Supporting Family With Transgenders
The reason an individual is gender variant or transgender within the family is not known to anyone. Although some people have attributed childhood experiences and parenting as the cause, this motion has no evidence or proof. Thus, no one is at fault- not even you or any member of your family. However, you can also play a crucial role in influencing your family members’ perception of you and the phenomenon. Gender Center is particularly concerned about providing means and services that will reduce and stop the challenges experienced by transgender people in the family.
Many people suffer various mental and emotional conditions due to their gender expressions and gender identity. These conditions could include sadness, anger, surprise, shock, disappointment, and even fear. This calls for the family to understand that people should be allowed to dress and play the way they feel is right. There should be no pressure on the lifestyle of any member of the family as a result of their gender identity. As a gender variant person, your questions, feelings, and concerns are vital, and you should know that many people have gone through a similar process. Just have in mind that you are not alone. Recent research has shown that a lot of people do not make their gender identity known at an early age. Most of them would likely wait until later in life. This is as a result of some reasons. Discrimination at work, safety concerns, and fear of disassociation from friends and family are among the reasons people do not reveal their gender identity at an early age. Therefore, the family has vital roles to play in ensuring positive and high self-worth and perception for transgender members in the family. Members of the family also need to develop healthy means of communicating with transgender persons. This will prevent any form of discrimination against and identity and being. Conversations with transgender persons should also be void of harsh or derogatory comments. To avoid these derogatory remarks when talking with transgender persons in the family, some communication tips can be adopted. It is healthy when every member of the member gets used to these tips. It will promote peaceful coexistence and healthy living in the family. Some of the tips are:
The name or pronoun with which to address transgender members Ways in which the family has made a living uncomfortably for the individuals Their relationships with people and friends What each member of the family can do to support them Adherence to these tips will encourage transgender people to live without fear in the family. With resources, support, and love from the family, transgender people will have the opportunity to lead a happy and healthy life. Thus, the quicker parents or guardians, family members, and friends accept their transgender members wholeheartedly, the better for them. Being positive and proud of one’s gender identity can go a long way in improving one’s self-worth and esteem. It will also reduce the emotional and mental stress that comes with hiding one’s self. As earlier cited, non-discriminatory words should also be used when communicating with transgender persons.