I want to share with you something I came across that broke my heart and shocked me. I found the following excerpt on another blog. . .
The National suicide rate is 3 per 100,000 People. The Transgender Transsexual suicide rate is 31% of our group. Over 50% of Transsexuals will have had at least one suicide attempt by their 20th birthday. Even more self harm themselves daily either by cutting or self mutilation.
I think if society as a whole were more accepting of transgender people this would go down dramatically. I also think if parents were more open minded and had more information it would help them come to terms as well.
On the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) they frequently have shows about transgenders. I watched a couple of shows just this past Friday and it was very interesting. They talked about both male to female and female to male. There was even a 7 year old child who’s parents were supporting their daughter (although they admitted it was very hard). They are a great example of loving, understanding parents.
Too much ignorance in our society. All the shows do agree on one thing; so far nobody can explain why people are transgender, however, they do know it is real.
I think part of the problem is that many shows, like Jerry Springer, depicts TS people as clowns (that’s our own fault for participating. I was invited once and refused). They offer you a ride in a limo, hotel and a ticket to the show just to flat out make fun of you. Some people will do anything for the fifteen minutes of fame.
I think the shows that OWN are airing are very helpful. They show everyday transgenders and the struggles they go through. These are just real people trying to be who they are.
Well, you cannot expect society to change overnight.
One thing that I find really funny is how guys will laugh at you, point at you, call you a fag or tranny in public but behind four walls they want to be with you. Who are they fooling. I was talking to a TS from South America and she was telling me how people are so rude. She would walk down the street and they would call her names but behind closed doors they are more gay then her (taking it in the rear and mouth).
Honestly, I told her that it is very much different here in the states. Yes, you still have your homophobes and assholes but overall, people are much more accepting here. I don’t get harassed at all here in Miami. I feel like Americans are much more open minded. . .just my opinion from experiences.
One thing I have noticed is that the guys who call you names and treat you like crap in public are usually the ones that want to get together with you behind closed doors.
I get nasty emails all the time from guys saying things like that to me. The only way they could have found me is by searching transsexuals or shemales (what idiots!)
Anyway, pull together and be proud. You are not a freak! You are just being who you were meant to be.
Have a great Sunday, be safe, be well and enjoy everyday!
With Love Always,