Watch: Everything you’ve secretly wanted to ask a trans person

Nick Duffy May 22, 2015
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Ever had a question about transgender people that you were too afraid to ask?

A new clip released by BBC Free Speech sees a number of people who identify as trans tackle questions they are always asked.

The participants point out that despite perceptions, there is no such one thing as “the op” – usually with a number of different, optional surgeries taking place over a period of time.

Fox Fisher says: “That’s the thing… there’s old tropes they have about sex swap, sex op, the surgery… I mean, if you talk to any trans person, you’ll know there’s no just one surgery to have.”

One transgender man explains: “It’s actually a series of five operation for guys, so the op is so decades ago now!”

The participants also discuss the ‘debate’ on whether transgender people should be allowed to use the correct bathroom, and uncertainties on how they have sex.

They also discuss the confusion between transgender people, cross-dressers and drag queens.

Paris Lees joked: “Are you a drag queen? Well, nobody’s paying me!

“Transvestites are somebody who dresses up in the clothes that are associated with the other gender.

“Drag queens are very glamorous and it’s usually more of a performance, whereas transgender people actually are that gender.”

More: BBC, Equality, free speech, gender, LGBT, Trans, Transgender

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