Image Credit: Angela_Yuriko_Smith — “gay pride flag”

Think back to when you were in middle or high school. Were you bullied or teased by your peers or even by family members? Were you ever called by a nickname that bothered you? Imagine what it would be like if everywhere you go, you are referred to as a name that invalidates you as a person. You may feel isolated, inferior, or depressed. For many transgender individuals, this is the reality they live with when they are misgendered or deadnamed (being referred to as their birth name). Can you imagine what that feels like? …

Alana Aninipot

Undergraduate Student at Temple University with interests in LGBTQIA+ issues, Deaf culture, social media advertising & policy, and boybands.

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