I don't understand this.
I’ve seen this documentary from what I believe is a show called Real Life revolving around transgendered children. At the beginning this pops up:
Why? Why misgender them? Everyone in-film refers to them by their gender, and the documentary gives no reason why you shouldn’t refer to them as so.
Why 2010 Was Watershed Year for Transgender Community
Dr. Sherman Leis, founder of the Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery, lists the reasons why he believes that 2010 was a watershed year (A critical point that marks a division or a change of course; a turning point) for the transgender community.
The Philadelphia Center For Transgender Surgery, in suburban Bala Cynwyd, Penn., is recognized as one of the leading facilities in the world specializing in gender reassignment surgery, including specialists: surgeons, psychologists, endocrinologists, aestheticians, speech therapists, legal experts, and others.
1) A growing number of female-to-male (FTM) transitions.
Once only thought to be the province of males transitioning to females (MTF), a recent study showed that the transitioned male and female populations will equal each other within the next five years.
2) Growing acceptance of Gender Identity Disorder (GID) as a credible medical condition, instead of mistaking it to be a psychological disorder or perversion.
3) More conventional healthcare insurance policies are including transgender surgery and health needs in coverage, regardless of whether Obamacare is implemented or not.
4) The transgender community is gaining momentum to stand on its own and getting out from under the umbrella of the gay and lesbian community, except when it comes to fighting for human rights and dignity.
5) The U.S. is becoming a world center for transgender surgery as more trans patients from around the world are coming here for surgery. Although Asia and Europe still perform more trans surgeries overall, the growth trend is in favor of the United States.
6) More seniors are having transgender surgery. As society becomes more accepting, more seniors are making the commitment to realize their lifelong dream.
7) The most commonly performed surgical procedure for Male-To-Female transgender patients continues to be genital reassignment, although facial feminization procedures are a close second.
8) The most commonly performed surgical procedure for Female-To-Male transgender patients is breast removal and masculinization of the chest.
9) New medical innovations, such as micro surgery, the harmonic scalpel, radio-wave surgery, improved flap techniques, and new bio-medical materials like cellular dermal matrix products, will continue to make transgender surgery safer, with more realistic and functional results.
10) Trans people are becoming more accepted into pop culture, ads, TV shows, music, politics etc.
Awesome! Hopefully 2011 will have even more turning points for the transgender community!
Simplified analysis: The Average Life of a Transperson is 23 years
Just thinking on a quote that said the average lifespan of a transperson is 23 years. I’m assuming this is a transperson in the United States, which is where most of these stats come from. The average lifespan in the US is 77 years.
So let’s assume for a second that all of these average transpeople would live 77 years if they were not trans.
This means the average transperson in the US lives only approximately 30% of their life.
To put this in perspective, imagine that you were born with a crinkle in your right ear. Society says this is wrong for whatever reason, but it doesn’t affect your health. Because crinkle-eared people are not welcomed in spaces for smooth-eared people, you cannot hold a job. Crinkle-eared people aren’t welcome in homeless shelters, so when you lose your home because you cannot hold a job, you have nowhere to turn. You end up on the streets. Because of this accident of birth that does not affect your ability to work, learn or love except because of social conditioning, you will die young. You will lose 70% of your life, unlived, simply because you have a crinkled ear.
And even if you manage to find an incredible plastic surgeon who can fix your ear and, in spite of your reduced earning power, you manage to afford that surgery, you still have to live every single day with the fact that if anyone ever finds out you used to be crinkle-eared, you will lose every single thing you have built for yourself. You will also never be able to forget the abuses showered upon you and the injustices you faced when you had your crinkly ear. You will hear those voices your entire life and, if you dare to speak up, show your accomplishments as a crinkle-eared person, you ALSO risk losing everything, so you can’t even help your fellow crinkle-eared people.
Because of this, your fellow crinkle-eared people kick you out of their community. They’re mad that you ‘went stealth’ and aren’t campaigning for rights anymore. So you’ve lost what little support you ever had.
You may survive, with that surgery, to your full 77 years, but you will be alone and in fear that whole time.
This is vastly simplified, but just think about this before you next make a ‘tranny’ joke or dismiss a news story of transpeople campaigning for rights.
Gender identities continue to expand and blur, especially among youth
Excerpt from a fascinating NYTimes article called “Generation LGBTQIA”:
He rattled off a list of gender identities: “We have our lesbians, our gays,” he said, before adding, “bisexual, transsexual, queer, homosexual, asexual.” He took a breath and continued. “Pansexual. Omnisexual. Trisexual. Agender. Bi-gender. Third gender. Transgender. Transvestite. Intersexual. Two-spirit. Hijra. Polyamorous.”
By now, the list had turned into free verse. He ended: “Undecided. Questioning. Other. Human.”
The room burst into applause.
Read more here.
Trans Media Action - Trans youth needed for interactions with media professionals
Trans Media Action is a project run by On Road - a not for profit that helps to improve media understanding and portrayal of misrepresented groups. They’ve been working closely with journalists, presenters and editors, engaging the top media movers and shakers in the UK with trans issues in creative ways.
From late April to July 2013, Trans Media Action will be holding 20 “interactions” (social meetings lasting no longer than 2 hours) between media professionals and groups of trans people. They need trans young people to carry out these interactions. Your time could help build understanding of trans experiences with media professionals in the UK.
Each one will be carefully planned out, depending on the interests of the journalist or producer. An interaction could include anything from dinner on the London Eye, a trip down the Thames to coffee around the corner. The aim is to build relationships and understanding that will lead to positive action – we’ve begun to see results from this approach in phase 1 of Trans Media Action (see www.transmediaaction.com).
If you’re interested in getting involved with the project and taking part in an interaction, please get in touch with Project Co-ordinator, Alana Avery: Alana@onroadmedia.org.uk and follow @TransMediaAct on Twitter..