Today, most people are exposed to transgender stories and people through the media and the news. And, it turns out, that there is a lot of gender diversity within the Queer community. More and more young people are identifying as gender diverse. “Transgender” used to be understood as a very binary construct. People were born male or female. Some people born male were females born in the wrong body and vice versa. Well, it isn’t quite that simple. Just as there is a spectrum of sexuality (i.e., the Kinsey Scale), there is a spectrum of gender. Gender fluid individuals live along a spectrum in which there are no hard and fast identifications. For example, a trans woman may not be hyper-feminine and a trans man may not be hyper-masculine which is what most people expect.
Gay, Lesbian and Bi/Pan are sexual orientations. Transgender is a gender orientation. It is possible to be Trans and Straight, Trans and Gay/Lesbian, Trans and Bi, etc. Transgender individuals can be feminine, masculine or fall somewhere in between. Just as there are many people who fall somewhere between exclusively straight and gay (even if only in thoughts), there are many people who fall somewhere between male and female/masculine and feminine. These are the people who don’t feel like they belong anywhere. Just as Bi people get grief from both straight and gay people (“Pick a side already!”), spectrum-living Trans individuals get grief.
This is only one of many issues that the Gender Justice NV organization helps people work through. The LGBT community has been led primarily by gay, white, cisgender men. This organization can provide leadership and training where it was lacking before. They focus on 3 main pillars:
This includes “101” classes, workshops and education for the medical community (providers, students), community-based organizations and educators.
Teaching people how to tell their life stories/experiences/discriminations, how to work with the media. Knowing how to tell your story, and that you matter, is extremely powerful.
They can assist with completing documents (transitioning, “X” on driver’s licenses vs. Male or Female), therapists, doctors, social support.
You can check out their website at www.genderjusticenv.org and on social media (Facebook, Instagram).
If you need to speak to someone, you can reach out to Sy via email at email@example.com. You can follow them on Instagram, as well.
They have opportunities to get involved through volunteering and internships. Please reach out and see how you can help in this very important work.