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The authenticity gap: Are trans people really ‘real’?

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People are just people.
Why do some people seem to have a problem with that?
Let’s make 2015 a year to end hatred and discrimination against those who are causing no one any problems, other than those they generate for themselves through ignorance and fear.
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a gentleman and a scholar

It’s far enough into January that most of us have had time to break the usual New Year’s resolutions, if we bother to make them at all. But for all the cis (non-trans) people reading this, I have a challenge for you – one that would actually make a real difference.

Do you genuinely believe that trans people are as authentic, as real, as you are?

Maybe that seems like an odd question to ask. I’m not the first trans person to say that 2014 felt like a transformative year for trans rights: greater public awareness, more mainstream support, a broader understanding of what it is to be trans, and of why it’s wrong to discriminate against us. Laverne Cox was all the rage, Janet Mock’s debut book achieved critical and commercial success, and here in the UK our most prominent children’s channel broadcast a programme made by trans kids…

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Author: SandySB

Child and adolescent psychiatrist. Parent. Blogger.

2 thoughts on “The authenticity gap: Are trans people really ‘real’?

  1. “People are just people. Why do some people seem to have a problem with that?
    Let’s make 2015 a year to end hatred and discrimination against those who are causing no one any problems, other than those they generate for themselves through ignorance and fear.”

    Feels like you missed the message of an author who wrote:

    “We have passive support from those who accept trans rights as part of a general liberal mindset – the ‘I may not agree or understand, but it’s their right to do as they see fit’. We might well have well-meaning support from those who care about human rights, who don’t want others to suffer – the ‘I can’t imagine how hard it must be, and it’s just not kind to discriminate’.”

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  2. I would not agree that i missed the message.
    We all create problems and difficultiess when we do not understand or have been taught to fear, and therefore hate difference.
    Ignorance and closed minds are problematic for everyone, especially those who end up veing the target.
    dsandy

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