Transgender is My Trigger Word

Rebecca Simmers
5 min readMay 3, 2021

It seems like everyone is 'triggered' by something these days.

Several years ago I was part of a panel discussing healthcare experiences with Medical Students. I went first, introducing myself and explaining that I identified as a Male-to-Female Transsexual before I dove into my complicated transition history and the struggles I encountered accessing healthcare and medical transition. But before I could even begin one of the other panel members shouted at me "STOP SAYING THAT!"

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Rebecca Simmers

Rebecca (She/Her) is a queer Poet/Writer/Memoirist, Entrepreneur, Women's Health Educator, Advocate and Former Caregiver currently based in Louisville, KY