Michael, that was an excellent article. As I have said before if we are classified as sick, society will see us as sick. Depathologization would not only a big step in public perception but also for the stigma that hangs around our necks :angry:
Hi Beth, Thank you so much for sharing this. I am not on any hormone treatment and have not approached a Doctor for any medical intervention, so this is most insightful. I am so glad you are perceived as who you truly are and your new doctor shows you the respect you deserve.
Susane, I do like that term, I think I'm lucky because my dress code is smart casual, it does give me some freedom. if I was working in the office it could cause me problems. The ATS Clothes I used to buy from the Mens Departmant were (Jeans, cargo trousers, teeshirt, fleece hoodie.) Now I buy my clothes that I wear to work from the women's department. (Jeans, cargo trousers, teeshirt, fleece, hoodie) I didn't even change my style for work.
A gay friend who knows I'm Trans commented that I wear 'Womens clothes' I'm not comfortable with that term, it's as if I am wearing someones elses clothes. I just try to wear clothes that conform to my gender identity, just like biological cisgender women (usually) buy clothes that conform to their gender identity.
Michael, Sorry to almost cause an accident there with your tea. I do try not to let the bigots make my blood boil, as I do not want to give them the satisfaction of knowing they have managed to upset me. :angry:
I can't help thinking that the only thing that could possibly help improve Staver and Barber's debased and warped personality is a full frontal lobotomy. Yes I know it's a radical idea, but a lobotomised Anti-gay Religious right would I'm sure be a positive step for the evolution of mankind!
Sorry, but a sometimes a little brutal humour is a way for me to deal with BIGOTRY.
Susane, I was a bit disappointed that Hayley wasn't played by a Trans women. I think the producers had a great opportunity to educate the public although if I remember I don't think that was really part of the script, thou I didn't watch it that much.
Our kind predate any so called 'Traditional values'. Isn't it these same 'Traditional values' that were imposed on Tribal peoples and destroyed their cultures, making the Two Spirit of the Indian nations dress in mens clothes and do mans labour. 'Traditional values' seem to be an artificial construct imposed on freedom loving people to control them and do little to promote and enhance human experience and expression. On the contray it appears to stifle and constrict any type of individualism by persecuting those that refuse to be subjugated to these outdated 'victorian' rules of behaviour.
Not so long back a women who had a child out of wedlock would be committed to an asylum for daring to violate 'Traditional values' and so we had back street abortions and some mothers who would even smother their new born out of fear of societies revulsion. And if a man loved another man with his mind and body he would be imprisoned for violating 'Traditional values'.
Traditional values in many ways appears to be the absolute antithesis of Human rights! And the UN appears to be the antithesis of the organisation it's supposed to be :(