As part of a series of editorials about transgender experiences, we are featuring personal stories that reflect the strength, diversity and challenges of the community. Welcome to this evolving collection. Please upgrade your browser.
As gender identity remains a topical issue, it raises interesting questions about equality and self-expression. According to the American Journal of Public Health90 percent of those who identify as transgender have experienced harassment or discrimination at some point in their life and more than one in ten have been evicted from their homes solely on the basis of their gender identity. Additionally, the National Transgender Discrimination Survey conducted inshowed that 41 percent of its participants had attempted suicide at some point in their life, citing sexual, physical, and verbal assault and discrimination as the main reasons.
By one reputable estimate, transgender adults represent about 0. Among the 43 transgender respondents we interviewed, most said they first felt their gender was different from their birth sex before puberty. For many, being transgender is a core part of their overall identity, even if they may not widely share this fact about themselves with many people in their lives.
It has been one year since New Hampshire passed a law that protects against discrimination based on gender identityand there is more conversation nationally and in New Hampshire around transgender issues. Listen Listening Our Panel:. Submit your questions and stories:.
Danny Nett. Danica Roem of Virginia became the first out trans person to be elected to a state legislature. As gay, lesbian and transgender activists around the United States felt a renewed sense of urgency under a new administration, cast a definitive spotlight on transgender rights.
The Tretter Transgender Oral History Project TTOHP is committed to collecting, preserving, and making available oral histories of gender transgression, broadly understood through a trans framework. These oral histories numbering in total are posted online. There is also an online exhibit about Phase 1.
Emme, a transgender high school student, first started struggling with her gender identity when she was around 11 or 12 years old, she says. When she started going through puberty and her body began changing physically, she realized quickly she was unhappy, and took time to figure out what she needed and wanted to feel better. After coming out to her mother and father, she says they had a lot of questions and had to do their own emotional work about her decisions, but that they were also consistently supportive of her.
One of my earliest memories, about five years old, was being yelled at by a teacher for going to the toilet with the girls. About the same age I realised I was different to these other boys. At the age of nine I refused to have my hair cut. School was extremely difficult.
Femalesby Andrea Long Chu Verso hide caption. Helen Harris, a former systems engineer for Dell, says her career was derailed a few years ago because of the way she looks. She was born and identifies as a woman.