Sometimes a person understands that they do not feel comfortable with their gender. They may decide, through such means as surgery or hormone therapy, change their gender. Or they may simply wear differently clothes and carry themselves in a different way. These people are known as transgender.
RT Docs correspondent Alexey Brazhnikov examines the lives of several transgendered individuals in America.
Kegan is a hair dresser, actor, and performer. He was also born a woman, and through testosterone injections has transitioned to a man. Hormone injections are common for transgendered individuals. These chemicals change the body, including hair growth, voice, and muscle mass. He has a girlfriend who accepts that he is transgender.
Juno was born a man. He has been married for 29 years and has a Ph.D. in biophysics. However, he has begun his transition into becoming a woman. He opts to use hormone therapy via a patch. He remains married to his wife, but only as a means to support her, as she is disabled.
Studies show that 1/3 of transgendered individuals commit suicide. Both Kegan and Juno lament that people who struggle with their gender are met with so many difficulties in life.
For example, transgendered 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, who is a retired Special Forces soldier and herself a transgendered woman, explain that this is a result of the fact that many people are unwilling to hire a transgendered person for a legitimate job.