A lot of people from mainstream trans communities ask me, how can you be a person of faith, because even your own religion has been so horrible to LGBT people in general and trans people specifically? After my dad died I found a book about transgender young people and I gave it to my mum. Geena Rocero found success as a fashion model — but kept her birth gender a secret for nearly a decade, fearing what others would think. There are three sections — the male section, the female section and an ungendered section. One of my earliest memories, about five years old, was being yelled at by a teacher for going to the toilet with the girls.
The people you see in the media are usually one type of trans person.
7 talks on the transgender experience
At the age of nine I refused to have my hair cut. They mocked everything they could think of in terms of gender and sexuality. Within three or four months I told my ex how I felt and initially she was very supportive. There was a lot of tension. Nothing has happened in my life to make me trans. He died a week before I turned
You might not understand the nuances of the differences, but everyone is always making up new identities to match their experiences and that can only be a good thing. Be aggressive about your ambition: It makes other trans people scared to tell their stories. At TEDxAmsterdam she shares how she was finally able to live beyond the limits of traditional gender. A Jewish online magazine reported on that and it sparked off online, I got really abusive messages. There was a lot of tension. Nothing has happened in my life to make me trans.