I actively started transition on a New Year’s Eve, as 1968 turned into 1969.
In 1968 the Women’s Liberation Movement held a big protest in Atlantic City outside the Miss America Pageant. In spite of what the mainstream media said bras were not burned. By 1968 many women would have had to buy a bra in order to burn it, but that is beside the point.
The more important thing is that like the anti-war in Vietnam movement and later the gay/lesbian liberation movement, the Women’s Liberation Movement was immediately malreported on and mischaracterized by the mainstream media.
(While the right wingers have continually repeated the big lie regarding mainstream media having a liberal bias, generally speaking it tends to have a strongly conservative bias.)
I started supporting women’s liberation before I started hormones and considered myself a feminist by the time I went 24/7 in mid-June of 1969.
The linking of trans-oppression to the sexist oppression of women seemed far more obvious to me than any connection to the Gay Liberation Movement.
Unlike Nicole Murray Ramirez, whose piece I ran just before this post, I never considered myself a gay man.
Stonewall wasn’t a big deal for me. I didn’t got to Stonewall Pride events until 1974, after I had come out as lesbian (even though bisexual would have been more accurate). I started going to Pride events because I had started seeing myself as part of the Lesbian Feminist Movement.
Last night I watched Makers: Women who Make America on the local PBS station.
As soon as the show started Tina started saying, “You have books by her, and her, and her, and her. Oh you took photos of her.”
While much of the activity shown took place in New York the Women’s Liberation Movement was every where.
I remember how close we came to passing the Equal Rights Amendment before the right wing mainstream media stated pushing the crap of Phyllis Schlafly, the harridan of the ultra right.
If you missed the screening on PBS last night it is available to view with streaming video at: http://video.pbs.org/program/makers-women-who-make-america/