(via Fenwayfocus.org) Transgender Awareness Week: Understanding Unique Challenges Faced By The Trans Community Transgender Awareness Week (TAW) is a series of statewide events and educational opportunities to inform people about the trans community and raise awareness of issues facing trans and gender noncomforming people in Massachusetts. Transgender is an umbrella term for a diverse group of people whose gender identity or expression differs from societal expectations of how they should look, act, or identify based on the sex they were assigned at birth?such as male-to-female (MTF) and female-to-male (FTM) trans people, genderqueer individuals, and many others. Gender identity?a person’s innate identification as a man, woman, or something else, which may or may not correspond to the person’s external body or the sex listed on their birth certificate-is separate from sexual orientation. So while it’s possible to identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual (or straight, asexual, or poly…) and be trans, they are not the same thing. Although we often talk about the LGBT community as a whole, the transgender community-the T in LGBT-faces unique challenges in public understanding and acceptance, discrimination and legal protections, and health disparities stemming from all of the above. Click here to read more.
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