QUEER VOICES
05/19/2014 04:09 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Transitioning To Female Taught Rebecca Juro A Valuable Lesson About Male Privilege

LGTBQ radio host and transgender woman Rebecca Juro knew her transition from male to female was finally visible only after she felt men looking down upon her.

"I used to say that the way I know I'm being accepted as a woman is when the average men's estimation of my intelligence drops by 50 percent," she recalled in a HuffPost live interview on Monday.

Such has been her experience since her 1997 gender transition, she said.

"When I was living as male, I didn't have a problem with acceptance," she recounted. "I didn't have a problem being respected on the job or any of those kind of things. And then when I transitioned, I lost what people call 'male privilege,' which is a certain level of acceptance and respect you get just because you are a male."

She mentioned that when she was working in retail, pre-transition, her authority was rarely questioned since it was being voiced by a man.

"I would go in and say, 'Okay, here's how we're gonna do this,' and there was never a question. There was never a problem," she explained. "When I started working as a woman a few years later [people were like], 'Well, wait a minute -- what about this and what about that?'"

Watch the full HuffPost Live segment with Rebecca Juro here.

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