KCUR Radio
December 26, 2012

People who are transgender—meaning that they identify with a gender different from their biological one—face a difficult road to self-acceptance. They endure bullying and higher rates of discrimination in housing and the job market.  But less obvious is the psychological toll that being transgender takes.  According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, a startling 41 percent of transgender people in the United States have attempted to commit suicide. This statistic is part of the reason why Stephanie Mott, Executive Director of the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project is so involved in educating the public about transgender issues. KCUR's Susan Wilson talked to Stephanie about her journey. “Something about having to hide who you are that innately tells you that there must be something wrong with it. And so there was this concept of believing that there was something wrong with me.  I can tell you that as a child at 19 years old I spent hours sitting in the stairwell at our home looking through every volume of the Encyclopedia Britannica trying to find what was wrong with me, not something that described what was going on with me.”