"I think people who commit suicide after transition probably do it because they’ve been treated horribly by bigots because of it. I think they’d be just as unhappy and likely to commit suicide if they were living a lie, though, and felt uncomfortable in their bodies.
What needs to happen is greater awareness. We talk about gay and lesbian issues all the time, which is great, but I think we need to be talking about trans issues just as much.
I’m often shocked at how little people know, even those in my generation, which tends to be more accepting than generation X and baby boomers. It’s quite a simple concept, really - that somebody was just born into the wrong body, but people don’t understand that. I think trans people deserve a lot of compassion, and I, for one, think they are so brave. I think a lot of people would agree with me, if we could just educate them a bit.”