|Posted by Transgender Education Collaboration on April 17, 2012 at 7:55 PM|
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As a minority group, Transgender people are often subjected to dangerous stereotypes. We are said to be predators lurking in bathrooms. We are said to be caricatures of the gender we identify as. We are called fakes. Much of society has internalized these stereotypes- including many transgender individuals internalizing this as self hate. We must educate and become visible if we are going to dispel these stereotypes. We must also search within ourselves to overcome our own self loathing. We are part of the beautiful diversity in the world! We are individuals with a very unique life experience!
We posted on our Facebook earlier today about stereotypes in coverage of transgender individuals. In documentaries or news stories we will see images of transgender women shaving their legs or applying makeup. Transgender men will be shown shaving their faces.
What stereotypes have you encountered personally from other individuals? How have you overcome them? How are we, as a community, best able to over come societies stereotypes? How can we use education?
Do any readers have stories of overcoming their own internalized stereotyping and self hate that they would be willing to share as a guest blog? If so please write us at email@example.com