Being Transgender.

Now that I’ve made my ebook “Who Cares? Life for an Irish Transgender Teen” free to the public (you can download the full thing here), I’ve decided to publish the chapters here on my website. Below is a chapter from this book which was published in April 2016.

I’ve mentioned it many times prior to this and now I’m going to discuss it fully. It’s rare that you will hear me go into such detail about this topic. However, it is a part of me and thus should be included in this book. I want to clarify that I am in no way ashamed or annoyed by the fact that I am trans. The reason that I do not talk about it a lot is because (believe it or not) it doesn’t actually come up in conversation that much and I don’t feel compelled to discuss it. I am transgender, but I’m also a writer, a feminist, a coffee-drinker, a dancer, a bookworm and many other things. Conversations with me aren’t ruled by the fact that I am transgender and it certainly doesn’t define who I am. Saying that, I have no problem discussing this fact with people and answering any questions that they may have. If you are talking to me and you have questions about my transition, then that’s fine. If you’re talking to me and you don’t have questions, that’s fine too. I won’t be offended that you’d rather discuss my career, my state of being or my skincare routine than my gender.

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Get to Know Transgender Activist David Beattie

As an author, blogger and model, DAVID BEATTIE, 19, is also a LEADING VOICE in TRANSGENDER RIGHTS in Ireland and beyond…

On finding my voice: I’ve always had a very strong sense of what’s right and wrong and I’ve always fought for what I believed in, particularly when it came to my right to identify and exist however I wanted to. When I began transitioning, I found I had a lot to say about my experiences of the world. I thought the media represented being trans as a very negative thing, as though you automatically had an awful life just because you were born in the wrong body. I wanted to talk about my own experience which was very different from that so I wrote my first book (Who Cares) and it all grew from there. I’m a firm believer that if you don’t like the world you’re living in, you should do what you can to change it.

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I’m Transgender, Not Unreasonable.

Hello, my name is David Beattie. I’m currently transitioning from male to female. I still identify as male and I’m still using my birth name. That’s all you need to know about me and my transition. When things change I’ll let everyone know.

In case you haven’t heard, transgender people have been in the media more and more lately, and I am a transgender person. My work includes writing, making videos and doing media appearances to talk about myself.

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Meet “Gareth” a 20-year-old Crossdresser

Gareth is a handsome, bearded 20-year-old, studying and working. He drinks, he smokes, he has a group of guy friends around him and he meets girls on nights out. He’s also been a crossdresser since he was 10 years old.

He doesn’t see this as a big deal, but nevertheless he keeps it private. His name has been changed for the sake of this article which is what we both decided was for the best. Crossdressing is a very misunderstood form of expression, meaning that you won’t find many people who have the strength to be open about it.

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Episode 10-David Beattie

I first met David when we started college. We were opposites. He was tall and blonde, and I was small and brunette. Since then he has just gone from strength to strength, probably due to the addition of me in his life. Writing his first book at eighteen, last week having his television debut and creating this successful podcast series. So I think it’s high time we get to know a little bit more about our host.

Lack of Gender Neutral Toilets an Issue.

Plans for DIT to include gender neutral toilets in the new Grangegorman campus have been met with praise, but some students are concerned that there are no such facilities in other DIT campuses.

The new campus will include accessible toilets in each of the buildings, and all future buildings on the new campus will also have gender neutral toilets as well as traditional toilets.

David Beattie, a second year Journalism student based in the Aungier Street campus, who is currently in the process of gender transitioning, says that students should feel comfortable while attending their present designated campus.

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Boys.

In “Who Cares?” (I find myself constantly saying that) I wrote a chapter about men. But what about the BOYS in my life? The ones who I socialise with. The ones who I’ve grown up with. The ones who I usually encounter. The ones who are in my age-group. The one’s that I interact with in a non-romantic way?

I could probably count the number of boys that I’m currently particularly friendly with (or should I say that are particularly friendly with me) on one finger. Does this upset me? A tiny little bit. But I’m not interested in trying to impress boys. Because boys have almost always tried to avoid me. And I don’t really feel the need to compensate for that.

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Gender Expectations.

I say it all the time. You never really realise how often we encounter the issue of gender until you’ve stepped outside of the “traditional” gender roles. Simple mind-sets and actions can actually make a gender non-conforming person feel extremely uncomfortable or unwelcome. Here are some of those situations.

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Tell your children

When your child sees me on the street and turns to ask you “is that a boy or a girl?” this is what you do.

Do not shush them and usher them away from me. Do not pretend it didn’t happen. Do not simply smile at me sympathetically. And definitely do not say “I don’t know.”

I will never be offended by the words of your child. They have an excuse. The only thing that can offend me is your reaction. You do not.

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Aggressive Gendering

It happened to me for the first time when I went out this week. A bouncer began to get angry about my gender when he saw my ID. I’d heard of it happening, I’d heard how horrific it is, I wasn’t prepared. (Side note: without intending to be sexist, women bouncers never ever make me feel uncomfortable. In fact, last time I encountered a female bouncer, she told me that I looked like Cara Delevingne. Yes, I did have to include that).

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A Metaphor For Gender

Many people struggle to understand the nature of the gender binary and the nature of the non-binary community. People constantly get confused and intimidated by people who challenge the idea of gender and gender stereotypes. Often, I find people looking to me for answers, which is quite ridiculous. The only part of the gender binary that I am familiar with is my own part, in which I am transgender and do not fit into the gender binary.

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