There are some basic considerations when one realizes they're transgender. The notion (by many gay and straight people) that coming out transgender is a state of confusion, or a trend to follow, is rediculous and uninformed. No one "chooses" to be transgender, they only have a choice about what to do about it.
I've had many gay freinds throught the years ask me "Why do you want to be someone else?" When I tell them, "I don't, I am simply me," it seems to confuse them.
Regardless of the topic conversion, people tend to see their own truths without the consideration that because they can't see another point of view doesn't mean there isn't one. Because one side of an argument as clearly as the sky being blue, doesn't make it correct.
What people fail to realize is that everyone is correct based on their view of the world, which was molded by their experience of life.
Regardless of whether one agrees with your choice of living transgender or not, the reality of surviving and thriving in the world is a very real challenge for transgender people.
Imagine for a moment that you're faced with a choice: Hide your true indentity so you can afford to survive, or risk everything from your job to your home in order to live as your authentic self.The concept is one that many transgender people face. It's real. And it's frightening. A dear friend of mine faced this same scenario in 2002. She opted to go through with your transition, and within a short time lsot her career as systems expert. Her income plumented from six figures to working as a secretary for a time, until many years later she was able to secure another job based on her knowledge and experience. But she is not in the majority. Most lose their careers and never regain them.
In the forementioned article experts offer four ways that the transgender community can work towards overcoming the challenges.