Time to take the 'T' out of LGBT: Nicola Jane Chase, transgendered woman Guest columnist Nicola Jane Chase is the author of "Tea and Transition," a story of love, the human spirit, and how one man became one woman. You can find her online at www.TeaAndTransition.com.
It hasNicola Jane Chase is an author and transgendered woman. taken time, but now the public has more appreciation for what the T in LGBT stands for. They may still have some way to go in understanding what it actually means to be transgender, however considerable progress has been made. We can partly thank Caitlyn Jenner for expanding that conversation and allowing the T to be equally relevant in the line up of letters. Yet I would argue that the T doesn't belong there at all.
The L, G and B are about sexual identity; the T is about gender. Lumping the four initials together only enhances the misperception that they are interchangeable terms. They are not. -Nicola Jane Chase After reading this, in my mind this is a bad idea. I'm aware of the difference between sexuality and gender identity. I also aware that people lump the T with LGB and see them as the same. This is where Ms. Chase could earn her stripes by educating the public about that difference, something which I have done. I would also remind her that transgender people can be straight, gay, lesbian, or bisexual. My greater concern is the erasure of the transgender contributions especially women of color to the gay liberation front. It was a black transgender woman who sparked the Stonewall Rebellion of New York City in 1969. I would remind Ms. Chase that I am heterosexual and transgender. I cannot separate the two nor am I going to. this is me! There are those who would love to see transgender contributions erased and presented as a totally gay phenomena. This is NOT true at all and the record bears that out. Many people of color participated in Stonewall and other movements and I'm NOT going let the T be taken out. This is why what Ms. Chase suggests is harmful to our history. She needs to be reminded that it was people like Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera and Miss Major who fired the first salvo to where she can transition without much of the garbage that her predecessors had to put up with and yet moved forward. I believe Ms. Chase needs to read up on transgender history and see what her idea would do to the trans community as a whole.
Inside Sister Monica’s Secret Ministry To Transgender People (RNS) Sister Monica lives alone in a small house at the edge of a Roman Catholic college run by a community of nuns. She doesn’t want to reveal the name of the town where she lives, the name of her Catholic order or her real name. Sister Monica lives in hiding, so that others may live in plain sight. Now in her early 70s and semiretired because of health problems, she remains committed to her singular calling for the past 16 years: ministering to transgender people and helping them come out of the shadows.-Renee Gadoua
The final Michigan Womyn's Music Festival began on August 2nd and concludes o Sunday August 9th. From all accounts it was a successful venture. Unfortunately, it will always be remembered for the exclusion of transgender women. It's a shame because leadership had a chance to show the world that they are an inclusion and affirming venue for all TGLBQ folks.
I have always maintained that when an organization is struggling or going down the tubes you have to point to those running the organization. Lisa Vogel and her clan still lived the 1970s and refused to evolve. They consider trans women to be men which, in my ind is an insult to these women. If trans women did go to the festival they could tell anyone that were trans. This point alone would have kept me from ever attending because I absolutely refuse to go in the closet for anyone.
As the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival winds down those who will blame trans women for ending this 40 year event are barking up the wrong tree. Look at Lisa Vogel and your cronies who still think this is 1978. They refused to evolve. As a result the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival will become a footnote in history. It's a shame because it could have turned out different.
We had a good time! I brought a friend and she enjoyed it. We served water to the marchers. I shared with my friend that people are celebrating who they are. I saw several large transgender flags; something I hadn't seen in previous parades.
A good question, Ellen. Gets back to my point of being a historian regarding Stonwall Riot of '69. Trans people were shut out of leadership positions because we didn't look 'normal'. Well, we ARE normal and we're everywhere. Sadly, even the gay community sometimes needs to be reminded of this.
This is very, very sad. What I have seen is many cowardly school administrators who, when controversy knocks at their door, either downplay it or ignore it. My sympathies to Ms. Ross' family and friends and the few supportive co-workers.