Just What is Transgendered?
Today’s society typically judges someone’s gender by
their physical attributes. Personal gender identification is primarily
originated in the brain. Approximately 5% of the population has some level
of Gender Dysphoria commonly called Transgendered (TG). TG folks have an
opposite gender in their brains then their bodies. There are many different
levels of TGism from mild (occasional cross dresser) to full (transexual).
TG folks include
Cross dressers (transvestites, TV), whom with the milder form of
TG, typically dress secretly and mostly for sexual arousal, are typically
heterosexual, and tend to guard and hide their "secret".
Transexuals have a gender identity in their brains entirely opposite
of their biological parts. Typically, they want to undergo hormone therapy
and pursue Sexual Reassignment Surgery (SRS) to match their body’s gender
to their brain gender.
Heterosexuals, Gays, Bisexuals, Males, Females all include TG
Gays/Lesbians/Bisexuals and Straights but TG’s regardless of sexual
preference are often grouped in with Gay organizations because of the Gay’s
acceptance of TG since some TG are Gay.
Issues to Address
All TG folks are gay. Not true. Sexual preference and gender identity
are separate issues. The population distribution of non-TG gays matches
that of TG gays.
All Female Impersonators are gay. Not true, professional entertainers
performing a show for an audience don’t correlate their sexual preference
with their work and are not even necessarily TG although many are gay..
Drag Queens are gay. This is mostly true although not entirely.
Unfortunately some TG people cannot make a living being themselves and
end up as street prostitutes. This tends to confuse the non-gay TG even
more and questions his/hers sexual preference despite the fact that gender
identity is a separate issue.
Hollywood Movies such as Tootsie etc tend to reinforce the misconceptions
of mixing gender identity and sexual preference
Drag Shows held in gay bars are fun shows to watch for gays. True
for the gays in the audience, but these shows tend to reinforce the misconceptions
of all TG are gay which is a complete fallacy.
Education. The public needs to understand TG and lose some of their
misconceptions. Education of TG to help them lose their shame and guilt
and encourage them to be happy being themselves
Outreach. Seek out TG, many of which are very scared of anyone knowing
anything about them and their "secret".
Support. Provide a caring, anonymous environment for TG and hook
them up with community resources that are TG friendly.
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