The unknown terrifies people. Educating people about Transgender people and our issues takes this fear away. Faces are put on Transgender people. The demons of fear and ignorance are dismissed.
The following article is nothing more than Transgender 101 and yet such tutorials are dearly needed.
This is a very special hat tip to the writer and publisher for recognizing the value of such a well written and researched article and then publishing it.
Transitions: Transgender people can struggle to find their identities
From the time he could crawl, Jack Bowser was totally into being a boy.
No reliable statistics
No one knows exactly how many transgender people there are in the United States, according to Justin Tanis with the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Struggling with gender
As a boy living in rural northern Pennsylvania, Suzane Oliva would sneak out of the house once everyone was sleeping and walk two miles to church alone in the dark. “I’d pray at the railing that God would change me into a woman. Nothing changed; that was the real distressing thing,” said Oliva.
“As diverse as we are as Americans, our culture is still pretty uncomfortable with anything that hints of sexuality,” said Amy Keisling, a Susquehanna Twp. therapist who has treated 15 to 20 transgender people. “We glorify it in popular media and in celebrity, but freak out when a woman publicly breast feeds her child, for example.”
A Carlisle-area nurse practitioner who treats transgender people thinks their situation is just part of nature.ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Posted by De Sube at 2/28/2010 08:28:00 AM