The basic design of a progressive society is based on a stable foundation of acceptance and acceptance. Raising the status of society has never been more important than now, so we come together as one large, well-informed community. To learn about far and beyond, we need to know more about the people around us, starting today. While this has always been discussed at length, we would like to know what do we know about the LGBTQ+ community? Why does this matter to you, to us, and to everyone who believes in the core principles of humanity?
LGBTQ+. learning about words
The best way to learn is from the beginning. So, what does LGBTQ+ mean? Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer (a person who identifies outside of mainstream heterosexual) as well as any other sexual identity such as questioning, gender fluid, pansexual, asexual, etc.
This acronym is an umbrella term currently used to refer to a diverse and broad range of sexual identities, orientations and groups.
Breaking down the stigma and gap between gender identity and sexuality
gender identity There is something that is a person’s sense of self and may or may not align with their biological gender or what we call physical characteristics.
sexuality Sexual knowledge is the creation of thoughts and feelings. This is how we identify our relationships and has little or no relation to how a person identifies themselves.
While earlier it was known as two related concepts, according to science, they are distinct and unique in their own way. For example, a transgender person who identifies as male/female (gender identity) may be attracted to a male/female or both. While this may be confusing at first, it is a reasonable concept of gender equality and equality.
Now, we have laid our foundation on the core principles of the LGBTQ+ community. This article will discuss the gender identity of a specific group of this community i.e. transgender community. It will also reflect on their health and nutritional needs.
Transgender is a term used to denote people who do not conform to the biological gender assigned to them at birth or are even considered non-binary (not confirmed with male or female We do). So, the pronouns of a transgender person can be he/she/they/they. The new age world has accepted the practice of sharing their pronouns. These are as a gesture of respect through social media, in email signatures etc. So, if you are speaking to someone new, it is always better to use gender-inclusive language.
In addition, any transgender person can identify themselves as male, female or non-binary according to their gender identity and gender expression.
decoding gender transition
Gender transition is the process of changing yourself and leaning towards living your life as the gender you affirm, not the one assigned to you at birth. Leaving the fundamentals aside and starting afresh is an important phase in one’s life. However, by following an appropriate roadmap, this process can be incredibly valuable for the person making the transition et al. The process of infection mainly involves four stages:
- Mental health assessment: During this process, a mental health professional evaluates and confirms whether someone has ‘gender dystopia’. It also includes analyzing the ability to deal with the process. In addition, identifying whether someone has provided mental and emotional support at home, etc.
- Hormone therapy: This is an important step one has to go through during the procedure. Since hormones play an important role in determining one’s gender, these hormones are altered and determined. Masculine hormone therapy is for anyone who wants to change from female to male. Also, Feminine Hormone Therapy is for the man who wants to change from male to female.
- Gender Reassignment Surgery: The third step is to opt for surgery so that they can change their physical self and identify themselves. However, people do not choose to go for it, as it is lengthy, costly and risky.
- Post-operative care: Post-operative and pharmacological care is essential for people undergoing this procedure. Should be under direct supervision by a medical professional, with regular medical follow-up and continued use of medications.
Primary care for transgender teens
Adolescence is an age of curiosity and learning. It forms our basic understanding of the world and how we see it. Therefore, there exists confusion, chaos and complexity. This is an era that must be dealt with with the utmost consideration. For trans teens, this can be even more difficult without proper guidance and a well-accepted environment.
A child’s understanding of himself and his environment is inherited from his parents. Therefore, it should be understood that it is equally challenging for a trans teen to understand one’s gender based on their parent’s understanding.
- A confirmatory approach- At this age, parents should pay attention to the behavior of their child. Trans teens need extra attention because they are still finding their way out. It is also necessary to have a parent’s support or the child to be under the care of a support group. Seeking medical attention should not be denied as the child should be free to ascertain his or her gender identity.
- Aligning with Diagnosis- A concept-based model of discovering one’s identity was carefully designed. This is to identify the relationship to gender dysphoria. is familiar with a medical professional Guidelines for psychological practice with transgender and non-conforming people able to diagnose a transgender teen. Therefore, frequent medical attention is required.
- Accomplish psychosocial well-being Surveys have shown the prevalence of depression, social anxiety and substance abuse among trans adolescents. Therefore, a general discussion and checkup on their mental health should not be missed.
What is gender-affirming care and why is it important for transgender youth?
Once the above points are addressed at an early stage, it is time for the individual to incorporate gender-affirming care. It is a multidisciplinary approach that is needed to help a person feel happy, secure, and inclusive. It is a combination of social, legal and medical interventions. These can be applied to help align your external features with your chosen gender.
It is necessary for any person to feel free and free in himself. While this can be a demanding and emotionally exhausting experience for a transgender person and their families, it has shown excellent results in the long run. One step closer to yearning, so that one can realize himself.
Do the nutritional needs of a transgender person differ from that of a cisgender person?
Each person’s nutritional needs are unique and differ from one another. It is subjective and depends on various factors like height, weight, age, underlying medical issues and of course gender. However, when we talk about transgender health, this question about nutrition is the last thing that comes to one’s mind. Spreading awareness also means shedding light on the issues and challenges that a community as a whole faces. Health should always be the primary focus for any community. Furthermore, basic knowledge about wellness is certainly the primary means of flourishing.
So, do transgender nutritional needs differ from cisgender people?
The answer is not that simple. If a transgender person is not undergoing any transitional therapy, they may make dietary changes to change physical appearance. Like consuming protein to build muscle and if one wants to lose weight, then keep portion control.
However, if someone is undergoing hormone replacement therapy or has opted for gender assignment surgery, their nutritional needs will be quite different to those of cisgender people. Certain foods that improve/lower the level of estrogen and testosterone in the body. So, if one has or has undergone hormone therapy, one needs to be careful about what to eat and what not to eat. Hormones are an essential part of what helps the body function, changes in them directly affect metabolism and thus, what you eat and how you use your energy directly affects your body. However, medical professionals help you with the specifics of this process. One needs to accept that it is a complicated process and should be followed under strict adherence of dieticians and other medical professionals.
Nutrition also plays an important role in maintaining mental health. It cannot be denied that transgender persons, like cisgender people, require specific nutrients to meet their physiological needs. So, yes, to answer this question, transgender nutritional needs are different and yet similar. Although there is only limited evidence supporting this concept, it is recognized that the clinical decision to make dietary recommendations should be placed with the healthcare practitioner.
Settling the debate about people bleeding
More recently we have clearly struggled and moved towards eliminating menstruation. When we do, have we missed that menstruation is not a gender-specific term for women or cisgender individuals? Breaking the taboos of the 21st century, it is imperative and necessary that we realize that the trans and non-binary community are equal participants in this phenomenon. Although the menarche of this community has a bitter-sweet association with it, as one celebrates it, marking its journey to womanhood, others find it troubling because it does not align with a gender identity that they recognize.
Whatever the case, the connection between gender dysphoria and menstruation is undeniable. It is also said that not every transgender person has the same views on what constitutes menstruation, so it may not form an opinion for everyone.
The month of June is known as ‘Pride’ month and celebrates the cultural concept of self-affirmation, equality and respect of the people belonging to this community. The rainbow colored flag is known as an international symbol of pride and every member takes great pride in representing themselves with it. The revolutionary idea of calling it a community and gaining visibility originated in the streets of New York in 1969, and we have come a long way since then. Although this article focused on the transgender community, much more needs to be said and understood about them, as well as the issues they face collectively.
Let’s take a step forward, let’s resolve to make this society a better place with inclusive thoughts, ideas and embrace all irrespective of one’s faith and sense of self. No one has the knowledge and understanding of everything this world has to offer, there is always a learning curve. All it takes is a little patience and a lot of warmth for each other. The Pride community as we know it is and stands for the quote ‘Love is love’.