Coming out as either gay, bisexual or transgender is a difficult thing for all. All of us risk being cast aside by friends and family, discrimination, harassment and even violence. But for transgender people, coming out is just the beginning of a long journey that many of us don’t make it through, either due to financial constraints, waiting years for medical treatment or simply having genetics that don’t allow some trans people to ever “pass”. As a result, many of us commit suicide, give up on transition or are murdered.
I wish there was more support across the LGBT community for us and more focus on those of us over 25, as coming out is just the beginning. By comparison, coming out as bisexual (then pansexual) wasn’t a big deal, especially as the real bomb dropped was the transgender thing. Please note that this isn’t meant to diminish the struggles of those who come out as far as sexual orientation goes. It is to help highlight the massive problems that most transgender people face who aren’t the Caitlyn Jenners of this world, who don’t have the money or the protections that she does.