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  • Are trans people gay?

  • What surgery do trans people have?

  • Can trans people have sex?

  • Yes.

  • End of story.

  • Hi my name's Ryan.

  • I'm Charlie Martin.

  • So my name's Ellis Johnson.

  • And I'm proud to say that I'm also a trans woman.

  • I identify as a trans man.

  • There are all kinds of questions floating around the internet...

  • Let's clear the air.

  • What does transgender mean?

  • Wellgood question, because I think there's still a lot of people

  • that don't fully understand the real basics.

  • So for me, to put it simply, I was

  • pronounced male at birth,

  • but identify as female and so I'm transgender

  • because I've changed my exterior gender presentation

  • to match how I feel.

  • An easy working definition to think of is that it is

  • somebody who doesn't identify with the sex or the gender

  • they were assigned when they were born.

  • And in this country at the moment,

  • you have to be classed as either male or female within six weeks of birth

  • and that sticks with you then for the rest of your life really.

  • Unless you're transgender, in which case you identify as something

  • other than the sex or the gender that you were assigned.

  • How do you know if you're trans?

  • OK, so I came across a really good metaphor

  • for explaining this recently.

  • The first time you picked up a pen or a ball or a tennis racket

  • and you tried to use it, how did you know which hand to use?

  • You tried it with one hand and then you tried it with the other hand

  • and one hand felt natural and one hand felt unnatural.

  • When you're walking around with the wrong gender identity

  • and the wrong gender expression, you just know it feels unnatural.

  • My mum, sorry if you're watching this, she didn't react very well.

  • I thought it was going to be a lot worse

  • than it actually was in my own mind.

  • I'm not trying to say it was easy, because it wasn't at all,

  • but I think from my point of view I'd probably spent 25 years worrying,

  • and I'd built it up into this horrible thing in my mind

  • that nobody would want to know me or be my friend or anything.

  • Most people were actually just really supportive.

  • My uncle and aunt - they're great. The first things they asked were,

  • "What pronouns do we use? And what name do you want me to use for you?"

  • And, "Is there anything we can do to make it easier?"

  • There was only one person, and I won't forget them,

  • she threw her arms around me and sort of squealed and went,

  • "Congratulations this is amazing!

  • What do you need from me? What can I do?"

  • Anyone who was quite negative about it, I just chose to cut them off -

  • as mean as that sounds -

  • but you kind of have to put yourself first in that.

  • Are trans people gay?

  • They can be.

  • You gender identity is something that's in here - it's in your head,

  • and also I think it's in your heart.

  • You know it's kind of in your soul. It's who you feel you are.

  • Who you feel you are is completely independent

  • of who you're attracted to.

  • So these are two very distinct things that shouldn't be confused.

  • I personally am.

  • But that's just me, personally.

  • I know when I told people that I was trans,

  • initially quite a few people were like,

  • Oh is this because you want to be with a guy?” And I was just like,

  • No, no, no this is nothing to do with that.”

  • What surgery do trans people have?

  • Firstly, the main thing to think about is

  • not all trans people will have surgery.

  • Not all trans people will want, or need, surgery.

  • But I think it's really important to

  • not focus too much on this idea of surgery,

  • because most of the time, or a lot of the times, specifically in the media

  • trans people are reduced to body parts.

  • Most trans people would be very offended

  • if somebody asked them that question.

  • It's a very individual thing,

  • and it's really quite a personal thing as well. Something that

  • quite often I get asked by people, “What surgery have I had?”

  • Be careful about why you're asking that question,

  • and in nine times out of 10, you probably don't need to know about it.

  • So steer clear of asking surgery questions,

  • unless a trans person wants to offer you that information,

  • or they want some support, maybe they want to talk about it.

  • But be careful not to ask on your own terms,

  • because trans bodies are not for entertainment.

  • How are trans people treated? Like rubbish honestly.

  • HmmHow long have we got?

  • Trans people at the moment are treated as a trend.

  • We're treated as being dangerous.

  • We're treated as being abnormal and probably yes, mentally ill as well.

  • There's lots of ways we're treated that are really terrible.

  • Trans people suffer a huge amount of discrimination,

  • and it's really, really frustrating because it doesn't need to happen.

  • I think if most people could live a week in a trans person's shoes,

  • their whole perspective would change.

  • It's something that I hope to see happen in my lifetime.

  • I just kind of wish people would ask more about me as a person

  • than inherently going straight into the deep trans questions.

  • I wish that people would ask me, “Is what I've read true?”

  • How can I be a better ally to the trans community?”

  • Is probably the question that I wish people would ask.

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