This matters to me because I was raised in a way that was as gender neutral as possible, and having three daughters, it’s important to me that they understand that they are not constrained by their born sex. I have overcome many prejudices in both my personal and professional life to prove that I am as capable as a male. I was taught that I shouldn’t need to change to be acceptable to society, so it seems counterintuitive that in order to feel like yourself, you need to change?
I have friends in various stages of transition, and watching them in their efforts to change their bodies is heartbreaking to me.
They were perfect the way they were, why not change society to accept all flavours of human, rather than force change on people so that they fit in?
I have been involved in action groups, taking an organisational and facilitation role. I have helped to organise meetings of women, and we have been lucky enough to secure a venue which is resistant to pressure, and will always honour our booking. I have leafleted and was involved in the guerrilla sticker campaign.
I’ve been lucky that my immediate manager was supportive of my stance, but I would not be open to publicly stating my views due to fear of repercussions for my career.