Former WT director speaks about her transgender transition
Fri, 08 May 2015 23:58:43 GMT —
Everyone sat, took notes, and listened in the auditorium as Dr. Robyn Brammer told her story of stepping out of her role as a man, and transitioning into the woman she knew she was all her life.
â??So I was birth assigned Robert. I was commonly called Rob. I don't think I ever fully identified with that role. While I was here, I got to play male," Brammer said.
She came to the panhandle after finishing her doctorate and became a director of counseling of education at West Texas A&M University.
Brammer began taking hormones in her 40's after leaving the university and started her transition.
â??The process of transition feels like escaping from a building. I can either stay in, or get out. Getting out, I might get burned along the way but I'm going to survive. For me, the actual transition had to happen. Before I was thinking does it make sense for me to go through with this or do I find some way to conveniently die and not let my family go through the pain.
Brammer said it wasn't easy.
â??My car was shot up as a message of someone not accepting me,â?? Brammer said.
Luckily, her family was accepting
â??I expected my family to be mostly neutral, and my family was very encouraging,â??.
Brammer said the suicide rate is close to 50 percent of gender minorities before transition, a number that both Brammer and the High Plains Counseling Association are trying to lower.
â??We have a fairly large transgender community and for mental health professionals know what to do and handle things, and to help someone who is thinking about transition,â?? HPCAâ??s Paula Abbott said.
â??They're very damaging and could likely lead to suicide, physical abuse, and murder,â?? Brammer said.
Counselors and students who attended the event said they like seeing people like Dr. Robyn Brammer and Hollywood figures like Bruce Jenner tell talk about their transition, and hope for a better tomorrow for the transgender community.
â??I just hope for us to be seen like everyone else. We are your neighbors your waiters, your bank tellers, we are the same people you are, and we want the same opportunities,â?? WT student Landry Ward said.
Brammer also said the transgender community has the highest suicide rate of any other group, and that rate decreases once someone transitions.