Trans In America

There is an avenue of questioning I’ve thought about but never followed up on and it’s being Transgender/Transsexual in America or more to the point, in the United States because this is where I happen to live.

I decided to finally start looking into what information I can find online and what resources to look into offline, such as books, documentaries, magazine articles, and even daytime television if it’s worth watching… No Maury Povich, if you please.

I don’t mind having much of my contact with others being through online resources, but at some point I am going to have to embrace the world outside and it would make a real difference if I knew how to navigate these uncharted waters. It doesn’t help living someplace where LGBT+ is a hush, hush subject which is tolerated as long as it’s out of sight. Still, this is a part of the journey I feel I need to make. I don’t know what I’m going to find, but I’m sure it will be interesting.

14 thoughts on “Trans In America

  1. Kira, the History channel did a doc. following three people in Transgender Revolution. I had a guest speaker in a class, long ago, who educated my class on Transgender people. Education is vital. My guest speaker is a transgender person (who is awesome!). I will tell her about your blog.

  2. You may be able to find a PFLAG group somewhere nearby. If it’s all small towns, probably not, but even small cities often have PFLAG groups.

    This link is for the PFLAG website’s chapter locator. You may be able to find one within driving distance. PFLAG is often well organized to refer GLBT persons to the nearest actual resources or support groups.

  3. it is an interesting walk. wish the info was out 30 years ago almost 60 now and with grandkids and family i hide in the closet not as deep as i used to be. who knows maybe one day

    1. Yes, though I doubt even with as much information as is available today it would have helped me very much… the consequence of growing up in a fundamental religious family many members of which were born and raised in the deep South.

  4. You might be surprised at how much support there is out there. I do believe that the majority of people are tolerant and understanding; at the very least, they’re too polite to be mean in public. There is a lot of hate out there, but there must be more love.

    That’s what I have to keep telling myself, anyway.

  5. Community in real life is a wonderful thing. Even in the SF Bay Area, though, it can be tricky to find. I’m part of the Transgender Parents Support Group that meets at the LGBT Center in SF, but it’s a long public transit ride from my home on the Peninsula. San Mateo only had its first Pride event this year. There really isn’t anything (yet!) on the Peninsula.

    I’ve found community by just being a trans woman in this area. Yeah, I haven’t found many other trans persons in my immediate area and not having a car is very limiting.

    How far are you from the nearest LGBT-type community center?


      1. It is ridiculous. I life in a town which is nothing more than a suburb with delusions of grander. In the past there was a local PFLAG chapter but they closed down. There was also a Trans support group which closed because of a lack of interest back 09.
        I know the LGBT community here isn’t large, but no one can get a support structure together, or if they do, no one shows up.
        So we are left to go someplace else for the resources we need. Not just support, but legal and medical as well.

  6. I am going to presume that you have already checked out all of the colleges or universities in your area that are closer than 4 hours away to see if they have trans support resources that you could hook up with. I graduated from Ohio University, Athens Campus in 1971 and I contacted them recently and found that there was a center for trans students. I also had no trouble getting my transcripts and other records updated.

    1. Well, I happen to work at a small private university and they do have counseling and I think a small gay/lesbian support network, but seeing how it also where I work an no one can keep their moths shut, it would be dangerous for my continued employment status to seek help here.
      There is also another college nearby which I recently found out had a trans support group but it has shut down for a number of reasons (the support group, not the college). I have some other things to look into but I’m not holding my breath.

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