On the bus people move away from them, separating themselves from people regarded as ‘strange’. They are refused access to toilets because it could make some people ‘uncomfortable’ and are constantly ridiculed and mocked for being different- for being the person who they feel they truly are.
Sounds a lot like racism in the 1900s, doesn’t it? But this is the harsh reality for transgender people in the 21st century.
48 per cent of all transgender people in the UK under the age of 26 have attempted to commit suicide.
Caitlyn Jenner has recently come out as a woman. Facial plastic surgery has transformed her from Olympic star Bruce to the effeminate Caitlyn, paving the way for others struggling with their gender.
Caitlyn recently said, “The comfortableness of being me never leaves me all day long. I’m not doing this to be interesting. I’m doing this to live.” Although she is facing a lot of malicious hate online, a lot of support has been stirred from her brave and very public transformation.
Lots of people understandably struggle with watching friends or family changing genders, but we must be open-minded and however awkward it may make us feel, they have a right to live as the person they feel at home being. Don’t they?
TNT Growing Pains Anna Seifu