Sunday, 11 August 2013

Transgender People and Ageism

I see so much judgement out there and it strikes me that the older one is as a transgender person, the harsher that judgement seems to be.
It’s as if people’s attitude is, “You’ve lived with this up to now and it’s too late for you to start making changes that make me uncomfortable, just take it with you to the grave and don’t rock my boat!”

Though it delights me to no end that transgender children are embraced with compassion and empathy when they transition socially, there is definitely a double standard when it comes to us who are older.

Why can’t society extend the same level of understanding to those who transition later in life? These are the ones who have “suffered” the longest with gender dysphoria and have significantly more challenges reworking their matured bodies to finally be able to experience congruence as persons. It makes no sense to me.

Sharing our transgender stories is therefore important; it is perhaps selfish and immoral for us who have transitioned with some modicum of success to aspire to a stealth existence. Until all transgender persons are free to be who they are and have affordable access to those services which can help them to transition medically and surgically, we must stand up and be counted.

Change can not happen unless people get educated about what it means to be transgender.
Your cisgender privilege does not entitle you to heartless ignorance.

Source: Lisa Salazar

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