Transsexuals are a misunderstood culture. The prejudice concerning the transsexual here in the United States seems to be almost universal.
Men and women of all races and cultures share in this discrimination and exclusion. Even the homosexual communities seem to consider them to be an embarrassment.
So what is a transsexual anyway?
A transsexual, sometimes referred to as transgendered, is a person who was born to one gender but cannot identify with it. So through the use of hormones and surgery they commence to change from that, which they were born to, to that which is in their mind and heart.
They literally begin to try to reshape their bodies and their lives to that which fits what they feel. The price of such and endeavor is so very high, that some poor souls never make it.
Transsexuals are forced to complete years of therapy and must live totally as a woman (or man) for one full year before being allowed to undertake the operation that brings them to completion.
The cost of the changes necessary to create a more feminine or masculine appearance are enormous not to mention tedious. A lot of suffering must be endured in order for all this to come about.
One might think that after all the money has been spent, all the therapy has been done and the physical recovery has been achieved, they would be home free right? Nope, there is still more to overcome.
A Never Ending Road
Transsexuals face many difficulties. They’re usually lonely, rejected by others, and ridiculed for who they are. Often they’re disowned by their families, friends and even churches. It’s almost impossible to hold a job because people want nothing to do with them. Even TG (transgender) girls who completely pass as women feel isolated from others, because if their past is exposed, everything can change in an instant.
And Change It Will
I have a friend who fell in love with a girl about two summers ago. He showed me her picture and what I saw was a beautiful women. Later I met this girl. Lisa was her name. She was beautiful, elegant and graceful. The kind of girl you would want to bring home to mom in fact.
After a week or two Jeff calls me up and tells me Lisa is a dude. (At least she used to be) Now I can understand he might have been a little shocked but lets face it the plumbing was correct and she was everything a beautiful woman should be. But Jeff could not even bring himself to call her she anymore.
If She had been into women I would have called her up. As a matter of fact I did. (Just to talk silly) Lisa told me it’s that way with 90% of the people she meets. Once they find out she is transgendered they automatically begin to go through a process of disengagement. It starts with the pronouns.
Our country is full of people who are being discriminated against
No one faces it more than the transsexual. They only want to live their lives and be accepted for who they are. But people are freaked out by the idea of someone having a sex-change operation.
My Body Is My Own
Is it necessary for a transsexual to have the operation to be complete. Do we have the right as humans to change our own body to fit what we feel? Is one person more important than another? Don’t we all have the right to be individuals?
We have the right to do all kinds of things with our bodies. We have tattoos, piercings and even plastic surgery. Why is it so wrong for someone to go a step further in changing their body physically? Sometimes we do things to our bodies to make us feel better about ourselves. I think it is the same for transsexuals. They want their bodies to reflect the person within.
It May Seem Unnatural
For those of us who don’t experience what it’s like be a woman trapped in a mans body or vice versa, it may seem completely ridiculous but it’s really not that uncommon. These people have a psychological disorder known as Gender Dysphoria.
I believe we all know who we are, especially on the inside. A man feels like a man and a woman feels like a woman. Being who we are just comes naturally. Who’s to say what transsexual’s feelings about themselves are not just as real and natural?
According to The International Foundation for Gender Education, “from one in a thousand to one in ten thousand people are transsexuals. One half are male to female and the other female to male”
Imagine being born male and never feeling right. Your parents expect you to participate in what is appropriate for boys yet you feel like one of the girls. It might be hard to make friends because you feel different and out of place with the boys.
I’m talking about a deep down feeling of identity and where you need to belong. These feelings never go away, they are very real. Chances are you would be afraid to tell anyone how you feel, especially your parents. What if they didn’t accept you? What if they didn’t like what you told them and they rejected you? If you felt like you couldn’t tell anyone who you are, you would probably feel very lonely. Think of it like being locked in a dark room, hiding, not allowed to show yourself.
If we could think of transsexuals as an acceptable part of society, it would change things for the better. Why should they be rejected? Why should anyone face rejection for who they are? We all deserve to be treated as the unique and important individuals we were born to be! We live in a nation with a variety of people and beliefs. That’s how we need to recognize each other! One thing mankind crew all crave is relationship with others and it’s something we all deserve. We weren’t made to live alone.
We all have the right to be ourselves, whatever or whoever that may be. Step out of the box that keeps us from accepting each other for who we are. Accept Transsexuals just like we want to be accepted! They are a part of our society; a culture unto themselves. They have the same right to belong as anyone else! We need to be open to friendships and not to stereotypes. Transgendered people are just like everyone else. There is no good excuse to discriminate against them. They are, after all, some ones son or daughter even if they used to be some ones daughter or son.