A regular column for this blog will be busting myths around sexuality. A small dose of reality we all need. So sit back and enjoy 5 Myths About –
#1 Trans is Gay
This most relevant myth about transgender. Some trans people are gay, but they are not gay because they are trans! Sexuality is separate from gender, and in the transgender population it can vary quite a bit. Who you attracted to is your sexuality, what gender you are is not your sexuality.
#2 It’s all about the sex/fetish, right?
Can cross-dressing be a fetish? Sure. But dressing for the gender you are is your right, and does not mean you are on the prowl for sexual satisfaction.
#3 Sex changes determined your sex
No, that’s only a small part of gender identity, and many transpeople choose not do gender reassignment – for many reasons. Surgery is expensive and one step on a very long road for gender reassignment, and whether or not they have the surgery should not (and does not) determine which gender they identify with.
#4 Gender confusion is a myth/phase/adolescent rebellion
No. Gender Identity Disorder (GID), or Gender Dysphoria, is a medical condition recognized in many countries. This is a real condition, with real consequences when not treated appropriately.
#5 Genitals! Genitals! Genitals!
I get it, you got sexual hangups, and talking about gender issues makes you uncomfortable. But unless you want to reframe every conversation you ever have about your life to include what your vagina or penis is going, stop making this about someone else’s genitals. Creepy, dude.
This subject could go beyond the 5, and there will probably be more, but let’s start there shall we?