It has become one of those ” Common Knowledge” factoids that all T to F people seeking SRS study biographies and create an acceptable narative (a lie) in order to get the psychiatrists to write the letter and the surgeon to do the surgery.
This basically means we are all liars and that transsexuals cannot be trusted to tell the truth. The response from Bailey and Blanchard when we have said we don’t feel any of the alternatives on their questionnaires describe our feelings and therefore we can’t answer them is that we should pick the alternative that comes closest. If we say none of them are close then they call us liars.
When we said neither AGP nor AP fit us we were called liars.
In fact our honest telling of our stories have been called lies so often one has to wonder why and how this one started.
So come along on the wayback machine to those telling days of yester yore and remember that the quote you are about to read is a published on paper quote taken from an actual book called Archives of Sexual Behavior, vol. 7, no.4 1978 pp263-272 Reprinted in Ekins/King Virginia Prince: Pioneer of Transgendering pp 34
I am not referring to the verbally expressed motivations such as “I hate my penis”; “I am a woman trapped in a man’s body”; “I think like a woman”; “I have to have hormones and surgery, or I’ll commit suicide.” We have all heard these statements ad nauseum. They are the chatechism of those seeking surgery andvery identity from patient to patient ought to be a caution light to any professional working in this area. Each person is an individual andwhen a number of people say exactly the same thing for the same purpose, it is a fair assumption that the expressions have been gleaned from something written or said by another who was seeking the same solution to the same problem The statement are made on the theory that if they worked before for someone else they might likely work for the speaker.
This pretty much nullifies the validity of our narratives.
Now I had a lesbian writing teacher at one point who said, “All coming out stories are the same story, only the details are different. There are common shared elements of our stories. For that matter I can also see common shared elements with many of the coming out stories of gays and lesbians at least in our infancy to pre-teen years.
The differences are in the details.
Unlike the slam Prince laid on us I learned as a counselor to not trust the stories that missed all or most of those shared elements (the most important being knowing deep down from earliest childhood memories that something was wrong with them expecting you to be a boy, the deep disappointments, etc.
What causes my alarm to go off are those who claim a totally atypical narrative.
Jay Prosser, a brother writes in his book Second Skins about the important role in our narratives being seen as our own and valid.
So the first big lie I am attributing to the late and little missed Prince is the one that “All transsxuals lie to get SRS and become women.” The subtext of this one being that all WBTs are transgenders who got carried away.