It has nothing to do with Elitism.
It has a lot to do with not wanting to be retroactively relabeled with the new and supposedly improved marketing label chosen by an identity politics movement that doesn’t much represent me.
Show a little freaking respect if you want my support, all you have to do is add the words “transsexual and” to “transgender”.
Stop assuming you interests are my interests.
Stop assuming I share your identity.
I know identity politics requires me identify as transgender in order for me to support the rights of transgender and transsexual people, but I consider identity politics to be ghettoizing as well as a path to preordained failure.
Identifying as transgender is not a prerequisite to my supporting an inclusive ENDA and other measures that will improve the lives of people who are transgender. Indeed my main concerns regarding ENDA measures are their short-comings. The ENDA measures I have seen seem to mostly protect privileged professional transgender people who transition later in life. They do nothing to help those who are part of the permanent under-class due to impoverished childhood in communities with the worst, most economically deprived schools. Or for the obvious transkids driven from schools.
Nor does ENDA address the matter of a “living wage”. What good is a McJob if you can’t afford housing with what it pays?
However what is pissing me off the most these days is how Transgender Inc seems to think that attacking Gays and Lesbians for prioritizing marriage equality is a winning strategy.
I’m a lesbian, an old one in a long term relationship. My best moment of the day, was getting the mail and discovering the corporation that makes a very expensive drug that I require and do not have insurance to cover has decided to give it to me for free. I know it is sop to the poor and uninsured, aimed at preventing law suits and demands for serious regulation, but it means I get a drug I need to control my cholesterol.
Like many older lesbian and gay folksI worry about how lesbian and gay couples are treated if one gets ill or how we are abused by the legal system should one partner die before the other.
But more than anything else I am pissed of that I am supposed to identify with a label that did even exist until I was long past surgery and most of the BS that accompanies being transsexual. Further I am supposed to embrace that label at a time when Transgender Inc is attacking the Lesbian Community.
Fuck you I’m a lesbian.
Transgender Inc has been big on labeling transsexuals who reject the transgender label as separatists. Now it is Transgender Inc.’s turn to wear the separatist label.
I always considered the transgender movement a Johnny Come Lately to Gay/Lesbian politics. Go your own way if you want.
I just don’t think I’ll be joining you… I have different issues like marriage equality and a lot of issues specific to older workers and the working class in general.
Besides I’m an old dyke and I don’t fit either the desirable marketing demographic set of either Gay/Lesbian Inc or Transgender Inc.