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Andreja Pejić on Coming Out as Transgender
I actually feel like my “coming out” to the world is in fact part of my transition into womanhood and a point of validation as big as any physical change. Gender also has a social component. It’s not enough to simply change your body — every trans person wants to be accepted by society in a role that matches their gender identity. I also am very aware that many transgender individuals chose not to undergo SRS, it was [a] necessary step for me but, that’s all it is, a step in a long process.
It is no longer a secret that the transgender community is one of the most disadvantaged social minorities in this country and [many others]. I think access to employment (unemployment stands at twice the national average) and healthcare (the attempted suicide rate stands at 40 percent) are of primary importance. Education about transgenderism in schools and institutions is vital. Laws need to be put in place to protect individuals from discrimination. As Janet and Laverne have pointed out many times, the murder and abuse of trans women of color in this country must stop!
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