Red Carpet of Everyday Transgender Folk

So I was thinking …

Are you, or do you consider yourself to be, Transgender? … That’s me.

Ever been snapped by the paparazzi on the red carpet at some glitzy Hollywood event? … Nope, me neither.

Had thousands of pounds/dollars worth of cosmetic surgery? … Ha!

Do you have a team of make-up artists, hair stylists and costumiers at your beck and call? … Yeah, right! *pfft*

And I guess you don’t see your picture plastered all over the glossies either? … Thought not.

So your lifestyle, appearance or even gender don’t really live up to the general image of transgender people as portrayed by the media in images such as these? …

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Candis Cayne arrives at the 2009 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Candis Cayne

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Honoree Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Caitlyn Jenner

… Nope, nor me.

Whilst it is understandable that the media focuses on “celebrities” such as these, indeed it was the media that created that status for them, and having them in the spotlight does open up debate about the whole Transgender issue, I believe the media does us all a great dis-service by not showing more “everyday” Transgender folk … and that is where a new section of my blog aims to redress that balance.

Whether you be male-to female or female-to-male, pre-surgery or post-surgery, wherever you sit on your journey through life, if you identify as not being of the sex to which you were assigned at birth here is your opportunity to join with the rest of us “everyday folk” and stand “Trans and Proud” in a communal public spotlight. I know some of you will be fortunate enough to visually “pass” in your perceived gender almost naturally while others, such as myself, are not as fortunate. But that’s fine, we’re all the same inside.

That’s what this is all about; to show that the Transgender community consists of a myriad of people who show the same diversity one would see in a picture of a busy Oxford Street or Central Park.

Read the rules and legal bits, then use the form on this page to send me a link to a picture of yourself and I’ll include it in the “Red Carpet Gallery of Everyday Transgender Folk”. (Sorry cross-dressers, at the current time this is only for Transgender folk.)

Let’s show the world that we are many, we are real, and we are just … everyday people.

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