Transitioning is when a person decides to start presenting and living as their authentic gender identity, rather than what they were prescribed physically at birth. It's a conflicting time in transgender people's lives, as they experience the euphoria of finally getting to be themselves, along with the negative social and financial impacts of the process. Support from friends, family, employers, coworkers, and the government has a huge impact on the physical and emotional effects of transitioning.
The symbol for transgender individuals, center, is flanked by ones for females pink at left and males blue at right. Some transgender researchers say that in recent years they have been feeling more included in the research community. This is part of a Cool Jobs series on the value of diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Think of your most noticeable feature. But whatever it is, for better or worse, it is probably not your most salient feature to the world around you. Gender identity haunts every aspect of our lives, dictating the outcomes of our conversations, our workplaces, our relationships — even our bath products.
Can someone who has lived as a man, with all the privilege that entails, really lay claim to womanhood? The response was swift. What right would you have to do so?
From schools and healthcare to immigration and identification, policies affecting trans people are advancing every day. Find the latest information about existing laws and policies, and how you can improve the laws and policies in your area. Learn about issues of violence facing transgender people and what can be done about it.
The news is full of stories about state laws limiting legal protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT community. The largest completed survey of transgender people found that almost half of all respondents—47 percent—had faced discrimination in hiring, promotion, or job retention, and 78 percent experienced at least one form of harassment or mistreatment at work because of their gender identity. Transgender people are individuals whose genders differ from the genders they were assigned at birth.
In the track-and-field community in Connecticut, the dominance of two transgender athletes has stirred resentment among some competitors and their families. Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller are sprinters for their respective high schools, and they also happen to be transgender. Many critics claim their gender identity gives them an unfair advantage, a familiar argument in a complex debate for transgender athletes around the world.
For the most part, I was haphazardly figuring out womanhood with a trial-and-error based approach. And aside from getting my weekly hormone injections, I was utterly in the dark about how to manifest my gender expression outwardly. I quickly learned that while trans people are presented with many difficulties, perhaps the most tedious, routine challenge we face is figuring out how to dress in ways that affirm our bodies and actualize our gender identities without causing us excruciating pain in the process.