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Identity in psychology is our beliefs, qualities, personality looks and expression, shorter explained as everything that makes us to who we are.
We identify each other to separate one from another. Every human has a psychological identity and it is linked to our self-image. Gender identity is an important part of our self-image and identity, since we live in a society were gender is used by other to identify you as an individual, and set expectations regarding you. We also use it to identify us selves among others, and this identifying is one of the problematics gender fluid people face everyday.
This means that if we as people start placing less weight and importance in the gender identity, and more to the other factors within our identity, we can make life easier for those who fall out of the traditions of gender expectations.
Many people think gender identity and sexual identity is connected, while the truth is that it is not. Sexual identity and gender identity is to separate things. That means that a trans man born in a female body still can like men. You can be gay and transgender. Many people assume that sexual identity and gender is the same thing, but when you are transgender, you ARE the opposite gender than your sex. Sexual identity is what you get attracted by.
Some people that identify as trans do not transition their body. Some nd other parts of the identity more important, and some do not want to risk the loss of physicality. Some trans people cannot transition because of health conditions. In Norway, the physical surgeries are so bad that many choose to keep their genitals as they are, to not in uence their sexuality.
When we are in the womb of our mother we develop the brain before the body. This can be a reason why there may be differences between the body and the brain.
Even small children can feel it if their gender do not match their sex. Sex is the body and gender is how we see us selves, and it is important to listen carefully and take children seriously when they express gender dysphoria (Discomfort by the identity of their own gender).
To cross gender expectations is not necessarily a symptom of gender dysphoria/transgender identity. To lay less weight on “Girl” and “Boy” categorizing we can make the society more open for everyone, to be who they are without feeling discomfort. It is with gender as it is with personality. Everyone have their own, and it is as many gender identities as people on the planet. The difference is only that it is easier for someone to t in than others.
Every day in Norway there are 100-120 persons who get a physician referral to the one and only hospital in the country that diagnose and treat trans people. 20-25 of these get diagnosed with trans-sexualism, diagnose F64.0 while the rest of them leave the hospital with diagnose F64.9 which is a diagnose for the one that is showing any signs of doubt through the interviews before the diagnosis is set. They are categorized as people with unspecifed gender identity disorder. The history of discrimination of transgender people have to many pages over hundreds of years, and unfortunately we can still see today that the history of oppression still has a grip on the laws, regulations and people’s perception.
Jeanette, though she was assigned to be a boy at birth, lives as a woman in a relationship with her wife. She was denied by the law to change legal gender, because she did not agree to be diagnosed, do surgeries as for example irreversible sterilization and hormonal treatment, which was a requirement in Norway until 2016. She, along with organizations and other activists, took the battle for a new law for transgender people’s right to change legal gendered without surgeries, and won. Today she has changed her legal gender, without any surgery or medications. She had a big role in making the way for herself and for others.
I met my partner after my previous relationship, and told her the truth right away. She reacted with saying "That’s OK. No Problem. We will solve this". It was a fully positive reaction. We got married and it is a happy story. She was worried when I was campaigning for the right of having my legal gender changed, that I would do the surgery and start on hormones. But I did not. I do not have a wish to do it either. But I live as a woman, and I am happy with it. So, she was afraid of losing the little pars of "Man" that are left in my physicality. And now everything is fine. We live as friends and lovers and my sexuality was perfectly fine, so I do not need the surgery. But it was a fight, to get a resent law.
Children understand if you explain. They have not negative perceptions or think something is strange as long we don’t teach them to. So, children can understand differences and changes easier than older people. Grandad can be both woman and man, if you teach them that it is possible. Then in a few years, it won’t be difficult to have a different gender perception.
My oldest grandchild is seven years old. Both of them know that grandad is trans, they call me grandad, because they only have one grandad on the fathers’ side, and it is me. They know that Grandad is trans, and they talk about this in the school and in the nursery, I sometimes pick them up, but when I do I often dress more androgynous, less feminine. So once, when I was picking them up after school, the oldest one had a friend along with her, she explained that I was her grandad, and then she said, "He is both woman and man" and the other chilled was wondering, she said "I don’t believe you". My grandchild said, "it is true". "Granddad wears dresses, have breasts, ear jewelry and makeup and everything!" The friend asked "But which side are you women at then?" And I answered after thinking about it a bit "on the inside". She had not heard of anything like that before, wondered a little, but took it in.
Jeanette was growing up in a world were recognition of trans identity was unthinkable, in the 1950´s/60´s. This is what she thinks is the most important for trans children.
It is so simple that when your children signify a wish for another gender expression, you need to do what is best for the child. It is about letting the child be who it is, dress like it wants, play the games that child wish to do. Let the child be seen and recognized. Give the child unconditional love, then the child will do well.
The best thing is to walk into a room, were maybe one or to recognizes you, but they don’t know where they recognize you from. In situations like these, I feel lucky. In these situations, I can be myself fully. To be free for the need of explaining. It is such a lovely feeling. To be treated the way another boy would be treated, or maybe just as a regular human being.
I remember the first time I got my period. I asked my mom if I had to have it more times, and my mother just thought "Oh no, where have I failed". That’s how unthinkable a life as a woman was to me. In my mind, I am not supposed to have any period. I am a man. From I was a child I was clear that I would never want any children. The thought of giving birth was so distant for me.
The time before I started the transition is a part of me, but I like to keep it to myself. Because it is safer that way. It is a self-defend method. When people ask (They never do outside, but when I am having ted-talks, they sometimes do) I do not answer. It is something I won't tell anyone, because it can be used against you. It is kind of a trace from the future, that I do not want to share. People are curios, and ask if it is similar to Kim. But it is not. Some choose something similar, but I said "Hel no". I had a big list of names, I am kind of a ADHD person so I needed a name to fit my personality!
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