Personal Statement : A Personal Reflection

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rowing up they always felt different, like they were in the wrong body. Now in the locker room, they feel it even worse. They wish they could be “normal” like the rest of the team. Thoughts of giving up their favorite sport to avoid the embarrassment have definitely crossed their mind, but they know the team would not be half as good without them. They have spent countless hours training and conditioning and now they are really starting to shine. Regardless of their gender expression, they love their sport, work hard, and want nothing more than to be respected as an athlete.
The topic I have chosen is very personal to me. I have a personal connection to this topic because I befriended a coworker who, during our employment together, transformed their gender identity from male to female (MTF). I feel like I am approaching this topic as an insider. I think that my experiences with a transgendered person before, during, and after their transition, coupled with my research, will assist me in helping others to understand what motives, assumptions, and biases are at play.
“Gender is considerably more complex than sex. You might think of gender as the cultural meaning of sex” (Wood 1993). It is important to note that with this complex topic comes a complex and sensitive vocabulary. “Terminology within the transgender community varies and has changed over time so it is important to recognize the need to be sensitive to usage within particular communities”
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