Ezra Furman has shaken the internet this week with a brave social media post coming out.
Musician Ezra Furman came out as trans this week.
And people are loving the announcement.
So what exactly is "gender dysphoria?"Gender dysphoria involves a conflict between a person's sex and the gender with which he or she identifies with. People with gender dysphoria experience high levels of discomfort with their own bodies, and they often report feeling as if it isn't their own.
It is more commonly known as being "transgender."
GettyPeople who are transgender more than often realize that they are from a very young age - children are able to experience gender dysphoria and this is when the majority of trans people realize this conflict.
It is a heartbreaking reality that many trans children face rejection from their families.
GiphyAccording to the Human Rights Campaign, studies have shown that familial rejection can lead to the LGBTQ+ youth engaging in behaviors and activities that endanger their health, trigger depression, and other mental health issues, and, in some extreme cases, can lead to homelessness and suicide.
Family support is one of the most important things for a child coming out as trans.
ShutterstockChild welfare expert, Caitlin Ryan, stated that “family acceptance predicts greater self-esteem, social support, and general health status," for LGBTQ+ youth. “It also protects against depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation and behaviors - issues for which transgender youth are at disproportionate risk."
A transgender child needs love and support.
UnsplashParents must respect the wishes of their child by doing simple things such as using the child's preferred gender pronoun and name, reassuring them about the love and support that they will continue to receive, and, most importantly, educating themselves about issues surrounding the trans community.
Coming out as transgender and beginning the transition will never be easy...
GettyDespite this being what a person desires, the first few steps into transition are never easy, especially for a child. Enduring taunting in the school corridors from their peers who are too nieve to understand the situation is a sad reality for many trans children.
Thankfully, the LGBTQ+ community is bigger than ever today.
GiphyThere are countless organizations around the world that work hard together purely to support people, especially children, of the transgender community.
People around the world are now more accepting than ever...
And one musician who recently came out as trans has opened up about her experience.
Being open and honest can help.
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And be the first stage of feeling comfortable in your own skin.
Luckily, there is an accepting community out there.
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As Ezra Furman proves.
"I wanted to share with everyone that I am a trans woman, and also that I am a mom and have been for a while now (like 2+ years)."
"About being a trans woman: for my own reasons I have been hesitant to use these words, especially the "woman" word. I have often described myself as non-binary, which maybe is still true (I'm just gonna sit with that question for the moment). But I've come to terms with the fact that I am a woman, and yes for me it's complex, but it's complex to be any sort of woman. I am very proud to be a trans woman and to have come to know it and be able to say it. This has not been an easy journey."
"About being a mom: there's enough said in public about the magic of parenthood. It is beautiful and holy and I love it—that's all on that subject. I have not yet mentioned in public that I'm a parent because I have been afraid of being judged and grilled about it as if it's anyone's business other than mine and my family's."
"But. I'm telling you I'm a mom now for a specific reason. Because one problem with being trans is that we have so few visions of what it can look like to have an adult life, to grow up and be happy and not die young. When our baby was born I had approximately zero examples that I had seen of trans women raising children. So here's one for anyone who wants to see one. I'm a trans woman and a mom. This is possible. I never dreamed it was possible to be happy and self-realized and trans and uncloseted, and also become a parent. But it is and I am doing it. Because trans people deserve to pursue the lives we want, on our terms."
"That's all for now. More music to come before long."
We're so happy for her!