Transgender Canadians discuss acceptance in 2016
So for the people out there wondering what this is all about ... It's about what happens from here. It's not just about one person. It's about all of us... accepting one another. We are all different. That's not a bad thing.- Excerpt from Caitlyn Jenner's speech at the ESPY awards
What a difference a year or two can make. Thanks in part to high profile people such as Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, and - yes - Caitlyn Jenner, transgender people are more visible in today's world than they've ever been before.
But, as Caitlyn Jenner alluded, there's still plenty of confusion and ignorance – people wondering what it really means, to be trans.
Today we wanted to do our part to help answer some of those questions today – with a panel of transgender people to talk about their experiences, misconceptions they'd like to see corrected, and the questions they wish people would just stop asking.
- Meryn Cadell is a writer, educator, and a friend of Lara Rae's.
- Alex Abramovich is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
- "Ella" works in the fashion industry in Toronto. She's asked us to keep her name private.
We want to keep this conversation going. If you have questions about being transgender, or about transitioning, send them to The Current's twitter account @TheCurrentCBC. Lara Rae will answer questions that use the hashtag #AskLara starting at noon Eastern, that's 9 a.m. Pacific. Don't forget to please include #AskLara.
This segment was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins and Julian Uzielli.