Being trans is difficult. There’s no denying that it adds a certain bit of complication to what may otherwise be an uneventful life. But it’s also beautiful.
Trans people have this fantastic innate sense of who they are and what they believe in. We don’t always agree and of course have different views - and that’s okay. We’re a community but we’re also individuals.
One big fear for trans people coming out is the idea that they need to fit a certain norm to be a member of the community. That just isn’t true. The community is an open and accepting one and going forward I hope we continue to embrace the diversity of our community.
My mental health has been built from nothing by this fantastic community. I’ve been reminded time and again that I am worthwhile and that I have something to offer to the world. I’ve been told time and time again that I deserve to be loved, that I am and that I will be.
My tip for positive mental health is to treat each other this way! Love each other. Sometimes loving yourself can be hard so let others love you and love in return.
Toryn Glavin is a 22 year old trans woman with the style of a 40 year old mother. She is the Administrative Officer of TENI, a position which she loves dearly.