Ideas have been mulling around in my head for the last several days of how to dispell the negative ideas around people that are transgender after reading the appalling ways in which transgender people were talked about in my local newspaper. Since the Obama Administration signed an executive order that banned the discrimination of transgender students in school regarding bathroom usage, there has been plenty of negative backlash towards the transgender population of the United States.
The best way to dispel negative thoughts, ideas and the like is to counter them with something positive that disproves the false ideas. Ideas like all transgender people are sexual predators, sex workers, drug abusers, etc. Just like cis-gendered people, transgender people come from all types of life, sure there are some that fit into those categories, but there are some that do not. Being transgender does not make you a bad person, it simply makes you different from the masses.
Recently, a study has shown that being transgender is not a mental disorder, but rather there are mental health disorders that can stem from being transgender. These disorders are not caused by being transgender, but rather the way in which society has treated individuals that are diagnosed with gender dysphoria and have sought treatment for it. In short, society is responsible for the mental health issues that transgender people have due to their intolerance, hatred, discrimination, and unhealthy and often unfounded negative biased ideas towards the transgender population.
The goal of this project is to educate society as to what being transgender means, the hell that people who are transgender often go through for anything from seeking medical attention to finding gainful employment, and perhaps most importantly to allow other people to walk a mile in our shoes.
I will be launching the project sometime in September of this year (2016). First, I want to focus on telling the stories of the transgender population (mine included). From there I would like to expand to interviews and articles with doctors and mental health professionals that see and treat those of us that are transgender.
I think that it is important to share our stories so that people will see that we are not monsters or worse. Later in the month, I will post more information about the project as I get it together.
If you are someone that identifies as transgender and would like to tell your story, please drop me a line so we can chat. My email is AydanOConnor@icloud.com I check it about once a week, so if I don’t respond right away please don’t get discouraged. Names can be changed to protect identities.