Brielle wrote: "True transsexuals or HB or WPATH, or Harry's Girls (I came up with that one) - It think there needs to be a distinction, a term that is defined by consensus and distributed to media to end all the confusion about the transgender umbrella."
I actually was one of the famous Dr. B’s patients. In fact he wrote one of my surgery letters.
But I am not one of Harry’s girls. Nor am I one of Dr. Laub’s girls.
They were my doctors not my parents. In those days I was Jerry’s girl although in Berkeley slang of the time I was his “old lady” and he was my “old man”.
When I worked for the NTCU, ostensibly under the direction of SFPD Officer Elliott Blackstone it seriously pissed me off to be referred to as one of Elliott’s girls. Pissed me off on a number of levels because we weren’t really trusted to run our own group.
I was a feminist and I never thought very much of the idea that women should give up their name and take some guy’s name if they married so the idea of being labeled as belonging to a Doctor I saw twice professional and several other time through the Erickson foundation seems pretty silly.
There is no such thing as a true transsexual because from my point of view transsexualism is something, a medical condition you are treated for. With me it is something Iwas treated for a long time ago and not something that is the entirety of who I am.
The only real test at present for “true transsexualism” that passes the Occam’s razor test is having had sex change surgery.
WBT/MBT are short hand ways of saying women born with and treated with SRS for transsexualism. MBT is for those assigned female at birth who become men.
WPATH…. You don’t even want to mention Whittle/Burns WPATH or PFC on this Blog unless it is in a disparaging manner.
The first step in making a distinction is using TS & TG or Transsexual and Transgender. Correcting people who use just transgender. Make it clear if someone tries to call you transgender that the correct term for you is transsexual.