The semantics fight over transsexual and transgender being adjectives instead of nouns is one of those dogmatic sorts of arguments that caused me to describe people caught up in that sort of dogma as being the Transgender Borg.
I’ve been in movements since 1962.
The first groups I encountered who fought over things like that were the Trotskyites.
I eventually saw these factions as the coffee house revolutionary theorists.
We are transsexuals and transgenders. Those are the respectful terms for people who are transsexual or transgender. Just like gays and lesbians are the proper terms for people who happen to be gay or lesbian.
After all the effort to get a T stuck after the G and the L this semantic fight seems kind of ridiculous.
Save the energy to fight crap like “Shemale” and even “Trannie” or “Gender Variant” and the ilk.
Transsexual/Transgender is both an adjective and a noun through common usage if not through the politically correct language police.
There are far more important battles to fight.
This is an Ashley Love/Doña Quixote tilting at windmills word game; a waste of time and energy that will involve protesting allies as well as actual opponents.
Addendum: At some point or other people have to start agreeing on some sort of shared language. All the post-modern games about identities, sub-texts and readings may be fine for some sort of post-grad gender studies program but how in fuck are you supposed to write something like a hate crimes law or an inclusive employment/accommodations law when you can’t get even a small group to more or less agree on some common terms to define the people you are trying to protect.
Contrary to post-modern thinking words have meaning and aren’t just a bunch of linguistic grunts open to interpretation with different meanings and readings for all.
That sort of thinking is a bog.
I describe myself as post-transsexual because SRS was a long time ago. But based on my life history I’m a transsexual. I was assigned male at birth, grew up a transkid and had a sex change operation, so by definition I am a transsexual.
GLAAD wants to call me transgender, but I don’t identify as transgender. Now if I need legal representation and GLAAD, the organization that wants to call me transgender is putting up the money and lawyers to advance my case based on laws they spent time and money getting enacted to protect me………
Well in that case my mother and nana taught me there is only one acceptable thing for me to say: “Thank you so much, I couldn’t have done it with out you.”