A reader writes: “I am the mom of an MTF 17-year-old who transitioned at age 11. She has a rare life-threatening disease causing blindness, hearing loss (wears hearing aids), diabetes, and many other health problems.
“I have tried to get her involved in our local LGBT community, but she shows no interest because she states that she feels like an outcast in the LGBT community and an outcast in the blind community. She is very shy.
“I know it’s a long shot, but I would love to locate even one person that is in the same kind of situation as we are. Any ideas?”
Thank you so much for your support for and concern about your daughter. I think that there are many people in similar situations, which is why I am putting this out there for my readership, which is very diverse and knowledgeable.
I hope that readers can help with information about resources, and also relate personal experiences and advice with regard to acceptance and navigating various communities as a trans person and also a person with disabilities.
I have not found a lot of resources out there, but I’m sure there are some that I am not aware of. I did find the website Blind LGBT Pride International, and it appears that this organization is currently active. There is also a Yahoo group called TransDeaf (“peer support by and for Deaf transgendered and transsexual persons”) that appears to be currently active.
Readers, what can you suggest? Thank you in advance.