I’ve had some bad experiences lately with people giving me some very transphobic comments, both people I know and complete strangers on the internet. Whilst these accounts might actually be able to fill a blog post in itself that’s not what I’m going to be looking at here. Instead it’s a few of the things that were said and how they’ve been playing on my mind, on my fears, since in a way that I wasn’t expecting.
One of the things that happened recently, and unfortunately not for the first time, was that I was messaged on Facebook by someone that saw I’m transgender and felt the need to make sexual advances towards me. I’m sure that I’m not alone in this, and whilst my cisgender friends will have probably experiences this I know for a fat that a lot of transgender people have gone through the same experience. Someone who has a fetish for transgender women sees that you’re trans and immediately sends you horribly graphic sexual messages.
I don’t know what it is about these certain internet ‘chasers’ (as the community calls them) but it appears that because they see trans women in nothing but a sexual way they assume that trans women must be obsessed with sex themselves, that we will respond positively to pictures of their genitals or messages like ‘Hey sexy, I’d love to suck your sweet tranny cock’ (a direct quote from one of the messages I’ve been sent). The worst part, however, is when you turn around to these people and tell them to leave you alone, that you’re not interested in their sexual advances and they respond with a slew of filth.
I’ve had ranging from ‘fuck you’ to ‘you’re just a cock teasing fag’ all the way up to ‘go and fucking die’. The latest response I received was this;
‘I was only trying to be nice to you [this was in response to him sending me a picture
of his erect penis and the message ‘wanna ride?’] why are you being such a bitch?’
I responded by telling him that sending people you don’t know pictures like that is hardly being nice and that I’m in no way interested. He then hit back with this;
‘You’re not going to get any better offers. No one would want to have more than just
sex with you. You think you’re going to find some nice guy and live happy? People like
you are just sluts. Go and kill yourself. Fucking tranny.’
Like I said, not the first time I’ve had something like this so I’m normally used to just shrugging it off. This time however something stuck in my head. Something that has been there at the back of my mind for a while and if truth be told has worried me.
I’ve been finding it hard lately. My transition (in my opinion) isn’t going well. Or at least not as well and as fast as I want. I feel like I’ve missed out on a lot of things by having to live a life that’s not really mine, and that each and every day that I’m forced to continue doing so (I’m not full time yet and mainly present as male) I’m losing more and more. And one of the things I feel like I’m missing out on, one of the things I genuinely fear I might never have, is a relationship.
That’s what that guy said to me and stuck with me. Am I going to find someone and get to be happy? I know that it’s probably not the be all and end all of life, that I can be happy whilst being single, but I don’t want to be single. Someday I do want to find someone, be happy and maybe if I’m lucky somehow have a family. Usually I don’t worry about such things and just think ‘oh well, it’ll happen someday’.
The thing is, I think I’m developing feelings for someone. Actually forget that, I know I’m developing feelings for someone. Now this person knows that I’m transgender, as pretty much everyone who knows me does so at least that’s all out in the open. I’ve had growing feelings about this person for a while now, and we both get on really well with each other. We’ve got a lot in common and we have some really personal conversations and some great laughs together. I know from conversations that we both want similar things in life as a whole too. During one conversation too they described the kind of partner they want. They described me. They described my personality, my interests, everything about me. All accept one thing. They described a female.
As far as I know this person is only attracted to cis-women (I’m also aware that by this point I’ve not brought up this persons gender or sexual orientation, this is to leave it vague enough that if they end up reading this they won’t be able to know that it’s them).
If I was a cis-woman I’d ask this person out in a second, and from what I’ve learnt about them I’m confident that I’d have something of a chance. Maybe something would even have happened naturally by now if I was cis. I like this person, really like them. But I’m scared that they’ve got no interest in a trans-woman. I’d like to think, I’d hope, that maybe I’d have a shot with them. But how can that happen, especially when they know me pre-transition?
Even if someone was open minded enough to be attracted to trans women, could that extend to me when presenting as male? If when I finally go through the transition I’m the perfect partner for this person just like they said, would they ever be interested in me knowing the person I was before?
The truth is I’m scared of being alone. I’m lonely and it hurts and I’m afraid it won’t ever go away. Can anyone actually care about me or will people just look at me as a fetish, as their ‘kinky sexual desire’?
I need to transition in order to be happy in my own body, but every time that I have doubts about it or the fears take over one of the things that goes through my mind the most is that I’m always going to be alone. Sometimes I want to give up on transitioning and just pretend to be male because I think that at least then I can have the chance of finding someone to be with, that I could have a family. I’m just terrified that I’m always going to have my heart broken and that I’m always going to be alone.
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