when i say it, i still mean it…

Succinct and to the point.

From Inchoaterica: http://inchoaterica.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/when-i-say-it-i-still-mean-it/

by inchoaterica

i want us all to be strong and free.
this means no cis policing of our identities
and as importantly, no trans/genderqueer-on-trans/genderqueer policing of our identities, and also no more minimizing other trans/genderqueer people for being different from you, no matter what the provided “excuse” is.

Go read the rest of this and consider printing it out:  http://inchoaterica.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/when-i-say-it-i-still-mean-it/

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Learn to Respect Others

Transgender: blah,blah, blah.

Transsexual: blah, blah, blah.

None of which means shit to a tree.

For the record I used to be transsexual and I had a sex change operation.  When I came out you could be arrested across much of the nation for wearing the clothes of the opposite sex in public.

I get to talk about my own life using my own words and some politically correct dogmatic asshole doesn’t get to correct my language with proper current terms.

The reality is I hate PC Stalinists as much as I hate Reich Wing Nazi bigots and self proclaimed TS/TG hating “radical feminists”

The war between the Transgender Borg and the group someone called the “Sisters of Transsexual Purity” has come to resemble the never ending wars of “Game of Thrones”.  I’ve read the first four books nearly 5,000 pages so far and no winner.

I’ve listened to the dogmatic bullshit of both sides and it makes me want to slap both sides around for their shear utter stupid waste of time and energy.

I can’t believe people have so little connection to the real world that they can continue fighting to deny each other their right to use the words they wish to define themselves.

I’m actually one of the pioneers of the early days of the transsexual and transgender movements.  I’m an inconvenient irritant because I was actually there and actually had a sex change operation at a time which is considered “The Dark Ages” when it was supposedly impossible for anyone a “fembot” white middle class person who was young strictly heterosexual to get “gender confirmation surgery” (sic).

I get ignored by the PC identify as transgender or else folks because I won’t embrace this “identity” that has arisen in the last 20 years or so and I get vilified by the “sisters of transsexual purity” because I don’t much give a shit about discovering scientific reasons as to why I’m transsexual.

Oh in case you haven’t noticed I think things like Earth Day are more important than the perpetual wars.

Having been born with transsexualism has made my life far more interesting than it would have been otherwise.  In ways both wonderful and really fucking painful.   If some scientist had a eureka moment and found the definitive “cause”  what would that change?  Would people have been less mean to me when I was a kid?  Would the Nazis on the police forces have actually treated me with respect when they never treated any of my non-TS friends much better and certainly treated my black and brown friends much worse?

I got sex reassignment surgery for myself.  I got it because I needed to have it to feel whole within this body.  The moment I started taking hormones was the moment I started to feel more comfortable within my own skin.  Christan Williams can play word games until the cows come home, reciting all the gender claptrap she wishes and you know what?  If that works for her, that’s just great.  Still doesn’t give her the right to shove what I see as a bunch of psychobabble bullshit on me.

Christan is like one of these religious types who is so convinced of her faith she feels compelled to proselytize, share the truth.  Won’t take, “Sorry but I’m an atheist.” as a hint that someone like me doesn’t give a shit about all her research.

I don’t have to rely on a bunch of obscure clipping to remember what the late 1960s and 1970s were like, my friends and I lived through those rocking good times.

Why I even remember when “Gender Studies” was called “Women’s Studies”.

Transsexualism was never the only thing about me.  It was something I took hormones and had an operation to treat.  It wasn’t a political cause.

You want political causes.  I’ve got political causes up the yin/yang. I’m a left wing old hippie who embraces left wing causes.

So why don’t I embrace “transgender”?

Well for one thing I’m not transgender.  It came along too late and sounds really reactionary and vaguely anti-feminist.  I’m just not all that into gender although some folks are.

I didn’t have a sex change operation because of gender.  I had it to feel at home in my own body.

The Christan Williams of the world are obnoxious trip pushers who bear every bit as much responsibility for the transwars as the sisters of transsexual purity.

Paawwque… I spit on both your houses and curse you both.

Yesterday I read a quote from Audre Lorde, “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not live single-issue lives.”

Being post-transsexual is only one small issue in my life.  Call it intersectionality of oppressions or what ever the current academic buzz phrase is but I have a fuck of a lot more issues and political concerns than fighting a 15 year old transwar.

So do most Trans-Activists. From Riki Wilchins onward so many have become seriously involved in other issues as well.  They have made the connections, had the eureka moments when they realized, hey maybe being trans is only one of the reason this giant corporation that employs slave labor in China and is destroying the rain forest is fucking with me.

Or the aha moment when you realize that being out and trans means the cops treat you the same way they treat other minorities.

How hard is it to respect the labels others choose.  If some one says they are gender queer, transgender or transsexual just fucking accept their right to decide upon how to describe themselves.  Stop acting like the goddamned Christo-Fascist trip pushers.

You don’t have the right to cram your trip down the throats of other sisters and brothers so STFU and move on to important issues.

Edward Abbey Speech

Doc. Starvis, Bonnie Abzug, Seldom Seen, and Hayduke Live…  Earth First!

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Transsexual Is Argentina’s “Woman of the Year”

From The Latin American Herald Tribune:  http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=348010&CategoryId=14093

April 21, 2012

BUENOS AIRES – A transsexual who recently prevailed in a 10-year-long court battle to receive a new identity document recognizing her as a woman has been honored by lawmakers as Argentina’s “Woman of the Year.”

“I am what I am. The right of one person is the right of all,” Marcela Romero said during Tuesday night’s event in the Argentine Congress.

The honor was conferred by the lower house’s committee on women and the family.

Present for the ceremony along with lawmakers were Alejandro Freyre and Jose Maria Di Bello, who plan to wed here next week in Latin America’s first legally recognized same-sex marriage.

Romero urged legislators to quickly approve a bill ensuring civil rights for transsexuals and to scrap laws that “criminalize” transvestites.

“I don’t know democracy,” she told Todo Noticias television, recounting her experiences with discrimination. “I would have liked, for example, to go on studying, but I was rejected by the educational system when I assumed the identity of a woman.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=348010&CategoryId=14093

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Communities to rally for slain transgender woman

From The Chicago Phoenix: http://chicagophoenix.com/2012/04/20/communities-to-rally-for-slain-transgender-woman/

by Brynn Cassie West
April 20, 2012

A social worker at Taskforce Prevention and Community Services, is organizing a community event to call for answers in the murder of Paige Clay, a transgender woman who was killed on the city’s West Side on Monday morning.

Brian Turner, the organizer, said the motivation for this event is also due to the dissatisfaction over the police investigation.

“My main reason for doing this is because it seems like it is in the process of being swept under the mat,” he said.

Clay, who was 23, was found with a gunshot wound to her forehead early Monday morning in an alley behind the 4500 block of West Jackson Boulevard. Area North detectives are investigation the case and no suspects are in custody. Initial information obtained from police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office could not confirm her gender identity.

Turner, who runs a program for transgender women called Women of Many Voices of which Clay was a member, has taken it upon himself to be a voice for the now silenced Clay.

Continue reading at:  http://chicagophoenix.com/2012/04/20/communities-to-rally-for-slain-transgender-woman/

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No fair share for war taxes

From Waging Nonviolence:  http://wagingnonviolence.org/2012/04/no-fair-share-for-war-taxes/

April 20, 2012

I am big fan of the post office in general and of my local post office in particular. I go there as often as I can (honestly, I do). But, when I needed stamps on Monday, I was not prepared for the line snaking out the door. I had completely forgotten about tax day! I girded myself for a long wait, but the clerks were the very picture of efficiency and I was in and out and all stocked up on bonsai stamps in ten minutes.

While I stood in line, I thought about the peculiarity of our tax system. For most Americans, April is a month marked by terrible stress, paper pushing and a last minute mad dash to get the taxes finished before April 15 (or the 17th, this year). People plan and pine and worry and most pay a sizable percentage (16-20 percent even for people of lower income brackets) of their annual income in taxes.

Corporations?  Not so much. The New York Times reported last March that for 2010, General Electric paid no taxes on $5.1 billion in U.S.-based profits. Behemoth Bank of America made $4.4 billion in 2009 and got back a very tidy tax return from the federal government — $2.3 billion. Most Americans are lucky if they can pay off an overdue credit card bill (probably from Bank of America) or treat themselves to a nice dinner out or weekend away with their tax returns. Verizon (can you hear me now?) “earned” $12 billion in 2010. That should mean a sizable tax burden here. But, as of 2011, the company has not paid anything in taxes for two years running. The list goes on.

The corporate tax rate is supposed to be 35 percent. President Barack Obama is proposing lowering that to 28 percent. It kind of doesn’t matter, because it seems like no corporations pay anywhere close to 35 percent in taxes.

Check this out. What is the most patriotic sector of our economy? The military industry, right? Lockheed Martin has the slogan: “We Never Forget Who We’re Working For.” That is totally ungrammatical — although doesn’t “we never forget for whom we work” sound a little snooty?

Continue reading at:  http://wagingnonviolence.org/2012/04/no-fair-share-for-war-taxes/

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Experience: I tried to ‘cure’ gay people

From The Guardian UK:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/apr/20/i-tried-to-cure-gay-people

‘It never occurred that maybe you are gay because that’s just the way you are’

Jeremy Marks
guardian.co.uk, Friday 20 April 2012

In the 1980s, I started a group called Courage, to “cure” homosexuality. Although today the “ex-gay” ministry seems offensive, back then it was cutting edge, in that we were reaching out to the gay community. The rest of the church just said, “You’re wasting your time, they’re going to go to hell.” We didn’t have a “deliverance” approach, but there were some ministries that regarded homosexuals as being possessed by a demonic spirit that could be cast out. We adopted the psychoanalytic idea of an unfortunate family background: distant father, overbearing mother – and this was just a boy looking for a father’s love. The idea was that if placed in an affirming male environment, you’d grow out of your desires.

I’d known I was gay from about the age of 13. I got on well with girls, but I didn’t feel the sexual chemistry I felt when I watched Richard Chamberlain in Dr Kildare. In those days you could never talk about it. It was a lonely, frightening world.

Then, in 1973, I started going to a Baptist church. It was different from the Anglican one I’d been brought up in. It taught the Bible as being literally true. When I confided in the pastors, they said that resisting homosexual urges was the same as resisting the temptation to steal or lie.

Even though the law changed in 1957 with the Wolfenden Report, the rest of society lagged behind. There was still a sense that what I felt was criminal. But back then, nobody had sex before marriage. That I couldn’t have a relationship didn’t seem too bad when all the people around me weren’t either. It got more difficult later on, when one by one they got married and I was still on my own.

Then, in 1986, I came across a group called the True Freedom Trust and went to one of their meetings, for lesbian and gay Christians who wanted to “overcome” their sexuality. This was the first time I’d met any gay Christians, and it was a huge relief. One evening there was a young man visiting from San Francisco who told how this “ex-gay” ministry called Love In Action had saved him from being a male prostitute. He talked about how God could change your life and how part of that positive change was you wouldn’t be gay any more. I went to train with them, and returned to England to set up Courage. We ran a residential programme called Steps Out Of Homosexuality. People came from all over Europe. I did feel attractions, but we believed wholesome friendship was the answer, so I turned my battles into a great cause.

In 1991 I married an amazing woman, the first to lead a (free) church in the UK. We were both in our early 40s, had been good friends for many years, and did not want to be on our own for the rest of our lives. My wife is not a lesbian, but we thought we could at least live a life of companionship and mutual support.

Continue reading at:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/apr/20/i-tried-to-cure-gay-people

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