Monica wrote, “I am trying to write a blog/essay on how being transgender is a gift and not a curse. The massive suicide rate amongst transgender people compared to the rest of the population suggests that being transgender is seen as a curse by transgender people... and by non-transgender people alike (hence the lack of support from the family and friends of transgender people).
“If we can focus on the positive side of being transgender and see the unique gifts that we have, then maybe we can help swing the general public's view of us as being a bunch of perverts to being truly gifted people. We can only win over the general population one person at a time. It is an arduous process and each of us must put in some time in the trenches to help change things. This is my attempt!
“So, what do you see as the gift(s) of being transgender? What unique perspective and irreplaceable view of life do we have? Just saying in the words of the Joni Mitchell song, ‘I look at life from both sides now’ is a bit vague and non-specific. We need more details to convince people.
“Would love to hear your views!”
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Actor Eddie Redmayne in the upcoming film The Danish Girl.