Within the first half dozen posts I made when I started this Blog I started receiving snarky comments from someone because I spoke positively about Andrea James, someone I both like and highly respect.
In other places I have heard Lynn Conway described in a manner I deem both snarky and uncalled for.
Now I may not agree with a lot of people on every point and yet I can still respect them and appreciate what they are doing.
I have been a hard core activist since Carl Oglesby signed my SDS membership card in early 1966 and I was a movement sympathizer since I first saw the kids of SNCC sit down at the lunch counters.
This means I don’t just think of myself and act in a purely self serving manner.
This doesn’t mean I run around in a Transsexual Menace t-shirt, although I have if it served a purpose. In point of fact I wore one while collecting signatures on letters to the California legislature urging the passage and adding of protections for TG/TS people to the hate crimes laws.
Way back when in the early 1970s I helped run the NTCU.
Over the years I’ve listened to people say crap about how the only ones who are activist are those who don’t pass. This has never been an issue with the majority of WBTs I have known who have been activist.
On the other hand I’ve been slammed by sisters who have envied me. Sister who say things about not understanding why I am a lesbian when I was as cute as I was when I was young.
I am lesbian. I was a member of the Women’s Building in LA and was on the staff of the Lesbian Tide as both a photographer and as a layout artist during the Transwars.
Over the last few years same sex marriage has become an important issue for many of us as many of us have same sex partners. We have been told by the don’t rock the boat crowd that we should be devoting our energy to protecting their heterosexual marriages and not towards promoting marriage equality.
I’ve known sisters who are members of right wing and even racist, homophobic groups that would toss them out in a second if they knew that transsexual. Yet I am supposed to go along even when these groups lay down the right wing Christo-Fascist lies about the bathrooms.
The same lies they used against the ERA.
I don’t think so.
I actually think I am pretty well grounded. I accept that transsexual was something I was born and had an operation that would make my life easier as well as fit mind and body together better.
I don’t have a lot of delusions about society or the limitations of that operation.
Among other things I know… Having laws that cover me and insure that I do not fall through the cracks are better for me than not having those laws.
See.. A couple of years after SRS I was raped and the crime wasn’t taken seriously because of my medical history.
Other times I’ve gone to lawyers regarding sexual harassment cases and have been told how I will be investigated and my history used against me.
Every sister who write a book or takes a stand using her own name gets sniped at. Generally by people who use aliases.
Most often those throwing the rocks have done nothing to make life better for any sisters other than themselves. I’ve even known some who have abused other WBTs in order tho throw suspicion off of themselves.
Now in spite of my being an argumentative difficult woman I can go to a conference and have people want to meet me and thank me for what I have done, even when I don’t see it as being all that much.
Now I don’t describe myself as a “classic transsexual”. I don’t have the vaguest idea what that is and Transsexualism is as good a description for what I had to SRS to treat as anything that anyone who seems to want to distance themselves from it have come up with.
Some of the best friends I have had in this interesting life I’ve led have been transgender. Never getting SRS for one reason or another.. Why should I judge them because there needs were different than mine? Why would I throw them under the bus?
The same right wing Christer freaks that treat them as sub-human treat me that way too. Or would if they knew.
And as far as my ethics stand I’d rather side with the oppressed than with the oppressors.
I don’t want to be a token member in their club if it requires me to trash transgenders or for that matter people of color or any other group.
I figured out horizontal hostility is the master’s tool for keeping us all down and that there are times when the old Wobblie’s slogan, “An injury to one is an injury to all” is probably the position I feel most comfortable with.
So Donna Rose is okay in my book even if she uses only transgender where I would use transsexual and transgender.