Kudos to Ashley Love and all the energy she is putting forth over at Transforming Media. She has become a very positive voice for the affirmation of transsexual women and men. Her assertions of our differences from transgender people and the savvy she is showing in organizing both women of a transsexual history and men of transsexual history make her an activist to be reckoned with.
For too long transsexual people have been erased by the Transgender Borg Collective.
The Following is from Transforming Media: http://transformingmedia.blogspot.com/2011/05/dear-marie-claire-magazine-thank-you.html
AN OPEN LETTER to Marie Claire magazine:
Dear Marie Claire,
I am an organizer with MAGNET- Media Advocates Giving National Equality to Transsexual & Transgender People, an anti-defamation and media advocacy group. Yesterday I read the article in your magazine about Janet Mock’s courageous choice to disclose her transsexual medical history to fulfill her passion to help people who are going through what she went through. This woman is a breath of fresh air on so many levels. Not only is she a successful professional, glowing with beauty and authentic spirit, and a role model that squashes tired stereotypes, but she is giving voice to the transsexual medical condition in a country whose gay (not transsexual) establishment is trying to alienate all people born transsexual onto a “transgender reservation” against their will.
I want to thank Marie Claire Magazine for accurately labeling Janet as a woman of transsexual experience in your marketing text, instead of problematically calling her transgender. For you see, transgender is a sociopolitical term which is reserved for people who do not conform to gender, such as drag queens/kings, cross dressing and transvestite males, gender queer activists or gender non-conforming people who identify with their physical sex. Janet is absolutely none of these things. She is a heterosexual woman who was born with a medical condition; she is NOT a stage act or fetishist.