Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of pissing and moaning by Transgender Inc activists about how gender identity and gender expression weren’t included in Gay and Lesbian ENDAs that were passed years ago.
Kat rose made a snippy remark about 20 years.
Well twenty years ago Transgender was not a part of the Gay and Lesbian Community.
Twenty years ago we were already moving on to the marriage equality issue.
Further the Transgender Inc community isn’t part of the Gay and Lesbian Community now. Transgender Inc is purely about self-interest and uses the Gay and Lesbian Communities.
I say that as a post-transsexual Lesbian, who has been part of the Lesbian Community for some 35 years.
Further a good deal of the difficulty in passing Transgender inclusive ENDAs has to do with the whole ideology of transgender and things like identity. Look at the employer based accommodations which are based on transition and consistent appearances plus documentation. The problem might not be lack off gay and lesbian support. The problem could be the “genderqueers’, weekend(episodic) transvestites and just plain “crazies”
Well good luck.
I’m a not part of the Transgender Borg collective.
Marriage equality is more important to me and to many other sisters and brothers who can’t or won’t exercise heterosexual privilege to gain same sex marriage rights that would be denied to other lesbian and gay people. But marriage equality doesn’t just give lesbian and gay people the same rights as straight people. It also means an end to marriage challenges for heterosexual post-SRS folks.
Remember the right wing may call it gay marriage but it is marriage equality.
And along with a lot of other issues that affect older people, like protecting Social Security and Medicare it is higher on my priority list than most “Transgender Issues”.
Being Post-SRS and indeed Post-Transsexual means you are free to move on and have a life outside the ghetto and other issues besides the ones Transgender Activists decide are important.
BTW I was a left wing activist with numerous causes before I came out. I had multiple causes while I was in transition. After reaching the point of being post-transsexual I still have multiple causes.
Supporting transgender issues fall among those which are the most difficult as I have to deal with having my history/life erased and rewritten to serve the interests of the Transgender Borg Collective. I was perfectly happy with the label transsexual to describe what I went through and “sex change” to describe the operation that made me female.
It may sound simplistic but it worked for me. Too much of the prioritizing identity over action and reality among those in the TG Borg Collective makes my head want to explode. Too often I feel like I am listening to Virginia Prince.
So I celebrate the passage of marriage equality measures and become more alienated from the Transgender Borg Collective every time I hear activists pissing and moaning about how gay and lesbian people work for things that impact their lives instead of dropping every thing to work for the issues of Transgender Inc.
This is because I’ve never really seen Transgender Inc work for Gay and Lesbian specific issues.
And citing people like me or other post -transsexual lesbians doesn’t count.