Imagine stepping into a world where myths about transgender people are as common as misplaced socks. You know, the kind that everyone believes, but nobody knows why. Picture a game of ‘Whisper Down the Lane,’ where the first person says, “Transgender people are just confused,” and by the end of the line, it’s turned into “Transgender people are aliens from another planet!” Well, it’s time to clear the air, and trust me, there’s a lot to unpack.
Buckle up, because we’re about to dive into the world of the top ten bogus assumptions about transgender people, and it’s going to be a wild, myth-busting ride!
They All Get Surgery
Not all transgendered people choose to have surgery. Gender transition is a highly individual and personal process, and it can include a wide range of steps and interventions depending on the individual’s needs, desires, and circumstances. These include hormone therapy and a social transition involving changing their name, pronouns, and dress.
It’s A Mental Illness
The American Psychiatric Association and many other medical and mental health organizations around the world do not classify being transgender as a mental disorder. Instead, they recognize that gender dysphoria, which refers to the distress that may result from the incongruence between one’s gender identity and their assigned sex at birth, can be a mental health concern for some transgender individuals.
Transgender People Are Confused
This may be true for some, but it’s far from true for everyone. This myth assumes that being transgender is a phase or a result of confusion. Most transgender people have a clear and consistent understanding of their gender identity.
It’s Just A Fad / Trend
Some people mistakenly believe that being transgender is a recent trend. Gender diversity has existed throughout history and across cultures. While it may get more media attention now, evidence shows it’s not just a recent trend.
They Just Want Attention
Some outspoken transgender people may indeed want attention, but that’s far from the truth for most transgender people. Most want to feel normal and resist the attention.
Transgender People Are Overly Sexually Active
No evidence suggests that transgender people are more sexually active than any other type of person. A propensity to have sex is unrelated to one’s gender identity.
Transgender People Are Always Angry
It probably seems that transgender people are always angry or sad. One big reason is that they face constant ridicule and stares in public. That does not mean they are inherently angry people.
Aren’t All Transgender People Gay?
No. Gender identity and sexual orientation are distinct aspects of a person’s identity. Transgender people can have any sexual orientation—gay, straight, bisexual, etc.
It’s All About The Outward Appearance
Gender identity goes beyond physical attributes. It is about how someone feels internally and how they identify themselves.
Kids Are Too Young To Be Transgender
The most delicate part of this debate is when children are involved. Some children may begin to express a gender identity that differs from the sex they were assigned at a very young age, often as early as preschool or even earlier. It’s important to note that not all children who express a gender identity different from their birth gender will continue to identify as transgender as they grow older.