Transgender Trucker

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Brad C.'s Comment
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Byeee, I would love an answer to one question. Do you need the job or do you want and welcome the challenges you are about to face?

Byeee's Comment
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I appreciate everyone’s opinion honestly. I’m stable enough to start a new career and I wouldn’t let anything stop me especially if it’s what I really want. I’m ready to learn and meet new people to help me along the way. All I look forward to is accepting new challenges and getting through each day knowing I successfully completed them.

I know that what people think of my lifestyle should not affect me. I’m excited to get into a new career and I’m happy with my choices.

I thank all of you for your opinions and help. 🙂 take care!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Byeee's Comment
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It’s all about the challenges for me. It what helps me get through each day and it is a lot of fun to be completely honest. I love work and I want to find something that will be challenging enough to where there are new challenges everyday.

Byeee, I would love an answer to one question. Do you need the job or do you want and welcome the challenges you are about to face?

James J.'s Comment
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No one cares that you’re transgender except you. I don’t go around announcing or making a deal out of the fact that I’m a straight guy and no one asks me. It’s no one’s business what you’re doing or who you do it with. Just live your life.

Brian's Comment
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I think the biggest thing right now maybe focusing on yourself and your well being before diving into trucking. Making sure this is what you want before taking on truck driving and deciding if that is what you truly want.

Also to touch again on what I said in early post about the driver that delivered to the plant I worked at. He was a drivers for years before he decided to go down the path he did. He was well into his career so I still saw him same amount of times every week hauling the same amount of loads. For you to go down both paths at the same time will be tough when learning how to safely operate a tractor trailer is already one of the toughest things to learn.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Completely agree with G-Town on this one. You have some things to work out first.

But I don't agree that you'll get better when you're "done". Statistics prove otherwise actually.

You seem to go back and forth a lot, I can almost feel the pain and insecurity through the text.

Either way theres an underlying issue here and I don't think any feeble attempt to change your gender will solve it.

I wish you the very best!

Big Scott's Comment
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WARNING My harsh two cents.

I don't care if you're a man, woman, or talking dog, weak minded whiners won't make it out here. There are great trainers and horrible trainers. The two worst I have heard about were Old School's and Rainy D's. Both of these people have become top tier drivers. Rainy has become an excellent trainer who cares about the success of her students. You are choosing to go with a company where you won't only team train, but team drives. Why do you want that if you have such a fear of a trainer not understanding you. Trucking is a great equalizer. We all have to do the same job and live up to the same standards to be successful out here. So man up.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Dave Reid's Comment
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My suggestion is to keep your sexuality, etc. to yourself while in training. It is no one else's business. For taking your shots, etc., just do it in private. Focus on getting through training and getting your own truck. If, after that, you want to do team driving, you may want to seek a compatible teammate, but it is a non-issue right now.

Focus on what is important and don't worry about anything else.

I’m a transgender male who will be getting into CRST school on September 10. I know I’m suppose to have a team driver and I was hoping to meet anyone who just started with CRST or is going to earn their CDL through them that are also transgender. I feel that I would be more comfortable with someone who is no matter girl or boy or anyone who is okay with a transgender. If anyone would like to team with me, let me know. I’m very friendly, hardworking, and organized. I also vape so if you don’t smoke and that will bother you, that’s something to consider. Thanks everyone.

Happy trucking 🙂

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Fatsquatch 's Comment
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Completely agree with G-Town on this one. You have some things to work out first.

But I don't agree that you'll get better when you're "done". Statistics prove otherwise actually.

You seem to go back and forth a lot, I can almost feel the pain and insecurity through the text.

Either way theres an underlying issue here and I don't think any feeble attempt to change your gender will solve it.

I wish you the very best!

This is far and away the most grossly offensive, ignorant, and uninformed comment I've read on this entire forum in the 7 years I've been a member. You very clearly have zero knowledge about what it means to be transgendered, or what numerous studies have shown regarding the well-being of transpeople who have transitioned versus those who are unable to. I would strongly encourage you to do a little research on the subject from reputable sources such as the AMA and APA...but somehow I doubt you will.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Fatsquatch, can you please.post some informative links? i just looked and most statistic articles are a few years old and some dont have dates.

several mimicked the same stat that transgenders are 3 to 4 times more likely to suffer depression and said this about suicide.. (National Assoc on Mental Illness)...

"Suicide The LGBTQ community is at a higher risk for suicide because we lack peer support and face harassment, mental health conditions and substance abuse. For LGBTQ people aged 10–24, suicide is one of the leading causes of death. LGBTQ youth are 4 times more likely and questioning youth are 3 times more likely to attempt suicide, experience suicidal thoughts or engage in self-harm than straight people. Between 38-65% of transgender individuals experience suicidal ideation "

Those are really scary and sad statistics. So my honest and non judgmental question to you is this:

What advice would.you give a transgender entering trucking? Would it be more benficial to wait until after the hormone levels even out or one is fully transitioned? What challenges medically would someone face while OTR as far as shots, doctors visits etc? Are there any trucking articles/resources that could help prepare one mentally so that they can adjust to both training and transitioning?

just my two cents... i hate the term transgender. once someone transitions they should be man or woman. otherwise it seems as though they are continuing to stigmatized themselves which one article called an internal discrimination. the person struggled for years and decades to be the opposite sex once there, the term transgender deprives them of their accomplishment.

thanks in advance for.answering any of the above.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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