TRANS PROFILE – FJ (Part 2): The Second Part of an Interview with a Jamaican Transgender Man


This is the second part of an interview with a Jamaican transgender man, which once again offers some unique insights. It is also refreshingly down to earth. Congratulations to FJ, and to TransWave for helping to educate us on issues surrounding transgender people in Jamaica. It’s not an easy road, either.

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This is the final part of the series on FJ. Part 2 features a discussion on his identity as a transgender man, some of the challenges he faces and some of the changes he wishes to see. (First part of profile.)

What is it like to identify as a transgender man, living and working in Jamaica? What are some of the challenges you face?

I was fortunate enough to be in the minority of college graduates who acquired a job within a year of completing their studies. That doesn’t mean however, that I landed a job as soon as I began looking. In fact, that’s quite far from the truth. I had been interviewed countless times for jobs I was qualified for and more than competent to perform, but had been denied because of my gender expression.

In Jamaica, being gender non-conformist in your gender expression automatically brands…

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