Trans People Have Existed For Thousands Of Years And Other Things You Should Know About Trans People

    A brief history of the first documented cases of transgender individuals, hormone replacement therapy, gender confirmation surgeries, and trans rights.

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    Going as far back as 12,000 years ago during the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, unearthed drawings and sculptures give us some insight into the early existence and depictions of potential trans people in ancient civilizations. In some indigenous cultures, they are called Two-Spirit. In India, they are called Hijra. Trans people have existed and do exist in cultures around the globe. Let's look at 10 modern examples of trans women and men who have paved the way and contributed to science through their transitions.

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    Every transition looks different, but many trans people opt to medically transition in order to treat their gender dysphoria. Here is a look at some of the history behind gender-confirming surgeries and hormone replacement therapy.

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    The journey for trans rights hasn’t been easy, and is far from over, but we’re now seeing more and more support for the trans community and trans individuals. This includes providing trans people with adequate healthcare, reducing stigmatization, providing legal avenues for transition, such as gender markers and name changes, and reducing discrimination. Let’s explore each of these individually.

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    So you've read this article on the history behind the trans identity. We've covered the history of trans individuals, transition, and rights. What's next? If you're a trans individual reading this, this is me reminding you that you are worthy, deserving of care. If you're cisgender, I have a mission for you: Commit to being an ally today and every day you're alive. Let's talk briefly about how to do that!

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    If you are a trans person in crisis, reach out to the Trans Lifeline at (877) 565-8860. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached any time at (800) 273-8255. You are not alone and you are worthy of love and life.