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I Was a Transgender Woman

first_imgPublic Discourse 1 April 2015It was a pivotal scene. A mom was brushing a boy’s long hair, the boy slowly turned his head to look at her. In a tentative voice, he asked, “Would you love me if I were a boy?” The mom was raising her boy to become a trans-girl.In that split second, I was transported back to my childhood. I remembered my grandmother standing over me, guiding me, dressing me in a purple chiffon dress. The boy in that glowing documentary about parents raising transgender kids dared to voice a question I always wanted to ask. Why didn’t she love me the way I was?I am haunted by that boy and his question. What will the trans-kids of 2015 be like sixty years from now? Documentaries and news stories only give us a snapshot in time. They are edited to romanticize and normalize the notion of changing genders and to convince us that enlightened parents should help their children realize their dreams of being the opposite gender.I want to tell you my story. I want you to have the opportunity to see the life of a trans-kid, not in a polished television special, but across more than seven decades of life, with all of its confusion, pain, and redemption.The Trans-KidIt wasn’t my mother but my grandmother who clothed me in a purple chiffon dress she made for me. That dress set in motion a life filled with gender dysphoria, sexual abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, and finally, an unnecessary gender reassignment surgery. My life was ripped apart by a trusted adult who enjoyed dressing me as a girl.My mom and dad didn’t have any idea that when they dropped their son off for a weekend at Grandma’s that she was dressing their boy in girls’ clothes. Grandma told me it was our little secret. My grandmother withheld affirmations of me as a boy, but she lavished delighted praise upon me when I was dressed as a girl. Feelings of euphoria swept over me with her praise, followed later by depression and insecurity about being a boy. Her actions planted the idea in me that I was born in the wrong body. She nourished and encouraged the idea, and over time it took on a life of its own.Walt Heyer is an author and public speaker with a passion to help others who regret gender change. Through his website, SexChangeRegret.com, and his blog, WaltHeyer.com, Heyer raises public awareness about the incidence of regret and the tragic consequences suffered as a result. Heyer’s story can be read in novel form in Kid Dakota and The Secret at Grandma’s House and in his autobiography, A Transgender’s Faith. Heyer’s other books include Paper Genders and Gender, Lies and Suicide.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/04/14688/last_img read more

Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey (back) inactive vs. Broncos, ending streak of 51 straight games

first_imgThe two-time All-Pro defensive back got into a heated exchange with Jaguars coach Doug Marrone on the sidelines during the team’s 13-12 loss to the Texans in Week 2. Shortly afterward, Ramsey asked for a trade.However, Ramsey still played in Jacksonville’s matchup with the Titans in Week 3, recording nine total tackles in the 20-7 win.  Jalen Ramsey’s streak of having played in 51 straight NFL games is coming to an end, as the Jaguars cornerback won’t take the field in Week 4.Jacksonville announced Sunday that Ramsey will be listed as inactive vs. the Broncos. Multiple teams have remained interested in acquiring Ramsey, who was selected by the Jaguars No. 5 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.He has recorded nine interceptions and 45 pass breakups in 51 career games. Whether Jacksonville is willing to part ways with him remains to be seen. Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins replaces Case Keenum vs. Giants Kenny Stills injury update: Texans receiver (hamstring) questionable to return vs. Panthers Jalen Ramsey is inactive today against the Broncos.Full list of inactives ⤵ pic.twitter.com/Kwx5ekeWkF— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) September 29, 2019Ramsey missed practice this week because of illness, a back injury and the birth of his second child.His status for Jacksonville’s matchup against Denver remained up in the air until Sunday amid speculation that the Jaguars might deal him in the coming weeks. Related News Raiders’ Vontaze Burfict ejected for late helmet hit on Colts’ Jack Doylelast_img read more