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-Negative media representation

-Discrimination and transphobia


When I came out my parents told me I wasn't allowed to transition because they thought I would never be able to get a job, housing or have friends because of what they saw portrayed in the media.

They are raped, killed, jailed, kicked out of their families and associated with buying and selling illegal drugs.

The few transmen who appear in tv and movies are portrayed as being victims in terrible situations.

-Growing up female

In my family, growing up being percieved as female allowed me more freedom and experiences than my male cousins had.

The rates for suicide and self-harm are very high in the trans population. For suicide attempts the rate is around 40% compared to the national average of under 5%A larger precentage have self-harmed, nearly 60% of trans youth report self-harming behaviors.

This is largely due to shame and is increased by bullying, transphobia and unsupportive families.

Though people are steadily becoming more accepting, there is still a lot of discrimination in the world. There have been 16 murders of trans people in US this year. Trans people are still denied healthcare, sometimes being verbally or physically attacted by doctors, or given false information by professionals who should be better trained.

For this reason many trans people (including myself) avoid doctors altogether, or must research safe doctors ahead of time in case of an emergency.

-Male privilege

I was also able to pursue a wider variety of interests, from Barbies to hunting, with no negative repercussions and was allowed to express my emotions, never told to "grow a pair" or "be a man" if I was crying.

When I began to be read consistently as male, I achieved something I continue to be uncomfortable with: male privilage. The rights I once had to fight so hard for were handed to me. The strength and ability I once had to prove again and again was now assumed of me.Strangers don't harass me, family doesn't tell me I need to get married and have children. My bosses assume me to be capable and strong, giving me 'guy' projects the women are not, sometimes hiring me for additional days with other guys and no women. This privilage is something I struggle to accept, I try to fight against it as much as possible.


together and forced me to take a step back to see what I really wanted to do with my life, who I wanted to be. I have been allowed to move past what people expected of me from the day I was born, to keep the good and toss the rest in order to move past those expectations and to be true to who I am and who I want to be.

Coming out and transitioning has allowed me to be happy, and after years of depression this is something I don't take for granted. It has brought my family closer


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