I have been friends with hundreds of TS/TG men and women in real life and hundreds more on line.
Some are the finest people I have ever met.
Most of us are just struggling along trying the best we can to stay true to ourselves and our own morals. Many of us want to leave the world a better place and have our own causes in addition the issues surrounding the lives of TS/TG people.
For many of us transitioning brings a startling awareness of the world of unconsidered privileges.
But just being TS/TG doesn’t make one automatically a good person.
I have a real feeling that being TS/TG just means you are TS/TG.
I know the impulses that made me a trans-activist, a feminist, and LGBT activist, and an environmentalist were formed years before. They were formed seeing the lunch counter sit-ins on the evening news and in Life Magazine. They grew out of growing up close to the mountains, lakes, streams and woods of the Adirondacks. They grew out of the songs of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.
But mostly the grew out of being raised with that strong Yankee ethos still found in places like Vermont, that sense of decency and righteous anger at irrational prejudice and injustice.
I’m sure others would credit different sources for the development of their ethos and morality.
All I am saying is that Those sisters and brothers who are good, decent, highly ethical people were that sort of person prior to their transition.
I have also known TS/TG people who were stone cold racists, bigots, homophobes, anti-Semites and ironically TG/TS hating bigots lacking the self awareness that would allow them to see their bigotry as being a reflection of their own inner turmoil and self hatred.
I’m pretty damned sure they were that way prior to their transitioning and stayed that way. Never gaining a drop of compassion or empathy along the way.
From what I have seen of some of the TS/TG hating TS/TG bigots every single sick and miserable label, every deviant perverted drive they try to label other people with is more applicable to them than it is others.
These sad sick individuals as exemplified by Jennifer Usher engage in some of the nastiest forms of trolling and unmitigated filthy hate speech found on the internet.
They libel and slander other TS/TG people with a level of vapid viciousness usually found only on Neo-Nazi, MRA, Christo-Fascist or TERF sites. Yet if anyone would fail the tests for “True Transsexual” it is Jennifer “more than a transvestite but less than a transsexual” Usher. A late emerging, formerly married heterosexual cross-dresser who thought transition would put some magic into her life.
Jennifer Usher was a miserable excuse for a human being when I first encountered her on the Usenet nearly 20 years ago and hasn’t improved one iota since. If anything Usher has gotten worse.
Usher is so vile that even Elizabeth over at Notes From the T-Side, an HBS blog, is fed up with her as is Cassandra Speaks.
Now both Elizabeth and Cassandra are too HBS purist for me to support on general principles yet we are united in our supporting the rights of transkids being able to transition while still children including the right to use the gender appropriate restrooms and have the gender appropriate sports opportunities.
Perhaps we remember being transkids, something Usher never experienced.
I may be a lesbian identified bisexual woman yet I was a transkid. It was written on my body for all the world to read even before I first came out to my parents when I was 15 or transitioned at 21.
I know how much easier my life would have been if I had been able to transition as a kid and complete my education with the sort of parental and institutional support these kids are getting.
Unlike Usher I do not get my information from Wing Nut Daily or some right wing Christo-Fascist radio babbler.
I actually trust my decent TS/TG activist friends and the LGBT political and support institutions providing the support that allows these kids to have as non-disrupted a childhood and educational experience as possible.
Only an ugly hateful loser like Usher would embrace the bigotry spewed by the Neo-Nazi right, and the bigots who have decried that TS/TG people are to be the latest designated scapegoats now that marriage equality as an issue has turned into a losing proposition.