16 Oct Actually, Being Trans Is Fabulous.
Have you ever heard of the Japanese transgender fish, also known as Kobudai? The Asian sheepshead wrasse is a member of the wrasse family and is known for changing gender at some point in its life. This is a normal biological process for this animal and nothing extraordinary. Then how is it so appalling when humans transition? It is time for society to take a deep look at itself and examine its obsession with trans people and people in general, who simply dare to be themselves and not conform to the standard. What’s there to hate about authenticity? Standing out is nothing bad.
“On the contrary, it is something good, because it means you’ve found yourself in a world where so many people are trying to become like other people, but never like themselves.”
I’m a transgender man and it took me many years to learn how to advocate for myself and grow into the person I am today. It has not always been easy. Society is always there telling us who to be and what to do with our lives. And in the era of noisy social media, it’s hard to be alone, hear our own thoughts and find enough time to sit with them. But we have to make that time, slowly cut non-essential things out of our day to day life and find the way back to more authenticity. But it is, in my opinion, the best investment we can make in ourselves.
To me personally, being trans is about embracing more honest parts of my life. It’s about slowly acquiring more authenticity, stepping into freedom, my power, and being myself, unapologetically. It is about breaking free from everything that is not me and it is also about hopefully inspiring others to do whatever they need to do, in order to be better people and live a fulfilling life – a life that belongs to them and only them.
Being trans is not a mental illness. It has, in fact, been removed from the chapter on Mental and Behavioral Disorders of the ICD-11 (International Classification of Diseases) and moved into the chapter on Conditions related to sexual health. Gender incongruence has officially been depathologized. Being trans is a normal developmental variation and should, from now on be treated as such.
Dylan Kupfer, Guest Blogger