Below are stories from students. Find a link to the full white paper at the end of this excerpt. They identified as non-binary and found they were struggling each day to find their place in a very gender binary campus.
Terry Gross. Janet Mock attends a red-carpet event for Pose earlier this month. Janet Mock remembers when she saw the documentary Paris is Burning for the first time.
Growing up, I was fascinated by divination. I was drawn to psychics and fortunetellers and their promise of being able to reveal information and remedy problems with otherworldly counsel. As a Korean adoptee, this was especially true as I knew very little about my family background.
And most existing families break apart when a spouse comes out as transgender. Justine Smithies and Tadhg McMullan are two transgender people living in Scotland, each with a unique story. It was very difficult to make male friends as we just had nothing in common.
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If a stereotypical or defamatory image of a gay or lesbian person appears in the media, viewers can compare it to real people they know. But when a stereotypical or defamatory image of a transgender person appears in the media, the viewer may assume that all transgender people are actually like that; they have no real-life experience with which to compare it. Transgender issues can be complicated, but GLAAD staff are always available to answer questions, provide resources, and identify spokespeople.
As gender identity remains a topical issue, it raises interesting questions about equality and self-expression. According to the American Journal of Public Health90 percent of those who identify as transgender have experienced harassment or discrimination at some point in their life and more than one in ten have been evicted from their homes solely on the basis of their gender identity. Additionally, the National Transgender Discrimination Survey conducted inshowed that 41 percent of its participants had attempted suicide at some point in their life, citing sexual, physical, and verbal assault and discrimination as the main reasons.
One of my earliest memories, about five years old, was being yelled at by a teacher for going to the toilet with the girls. About the same age I realised I was different to these other boys. At the age of nine I refused to have my hair cut.
Trans people come of age at least twice in their lives. For many, the process of coming into oneself is beautifully long and continuous. Because of that, coming-of-age movies can be especially important to us; for me, they were not just entertainment, but a crucial developmental device. Until the last several years, trans people barely existed within the American consciousness.