question is, whose job is it to initiate this conversation? Managers cannot by law target people with stigmatized identities in ways that further marginalizes them. What they can say is, ‘If you have an identity that you feel has been or has the potential to be marginalized at work and want to talk to me about it, you can talk to me about it.’

They can provide the space to have these conversations. You cannot approach a black worker and say, ‘What does it mean to be black in the workplace?’ What you can say is that you are open to talking about race and transgender issues at work and would love to talk about how to make this workplace more inclusive. That makes someone curious. There is really an important power dynamic here on both sides to recognize: Management may fear repercussions from saying the wrong thing, but employees may feel empowered by being able to talk about their identities without fearing discrimination.”

But like gays and lesbians before them, transgender men and women are stepping into the limelight, and their heightened presence is ushering in a national moment of the examination. But national exposure is one thing. It has to trickle down. It has to happen locally to really change school systems and local government. That’s going to happen when people come out and demand it.

The concept of gender has evolved far beyond being an if-not-this-then-that matter. Rather, gender has come to be understood as a spectrum of more vaguely defined identities. Facebook acknowledged as much last year when it diversified its gender profile options to more than 50 choices.

Beyond “male” and “female,” the categories now include “Transfemale,” “Bigender,” “Pangender” and “Ciswoman.” Allowing users to choose began after Facebook suspended accounts because it said users were required to use names as they appeared on legal identification, and trans rights activists protested.

The American Psychological Association says transgender is an umbrella term that encompasses many different people whose gender identity is different from their assigned one — whether or not they are on their way to gender reassignment surgery. These include genderqueer, which is somewhere on the continuum between male and female, as well as names that indicate blending, alternating, or rejecting identities — like androgynous, multi-gendered, gender nonconforming, and third gender. It is unsettling because we are used to categorizing people, and in the gender category, we’ve been hardwired to categorize people since infancy. We announce a birth with very few details — the length, the weight, and gender.

In today's world, everyone would accept a trans person on social media, however, no one wants to accept someone in their own family. Let me make it very clear this is not a sickness, hence it does not require any medical attention, this is a personal choice and we all must respect the same.

Do not be quick on judging someone, unless you've known their stories.

A child is sexually abused by his or her uncles, when that child complains the parents would try to hide it from society, not knowing the effect it has on the child emotionally, physically, and psychologically.

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