Did you know that this week was Transgender awareness week?
Transgender is an umbrella term for a diverse group of people whose gender identity or expression differs from societal expectations of how they should look, act, or identify based on the sex they were assigned at birth—a person’s innate identification as a man, woman, or something else, which may or may not correspond to the person’s external body or the sex listed on their birth certificate—is separate from sexual orientation. So while it’s possible to identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual (or straight, asexual, or poly…) and be trans, they are not the same thing.
Although many people talk about the LGBT community as a whole, the transgender community—the T in LGBT—faces unique challenges in public understanding and acceptance, discrimination and legal protections, and health disparities stemming from all of the above.
For instance, 62% of transgender people have experienced depression and 41% admit to attempting suicide at some point in their lives; 37% of transgender people have reported being harassed in retail stores, and 3% report being physically assaulted; and 28% of transgender people surveyed reported postponing seeking medical care due to a fear of bias. For more information visit Fenway Focus.
If you are part of the LGBT community, as an individual or ally, know that there is support in your community. A licensed, supportive, professional can help. Schedule an appointment today or check out the Wingspan Directory for supportive resources in the Tucson area.