In today’s world, the scope of being a transgendered individual has changed drastically. What was once deemed more of a taboo subject globally has now become much widely accepted in different countries around the world, and many people have learned to respect individuals that identify themselves as transgender. But being a transgender in some part of the world it has not been fully embraced, especially in continents like Africa.
However, the acceptance of transgenders did not happen at once. There was a string movement that led to such reality. The life of a transgender can be severely tough even in countries like America and Philippines were it accepted, many suffer complete rejection from their family, friends, and members of the society. These rejections have triggered transgenders into severe depression, thus leading to an increase in the rate of suicides. From a global survey, pool respondents were shown to have attempted to take their lives around 45% of the time. It is significant, as sexual harassment is one of the biggest causes, followed by physical harassment or assault and causes of job losses due to numerous bias.
So what does it mean to be a transgender person? Generally, a person who identifies as transexual or transgender were born with male or female anatomies, but feel they were not born into the right body and are willing to alter their body to suit the gender which they think is the right one. Being a transgender does not fall to a certain kind of people, the poor, the rich, the ugly, the good-looking, the common men and the elite have all come out of the closet. Bruce Jenner now known as Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Caroline Cossy, are few of the global celebrities who have identified themselves as transgender.
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Same day just one year later, November 21 will always be a special one for me. The day I took my first testosterone shot and changed my life for the better. So much of me has changed with in this last year and I’m constantly learning so much about myself and who I am. I can honestly say I’m genuinely happy and satisfied with who I am and who I’m becoming. – To the love of my life @rr_bradley you don’t know how grateful I am for your existence thank you for being patient with me, I appreciate you and I love you. 💐💕 – Also to my family and friends thank y’all for being on this journey with me. I appreciate all the positive messages, and comments it really means a lot to me seeing how you all are being so receptive and accepting. I’ve enjoyed becoming an educator, mentor, and a resource while using my voice for something bigger than me. – Year ☝🏾 down, looking forward to the years to come! Happy one year anniversary to me, and happy early Thanksgiving 🦃! Forever grateful for finding true happiness within and with myself! – A lot of people can’t say my name so the correct pronunciation of my name is K-SIN not Ky-sin or K-Seen 🗣 pronounced like Jason but with a K. . . . . . #blacktransmagic #blacklgbt #blacklgbtq #blackftm #ftm #transgender #transgendermale #blacktransgendermale #blackandtransgender #blackandtrans #blacktransman #guyslikeus #manofmydesign #testosterone #vitamint #oneyearonhrt #hrt #oneyearupdate #thisiswhattranslookslike
There are also some Nigerians who have made it known to the public that they are transgender, but due to the stiff penalty imposed on being a transgender in Nigeria, these people have moved to tolerant countries. Some of them include Stephanie Rose formerly known as Dapo Adaralegbe, Miss Sahara who was formerly known as Clifford Oche, etc. With the current rate of individuals identifying themselves as transgender, there has been a sudden increase in the scale as many people all over the world are coming out the closet daily. But in Nigeria, there is a 14 year jail-term waiting for whoever dared coming out of this closet.
Being a transgender does not attribute to a man just being feminine who a woman being masculine; science has played a pivotal role in making the “trans process” an easy one. Drugs, surgery medication, are now available for a male to develop breast, buttocks, hips and other feminine characteristics.
Women are not left out too; there are medications also that make them develop beard, deeper voice, biceps, and masculine traits. Like I earlier stated, many people are now identifying themselves as transgender rather than discriminate or abuse them; we should show strong support.
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