The Trans Experience

There is something that is totally unique about the trans experience that nobody else is able to properly relate to. Till recently transgender people has never been in the media, and even when we were shown it was just a dead transgender sex worker, or a crossdressing man in a very transphobic joke.

The average cisgender person is never given a chance to learn what it is like to be trans and while many people are very accepting of us, they do not really understand us at all.

The question is though, how much responsibility do we hold to educate them?

I feel like we have no right to complain about how people treat us if we do not spend the time and effort to help educate the rest of the world. Even when we ourselves are baby trans, there are so many things that we ourselves do not understand either that we slowly learn from other trans people or from interacting with the rest of the world. It is unfair of us to expect others to automatically know these things.

Of course that doesn’t mean we should expose ourselves to bigotry and harmful transphobic attacks to educate people, but I personally have a policy, that as long as someone who is genuinely trying to learn, asks me a question respectful way, I will always help educate them. If these questions are too personal or rude in nature I will also explain to others why their questions are so in lieu of answering them even. This I feel is our burden to bear if we are to help better the world for the next generation of our transgender family.

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