Transphobia is often based on the belief that transgender people are not valid or that they are something less than a cisgender people. This belief is often rooted in ignorance and fear.
Transphobia can have a devastating impact on the lives of transgender people.
It can lead to feelings of isolation, shame, anxiety, depression, gender dysphoria and in extreme cases suicide.
It can also make transgender people more vulnerable to harassment and violence.
It is important to remember that transgender people are just like everyone else. They deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.
We can all help to create a more inclusive and welcoming society for transgender people by challenging transphobia and discrimination towards transgender people. As we should do for all minorities and humans!
Here are some things everyone can do to help transgender people tackle Transphobia:
- Educate yourself about transgender issues, if nothing else speak to transgender people and discuss things with them.
- Challenge transphobia when you see it. Don’t stand idlily by while people are subjected to abuse.
- Support transgender people in your life. If you have friends who are trans then you will probably understand more then most. Become a trans ally.
- Donate to organizations that are working to improve the lives of transgender people.
By taking these steps, we can help to create a more accepting and welcoming world for transgender people.
Some examples of transphobia:
- Using the wrong name or pronouns for a transgender person. Sometime this might be done without thinking by family and friends but if its malicious it is seen as transphobic.
- Making jokes or comments about transgender people. If you wouldn’t say it to my face, don’t say it!
- Refusing to allow a transgender person to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. We just want to pee!
- Harassing or discriminating against a transgender person in employment, housing, or healthcare.
If you see someone being transphobic, especially in a work environment, it is important to speak up. You can do this by:
- Telling the person that their behavior is not acceptable.
- Reporting the incident to a manager, supervisor or your HR department.
- Standing up for the transgender person and letting them know that you support them.
By speaking up against transphobia, we can help to create a more inclusive and welcoming world for transgender people.