Posted: September 3rd, 2013
Transgendered people are those with different gender behaviors from the ones related to their assigned sex. For example, a person born to be a male may develop feminine body parts. When people are transgendered, they do not have any specific sex orientation. This is because they have mixed characteristics of both sexes. This term was introduced in 1970’s. It was used to refer to people who wanted to change their sex orientation. Later, it was made a general term to include all people with different gender behaviors. They include heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual and other gender identification. Therefore, the explanation of this word is viewed to be flux but has to include two principal definitions. The first is it refers to people who feel their gender does not bring their true nature. The second is a person birth sex does not correspond with the common male or female functions. A transgender may have traits related to a certain gender or adapt those that are outside the gender continuum (Lombardi et al, 2001).
Transgender identification consists of many categories, which some of them overlap. They are transvestite, androgynes, cross-dresser gender queer. In many cases, people who are cross- gendered are mainly transsexual. There is a group called transvestic fetishist is more considered more of a psychological issue than a transgender identity. It has been observed that it is complex to understand the types of transgender. This is because some of the characteristics of these categories are overlap. When talking about a transgender, it is polite to refer to them with a preferable name or pronouns no matter their legal sex identification (Clements & Katz, 2006).
There are several effects associated with being transgendered. The first effect is trauma after realizing one is transgendered. No one would want to have gender abnormalities. This is why most people become traumatized because they least expect it. This is followed by emotions like anger anxiety, sadness, and self-denial among others. Others will feel hopeless and shameful about themselves. This leads to withdrawal and detachment from the society. These emotional effects could become severe if not treated. In severe cases, some people will suffer depression, which could result to suicide. Forty one percent of transgendered people in the United States are reported to have attempted suicide. In Seattle, twenty percent or more attempted suicide were recorded. The analysis also concluded that there is likely to be an increased rate of these cases (Dean et al, 2010). In some community setting transgendered, people are discriminated. They are seen to be abnormal with unacceptable character. This manly affects the homosexual community. All these effects are negative and affected people should seek medical help immediately. The first stage of treatment should be mental. If one is in a position to carry out physical treatment, they should go ahead and do so (American Public health, 2006).
People or are transgendered face many challenges regarding their conditions. Most of them have to deal with internal conflicts about their exact identity. These are led to psychological uneasiness because some have found it hard to accept themselves. Mental health experts advise such people to seek medical help. The most recommended treatment for this problem is attending therapy. These therapies include talking to a specialist or will counsel individuals and assist them to get help. The patients are allowed to talk openly about what they feel and think in reference to their situation. In severe situations, transgender people can be diagnosed for gender dysphoria. This is a condition characterized with distress, and a person is unable to relate with others or work normally. Normally, the victim suffers depression, and this is why he or she becomes withdrawn (Chochran et al, 2002).
Advanced medical studies have found solutions for persons who are transgendered. It is possible to correct some transgender conditions through medical surgery. For example, hormones can be used to change the biological development of a person. It is possible for a woman to develop breasts if she never had. Men with feminine parts can have removed and replaced with the appropriate ones. Physical treatment is most preferable because it will assist in mental recovery of those in conflict. When a woman is operated and can have a normal biological and physical development, she will be at peace with herself (American public Health Association, 2001).
The rationale of doing this project is based on several things. This topic is controversial among many people. Most of them do not understand it well hence; they end up misunderstanding concepts of this topic. This is why this project has been done to shed light on some of the misconceived facts. These groups of people may not receive enough help from their environments. This could be due to discrimination or ignorance of the society. This project will help such people to know what to do regarding their conditions, for example, seeking medical assistance (Hughes & Eliason, 2010). This project is also useful to those who are not transgendered. Through the activities, they will understand about this condition and change their perception towards affected people. This will apply to those who believe in discriminating transgendered people. The project will make the participants understand that transgender is mostly caused by factors beyond human control. For example, DNA is one factor that influences this condition. People are born transgendered and no one should be judged for it. Understanding this fact may help people to stop discriminating transgendered people.
The topic of transgender will discuss several areas. For example, its existence in the society, effects on the people, how to deal with it and other issues. Discussion of this topic will equip the learners with relevant knowledge about this topic. It will assist those who are affected by this condition. Learning about transgender will change people’s perception about this disorder (Nemoto et al, 2004).
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The curriculum consists of several programs that will be done in this project. They include activities, which will help in learning about the topic. The activities will be as follows: Discussion groups, lectures talks, a session for enquiries, and the audience will have a chance to talk. The discussion groups will help the audience to interact with each other as well as share their experiences. It will also be a way of assessing how well the topic has been understood. A schedule of these activities will be prepared. The schedule will be as follows:
The target audience for this project is mainly young people from the ages of eleven years to thirty years. People in this age bracket are in the developing stages. Transgender signs are well identified in the stages. As young people develop, they face many challenges. It is even more difficult for those who are transgender because they are considered abnormal. They will learn how to live with their prevailing states. For those who are not transgendered, they will be advised on how to live harmoniously with the transgendered. Therefore, this workshop will be extremely helpful to these people (Stryker, 1998).
Educators of this topic will be experts from various careers. They include psychologists and sociologists. Psychologists are professionals in the study of human behavior and other mind diseases. They have been chosen to be educators in this project because they have the required information. Sociologists are experts in human development. They understand about transgender issues, and they will be good facilitators of this topic (Boehmer, 2002).
No one chooses to be a transgender therefore; these groups of people should be accepted by the society and assisted in every possible way. More research and studies should be done about this topic. It will help people to understand it and find even better solutions for curbing it. The transgendered people should form association where they meet and learn more about their conditions. These associations will also help them to offer each other moral and emotional support. For them to overcome discrimination in the community, they are advised to be confident and optimistic about a better life. Transgendered people are as equal as the rest hence they should be treated equally (American public health Association, 2006).
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