We have been living in a society where a lot of prejudices still exist. The transgender community faces tremendous bias, despite all efforts by its advocates. Through this list of quotes by transgender people, we are highlighting and celebrating the beliefs and comments of the community. Take a moment to consider the experience of transgender people in a way you perhaps never had before.

We are so much more

Laverne Cox – “I think trans women, and trans people in general, show everyone that you can define what it means to be a man or woman on your own terms. A lot of what feminism is about is moving outside of roles and moving outside of expectations of who and what you’re supposed to be to live a more authentic life.”

Geena Rocero – “All of us are put in boxes by our family, by our religion, by our society, our moment in history, even our own bodies. Some people have the courage to break free.”

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Andrej Pejic – “All women have a complicated relationship to beauty, but as a transgender woman it’s a bit more complicated. There’s a lot of pressure to appear feminine. When I was younger, I was most insecure about my size, my angular features, my feet, my hands. At the end of the day, it’s about being comfortable in your own skin, and being able to walk down the street and not have people question your gender- and for me being perceived as a woman.”

Hari Nef – “There isn’t a trans moment. … It’s just a presence where there was an absence. We deserve so much more.”

Breaking free

Zanele Muholi – “If I wait for someone else to validate my existence, it will mean that I’m shortchanging myself.”

Christine Jorgensen – “Nature made a mistake, which I have corrected.”

Caitlyn Jenner – “This transition has been harder on me than anything I could imagine. And that’s the case for so many others besides me. For that reason alone, trans people deserve something vital. They deserve your respect. And from that respect comes a more compassionate community, a more empathetic society, and a better world for all of us.”

Lea T – “Include everyone, no matter their gender, sexual orientation, race, or religion. We are all human beings and we are part of society.”

Juno Dawson – “I dare to dream of a world where people can dress, speak, and behave how they want, free from mockery, derision, judgment, harassment, and danger. This is what I want. Who’s with me?”

Harish Iyer – “You cannot lose what you have not got”

Acceptance

Juno Dawson – “Remember this, whoever you are, however you are, you are equally valid, equally justified, and equally beautiful.”

Caitlyn Jenner – “It’s not just about one person, it’s about thousands of people. It’s not just about me, it’s about all of us accepting one another. We’re all different.”

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Linda Thompson – “Being transgender, like being gay, tall, short, white, black, male, or female, is another part of the human condition that makes each individual unique and something over which we have no control. We are who we are in the deepest recesses of our minds, hearts, and identities.”

Laverne Cox – “We are  in a place now where more and more trans people want to come forward and say, ‘This is who I am’.”

Julia Serano – “So long as we refuse to accept that ‘woman‘ is a holistic concept, one that includes all people who experience themselves as women, our concept of womanhood will remain a mere reflection of our own personal experiences and biases rather than something based in the truly diverse world that surrounds us.”

Manabi Bandyopadhyay – “Be yourself, the world will adjust.”

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi – “I don’t believe in casteism. I don’t believe in colour. If I have the ability to touch the sky I will.”

Respect and love

Janet Mock – “Self-definition and self-determination are about the many varied decisions that we make to compose and journey toward ourselves… It’s OK if your personal definition is in a constant state of flux as you navigate the world.”

Lana Wachowski – “I am transgender and this doesn’t mean that I am unlovable.”

Manabi Bandyopadhyay – “I did not want to cheat my own reality. I simply wasn’t able to do that. My education, my very being was telling me to be honest with myself”

Andrej Pejic – “To all trans youth out there, I would like to say respect yourself and be proud of who you are. All human beings deserve equal treatment no matter their gender identity or sexuality. To be perceived as what you say you are is a basic right.”

Gauri Sawant – “You don’t have to be biological mother to mother a child.”

Leslie Feinberg – “Like racism and all forms of prejudice, bigotry against transgender people is a deadly carcinogen. We are pitted against each other in order to keep us from seeing each other as allies. Genuine bonds of solidarity can be forged between people who respect each other’s differences and are willing to fight their enemy together. We are the class that does the work of the world and can revolutionize it. We can win true liberation.”  [Feature Image credit: ABP]

Shreya is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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