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‘Parents, identify transgender children’

 | November 30, 2013

By understanding a transgender child, parents will not lose another child to hate crime.

PETALING JAYA: Awareness on transgender tendencies begins in the home as it is the parents’ responsibility to understand his or her child.

Transgender Suria London said parents and siblings would know if a person is transgender because in the case of male to female transgenders, femininity shows at the age of three.

“Awareness should start from home and not in school. Parents should acknowledge their child’s condition and investigate further why their son wants to become a woman.

“Parents should bring their son or daughter to a psychiatrist to understand what’s happening,” she said.

She added it was important for parents to understand their child as by understanding them, the world would not lose another child to hate crime.

Suria was speaking at the Transgender Day of Remembrance event which was held last night at The Square, Publika, organised by educational campaign “I am you”.

The event was held to commemorate the lives of transgenders who have passed away due to hate crime and intolerance, as well as to appreciate those who resist such oppression.

According to a report released by Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring project, Brazil recorded the highest number of transphobia-related killings in the past year, with a total of 95 reported killings .

Malaysia meanwhile recorded two hate related murders.

In Dec 2012, makeup artist Dicky Othman was found with her hands and legs bound and her mouth stuffed with a piece of cloth.

On Oct 13, 2013, police found S Athiswaran stabbed to death at her home in Bagan Ajam, Penang. She was found tied up and her face was covered with plastic.

London who received the Trans Rights award on behalf of the late Asha Devi, who was the first Indian transgender who fought for the transgender community in Malaysia, said transgender people do not become one, rather, they were born as one.

“To all parents, if you have a transgender child, please listen to them. Do not hate or beat them.

“Don’t ask them to reverse their condition, they did not ask to be born that way,” she said.

She added that everyone would live in a happier and harmonious world if there is mutual understanding.


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