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They weren’t born as women, but they live their lives as such and ask to be treated in the same fashion as any natural born woman. But does being born a man strip them from these rights? Can a transgender woman stand side by side with a mother, wife, daughter etc. and get the same respect? Hear how some approach this controversial subject.

Katrina of Washington, DC usually doesn’t judge others, but she does feels there are certain lines that shouldn’t be crossed. “I think that transgender women need to know their place. I don’t like it when they think they can go toe to toe with us real women. They can never and will never be able to do what we can.”

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“I actually have a cousin who has completely changed his entire identity, but I believe this was derived from the years of sexual abuse that my uncle inflicted on him. I think that played a huge role in his decision. I respect her as she is. She is still my cousin and there is no love lost,” Dee of Virginia shares.

Hubert (HIV Advocate) of Northern Virginia feels that he has no place to judge transgender women, but he gives clear warning that, “They’d better keep their asses away from me and don’t even think about crossing the line. Because at the end of the day they are men and they will get handled as such!”

“It’s getting out of hand,” says, Ahmad Ahmed, a native of Iraq. “Even if I weren’t a religious person I’d still say it’s not natural and I blame this country for making it ok to live in such an unnatural, disgusting and disrespectful manner. How can we forget the struggle women have gone through and the oppression they are still trying to overcome? I not only blame this country, but I also blame the absence of male role models in the home. Thank God for Islam. It is illegal to be gay in Saudi Arabia and if you are caught there are grave consequences to pay and I fully support those repercussions.”

So, there you have it. The opinions surrounding transgendered women and how they are regarded vary greatly, but there is one thing that no one can dispute: if you commit to treating human beings with love and respect, it’s likely that you will get the same in return.

WRITTEN BY: Tahanee

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