No, trans stands for transgender, but I bet you knew that. No one chooses to be transgender. And no one just wakes up one morning and decides to transition. It is usually after every other option has been exhausted, especially since the consequences are that we have to face even fiercer bigotry. And that’s why people are coming out as trans at much younger ages — society has become more supportive. Either way, being trans is not a choice. Again, there are parallels with being gay. You could be gay but not be out. Would you still be gay? Are you only gay if you decide to come out? Is coming out a choice? Are the consequences of others not “agreeing” with you for being gay something you should “think about” before coming out, or is other people’s bigotry actually their issue?

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