Nowadays, we can find a lot of material about trans* or transsexual people. Here, trans* people have the space to share their stories.
How does it feel not to be seen by the outside world for who you are? What is happy, sad, difficult or even beautiful about being trans*? What is most annoying for trans* people in their everyday life and what do they expect from others?
The best way to find out is to directly engage with trans* people. If you cannot or don’t want to ask anyone personally – trans* people blog, write poetry, research and publish material, rap, draw, produce videos and plays. Here we put together a small selection of their works.
Their self-understanding, interests and lifestyles may be diverse, there is one experience though, almost all trans* people have in common – having to explain themselves over and over again. Lynnuniquee uses her Youtube channel to do that. In her vlog “I am Transgender!”, she shares her anger on issues like expert opinions, health insurance companies, prejudices, false compliments and also her joy on being who she is.
The vlog “Certainly not” addresses typical questions or reactions of cis people, and why so many of them behave so appallingly. The message of the five protagonists is clear – respect my gender identity. Even if it is unfamiliar to you; even if it does not seem to fit my body or the way I behave.
In the everyday life of trans* people, the gloomy and the absurdly comical often lie very close together. In his stage monologue “Light is neither correct nor incorrect”, Jayrôme C. Robinet uses poetic pictures to express this everyday state of emergency. In this audio drama he ponders on random stuff like, how a ‘man’ carries a sack of cat food, a psychiatrist session for the first beard stubbles and an encounter with parents who may no longer recognize you.
In Kris’ play “Papa”, which is a real-life conversation using the protagonist’s real name, Kris writes, “Papa: Scream at me! Hate me, but do call me Kris. […] I am your child and I want to remain your child. I am Kris.”
According to FaulenzA and Msoke, not letting yourself be defeated by transphobia and the challenges of a transition can also make you proud of yourself,’ “I can be proud that [...] I turn my fear into anger [...] I am proud that I don’t stay silent and show my strength [...] trans pride – I am who I am and that’s good.” This is an abstract from a song about fighting and not giving up, about friendship and community.