Many of the people who still insist that being transgender is a 'disorder' don’t actually care about our mental health.
When you create a definition of transgender that relies on gatekeeping, the door is wide open for friendly fire.
"I am absolutely terrified that my mental health status will be used against me."
I remember being wheeled into the operating room and thinking, "Am I seriously doing this?"
Maybe the pain of being transgender is not random chaos in the universe, but the pangs of a deeper awareness.
“I get it! Sometimes I hate my body too."
How many opportunities have we missed to make this community safer and more affirming because we were unwilling to make ourselves uncomfortable?