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Transgender and Gender Identity

Historically, transgender individuals have faced discrimination, stigma, violence, family rejection, economic insecurity, and mental health challenges. In more recent years, the shifting of cultural norms has led to greater acceptance. The rigid roles of the past, such as butch and femme, female and male, have given way to a more fluid understanding of gender identity. In 2012 Governor Deval Patrick signed a law that prohibits discrimination against trans people in the workplace, but transphobia continues.

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I idolized my brother.

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Disappointed I wouldn't grow to be a boy.

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I now go by she and they.

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My pronouns are me, his and him.

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I started transitioning at 52.

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A trans woman was shot and set afire.

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The younger generation use the term "mask".

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I'd go in ladies' rooms.

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I'm a trans butch, not a trans man.

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A trans butch rejected online by lesbians.

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Many femmes were in the sex business.

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I pass as male all the time.

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How does my being trans disenfranchise you?

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My middle child is non-binary.

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All the guys had skirts on.

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Femmes did not do it to butches.

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Even as a toddler, I was masculine.

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We have transphobia in our community.

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In 1977 I met my first transgender person.

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My transition is on-going.

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I've always felt male.

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Trans women are being murdered all the time.

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Butch was a dirty word.

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Butch/femme came from the working class.

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An example of being marginalized as butch.

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Butches worked on the docks and in factories.

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Butches couldn't hide. Femmes could.

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I fear discovery when travelling.

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I do not want to identify as either a butch or femme.

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Lost family when kid came out as transgender.

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Mother Brown became a woman.

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