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Overcoming Shame in the Transgender Community

What is shame? According to Peter Levine, psychologist specializing in trauma, shame is the feeling of being overwhelmed and unable to successfully defend yourself. Shame is an emotion that occurs when the instinct to protect survival is thwarted. For transgender people, survival is threatened by disproportionally high rates of hate crimes, assault, and bullying- trans people have one of the highest rates of suicide. Being mis-gendered induces shame and is frequently done, alone or connected to another violent act, for the purpose of inducing shame. Research shows that the shame of being misgendered by family and friends has a greater impact on transgender suicide than gender-specific discrimination & violence. Read more here.