Where are transgender friendly clothing stores
Trans * is a generic term for people who do not identify or only identify with the gender that was assigned to them at birth. The opposite of this is C # *. The asterisk or underscore stands as a placeholder for the diversity of trans and gender identities.
In common parlance, “life in the wrong body” is often used when talking about trans * people. That is not entirely true. The conflict also arises from the definition of what is male or female, “right” male or female.
Trans * knows many different terms
Trans * gender refers to all people who feel they belong to the opposite sex: Trans * women have a female gender identity, with a previously assigned male gender. Trans * men have a male gender identity, they were assigned a female gender at birth.
Instead of trans * sexual, the term trans * ident is now used more frequently. This should make it clear that it is not primarily about sexuality, but about questions of identity. Who am I and where is my place in a society that has defined and standardized how men and women should look and behave?
It's about the relationship between body and identity
Does a penis make a man a man? Or does a clitoris make a man a woman? What role does beard growth play? Breasts? How much do internal and external organs have to do with sensation and gender identity?
In numerous studies, attempts have been made and continue to be made to explain the emergence of trans * sexuality / trans * gender. One thesis: gender is in the brain. “Gender identity develops as a result of an interaction between the maturation of the brain and sex hormones.” And this is not necessarily congruent with external physical characteristics (cf. A gender difference in the human brain and its relationship to transsexuality, by J.-N. Zhou, MA Hofman , LJ Gooren and DF Swaab, source: transfamily.nrw)
The talk of “living in the wrong body” also assumes that trans * people always have the need to have their bodies changed in such a way that it fits their feelings. That is not necessarily the case. In addition to behavioral changes, hormonal treatments or operations are various possible ways of adapting to the conflict between the gender at birth and gender identity. Changes to first names or civil status are always preceded by long therapeutic and bureaucratic processes, reports and treatments. (see www.transfamily.nrw)
The public toilet is not the biggest problem
How little space there is for identities beyond the normalized man or woman being in our bisexual society is always present in everyday life: departments for men and women in clothing stores, guides for men and women, toilets for men and women. A first visible reaction to this: In some cities there are now unisex or queer toilets.
More problematic than the question: which public toilet can I use? for trans * people is the question of where and how they can get support with health or psychological issues.
The identity conflicts that trans * people experience are a strong psychological burden. It is difficult for trans * people to participate in social life without exclusion and discrimination. The suicide rate among trans * people is high. According to an American study, trans * gender people are up to 22 times more likely to have thoughts of suicide or attempted suicide compared to people who accept their biologically defined gender (see https://www.epochtimes.de/gesundheit/studie-belegt-hohe -rate-an-suicide-thoughts-and-try-under-transgendern-a2126446.html, source: https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-05-20-transgenders-found-to-exhibit-shockingly-high-rates -of-suicidal-thoughts-and-attempts.html)
Even in Germany there are still too few specially trained therapists or doctors who accompany trans * people on their way.
Trans * self-help
Trans * gender initiatives support trans * people in these processes. They work to ensure that people can identify themselves as male or female regardless of their defined gender at birth and live accordingly freely. Trans-NRW is, for example, an organization for the coordination of self-help work in the trans * area, located at the state association of NRW of the Lesbian and Gay Association of Germany. http://trans-nrw.de
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