#TDOVSCOT18 – A MESSAGE FROM TRANS MASCULINE SCOTLAND

This International Transgender Day of Visibility, we hear from the Trans Masculine Scotland group on what life could be like in 10 years time for trans people.

In ten years’ time we won’t have to fit a predefined version of “masculine” to navigate our way through the gender clinic system. Medical teams will work with us to find the best ways to be ourselves; without any judgement of whether we bind, want to take hormones or have any surgeries. All medical professionals will have had training on working with trans people. There’ll be no more ridiculous queries on when you’ll stop needing testosterone, or questions about your genitals when you go to A&E with a broken toe. From sexual health to routine screening and maternity – we’ll feel safe and confident in accessing the services we need.

Delayed access to surgery and hormones will be based only on actual medical risk, rather than unreliable measures such as BMI being used to help cut spending. The service will be funded based on the demand that there is now, not what there might have been many years ago. They’ll be enough capacity in the system that healthcare won’t be affected by one doctor taking time off. We’ll be seen within reasonable times, regardless of where we live, and we won’t be expected to travel hundreds of miles for appointments or consultations at a few days’ notice. We’ll always be kept fully informed of next steps, and any changes, because the system will understand how hard the waiting and appointments can be for us. At times, our life really does depend on it.

Everyone will grow up knowing it’s ok to feel you’re not the gender you were assigned at birth and if they choose, they’ll have easy access to the products they need. Binders and prosthetics will be something that you can buy in high street shops and they’ll come in a range of skin tones and styles that far better reflects the diversity within our community. Everyone will respect that the term covers a huge range of identities. Never again will a trans guy on a dating site be asked how long they’ve wanted to be a woman and we won’t have our non-binary identities invalided by people making assumptions based on how we dress or act.

We won’t have to defend our right to be who we are, be accused of endangering others, or have our existence constantly questioned in the media. The programmes we watch and the articles we read will reflect our lives. There won’t just be documentaries sensationalising surgery, or soaps showing conflict caused by characters coming out. You’ll see us representing our countries at sport, in Parliament and in the back ground when someone else is going to the shops. You might have seen it already without knowing. While we need our voices to be heard we also want to go about our everyday lives just like everyone else. In ten years’ time people will understand that.

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