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To write a daily blog to discuss the issue of gender identity, and to answer some basic questions about what being transgendered is like.

I am a 50 year old trans-woman, and have spent many years dealing with my own issues about gender identity. Gender has always been a bit of a hot subject, and the idea of people wanting to actually CHANGE genders makes it even more so.

Many peoples opinions of what being transgendered means comes from what they see about "transsexuals" on the news or in TV programs. These sources tend to show a bit of a skewed perspective (after all, if it is normal, it ISN'T news), but if no one is saying anything to the contrary, how will people know?
Things are quite a bit better than they were 10 years ago, but there is still work to be done. If the media is not ready to do it, I thought I would give it a shot.

My plan is to start a blog in January about the kind of things I have faced over the years. Some of what I write will be humorous, some will be a bit sad, but it will all be written from the heart. After people learn a bit more about me, I will start a question and answer section. I hope this will be used as a way to gather information about the topic rather than just generating "hate mail."

For now, I want people to comment about what they think about this kind of blog, and ask that people list some of the questions that they might want answers for. Please make any questions suitable for a PG audience.

Thanks,

Kendra

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  • Jan 13 2013: Kendra, let me say I would support you in this endeavour.

    A friend of mine recently passed away. He came out to me, that he was transgender, about 8 years ago. Needless to say, I did not understand the issues he faced, I did not get what he was going through and I did not take it very well. But, I worked through it. He was in his late 60's when he told me this. He shared how he had struggled through his life with this issue. How he had worked to hide it, suppress it, pray for it to go away, and struggled with the issue in his marriage. Admittedly, I still struggle with the issue, but I better understand it do to his kind words, patience, and understanding with my struggle.

    At the time I wish there had been places I could go to better understand his issues. I wish that he had written a blog to tell his story. His life was fascinating and I missed opportunities to know him better. Blogging would have provided and education and outreach for others both as a help for those struggling and a help for their friends who struggle as well.

    Please consider doing this, even if you write from an anonymous perspective. Too often we get the impression of these issues as "strange or weird" based on what the media chooses to portray. Intelligent, articulate individuals are not as common in these circles, or at least I have not seen enough. I would be interested in your insights.

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