LGBT individuals, such as transgender people, face discrimination every day because of the societal belief of heteronormativity and cysnormativity. Transgender individuals have mental and physical health needs that make them dependent on the medical system in order to be at ease with their identity. However, they can also face discrimination and improper care when seeking help from health professionals. By being disrespected or refused by doctors, whom they are told to trust in order to become who they truly are, transgender people are even more affected by stigmatization and self-conscious... [+] Read more
In Transgender Voices: Beyond Women and Men published in 2008, Lori B. Girshick gathered the confessions of 150 transgender people and recounts their stories through various topics. This book gives a good insight on the life of transsexuals by presenting how they deal with their coming out, bullying, relationships, policies and more.
Ever since my post on transsexuals facing problems with doctors, I’ve focused my articles on this particular topic; health services for... [+] Read more
In my recent articles, I’ve touched upon the issue of transgender rights, and more specifically on problems encountered when accessing health services. When writing the post “Transgender People’s Problem with Doctors”, I was surprised to see that transgender people had to face discrimination even from doctors. To feel more comfortable with themselves, it is important to support transgender people and inform them of options they have concerning surgeries or hormone treatments. In fact... [+] Read more
A few weeks ago, I posted an article discussing transgendered rights. Many people in the world have been active in the fight for those rights and one person who stood out is Thomas Beatie, also known as “The Pregnant Man”.
Born female in 1974 under the name of Tracy Lehuanani Lagondino, in Oahu, Hawaii, Thomas started undergoing male-hormone therapy in his twenties to transition to a male which allowed him to change legally his birth certificate and driver’s license to say he is a... [+] Read more
Transgender people are faced with confusion over their self-identity starting from a young age. This feeling of not identifying with its own body leads to a journey towards self-acceptance, journey that often encounters hardships. Only when transgender people are sure of their self-identification and accept their new self can they open up to the world about their new gender in the hopes of being accepted. How do you feel, however, when the people that you must trust in order to be able to change sex refuse you? Not only is it already hard to come to terms with being transgender, now you must... [+] Read more