Many trans* people are unable to live open and honest lives in public. We oftentimes live a very private double-life filled with constant fear. There are varied reasons for this. Very often trans* people are discriminated against in the broader society, and many religious communities actively work to deny us our civil rights. Many of us have lost family, friends, career, housing, health and even life simply because we do not look like the stereotypical males and females. Many times this goes hand-in-hand with discrimination against gay, lesbian and bisexual people.
Oftentimes, trans* people are looked upon as prostitutes or sexual deviants, and the idea of a "man in a dress" using the women's rest room in public serves only to inflame the fires of hatred and discrimination against us. Therefore, it can be difficult to get trans* people to participate in public events with the broader trans* community.
This is very understandable; however, if we want to be seen as "real" people and taken seriously we have to show the world a positive image. The only way we can do that is stand together in public
Now, with this said, each individual TG has to look very closely at his/her situation. No one would ever encourage a person to do anything they are uncomfortable doing or even worst, putting themself in a position of risk. So, how can a person get involved, many ways. Here are some and I hope to add many as time permits:
These are only a few of the ways a person can get involved in improving the transgender image. If we want freedom to be outselves, we have to improve our image. As you can see, it isn't required to "out" yourself to do many of these things as Sienna does not encourage coming out as a rule. We will help in the process if requested though.
If you have any suggestions as to anything else we can add to this list, let us know. You can also make comments below. Thank you.