Transgender is not a Choice

I read a post where a trans person was confronted with the assertion that being transgender was a choice just like getting a tattoo is a choice.

Mama Carla says otherwise.

“Being” transgender is never a choice. It is a realization. Many transgender people never come out and never transition. They go through their lives in the role of a cis person.

…but they’re still transgender.

The “choice” is to transition or not transition. This is the only really choice a transgender person struggles with.

Regardless of the decision, the person is still transgender.

For many the choice is to transition or to die.

I cannot envision a circumstance where a person must get a tattoo or die.

Another person used the analogy, “It’s a choice the same way you choose to swim if your boat sinks.”