Conversations with Trans people

Conversations with Trans people

Transpire founder Gina Denham undertakes some novel research into what makes trans people tick 

CONVERSATIONS WITH TRANS PEOPLE

In order to empower people in the LGBT community it’s important to understand some of the things that we suffer. In this case, I’ve been searching the internet for random conversations that transpeople were having about their experiences, so that others could see the problems we encountered. It’s very much  work in progress, but here’s some examples –

Younger Trans person “It doesn’t feel like a gift.”

Older Trans person, “It never does at first.”

Former Trans soldier

“In the beginning the bigots were just targeting transpeople. Then they began to try and identify people who they thought would eventually have trans children or grandchildren, and they started targeting everyone. Many of the our allies tried to help us, it was a slaughter… leaving only the worst people in charge. I’ve been in a lot of wars, I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Trans person discussing being closeted to another transperson in denial

“If you’re using half your concentration to look “normal”, then you’re only half paying attention to whatever else you’re doing. I’m just pointing out something that could save your life. You want society to accept you, but you can’t even accept yourself”

Trans person

“There’s more to it than simply be trans. To be trans means possessing a strength of will — of self identity — that nothing can subvert. For better or worse, being trans means not merely being born a transperson… but a hero.”

Trans person

” Are you a God-fearing man? That is such a strange phrase. I’ve always thought of God as a teacher; a bringer of light, wisdom, and understanding. You see, I think what you really fear is me. Me and my kind. Trans people. Oh, it’s not so surprising really. Mankind has always feared what it doesn’t understand. Well, don’t fear God, and certainly don’t fear me. Not any more”

Trans person

A new generation of transpeople is emerging, that much is certain. They will be called freaks, monstrosities. […] But they are emerging in the inner cities, in the suburbs, in the deserts and the jungles. And when they emerge, they will need teachers, people who can help them overcome their fear and show them how to be themselves. They will need us”

Trans person

“All I ever wanted was the right to wake up every day and be who I want to be.”

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Actually I didn’t search the internet for quotes from trans people. I used the i
nternet to find random quotes from the X-men films and comic books. When I put myself in the situation of being an x-men, my world takes on a different appearance. Seeing myself as a “hero”, possessing a gift, makes me feel a whole lot better about just being me. It puts everything in to context.  It empowers
me to ignore what people from the non-trans community might say or do to me. Obviously, the “trans” bit I just used as its pertinent to my own situation, but it applies to any situation where a person feels they cannot be themselves, and are targeted just for being different. It works for
me and you can decide if it works for you.

X-Men: Apocalypse

Cyclops  said, “It doesn’t feel like a gift.”  To which Xavier replies, “It never does at first.”

X-men Days of future past

Logan.” In the beginning the Sentinels were just targeting mutants. Then they began to identify the genetics in non-mutants who’d eventually have mutant children or grandchildren, and they started targeting everyone. Many of the humans tried to help us, it was a slaughter… leaving only the worst of humanity in charge. I’ve been in a lot of wars, I’ve never seen anything like this. And it all starts with her”

X-men First class

Erik Lehnsherr [to Mystique] ,”If you’re using half your concentration to look normal, then you’re only half paying attention to whatever else you’re doing. Just pointing out something that could save your life. You want society to accept you, but you can’t even accept yourself”.

Storm, “There’s more to it than simply possessing super powers. To be an X-Man means possessing a strength of will — of self identity — that nothing can subvert. For better or worse, being an X-Man means not merely being born a mutant… but a hero.”

Magneto, “Are you a God-fearing man, Senator? That is such a strange phrase. I’ve always thought of God as a teacher; a bringer of light, wisdom, and understanding. You see, I think what you really fear is me. Me and my kind. The Brotherhood of Mutants. Oh, it’s not so surprising really. Mankind has always feared what it doesn’t understand. Well, don’t fear God, Senator, and certainly don’t fear me. Not any more”.

“A new generation of mutants is emerging, that much is certain. They will be called freaks. Genetic monstrosities. […] But they are emerging in the inner cities, in the suburbs, in the deserts and the jungles. And when they emerge, they will need teachers, people who can help them overcome their anger and show them how to use their strange gifts responsibly. They will need us” Charles Xavier (Earth-616)

“All I ever wanted was the right to wake up every day and be who I want to be.”  Quentin Quire/kid Omega

Gina Denham

gina.costin@transpiresouthend.org

www.transpiresouthend.org

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