School and work don’t make too many people’s lists of favorite places to be, yet they’re where we spend a huge chunk of our lives. If you’re lucky, you enjoy them. If you don’t, it’s at least a consolation if you feel comfortable being there.
But while many people take that thought for granted, the workplace and the campus can be two of the most unforgiving places for LGBT people.
We were especially interested in hearing from people about what it’s like to be transgender while also trying to maintain some sense of normalcy in school and at work. Transgender issues can be especially hard to overcome in these settings — incorrect assumptions, deep-rooted prejudices and lack of exposure are huge hurdles to jump.
The team at Whisper got back to us with these compelling stories.
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WTF is #3. If someone calls you the “correct” pronoun you give a discount? That seems highly idiotic.
A lot of these are really heartrending.
This entire article was idiotic.
Really? You read an article about how the struggles of being trans can lead someone to contemplate suicide, and your outrage os over a discount at a store? And you call the article idiotic? How would you feel if a straight person read about the abuse and suffering that gay men went through and responded “that’s idiotic?” We need to be actively supportive of the trans community. The hostility these boards regularly show to anyone who isn’t a gay man is disappointing to say the least.
How does anyone read these testimonies and still think of anything mean/negative/patronizing to say? Like, what kind of shitty person must you be that doing that gives you any kind of satisfaction? I’m so fucking tired of all the trolls on this site, and all the transphobia. And I’m just a white cis gay guy! Queerty seriously needs to get off its lazy fucking ass and moderate the comments. There is almost NEVER any conductive discussion happening, just flaming and a shocking amount of discrimination.
Made an account just to reply to you two. Both of your lives are idiotic, and if I wanted to kill myself, I would climb up your ego and jump down to your collective IQ level. Jesus Christ the lack of empathy some people have is fucking maddening.
I don’t get it. You’d THINK gay people would, if not really *inderstand* trans people, then at least empathize and take them at their word for what their experiences are like.
@gauty: Great idea. Query should definitely stop free speech so only one point of view is allowed to be expressed. There needs to be more “conductive” discussion. Awesome!
@Tellsitlikeitis: “if I wanted to kill myself, I would climb up your ego and jump down to your collective IQ level”
That’s a great line. I love it!
@moonman157: Thank you! Your support means a lot.
Both you guys have made wonderful posts on this, and I agree wholeheartedly.
@aliengod: …You have no idea what “moderating” means, do you? It should scare you, because it would mean that hate-filled trolls like you can never post on here again, no matter how many accounts you make. And of course, the more effort you would put in to still be able to spew hate, the more worthy of pity you would become (if that’s even possible) 🙂
@demented: No problem, buddy
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