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?
"Ugly" was the only word I had to describe my dysphoria, which meant it flew under the radar for a long time.
It gets tiresome to have to explain our lives and trauma repeatedly just so cisgender people can 'get an education.'
When society tells us that being cis is the only option, it can take years before we feel secure in ourselves as trans.