Transgender Identity (03:39)
A trans woman describes her childhood, joining the navy, homelessness, and becoming an escort.
Many transgender people often experience discrimination. Genitals do not determine gender; the transgender umbrella is wide and varied. Early societies worship deities expressed as male and female; many North American natives respect two-spirit people.
Many transgender people feel a sense of disconnect at an early age. Transgender children generally struggle with expressing internal feelings.
Self-acceptance can be a long process for transgender people. Individuals often experience pressure to conform to societal norms; many have thoughts of suicide. Puberty can be a challenging time for transgender youth.
Transgender individuals describe their lives before coming out and allowing self-expression; gender expression can take many forms. Experts discuss cross-dressing and relationships; 10% of wives like their husbands cross-dressing.
Expression: Gender Transition (07:53)
Many transgender people experience gender identity disorder and may require some form of medical transition. Surgery and genital reconstruction is a difficult decision. Coming out can cause problems within a family.
Difficulties Forming a Community (05:47)
The transgender community struggles with visibility. Individuals discuss impediments, "going stealth," and discrimination. Sexual orientation and gender identity are not the same.
Hardships of Daily Life (14:39)
Thoughts of gender and discrimination are a constant reality. Many transgender individuals struggle with employment and healthcare. Individuals reflect on bathroom and high school experiences, encounters with police, incarceration, and relationships.
Bullying and abuse are realities for many transgender individuals; attacks are often more violent than attacks on non-transgenders. Communities hold candlelight vigils in remembrance of murder and suicide victims.
A Changing World (13:53)
The internet provides opportunities to find support. Today, it is easier for transgender communities to come together; the broader society is more supportive of basic rights. Parents reflect on helping their children. Transgender individuals reflect on their journeys.
Credits: Just Gender (02:23)
Credits: Just Gender
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