Friday, March 8, 2013

Trans 30 Day Challenge - Day 8

Day 8: How do you deal with being read mis-genderd in the beginning of transitioning by people?




I suppose when I first started, I was timid. When someone misgendered me (mostly over the phone), I tended to frown and most often cry afterward. At some point, I started speaking up and correcting people, especially over the phone and when my voice got better, I worried about it less and less anyway.

Later on in transition, especially at work, if people did it by accident, I just let it slide. Sometimes you can tell when someone doesn't mean to be hurtful, they may just have an old image of you in their head and they may not be referring to you directly or they could be talking about you in the third person.

Nowadays, I'm pretty comfortable that I can brush such things off if they happen. People often misgender everyone around them on accident and at some point you start to realize that's all that's really happening and you try not to get offended. ;)

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