I don’t know how old you are, and that could affect your options here. But either way, if you live with your parents, my advice is pretty much the same. First off, I want to say that there is no shame in staying in the closet if it is necessary to your survival. Many people hold off transition for safety reasons. If that’s not something you feel like you can do, then be prepared. Look for places in your area that offer support. Do you have a support network outside of your house? Friends or other, more supportive family who might offer you a place to stay? If not, the Trans* Housing Network is somewhere that you might find somewhere safe to stay. Tumblr is a great place to start to find people who you can talk to. The more of a support network you make outside the home, the more comfortable you become with yourself and with telling others about you. Sometimes your family can surprise you, but it’s never a bad idea to be prepared.
I can see where you are coming from and I appreciate the input, but I think we are going to leave it the way it is. The fact is, while there could be some confusion at first, as soon as someone looks at the map, they should know what we meant by Transgender Surgeons. We are not outing anyone (if outing was a concern, we would definitely change it). We used what we believe to be the most common wording people would search when looking for a surgeon. I hope that makes sense.
The CW has announced a new show in the works: “ZE,” an hour-long drama about a transgender teenager growing up in Texas. It will be the first mainstream show to be centered on a trans character.
The original, somewhat-insensitively written Hollywood Reporter post on the topic (linked in the much better Autostraddle coverage above) says that the main character will come out to his family as trans and navigate those relationships throughout his transition.
Recently, more and more trans* characters have been getting roles on mainstream TV. There are characters like Adam Torres on Degrassi, Alexis Meade from Ugly Betty and Unique from Glee, but none of them have been the main character of a show. This will mark the first primetime television show to have its main character be transgender. Additionally, trans* actresses like Laverne Cox in Orange is the New Black and Candis Cayne on Dirty Sexy Money and Elementary have been blazing trails by having trans* characters actually be played by trans* actors and actresses. Hopefully the CW will pick up where they have left off and cast a trans* actor in the lead role and any other roles that are for trans* characters. For the popular network to put a trans* actor in a starring role like this would be a great step in transgender visibility.
The CW does have some experience with trans* people on their shows. Back in 2008, Isis King was a transgender contestant on the eleventh cycle of America’s Next Top Model. She was eliminated in week five, but later returned in America’s Next Top Model: All Stars and has since had a successful career in the modeling and fashion worlds. Another transgender model, Virgg, was featured on the current cycle of the show.
As Autostraddle points out, it’s no longer unheard of to feature transgender characters on television, but it’s still pretty rare. In addition to a trans person being the main character as opposed to a side character, if this character actually uses the pronoun “ze,” as the show’s title would imply, that would be another pretty huge development; media has generally been slow to catch up on covering non-binary folks.
Hey, non-binary/genderqueer folks!
Check out this blog- read/contribute to the “Genderqueer/Non-Binary Pocket Survival Guide for Daily Life”
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I am currently looking for trans/trans* identified individuals to participate in a research project for my masters thesis entitled Hierarchies of Legitimacy: Policing trans* identities in cyberspace. Anyone who identified within the larger gender variant spectrum is welcome to be involved!
So basically I am looking at the way in which individuals on tumblr discuss who is viewed as “trans enough” to identify as certain trans/trans* identities. I will also be looking at how tumblr and the tagging system contributes to this.
Participation would include a recorded Skype interview that would last approximately an hour during which we would talk about our experiences on tumblr and our experiences with identity. I am using myself as a source of data as well so this interview will hopefully feel rather informal as we just chat about our view and experiences.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to send me a message on this account. I have placed a link for my own personal blog in the info section if you wish to learn more about me (the blog is the gateway to the soul they say).
If you are interested please provide me with an email that I can send you the official invitation and consent form so that you may look it over. I will only be interviewing approx 10 individuals as this is a qualitative study. Your participation will contribute to increasing awareness and information about various trans* identities and their complex relationships to cyberspaces.
Thank you for your time :).
EDMONTON – When 11-year-old Wren Kauffman goes back to school this week, he won’t be hiding the fact that he’s actually a girl.
Teachers, friends and other students at his Edmonton school know the truth – that he’s a girl on the outside but feels like a boy on the inside. And that’s why, even at such a young age, he has chosen to live in the world as the opposite sex, and not keep it a secret.
“I’m glad that I told everybody.”“If you’re not yourself, then it kind of gets sad and depressing,” says the freckle-faced kid with short-cropped hair.
More students these days are not just coming out in school as gay but also as transgender or transsexual, and they’re doing it at younger ages, says Kris Wells, a researcher with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta.
Some studies shows six out of 1,000 students experience transgenderism. About one out of 170 teachers are transgender.
Wells says his office gets calls and emails from parents and schools across the country at least once a day asking for advice. A few years ago, he helped a child swap sex roles while in Grade 2 at a Catholic school in rural Alberta.
Some students and their families choose a more secretive approach, switching schools or even moving to other provinces, so they can start fresh, he says. Others transition over the summer and return to school in the fall identifying with their new sex.
Brave students, like Wren, proudly announce who they used to be – and who they are now.
Wren, born Wrenna, says he doesn’t remember a time when he didn’t feel like a boy.
Growing up, he hated wearing dresses. He liked Spiderman and dressed up as comic book hero The Thing one Halloween. When he was five, he had his mom take him to a hairdresser to cut off his long, brown locks. He wanted to look like Zac Efron from the movie “High School Musical.”
Wendy Kauffman says she and her husband, Greg, knew their daughter was different. She would often ask: “When do I get to be a boy?” And she pleaded to be born again in order to come out right.
I’ve been dating the most amazing person ever. His name is Eli. He is an FTM and is working to create a documentary on Transgenderism.