Sent in by “E”

Came out way before I started studying at my university. My transsexuality has never been a problem, people have mostly been respectful, except for students who are closer to middle age, who have used the wrong pronouns, and asked invasive questions etc., nothing more than what I usually get in society. Professors have never been a problem.

Worth noting is that I live in Sweden, where there’s laws against discrimination, and the general social climate is very accepting and liberal, and even a super-conservative professor I had had no problems with me.

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Transitioning during PhD

I transitioned from female to male during my PhD program. The following things were all said to me by students, faculty, or staff during the first two years of my transition:

  • “Do I change pronouns now or wait until after the surgery?”
  • “You probably had better odds being hired as a woman, with all the political correctness.”
  • “I wonder if you’ll get better at your work, you know, more aggressive, when the testosterone kicks in.”
  • “So what do you do in the bathroom? Use a stall?”
  •  “I’m not the only one who still says ‘she’–so does X and Y. It’s not my fault.”
  • “You look like you’re in a good mood today–is it the hormones?”
  • “Oh, I ran into someone who I think went to your college. I asked if they knew you, and said you went by ‘[new name]’ now.”
  • “So what do you think about trans women? Like, their surgeries and stuff? Would you be into them?”

These individuals almost invariably identified as liberal and as allies.