The United Kingdom and some other western nations seem like another planet in how far more advanced they are than our supposed “Land of the Free” United States when it comes to LGBT rights. This is an interesting speech from a voice in working class Hackney, a borough of London, that has had to address a rise in hate crimes against the LGBT community. I am asking the reader to initially suspend judgment when reading this speech and to consider the ideas presented then contemplate the similarities and differences we share along with the gender dynamics mentioned by this trans man speaker, Jamrat Mason, addressing Hackney Pride and the struggles we all experience due to the question of gender and society’s role in attempting to define acceptable roles for all of us.

My name is Jasper Murphy and I have a vagina. I’m involved in East London Community Activism but today I’m here to speak “as a trans person” about transgender issues. The term “transgender” is a broad term that refers to to a massive spectrum of people who in some way veer away from the gender written on their birth certificate. So, I cannot, in any way whatsoever, be representative of transgendered people. I can only talk about the world as I see it, from where I’m standing, as a transexual.

I’m a lucky tranny. First of all because I’m alive. And secondly because I have a family who loves me. That shouldn’t be lucky, but at the moment, it is. My own experience is quite unique so I thought I’d give you a quick history: At 3 years old my first sentence was “I’m a boy”, at 7 years old when I was still convinced that this was true, my parents took me to a psychologist. The psychologist said I probably have “Gender Dysphoria”. My parents talked to my school and allowed me to cut my hair and wear a boy’s uniform. When I was 8 I was referred on to a specialist in London (on the NHS) who I saw until I was 18. When I was 12 I legally changed my name which my granny paid for. So I’ve been living as male since I was about 7 or 8. I went through a full female puberty and eventually got testosterone when I was 21. I had surgery when I was 22. I’m 24 now so I’ve looked like this for about 2 years.

It’s not my intention to simple ask for a complacent acceptance of trans people- for people to just stop insulting us and beating us up… I want to talk about transphobia as an issue that affects all of us- and that we can all play a part in fighting. We must, as a society, be better at gender.

I came to the conclusion it truly is a universal issue and we need to continue to push for an evolved understanding of gender expression. Only then will all of us in the LGBT community be truly free. What is your verdict?