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We Happy Trans – E1: Seven Questions

In the first episode of We Happy Trans, we propose seven questions for members of the trans community to engage with.  No, they’re not particularly original or provocative, but we have to start somewhere!

Answer all, answer a few, briefly or at length, and post a video response with ‘We Happy Trans’ in the title, or in text via your own blog or even as an email to us.  Either way, let us know it’s out there so it can be shared here.

Note: if providing video content, please try to include captions and/or a transcript so that the hearing impaired can also benefit from knowing you!

Transcript below

1) What’s your name? Chosen or otherwise. Now, beyond your name, I personally don’t really care how you identify. I’m not entirely comfortable with defining myself in the terms we’re given, and I kind of enjoying watching my mind struggle to gender someone. It’s an automatic habit, and not one I care to assist. However, if it’s important to you to be know as a trans man or woman, cross-dresser, queer, androgynous, non-binary, or whatever, or if you want people to use certain pronouns when referring to you in comments or discussion, go ahead and lay those on us. Whatever you’re comfortable with.

2) Who has been most supportive of your transition? If you haven’t started transition, who’s been most supportive of your gender expression, questioning or explorations?

3) What do most enjoy about your life since beginning transition? That is, what are some of the things you love doing now, that you couldn’t do before? And if you’re not there yet, what about the possibility of transition excites you the most? What do you look forward to?

4) Who are your trans role models? or Who have you looked up to in the trans community? Who inspires you? Whether it’s someone you know, or someone you’ve admired from afar, this is your chance to give a shout out.

5) What change(s) would you most like to see in the world? This can be trans related, or not, but we’d love to know where your passion lies.

6) What are you doing to make those changes happen? That’s right all, no getting off the hook! We’re all in this big ol’ mess together, and we each need to do our part. Share with us how you’re the change you want to see.

And finally, magical number 7, tell us something, anything, special and unique about you, your interests, your story. Never forget, gender is just one part of the larger project of becoming a fully authentic human being.

That’s it! Make a video of yourself answering these questions, or even better, find a friend to ask you, or best yet, find a trans friend and ask each other. Post your videos to YouTube and include ‘We Happy Trans’ in the title. I’ll keep an eye out for them, but best to send me an email or tweet with a link. I’ll then embed them in the We Happy Trans website.

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8 Comments

  1. First, thank you for the site. I totally agree that it’s important that people see transsexual people who can and do overcome the obstacles and live happily. The design is lovely, too!

    Second – as far as I can tell, all the participants have transitioned or are transitioning; and that seems to be the intent, since 2 of the 7 questions are specifically about “your transition”. I think that’s completely fine, and I am -absolutely- not trying to elbow onto your site – staying focused probably makes it a better site.

    I do ask, though, that you consider taking the asterisk off the site’s name, simply because when an asterisk (implying everyone) is used but “transsexuals only” is meant, as a crossdresser, I feel alienated – that I’m not seen as part of “everyone”. I don’t want to take part in transsexual-only spaces and I’m happy that they exist, I just wish they wouldn’t use the broad label when a more specific group is meant.

    Thanks very much, and I hope the site prospers!

    • Jen wrote:

      Jade, thanks so much for writing, and I’m glad you’ve found the site valuable. We have had a nonbinary submission (Avory), and another from someone who wasn’t out yet (Melissa), but you have a fair point, one I overlooked when drafting the questions, a particularly glaring oversight given how many years I identified as a crossdresser myself.

      However, I will retain the asterisk after trans. The site is still very new and the 7 Questions were just the first in what will hopefully be a series of projects. I will make sure that future endeavors actively include crossdressers, gender queers, nonbinary folks, etc.

      In the meantime, if you’d like to submit a response, or if anyone else out there who doesn’t identify with the transition process would like to, let this be the new edit of questions number 2 & 3:

      2) Who has been most supportive of your transition? If you haven’t started, or aren’t considering transition, who’s been most supportive of your gender expression, questioning or explorations?

      3) What do most enjoy about your life since beginning transition? That is, what are some of the things you love doing now, that you couldn’t do before? And if you’re not there yet, what about the possibility of transition excites you the most? What do you look forward to? Alternatively, what about your current gender expression is most satisfying?

      • Thanks, Jen. I actually had overlooked the mention of non-transitioning people in question #1, so even before your edit the impression I had of the site being closed to everybody else was not correct. The edited versions of #2 and #3 do help a lot, though. Thank you!

        • Jen wrote:

          No problem. My awareness of the variety of people under the trans* umbrella has increased greatly since the site started (in large part due to Transchat), and I would frame these conversations differently now.

          Side note: it’s been intriguing to me how many people reply to the first question as if it asked how they identify, when in fact I say “Now, beyond your name, I personally don’t really care how you identify.”

          Thanks again for writing; it’s nice to have some feedback!

  2. Noah wrote:

    Great feedback Jade Catherine, and I appreciate you Jen…your response and revised questions are right on target.

  3. Ari Copeland wrote:

    Hi! this is an awesome idea…. how do I submit a video?

    • Jen wrote:

      Hi, glad you like the idea. We’d love to receive more responses. The easiest route is to post your video to YouTube or Vimeo, then send the link to jen@wehappytrans.com. I’ll then embed it in a post. Let me know if you have any further questions, and I look forward to your response!

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