You are not alone!
Yes there really are transgender people in Windsor and the Windsor Pride Community is here for you. We transgender people are a small part of the general population and most may still be "in the closet" but we are here!
To help provide an opportunity for members of the transgender community to get together, we will be having a "T-Party" as a meet-and-greet as part of this year's Pride Festival.
We are also in the planning stages of creating a local support group and we hope to be able to launch it sometime this fall.
Who are the "Transgender"?
"Transgender" has been defined as "a person whose gender identity is different from his or her biological sex, regardless of the status of surgical and hormonal gender reassignment processes. Often used as an umbrella term to include transsexuals, transgenderists, crossdressers (formerly called transvestites), and two-spirit, intersex and transgendered people."
In other words, if you identify in some way as being of the opposite gender, you can be considered to be a transgender. (By the way, there is no verb "to transgender" so you can be a transgender but you really can't be transgendered, although everyone uses that term.)
We are the "T" in the LGBT.
It's not about sex.
Being a transgender has nothing to do with your sex which is determined by your DNA and demonstrated by what you have between your legs. It also has nothing to do with your sexual orientation. The majority of transgender people identify themselves as being heterosexual but, like all segments of the general population, some also identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual.
It's all about gender.
Your gender is determined by what goes on in your brain. In fact there is scientific and medical evidence to show that the part of the brain which determines such things as personality and gender identity can physically resemble that of a person of the opposite sex. Regardless, if your brain says you are a female, that's what you are, even if you happen to occupy a male body.
We are here to help you.
Whatever your position or status, the Windsor Pride Community wants to be your education and resource centre. We are always available to talk to you about transgender or any other issue that's important to you.
Windsor Pride Community in collaboration with Family Service Windsor Essex County and the Windsor Family Health Team offer a Transgender Support Group. Windsor Pride groups are facilitated by qualified social workers and certified counselors. Groups meet weekly. Groups are for those who identify as Transgender. Check the website for the latest information about locations, dates and times.