If you could answer me one question on the subject, it would be:
What do you think of when someone mentions the term ‘transgender’?
I am always reminded of Laverne Cox and the TV show Orange is the new black.
I think that she is doing something very positive for the LGBTQ community – because she plays a character who has to leave her old family in order to feel like herself. This is not exactly the easiest of T.G stories. For this reason, I respect her and the writers for showing the public the emotional and tangible sacrifices that some T.G people have to make.
What else? Well…
I am also reminded of my old best friend, who went through the transition last year, and who looks at me with murderous eyes when I call her by her old name. “It’s Denise, not Drew.”
I say old because, well, I think we drifted apart since she changed. I don’t blame her or hold her responsible, but I do think that she wanted any reminder of her past gender to be out of her life. Which is something I find extremely disappointing, as I consider myself an open – minded individual who would be very sensitive to the way she feels.
Two issues I plan on addressing in this up and coming article are; the fact that the existence of transgender individuals affects your friendships and relationships with family members…and I also plan on finding out if any transgender individuals feel as if they are having their rights breached by society…in a similar way that homosexual people were once scrutinized.
If you feel like answering my question at the top, then please comment and I might even put your views into the final piece.
Signed, the truth about journalism.