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Resources for Getting to Know Us as People

Science, religion and social commentary offer useful lenses for understanding transsexuality. But they are no substitute for getting to know the people themselves. In fact, I think that they often get in the way. Fortunately, there are a lot of resources becoming available that vividly portray transgender lives. Here are a few that I have found particularly helpful.

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4 Things You Should Know About Transsexuality

I worry that we sometimes make gender too complicated. I don’t need to understand someone’s religion in order to respect their right to have one. If you’re not curious about gender but want to be respectful, here are four simple things that will get you by.

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Psst! Take This Test: You Might Be a Transsexual

This “test” makes a serious point with a little mischievous humor. Transition is, in fact, a very personalized journey. Not all female transsexuals undergo everything listed here. The factors listed below are common to many transitions but are far from universal. With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy.

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TAble Setting as Metaphor for Ettiquette

4 Simple Rules of Gender Etiquette

I learned something important during my transition: How people treat me defines them – not me. If they can’t see past your stereotypes, it is they who are limited. Don’t just follow these guidelines for our sake.  Follow them because they make you a better person.

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