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Q&A: Marshall Rauch, a transgender youth

 

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Photo by Marshall Rauch Furnished by Cristina Alvarado-Pierce
Marshal Rauch is a 14 year old transgender youth from Michigan. He was asked a series of questions, and an edited version appeared in the 2016 Mansfield and Proud Festival guide at the Mansfield Gay Pride Festival. 
Member’s of the gay community were asked a series of questions by the straight community. The questions follow…

Why do you think it’s right for a person to change gender? To me, that’s God decision.

A: I already come from a non-religious standpoint, but basically, I believe that no one knows a person better than they do themselves, so if a person them self decides to transition, they know what is best for them

What are your daily struggles?

A: Dysphoria, the impending doom of surgery/hormone costs and the way I might be treated at school (by classmates and administration)

Have you ever thought about suicide?

A:  Yes

How old were you when you begin to think that you might not be straight?

A: 7 or 8

What do you want to see happen in the near future?

A: Hopefully, more LGBT+ representation in the media

What do you want people to understand about you?

A: Even though I identify as male, I don’t act very masculine, so I want people to understand that masculine doesn’t always equal male

Explain to me what a transgender is?

A: A transgender is a person who identifies with the gender opposite of the one they were assigned at birth, most (though not all) go through surgery/hormone therapy to become the person they’ve always wanted to be on the outside

Have you accepted your life as it is, and are proud of who you are?

A: In many ways, I am, and in many ways, I’m not. A lot of times, if people assume I am a cisgender male, I don’t disclose to them that I was born female. It feels better.

Did your family except you with open arms?

A: No. Not at all. In fact, most of them did the exact opposite. It’s better now than it was when I first came out though.

What are your feelings on the public bathroom situation now?

A: I think people should be able to pee in the bathroom they feel suitable, and those who think differently are over-sexualizing what goes on in bathrooms. Which is pretty gross.

 Do you worry about going out in large crowds, like to bars, since the shootings?

A: Of course, I’m worried. But the worry isn’t enough to make me want to never go to a public LGBT event.