Trans woman offers message of inclusion aimed at saving lives – Knox County VillageSoup

WALDOBORO – Rachel Genthner of Waldoboro argues that denying who you really are and fighting the truth is dangerous, and she wants to reach out to others who have struggled with gender identity as she has .

For 40 years, she lived like a man, while feeling born into the wrong body. Growing up, she said she was bullied and still faced discrimination. Companies in his own hometown asked him to leave in the past.

Now, Genthner is reaching out to people in every way possible to create a message of inclusion and stand up for her true identity. She drives a 2022 Jeep hybrid that serves as a conversation starter. It is detailed with a transgender equality flag and messages such as “It takes courage to grow up and be who you really are” and “Trans rights are human rights”.

She also has a YouTube channel where she engages in open discussions about issues.

Genthner points to the danger of gender dysphoria, which can lead to anxiety, depression and health issues. She said that over time, the intense conflict caused by trying to deny her true identity nearly killed her.

Now that she feels empowered to speak her truth, she said she gets positive feedback from people thanking her for standing up.

The challenges remain. The availability of the hormonal drugs she needs is often limited. She stressed the importance of voting in the upcoming elections.

She asks people to be open and inclusive and notes that it is hurtful when people call her by her ‘dead name’ – the male name given to her at birth rather than the name she chose .

Genthner also supports the inclusion of books addressing transgender issues in schools when age-appropriate.

“Do we want to put a kid through this?” she says.

Lack of access to gender-affirming care for transgender youth increases the risk of substance use and suicide.

“Whose life is this? she asked. “If you can’t see my soul, you have no right to give me a gender marker.”

Her videos can be found on YouTube by searching “Trans Lesbian 2000”.

Rachel Genthner of Waldoboro uses her Jeep to send a message of inclusion. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

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