Some of us were born the gender we are now, and some of us lived as our assigned gender for a while then transitioned to something different.
Some of us are or were trapped, and some of us feel that there are no traps.
We don’t all require or desire the same things to feel comfortable, whole or complete.
There is not one standard trans narrative. We each have our own stories.
Where language gets problematic is when we aren’t the ones telling our own stories; when our narratives are reduced to cis-friendly tidbits.
It’s okay to talk about being trapped; it’s okay to say you were born a boy or a girl and are now something else. It’s not okay when the media would have society at large believe that there is only one way to be trans.
When reading things written by other trans folk, please remember that they may not tell their story the same way that you would. We are a community of many voices, not just one.
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And let’s remember that not everyone uses the terms you use, and not everyone finds the terms you find offensive to be so.