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WBT or Women Born Transsexual is a sort of shorthand, a meme coined 10 years ago by my partner, Tina and myself. It is a way of saying transsexual are born this way. The corollary for our brothers is MBT or men born transsexual. It is like being gay/lesbian or left handed. Having red hair.
It may make us different from the majority of people but it doesn’t mean we are sick, evil or perverted.
We coined it in reaction to the women born women meme. It is in some ways more accurate because no one is born a woman or a man for that matter, to quote Simone de Beauvoir, “One is not born a woman but rather becomes one.”
People tried to repurpose WBT, to use it as a synonym for HBS or any other number of abusive purposes.
WBT is about who people are and why they feel the need to take hormones and have surgery to alter their sexual characteristics.
Women Born Transsexual or WBT isn’t about patrolling borders. It doesn’t matter what age you were at transition or self awareness. It doesn’t matter if you are straight, lesbian, bisexual or asexual. Attractive or not. Stealth or out.
It is about claiming your humanity, dignity, pride and equality.
Transsexual and transgender are equally valid ways of describing something people feel. We do not need to justify our existence to demand full human rights and equality.
I use the word transsexual to describe myself, others who have had basically the same sex reassignment surgery I had prefer transgender. Semantics have divided us for way too long. The wars over ideology have become like religious wars.
About this blog:
Whether people realize it or not I’m one of the pioneer transsexual activists. I was a patient of Dr. Benjamin, who wrote one of my surgery recommendation letters to Dr Laub at Stanford.
My activist roots are in the anti-war movement of the 1960s I became anti-war after the Cuban Missile Crisis. Soon after that Silent Spring made me an environmentalist.
I’m old, I had SRS a long time ago, this makes me more post-transsexual than part of a community filled with people struggling with transition.
Hopefully age has brought with it a little wisdom and some perspective.
It has allowed me to see many trans-issues as an extra burden we have to carry, but even without that extra burden we still face every single issue non-trans people face.
I have left wing hippie roots in the movements of the 1960s and 1970s.
I am an out spoken atheist. I do not believe in god. I think all religions are a scam, a way of oppressing and manipulating people.
I am an unabashed socialist with anarchistic leanings. I am a registered Democrat.
I am a feminist, anti-imperialist and anti-racism.
I stand with Earth First, Green Peace, Sea Shepherd and many other green organizations on environmental issues.
I stand with workers therefore I am anti-corporation.
I am part of the 99% therefore I support the goals of Occupy.
I’m working class and see trans-employment issues as being one of the many issues facing people in the work place.
A living wage, a decent place to live, health care and enough leisure time to have a life outside of work are a basic human right. So to is the right to not have employers violate that personal time with demands for social network passwords or with drug tests.
I believe in ending the war on drugs, medical marijuana and an end to the Prison Industrial Complex.
I’m pro sex worker rights.
I am anti-corporation and anti- one percent.
I believe that the rich have had so much fun and profit waging class war on the poor these last 40 years that maybe the working people and the poor should try their own version of class war. After all we are the 99% and could vote the rich out of positions of power.
Lastly I am a photographer and a writer as well as a person in history. I enjoy art museums and have an eclectic taste in music.