Transgender individuals go through a lot of emotional and physical stress, being trapped inside of the wrong body is a heart breaking concept and it’s what many transgender individuals go through.
Recently the transgender community has gained a lot of attention, with the likes of Miles Mckenna and Aydian Dowling raising awareness and creating an amazing community for the younger generations to enter.
I am so happy to see the Trans community gaining exposure and it’s amazing to see.
But.. & there is always a but. For me, there isn’t a lot of exposure for MTF individuals and they aren’t seen over the mainstream media as much. So this post, you may have guessed it. We are having an insight to MTF individuals and showing how amazing our sisters truly are!
Our first insight is from Sam, she’s an aspiring make up artist & identifies as a trans woman.
As someone who grew up in a Muslim family, it was extremely difficult for me to be true to myself and come out. Since I was 6 or 7, I was devoted to my religion by always meeting the “requirements” from God. I am grateful of these memories and experiences as I learned a lot of good things:
1. Be kind and generous to your neighbour
2. Pray for other people and not for yourself
These were just samples of ways of living that I learned. For some reason, there’s always this feminine side of me that I discovered when I was 13… I used to live with two different faces, the lie when I’m in front of people and the truth when I’m alone.
To be able to BE BRAVE and to be TRUE TO YOURSELF is the best gift you could give to yourself. That is my message to everyone who is still in that phase of life.
Be kind enough to be true to yourself. What people think of you doesn’t really matter the moment you start believing and living your own truth.
You don’t need to reason with yourself when you’re coming out, because there’s no such valid reason that will please everyone. My advice is to come out to people who genuinely care and love you as you will be needing a support system throughout.
No matter what society or religion says, being true to yourself is more important.
Just like with FTM individuals, being transgender is a different experience for everyone. Some may want to fully transition, take hormones or have surgery. Whatever you decide, your identity isn’t defined by how much you have transitioned or if you have transitioned at all. It’s completely down to you.
Now, there are many well-known MTF individuals out there who amazing role models to many MTF individuals (par one but that’s for another day!)
By having these strong women in the media, they are shaping the way the future generations. Below is an amazing video by Carmen Carrera addressing many issues trans women face.
I believe this is what is needed & although there are these amazing role models, the resources available MTF individuals are still limited compared to FTM.
Maybe I’m searching wrong? But why is this?
Could it be that Trans women aren’t respected?
Could it be with the rise in popularity of Ru Paul’s Drag race, people don’t take trans women seriously?
Could it be that the concept of a male transitioning to female society can’t understand?
What is it that makes MTF individuals forgotten!?!?
There could be genuine reasons, but the lack of resources and help for MTF individuals is scary. It baffles me because these individuals need as much help & guidance as everyone else.
Below are some links I’ve found for MTF individuals transitioning:
Disclaimer: This is just an introductory post, there will be further posts regarding MTF individuals with more in depth information… Stay tuned!
Let Trans Women Grow – Rachel is a trans woman & when I came across this post it opened my eyes to the world of a trans women. It’s an amazing read and can truly give an insight into the emotions and struggles that a trans woman faces – I recommend reading this article as well as others that Rachel has written.
The ‘Debate’ on the Trans Women – A great outlook on the great debate on trans women!