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This was the question I always used to ask myself all the time when I was younger. I'm transgender and the hate I receive from my peers in school is monumental... But the hate has given me thicker skin and almost allows me to view it as trivial. But i believe that the most important thing to have in life is empathy. To some extent, I can understand why people would form these perspectives- its almost human nature to be unnerved by things unfamiliar to you. As these topics are often dramatized in the media to the point where we don't seem human anymore... Regardless, I have love for everyone on this Earth- even the haters! And I think the best way to move beyond hatred is to have compassion, we always focus on the small, futile differences between eachother yet we fail to realise the vast plethora of similarities we all share.
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Who you are and what you want to do with yourself is your business. It's astounding how many people don't seem to get that.
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As for a more thoughtful answer to your question,''why do people hate transgender people?'' Humans hate what they're secretly afraid of, and humans fear what they don't understand. If a transphobic person got to know you, or any other trans person, well enough, they'd realise that you're basically a normal, functional, non-threatening human being, and the hate would stop. So keep being who you are, and show them that.
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It's always been the way for humans to make fun of somebody different and over time people got more used to diversity- in 20 years being transgender will be more welcome
But in my experience homophobia and transphobia often stems from religious views and people being raised in toxic enviroments
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Fear.
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Fear.

Though I am against letting children butcher themselves.
Yes because that's what happens :rolleyes: you cant even get hormones until you are 16 let alone surgery. Stop being taken in my tabloid headlines
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Some people have nothing better to do with their lives other than hate people who are living theirs.
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The really good one's probably make some people insecure in their sexualities.
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Ignorance breeds hate.
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I see less hatred for transgender people and more hatred for the transgender lobby which can be very demanding and hostile.

There's a difference between hatred on a personal level and hatred on a social/political level. A lot of people don't like some of the (rather contentious) ideas and stipulations being put out there by the activists. Women in sport don't necessarily like competing against biological men, nor do people like being punished for stating simple facts.
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Most transphobia is simply recycled homophobia (and a good chunk of homophobia is just recycled racism).

Examples like "it's just a mental illness", or "what about <insert gender-specific thing here>" or "they're closeted paedos" - all of these things were used by bigoted dullards to try and slur gay people, and now they're being picked up again by yet more bigoted dullards to slur trans people.

It's all rather pathetic really. But if history tells us anything, transphobia will fail in the same way homophobia did. Just give it time, and society will adjust to the new norms.
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But in my experience homophobia and transphobia often stems from religious views and people being raised in toxic enviroments
Agreed. But there is more than that to it. I find it interesting that men in particular have a revulsion of trans-women but tend not to have a problem with trans-men. It is almost like men who identify as women are somehow letting the side down and should therefore be shunned. It is all terrifically sad.
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Agreed. But there is more than that to it. I find it interesting that men in particular have a revulsion of trans-women but tend not to have a problem with trans-men. It is almost like men who identify as women are somehow letting the side down and should therefore be shunned. It is all terrifically sad.
Either that or people feel somehow threatened by trans women and not by trans men.

It's similar to how a lot of homophobia is aimed at gay men and not gay women.
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This was the question I always used to ask myself all the time when I was younger. I'm transgender and the hate I receive from my peers in school is monumental... But the hate has given me thicker skin and almost allows me to view it as trivial. But i believe that the most important thing to have in life is empathy. To some extent, I can understand why people would form these perspectives- its almost human nature to be unnerved by things unfamiliar to you. As these topics are often dramatized in the media to the point where we don't seem human anymore... Regardless, I have love for everyone on this Earth- even the haters! And I think the best way to move beyond hatred is to have compassion, we always focus on the small, futile differences between eachother yet we fail to realise the vast plethora of similarities we all share.
I didn't know they did but I'm sorry to hear that you received a lot of hate back at school. By the way, I agree with you about the empathy thing - people who lack empathy are really at a disadvantage in my opinion, life must be so confusing when you struggle to see things from other people's viewpoint.

The reservations that people may have towards transgender people will very likely stem from fear of the unknown. Young people are particularly insecure in their own identities which is why they can be harsh to people who are too different to the norm. But I hope that you have friends around you now, who like you for who you are and don't care the small differences between people.
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a good chunk of homophobia is just recycled racism
Please explain?
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This was the question I always used to ask myself all the time when I was younger. I'm transgender and the hate I receive from my peers in school is monumental... But the hate has given me thicker skin and almost allows me to view it as trivial. But i believe that the most important thing to have in life is empathy. To some extent, I can understand why people would form these perspectives- its almost human nature to be unnerved by things unfamiliar to you. As these topics are often dramatized in the media to the point where we don't seem human anymore... Regardless, I have love for everyone on this Earth- even the haters! And I think the best way to move beyond hatred is to have compassion, we always focus on the small, futile differences between eachother yet we fail to realise the vast plethora of similarities we all share.
Everyone has their own reasons but just to throw in my tuppence worth (and without meaning to cause offense in this post but you have asked why people hate on trans people so I will be blunt), it may be a culmination of the following:

- Transgenderism stems from a psychological illness called Gender Dysphoria - it is still regarded as an illness by psychiatric bodies even today. Due to campaigning and pressure over the years, psychiatrists don't really search for a cure to it anymore and instead patients are increasingly left to believe they are whatever gender they want to be.
Transgenders do not truly know how it 'feels' to be the opposite gender and they never will because they are biologically still XX or XY even if they transition, so what they perceive to be them 'feeling' like the opposite sex is just a construct in their heads. This angers some because anyone can claim to be anything they are not e.g. a man can claim to be a teapot; the line between valid identity and absurdity is arbitrary, which reinforces the idea to some that transgenderism is silly.

- As transganders/non-binary people insist on being called certain pronouns, their own personal choice is increasingly being enforced into law where it governs other people's free speech, which has been argued is authoritarian. Whether these laws themselves cause anger or the fact it is a small stepping stone towards authoritarianism in the long run is dependant on who you ask.

- Transgenders make some feel uncomfortable when they use the same changing rooms or restrooms, though there are more gender neutral facilities these days which reduces this issue.

- Due to religious customs of some faith groups e.g. Jews and Muslims, gender governs how men and women interact and also other issues regarding where one prays (like men praying together). Transgenders are thus a grey area when it comes to participation in group acts of worship. Acting upon one's Gender Dysphoria and engaging in contragender behaviour ways (like a man purposefull acting and dressing like a woman and vice versa) is seen as sinful.

- Some people are generally bigoted and hate those who are atypical to the norm they are used to so hate anyone of different races, sexualities, identities etc.

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I personally don't hate transgenders, but I strongly disagree with the concept for some of the reasons I mentioned above - there is a line between valid criticism and hatred, and I try to stick to the former
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Please explain?
A lot of the arguments made against gay marriage were literally word-for-word identical to arguments made against interracial marriage when that first became a thing however many years ago.
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Also, I don't know about hate, but I think a certain amount of animosity can be spawned when a person insists another must say or do things that completely contradict the latter person's beliefs. It's one thing declaring one's preferred pronouns but it is another acting like you are the boss of someone who you are not.
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Also, I don't know about hate, but I think a certain amount of animosity can be spawned when a person insists another must say or do things that completely contradict the latter person's beliefs. It's one thing declaring one's preferred pronouns but it is another acting like you are the boss of someone who you are not.
I've heard a lot of people say this... but realistically how many transgendered people will you come across where this will actually be a problem?
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I've heard a lot of people say this... but realistically how many transgendered people will you come across where this will actually be a problem?
Not many, of course. I don't come across many people I believe consider themselves transgender full stop. But an annoyance (I don't deem it worthy of being called a problem) would be an annoyance even if it ocurred only once in a lifetime. And of course such an incident wouldn't engender me feeling animosity towards every transperson, but I didn't interpret the thread title as meaning 'why do people hate all transgender people'.
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