Being transgender doesn't mean you have to be alone. Actually, I prefer "gender variant", "gender free", or "gender positive" - but the point here is that together, acting as a community, we can and are changing the world.
We strive to serve a diverse audience: Some people identify as transgender, trans, transsexual, cross-dressers – or know someone who does – and some reject labels all together. That’s great -- because the important word was people. Let's not forget, wherever our conversations go, that we are all people, people who deserve the same respect, safety, and human rights as everyone else. I certainly can’t speak for everyone, nor do I try – all I can do is speak for myself. Let me say this, then: I reject the notion that there are two boxes, “Male” and “Female”, and that an individual most fit into one of these two boxes their entire life.
Instead, I think of gender as a spectrum, that spectrum existing as one property of many characteristics: gender expression and gender identity are two examples. In fact, I’m not sure that “Male” and “Female” are necessarily the two dichotomous ends of the spectrum.
I invite you to journey with me, to look at these issues and so many more. As a community we can build a more accepting and safer environment.
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