The Joy of Having a Reference Library

I don’t know if Sandy Stone was thinking of me or Jan when she wrote in The “Empire” Strikes Back: A Post-Transsexual Manifesto about sisters who were the keepers of the “obligatory trannie files/libraries”.  And Sandy was wrong about why sisters have these libraries.  It isn’t to persuade by delivering an acceptable narrative although knowing biases is important.

It is possible as she knew both Jan and myself.  Jan lost interest as the years went on but I kept and have added to my library of books about transsexualism.  As an autodidact it fits right in with my feminist library as well as my gay and lesbian one.

I find myself most interested in biographies as they tell our stories and I learned the importance of our shared story from the writings Howard Zinn and Studs Turkel.

I was deeply depressed and drinking way too much in the last half of the 1990s. My friends made a major effort to save my life and it worked.  But a couple of other people:  Jake Hale and Susan Striker helped me to realize I was a person in history and what I had done along with the records and information I had collected was of historical importance.

Susan Striker collected an oral history from me and I became an index entry in Joanne Meyerowitz’s How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States.

I held on to the books.  I took photos and saved clippings.

This is to say that over the next few weeks I am going to thoroughly trash Charles Virginia Prince and I am going to not only tell you what he did but I am going to give you quotations and citations that will demonstrate that he was THE source of most of the anti-transsexual bullshit that has been thrown at us over the last 50 years.

2 Responses to “The Joy of Having a Reference Library”

  1. Evangelina Says:

    Now THAT is something I am looking forward to reading.
    I’ve been thinking about my encounter with that monster back in 84 and his effect on some of the people whom I was counseling back then. One colleague in particular caused me a great deal of grief and had delayed my transition by a few months a year or so earlier. This person believed Charlie Prince was a God. When I heard Prince spout his garbage pouring scorn on my narrative I walked out of the “lecture”.
    The thing that has struck me over the years as a transsexual involved with transgender and transvestite men is that there are so very few of us and so many of “them” claiming to be like us that from the viewpoint of the uninformed the weight of credibility lies with the transgenderist. All the effort we exert in opposition becomes fragmented and treated as lies or at least lacking credibility through the sheer weight of numbers against us.
    It’s small wonder that the vast majority move on keep their mouths shut and get on with lives in mainstream society keeping narratives firmly closed.
    As to the likes of Monica Helms screaming like a banshee demanding to know what actual harm Prince has done; you have only to look to the current membership of the DSM V review board and to the image the public has of HBS/WBT to see the damage the evil monster caused around the world.

  2. Susanna Boudrie Says:

    It is also interesting to note that most transsexuals who buy into the transgender identity have a history of being out transvestites, having a not so small narcissistic streak…

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