“Being cisgender people about transgender issues. While I was writing that first post, one of my friends posted about her anxiety regarding her upcoming GRS; my first post grew from 1 or 2 simple facts to a list of basic transgender issues, a post to the link of Calpernia Addams‘ “Bad Questions to Ask a Transsexual video,” an anonymous transcript of my friend’s post, and a decision on my part to make “Being Transgender” a series of articles about transgender issues and concerns.“ started out as a Facebook post to educate -aware
Many in the LGBT community were receptive to the first article and the second article—focused on a surgical aspect of a friend’s transition—was even more successful, especially when I gave people the option of messaging me privately with questions and then posted responses. There was some very helpful dialog between my trans and non-trans friends and I felt that people gained some understanding.
Then one day when bored I started fooling around with blogging, having never blogged and knowing nothing about it. I decided impulsively to convert my Facebook “documents” to blog posts and resume “Being Transgender” here on this blog, instead. It looks prettier and I can do a lot more, and non-Facebook people can see it. Besides, it gave me the opportunity to learn something new. 🙂
From there I came up with the name “TransCister” (in honor of my trans women friends, who are like sisters to me), which makes it clear to anyone trans* that I am cisgender, don’t pretend to be an authority on trans* issues, but am trying to document my journey in understanding transgenderism/transsexualism and inter-sex issues in order to normalize the experiences one has in becoming more trans-aware, as well as provide this information from a cisgender perspective in an attempt to bridge understanding between trans and cisgender people.
Comments & questions welcome; transphobia absolutely prohibited.