(My attempt at Trans 101 using only the thousand most common words in English. The creative restrictions made this fun to try.)
Most people think that babies are all either boys or girls. But it turns out that when some baby boys get older they think they would be happier if they were girls, and when some baby girls get older they think they would be happier if they were boys. Sometimes they put on different clothes, or change their names, and some of these people take steps to change their bodies from boy to girl, or from girl to boy. Sometimes people turn out to be not girls, and not boys, but something else. And sometimes the doctors can’t tell whether a baby is a boy or a girl, so the doctors have to guess, but sometimes they guess wrong.
All of this happens a lot of the time, but you don’t often hear about it. And when people talk about it, they often don’t say very nice things about people who need to change themselves so they are happier being a boy or a girl or whatever they want. When other people speak this way about these people, it can hurt very much. Sometimes people get so hurt, they end up hating themselves, and some of them try to kill themselves. All because most people don’t have very nice things to say about people who need to change their bodies.
I am one of these people. When I was a baby, everyone thought I was a boy, and I used to live my life as if I were a boy. But when I got older I learned that I would be much happier if I were a girl, and I would have a much better life if I could live that way. So I started to take these steps to change my body and other things about myself so that I can live as a girl rather than as a boy. Now I talk to other people about what it is like to do this so that I can help them understand a little about what it is like to be a person like me.
It makes me very sad that people don’t always have nice things to say about people like me. Sometimes the things they say hurt. Sometimes they do even worse things. What I want to do with my life is to help make the lives of people like me better, to help them make it easier to change themselves so they will be able to live as happy people, whether they are a boy or a girl or something else. And I also want to help everyone else understand that people like us are normal, that we are human too, and that all we want is to be understood and loved just like everyone else.
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