There are events in a person's life that are monumental and meant to be inspiring. Coming out is one of those events, even though it isn't always received with joy or acceptance. Coming out is a part of being transgender. It is the inevitable step between imagining the dream and living as your true self. It is powerful, emotional and terrifying. In this episode of Translation, we look at what coming out means and the process involved when someone knows the time is right. Coming out won't be the same for everyone, but there are some basics that will hold true. Ultimately, the first person a trans person must come out to is themselves, and this episode will shed light on that endeavor.
This episode begins by looking at the origin of coming out, namely how the term first came to be associate with the LGBT community. We then look at some of the preparations that will help before coming out to family, friends and coworkers. It isn't a universal process, of course, but there are some tips that will help the individual as well as those who will no doubt be taken aback by a revelation of this magnitude. We also examine the unique challenges for trans youth. I share my story of when I came out and how the people around me reacted. There are also risks to coming out, which we cover briefly. Finally, we provide guidance for the family and friends of trans individuals who might be at a loss of how to react. Fortunately, it's a learning experience on both sides, so we can learn and grow together.
Trigger warning: This podcast contains discusses the topic of coming out and the risks associated with it.