I guess for many it’s pure and simple – fear.
Fear of the irrational reactions of others.
Fear of our significant others making knee jerk reactions and assumptions. He must be gay!!!He must want to be a woman!!!Oh the embarrassment!!! What will all the other ‘normal’ people think???
Fear of ridicule from strangers.
Fear of being ostracised as being ‘deviant’ in some way.
Fear of losing friends.
Fear of the ‘curtain twitchers’ chattering behind closed doors, spreading rumours.
Just for wanting to be ourselves, doing no harm to others, just wearing what we want to wear, acting how we want to act.
As with many fears I am sure most people build them up to be more than they really are, and when we do take that terrifying step usually find indifference and apathy.
Being on this site with so many others with the same thoughts and feelings has been so heartwarming. Especially as the stories of acceptance, positivity and encouragement far outweigh stories of negative experiences.
We just have to keep chipping away at those fears to demolish them, change society to a more tolerant place for everybody.
- This reply was modified 3 weeks ago by Bianca Everdene.