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Munch Notes/Agenda – All things Trans* - 10th June 2021


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Munch Notes/Agenda – All things Trans* - 10th June 2021

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1. What does it mean to be transgender?

•Transgender people are people whose gender identifies different from the gender they were born with at birth.Transgender often shortened to Trans is also an umbrella term which includes peoples whose gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex at birth. This may include Trans Men, Trans Women, Non-binary and or genderqueer. Transgender in its broader term can also include Cross-dressers.


2. Does anyone know how the term Transgender first came about?

•We first started with the word “Transvestite” which originated in 1910 and was used by the German sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld, who would later develop the Berlin Institute where the very first sex change operations were undertaken. It was not until approximately 1949 the word “Transexual’ was used in conversation which then followed on with Psychiatrist John F. Oliven from Columbia University coining the term “Transgender” in his 1965 reference work  Sexual Hygiene and Pathology.


3 Is there a difference between transgender and transexual?

•In general terms, the word transgender refers to people who identify differently from their biological sex. For example, a transgender person who is biologically female may feel that a male identity is a better fit and take the following steps:

• Use a male name instead of a female name.
• Use male pronouns instead of female pronouns.
• Dress as a man.
• Engage in activities that are typically associated with men in that culture, and vice versa for a Male.

•A transsexual is a person who physically transitions from male to female or vice versa. Some feel that the word transsexual should not always refer to physical changes. And some transsexuals no longer refer to themselves as such after they have finished their transition. They call themselves either men or women.

4. Does anyone know what Non-Binary means?

•Non-Binary Is a umbrella term for gender identities that are neither male or female. Non-Binary can also depend on the person and what gender and term they choose to use on the day.

5. How do people know they are transgender?

•They don’t feel like they are in the right body for their assigned gender
Something doesn’t feel quite right within themselves and its often years before they identify as transgender.


6. Can you name some steps Transgender people need to take when considering transition?

•Meet other Transgenders 
•Psychological health – seeing Psychologist, Psychiatrist for valuations
•Visit to General Practitioner and Specialists
•Hormone treatments
•Medical intervention such as gender reassignment surgery


7. Given that medical treatments can be part of a Transgender persons transitioning journey, what type of surgeries and or medical treatment do you think this may include?  

•Hair Growth
•Hair Removal such as laser treatment
•Hormone Therapy
•Surgery to Face, such as plastic surgery
•Breast Enhancement and or removal 
•Gender reassignment surgery
•Each Transgender person is different in their needs and transition related care

8. What are some of the daily challenges and obstacles Transgender people face in today’s society?

•Everyday prejudice 
•Discrimination in the workplace – being fired or denied a promotion
•Discrimination by family and friends 
•Denied medical treatment and or services
•Unable to afford medical treatment and or services 
•Be fired or denied a job
•Face harassment and bullying at school
•Can become homeless due to be evicted or being denied housing
•Targeted by law en***ment agencies 
•Country of occupation does not allow for official records to be changed or altered

9. In the countries that do allow official records to be altered what records can Transgender people change when they're transitioning?

•Driver’s license
•Social Security card
•Bank accounts and records
•Credit cards
•Paychecks and other job-related documents
•Medical records
•Birth certificate
•Academic records


10. What is gender dysphoria and is this same as body dysphoria? 

•Gender dysphoria is a term that describes a sense of unease that a person may have because of a mismatch between their biological sex and their gender identity.This sense of unease or dissatisfaction may be so intense it can lead to depression and anxiety and have a harmful impact on daily life.

•Body dysmorphic disorder, or body dysmorphia, is a mental health condition where you spend a lot of time worrying about your appearance.


11. Do you feel Transgender people tend to suffer more from these types of dysphoria’s?


12. Why is Transgender equality so important?

•Transgender people should be treated with same respect, dignity, and rights as anyone else and have the right to live in according to their gender identity. Often Transgender people face discrimination, this includes mistreatment at their work, their school, their communities and even within their own families. Transgender people should be able to live without *** of discrimination and ***


13. How can you support Transgender people in the community?

•Stand up to the bullies
•Be a friendly ear/confidant
•Raise awareness amongst peers


14. Do you know if there are any dedicated days to celebrate the Transgender Community?

•International Transgender Day of Visibility. Annual event held on the 31st March. Celebrating Transgender people, raising awareness of discrimination faced by Transgender people world wide.

15. Can anyone name any famous transgender people?

•Caitlyn Jenner
•Laverne Cox
•Paris Lees
•Candis Cayne
•Eddie Izzard 
•Grayson Perry
•Elliot Page
•Chas Bono
•Jennifer Finney Boylan
•Amanda Lepore
•Alexis Arquette

16. What are some movies that celebrate Transgender people?

•Trans America
•Danish Girl 
•Paris is Burning
•The Crying Game
•Boys don’t cry

•The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

•Dallas Buyers Club




17. Any final thoughts and or questions?

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