Hoping to interview a Transgender person to get a better insight

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Anie

Miami, FL

#1 Dec 11, 2012
Please help me get a better understanding by answering some of these questions:

1. What is the origin of Transgender People (locally or globally)?
2. How large is the subculture and are they bound to particular geographical sites (i.e. location)?
3. What (if any) distinguish this subculture physically from the wider population?
4. Are there particular forms of dress patterns (or other key physical characteristics) of the subculture and how is it associated with their particular values?
5. What are the mores, folkways, and values endemic to this subculture?
6. What forms of social action (i.e. meaningful behavior) do they engage in and how are these actions different from the larger population?
7. Do the engage in rituals and if so, what are they and what do they mean?
8. Identify and explain the significance of symbols that the subculture may use?
9. How do they communicate with each other? Do they have their own codes and forms of communication that are different from standard forms of communication? Find out the secret forms of communication.
10. Is there a social hierarchy and if so what is it? How is the subculture organized?
11. Who are the key players?
12. What are the goals of the subculture?
13. What food do they eat, if different from larger society?
14. How do the members conceptualize their subculture?
15. Are there health or any other forms of risk associated with the behaviors in the subculture?
16. Are any forms of the subculture’s activities and beliefs that are considered taboo/illegal/or another way of violating social norms?
17. How do members join or gain entry into the subculture?
18. Do members of the subculture break their own rules? If so, how?
19. What did you learn about this subculture that you had not previously known?
20. How (if any at all) has this project transformed your perception of the subculture?

Since: Jan 09

Central NJ

#2 Dec 11, 2012
My God! You don't want much do you? I'll try to keep my answer short. "Trans" people are about 1% of the total population."Trans" in this case is short for "Transgender" which is a blanket term for all "Cross sex" behaviors. Transexuals are a minority within this minority. Approximately ten years ago, Lynn Conway ( Lynnconway.com ) made a very educated estimate that there were 40,000 fully transitioned Transexuals in the US. It's probably more like 50,000 now. With about one thousand per state, it's hard to get a "subculture" going. One thing we all agree on is that this is a deeply conceived belief. That we were meant to be female. All we ask is that Cisgendered people respect that. Use the proper pronouns! It's something that we're born with and it's no fun to feel that you're internally something that no one else can see and to be constantly mislabeled.
Almost all of have some superior abilities. Mensa level IQs are almost universal. Most of us like speed and are involved with racing at some part of our lives. A surprising number are pilots, both private and commercial. Many of us have served in the armed forces,and many have been decorated.
Google the following;
Lynnconway.com (Scroll down to Transexual women's successes
Donnarose.com
Donnamilo.com
CaptJan hamilton
Zoebrain
Theresa Sparks
You'll find them interesting. They are NOT porngraphic in any way.
Regards, Terri
Anie

Miami, FL

#3 Dec 12, 2012
Thank you Terri, this information definitely helps and is very interesting! Is there anything else you can tell me? Would you be willing to share your story with me and my classmates?
-Regards, Anie

Since: Jan 09

Central NJ

#4 Dec 12, 2012
Anie wrote:
Thank you Terri, this information definitely helps and is very interesting! Is there anything else you can tell me? Would you be willing to share your story with me and my classmates?
-Regards, Anie
PM Me
Terri

“Don't steal my happy”

Since: Aug 12

Shelbyville, Ky.

#6 Dec 13, 2012
If I could I'd like to throw some answers out as well. Granted, these answers are from my own experiences and opinions as a transsexual, and are not guaranteed to be fact. But here it goes.
1. The majority are born this way, so there really is no typical origin. The exact cause for such births is still not known for sure, but there are widely accepted, and extremely plausible theories.
2. We're not exactly a subculture, but are generally tightly bound to each other for support due to the wider population still generally misunderstanding what it actually is to be trans. The most recent number I've seen is around 750k known trans people in the US, but many speculate that the actual number is much higher. Also, trans people are known to come from all geographical areas and all walks of life.
3. There are no real physical differences between someone who is trans and one who is not. The only possible exception would be someone who is intersexed, and this difference would not be public.
4. Absolutely not. This varies in trans people as much as it does in people who are not.
5. These too are generally in line with the rest of the population.
6. Trans people generally have a much stronger, and public support of each other, and the entire LGBTQ community as well.
7. No rituals. Just everyday people, generally doing everyday things.
8. I know of none. Except maybe the letter T for obvious reasons.
9. This question is, I'm afraid, a bit ridiculous. Personally I use English. It's the only language I know.
10. Again, just everyday people dong everyday things.
11.-
12. Each trans persons exact goals are different. Similar, but different. Most of them have the ultimate goal though of just being at peace, and being comfortable in their own skin.
13. Limbus bread.(Sorry 'bout the sarcasm)
14.???
15. Generally only in medications and surgeries used to aid in transition.
16. Nothing illegal. But for a very long time just being trans was a taboo. That's starting to change though.
17. Have the misfortune of being born trans.
18. See #10
19. It's OK to be true to myself.
20.-

Hope this helps, thanks, Alysha
concerned

Stowe, VT

#7 Dec 13, 2012
Anie-
I'm not trans but have many friends who are. Don't know where u r from (country) but in the US, just about every trans person is as different and individual as the next. Just like anyone else. About the only things I expect them all or most to have in common is a)the feeling that their sex and gender don't match (ex. male genitals but they are female, or vice versa) and b) the discrimination and harassment that so many still face.
Generally, trans folks will be wearing the clothes of the gender they are "presenting as" regardless of their gender at birth. Other than that;
They eat the same foods as other Americans, drive same cars, have same morals or values, etc. There's not some secret club with dues, membership, and a special "hat" like the Shriners or something. Trans folks could be white or Asian or African American or something else. They may be Christian or Muslim or atheist or other. They may speak English or Spanish or French or ASL or something else. They are everyone and anyone. They are you and me and the "boy next door". They are married or not, gay or straight or bi or pan.
They exist in almost every country in different ways. They have hopes and dreams just like everyone else.
Your ??? sound like for a school project, and I suspect you won't find your choice of "subculture" will fit the desired outcome.
I hope this helps
concerned

Stowe, VT

#8 Dec 13, 2012
Terry-
I felt I must respond in case Anie draws the conclusion from your post that all trans folk are female, or are transitioning to be.
While I suppose I'm mostly Cis, having been born female and identifying as such (mostly) I present as more andro and am proud of it, so consider myself more of a gender-queer than truly female. Neither FTM nor fully female I s'pose.
Also, am fascinated by the info regarding "speed". While one of the 1st transwomen I knew we'll enough to be a "friend" raced both cars and bicycles ( and damn if she didn't look hot doing both), I can't recall any others that fit. And as far as I know, none of my transmen (ftm) friends engage in any such pursuits. In fact, they all seem kinda' mellow, warm n fuzzy kinda guys.
I'd love to know more.
Best wishes on full transition (whatever that will mean 4 you)
Don't mind my login, it's just what I'm registered as from awhile back.

Since: Jan 09

Central NJ

#9 Dec 13, 2012
I believe that you are what you believe yourself to be! Don't apologize, don't explain! Just Be!
Early in my life, I was infatuated with racing automobiles so I couldn't possibly be trans! Right? Well, no! I kept running into other TSes who either owned race cars, Hot rods, or a classic car or two. Lynn Conway used to participate in motocross. Terri O'Connel used to race prior to her transition. The last time i heard, she was getting back into it. That was a while ago, so I don't really know. I've heard that Renee Richards has a collection of classic cars. And I have a couple of classics myself. Surprising? Yes, it was to me also. A love of aviation is a another unexpected characteristic. Among the general population. less than 1% fly. Transgendered pilots are common. I would say about 10 to 25% of the TSes I've known are pilots, myself included. Dr Christine McGinn was not only a navy pilot, but a flight surgeon, with training as a astronaut. She was part of the emergency Medical team that would go up to the space station in the event it became necessary.
Regards, Terri
concerned wrote:
Terry-
I felt I must respond in case Anie draws the conclusion from your post that all trans folk are female, or are transitioning to be.
While I suppose I'm mostly Cis, having been born female and identifying as such (mostly) I present as more andro and am proud of it, so consider myself more of a gender-queer than truly female. Neither FTM nor fully female I s'pose.
Also, am fascinated by the info regarding "speed". While one of the 1st transwomen I knew we'll enough to be a "friend" raced both cars and bicycles ( and damn if she didn't look hot doing both), I can't recall any others that fit. And as far as I know, none of my transmen (ftm) friends engage in any such pursuits. In fact, they all seem kinda' mellow, warm n fuzzy kinda guys.
I'd love to know more.
Best wishes on full transition (whatever that will mean 4 you)
Don't mind my login, it's just what I'm registered as from awhile back.

Since: Dec 12

Miami, FL

#10 Dec 13, 2012
Hey! Thanks, Alysha.

I know some of the questions were a bit ridiculous but they were general questions I needed answered for my sociology presentation. Other groups had different topics for which those questions served a better purpose. You're answeres were helpful as well, I appreciate the feedback. Is there anything else you could tell me, maybe more in depth about your personal experience? Or something, such as a message, that you'd like others to know?

Since: Dec 12

Miami, FL

#11 Dec 13, 2012
Hello "concerned,"

The questions are for a school project, but I am looking for more i depth information. I truly find this subject, as many others I know little of fascinating, I would like to get better insight, I just had to get those general questions out of the way. Thank you for your response. Is there anything else you could share with me? If you'd prefer to private message me, please do so. I think it's interesting how you seem to identify with other, i'm not sure what the right term would be so, "categories." You say you are mostly cisgendered but identify as andro and gender-queer. I'd definitely like to know more about that!

-Anie
Lauri

Miami, FL

#12 Nov 19, 2013
Hi I'm doing the same project as Anie for my sociology project. I think this topic is extremely interesting and most of the responses helped but we need an interview for the project and here in Miami it is very difficult to find transgender people. Also i don't feel comfortable asking around or going up to somebody and asking them to tell me their story. Are any of you interested in telling me your story. It is greatly appreciated.

Since: Dec 12

Miami, FL

#13 Nov 19, 2013
Hey, Lauri!
I'm in Miami as well so I understand what you mean I stumbled across this website which helped out a bit! http://www.campuspride.org/resources/trans-ad...

I know that there is a non-profit org here in Miami that helps advocate for transgender people, I could try to find the name for it, you might be able to speak with someone there who may be willing to share their experience!

Best,
Anie
Lauri wrote:
Hi I'm doing the same project as Anie for my sociology project. I think this topic is extremely interesting and most of the responses helped but we need an interview for the project and here in Miami it is very difficult to find transgender people. Also i don't feel comfortable asking around or going up to somebody and asking them to tell me their story. Are any of you interested in telling me your story. It is greatly appreciated.

Since: Jan 09

Central NJ

#14 Nov 20, 2013
You are more than welcome to ask us almost anything here. In reviewing my posts, I realize that I focused too much on one small aspect of this phenomenon. It is much more than just flying and motor sports. The hope and fears of Transexuals are pretty much the same. The worst fear would be that of violence. Having just been to a TDoR (Transgendered Day of Rememberence)service at Princeton University, this is prominent in my mind. No other group is so maligned, so easy to dismiss. There exists a huge gap between the common perception and the reality.
To answer your question, Do a search for transgendered groups in your area.(There are hundreds) and present your case, as it were. There are probably some who fear the exposure, but many who'll be happy to answer your questions. A few years ago, there was a survey taken of one thousand TSes (Pre and Post op) in NYC. I think it was funded by the fed. Govt. PM me for more info.
Regards, Terri
Lauri wrote:
Hi I'm doing the same project as Anie for my sociology project. I think this topic is extremely interesting and most of the responses helped but we need an interview for the project and here in Miami it is very difficult to find transgender people. Also i don't feel comfortable asking around or going up to somebody and asking them to tell me their story. Are any of you interested in telling me your story. It is greatly appreciated.

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