I sat near a lovely young transgender woman as she waited for her surgery consult. She tugged at her skirt and flipped through dated magazines without reading the words.Her plans for that consult would make her more true to herself, more authentic in her identity, more feminine to the viewing world. The value of intention is never lost on a transgender person.
Harner identifies as genderqueer, or gender non-binary, and prefers the pronouns "they" and "them." Merriam-Webster added "genderqueer" to its dictionary this month, defining it as "a person whose gender identity cannot be categorized as solely male or female.""As a genderqueer individual, I don’t have the option to have my gender legally recognized.
I don’t have the option to have that on my birth certificate, on my ID, whatever. I’m gonna be misgendered."I want to bring that up because non-binary folks often are forgotten and we’re also not represented in those statistics ...
In 2013, 72 percent of LGBT homicide victims were transgender women, according to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.
The Human Rights Campaign reported in 2013 that transgender workers are unemployed at twice the rate of the population as a whole, and they're nearly four times more likely to have a household income of under $10,000.
But he has made this choice, and the drive to have congruence in his sense of gender inside and outside is powerful. A child says their name is now Ariel, like the princess.