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Transgender Reality

Living as transgender in the United States

Since childhood Kegan always felt something was wrong; she was a girl but felt drawn to behaving like a boy. Later in life, Kegan decided to do something about her problem. She opted for surgery to change her life and body completely; she became a man.

Transgender man named Kegan
Kegan uses testosterone injections in his hormonal therapy that changes his body composition, affects hair growth, voice and muscle mass. He has a girlfriend who accepts Kegan as transgender.

On the surface, Juno was a picture of success; he had been married for 29 years and had a PhD in biophysics, but never felt entirely at ease. He too took the bold decision to realign his gender.

Juno, transgender woman
Juno remains married to her wife although they married before Juno’s transitioning into a woman.

This documentary by director Alexey Brazhnikov delves into transgender life in the US and explores how people face gender dysphoria, the condition of feeling disconnected from your sex.

Related: TransReality - a documentary series filmed in Russia 

Sometimes a person may decide through surgery or hormone therapy to change their gender. Or they may wear different clothes and carry themselves differently. Studies show that a third of transitioned individuals commit suicide. Both Kegan and Juno lament that people who struggle with their gender meet with so many difficulties in life.

Transgender woman Juno
“I was always thinking if your dog doesn’t think it’s bad, then it’s not bad,” Juno talks about others accepting transgender people’s choice to change sex. “Your dog is right. The people aren’t because they have all these complicated social issues in the way.”

For example, transgender women (that is, a man who transitioned into a woman), have the stereotype of mostly being prostitutes or drug addicts. However, Juno and his partner Marcilla, a transgender woman, explain this is because many employers are unwilling to hire a transgender person for a legitimate job.

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