When I came out as a transgender male I realised that transgender men are extremely under represented within the community, which can sometimes cause issues. Here are some of the reasons as to why transgender men are underrepresented;
- There are hardly any transgender male role models – When I search into google “Transgender role models” the first 8 results we’re female, which isn’t a bad thing of course but it shows that there aren’t any prominent male role models. Some of the main transgender male role models include Ryan Cassata, Aydian Dowling, Jake Graf and Riley Carter.
- Most of society assumes that there are only transgender women – When I was filming my ITV broadcast piece we approached the lovely people of Newport City Centre and asked them if they know what the meaning of transgender meant, and most of them associated the term transgender with women. Also when I first came out everybody assumed that you could only be male to female, which is a huge myth, there are female to male transgender men, male to female women, non binary individuals etc.
- Within the media transgender women are focused on more – Whenever there is an article out regarding transgender individuals it is 9 times out of 10 about transgender women. If there is an article about a transgender male it is usually the media slating the fact that they are carrying a child, which brings so much negativity to the transgender male community. Transgender women are usually the main focus of the media side of the community as people take an interest in it, people talk about it etc which makes that certain article popular.
It breaks my heart knowing that transgender men are underrepresented within the LGBT+ community as we go through reject, abandonment, heartbreak, dysphoria, bullying, harassment and lack of understanding like most communities.
If you are a transgender male, you are being noticed, you will be noticed, you are accepted and you should never let society tell you who you should and shouldn’t be. Some of the main role models that are transgender men are hidden so if you want to know many more role models comment below and I can send you a huge list of individuals.
Be yourself, be open and be proud.
I have been nominated for an award!!!
I have recently been nominated for the positive role model within the LGBT+ Community, which is awarded by the national diversity awards here in the UK. If you would like to vote for me, check out the link here.