Posted December 19, 2018 09:31:38 As a transgender female, I am constantly asked, “What’s next?”
It’s a question I get asked a lot in my role as a writer and as a spokesperson for Canva, a company that offers free resources to transgender people and their families.
Many of the resources offered in my books are about my own life and experiences.
But it’s also something I’ve been asked a ton recently as my identity as a woman has come under increasing scrutiny, especially by the conservative media and conservative politicians.
The conservative media has focused on my life story as a young woman.
They’ve made assumptions about my gender, my ability, my sexuality, my gender identity.
But they also have a deep fear of trans women.
They have an extremely high expectation of me as someone who’s not “normal” — and they are the ones who will decide what gender I am.
The reality is, I’ve never been a woman and my life is not “normally.”
My life is incredibly challenging and difficult.
I’ve lived my whole life as a girl and I’ve had to fight through a lot of trauma.
I have faced the most difficult periods of my life, but I’m a strong person and I have been through more than anyone could ever imagine.
So what’s next?
I am not sure what is next for myself, but my advice is to stay strong, keep trying to learn more about yourself and make progress.
What I can say is that my personal story is not unique to me.
Every transgender person I know has had to struggle to be who they are, and we all face the same challenges.
And as a trans woman, my story is one of incredible resilience, courage and perseverance.
There are so many ways that I can tell my story and share it to the world.
So, for those of you who are wondering what to do next, I have a few suggestions.
Start a support group.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received supportive emails from trans people who have come to my support group, who I have had a conversation with, who have helped me in a way that has made a huge difference in their lives.
I know that these are people who are doing amazing things to help others.
I want to encourage all of you to join one of these groups, especially if you’ve never done so before.
A lot of people think it’s just about getting to know each other and being friendly and kind.
But really, this is a space where we can share our stories and connect with each other in a safe space where the topics of transphobia, discrimination and oppression are discussed.
Join your local chapter of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
I don’t know if you know about this organization, but it has chapters across the country.
Many chapters have chapters in your area.
It’s great if you’re able to join them.
You don’t have to be a member of the organization to have some level of visibility in the community.
I started an online chapter for the National Transgender Discrimination Coalition (NTDC), and I’d encourage you to do the same.
And you can get in touch with me directly at [email protected] to learn how you can become a member.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your local trans advocate.
I always tell people, “It’s not that you’re not transgender.
It is that you have a lot to learn about transgender issues and that you need to be comfortable with your experiences and your identity.
So go out there and ask your local advocacy group about this issue, and learn about it and ask questions about it.”
Don’t limit yourself to talking to the local transgender community.
Trans people of all backgrounds are often marginalized, and many transgender people experience bullying, harassment and violence.
You should always listen to the advice of trans people of color, and you can find local support groups that are more inclusive of trans folks.
But I also want you to think about the issues that transgender people of colour face.
It doesn’t matter what the race or gender of your family or friends is.
Being transgender is not a race or a gender.
And many trans people are often the most vulnerable of the marginalized.
It means you have to start from the ground up, to get the support you need, and to make your own choices about your identity and your life.
Don, don’t be ashamed.
I’m so grateful for the opportunities that I’ve worked so hard for.
I would have never gotten where I am without the support of my friends, my family, and my community.
But as much as I love my family and friends, I don.
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