Especially when one begins the transition
, and after the first physical changes, you will be perceived as a gay man. It is dangerous because it leads to a situation where the transgender community is not recognized. Or if you are a trans gay, you will be perceived as indecisive, and people often ask you "then why are you changing your gender" – and this shows lack of information of our society about trans persons. There is always a strive to explain that gender identity is different from sexual orientation.
I remember during the first Parade, there were only foreigners that live in Kosovo, us – the organizers of the Parade, and some other people from other organizations. The turnout was minimal. But in the Pride Parade that we organized last year, hundreds of people turned out and the most interesting thing was that there were many people from the community – ones that before did not even think about showing up, due to fear that someone might see and identify them. When I see that they are more vocal and are showing up in the parade, I can say that things are changing for good.