Even in woodworking transgender still, face several challenges. No one trusts the work of their hands, In fact, when he seeks a job as a woodworker, if there are other job seekers, they will prefer them to the transgender.
Apart from the creative art skills, woodwork involves various business chains, when a transgender procures goods especially wood and other materials for his work. The kind of attitude from the sales people lives a lot to be desired. They forget the basic customer care skills and focus on his “inadequacy” this makes them develop a negative attitude which lowers their confidence levels. Several transgenders sit in their talent just to avoid discrimination.
The insult from even the shopkeepers is also a great turn off for them. Woodwork in itself is a hassle; for example, fencing system of a cabinet saw,” when you also ass insults to transgender who want to nurture or develop their talent, you crash the individual.
Various debates have been raised and this population has even held demonstrations in a bid to fight for equality in service delivery with a message of “we are the same”. The debates have not had a great impact.
Cultural differences play a significant role in discrimination, some of the traditional belief take transgender as a curse and it can even ruin a marriage. The insults start from their family setup. If they are from such a culture, then woodwork that is meant to enhance social development among household become a thorn in the flesh for transgender. Their parents should be the pioneers in advocacy for the transgender. Allow the siblings to understand diversity in nature. Male or female chauvinistic communities will never accommodate transgender, they will always give them tasks meant for the sex they resemble which can be detrimental to their health. Let them use every opportunity to make a difference.
Imagine a lady given a log of wood to lift to the table saw, simply because he resembles a man. What happens to their delicate organs? What is the long-term effect on his personality? Allow his peers to assume the outward look and let him be given tasks based on who he is.
The government should play a big role to cushion transgender from oppression in whichever field through regulations and policies. If possible, pass a bill in their legislative council with hefty fines and convictions on culprits. Just the same way they have given intrigues on sexual harassment, transgender should be given the same hearing.
To achieve this, transgender and affected people should be on the forefront to advocate for equal rights by walking heads held high with positive energy in any form of harassment. To prove people wrong, yes, they have given you the woodworking tools with an attitude, use the forum to make unique and beautiful designs, ensure the people see the work of your hands, within time, they will have a change in attitude. with the materials to be used and innovative levels will speak for itself. You will not believe if they will be the very people promoting your work and taking center stage in advocating for the rights of the transgender.