In today's society, being transgender is widely accepted in the UK. However, there is still a lot of criticism as well as a lack of understanding among some people. Being educated on LGBT+ topics can help prevent discrimination and can help people to be more open-minded towards different people. In this article, you will learn about what it means to be transgender and how to understand people who are transgender.
Firstly, what does it mean to be transgender? To put it simply, the word "transgender" is used towards people whose gender identity is different from the sex they were assigned at birth. For example, a person who is biologically male at birth might identify as female. Transgender identity is usually put into 2 categories: binary and non-binary. People who are non-binary do not identify as either male or female and will usually go by gender-neutral pronouns (they/them). People who are transgender binary identify as either male or female. People who transition into their preferred gender may transition socially (such as a change of clothes or name) and medically (surgery and/or hormones). However, not all transgender people might want to transition medically.
Next, what should you do if someone you know comes out to you as transgender? A lot of people may be shocked and have questions, but it is always important to be respectful and open-minded. One of the most important things to do if somebody comes out to you is to ask the person how they want to be referred as, or if there is a certain name they want to be called by. It is absolutely fine to ask questions, but make sure the questions are appropriate and not personal. For example, do not ask the person if they will get surgery or what their birth name was. These questions can be inappropriate and invasive. Statistics show that 98% of transgender people are victims of transphobia and 25% have experienced physical violence because of their identity.
In conclusion, you should now be able to understand what being transgender means and how to respect transgender people. Understanding this can help to create a safer society and prevent discrimination. Thank you for reading this article.