variation are included under one label as 'T'. <<<
But on the other hand, many of the gender variations included under "T"
come from the lesbian, gay, and bisexual communities. Like drag queens,
drag kings, passing women, stone butches, stone femmes, androgynes and
multigendered folks (who i think are very rooted in the bi community in
>>> I am whole-heartedly for
equal rights for all, but as a hetero MTF TS, I can understand why the
Rights movement is not warm to being connected with us. And think of all
hetero CDs and TVs, from what I understand, they are the most numerous
all transgendered people. So, my question here is, do we feel we have to
join the lesbian/gay movement? We've come to accept the moniker 'LGBT',
we have unique issues to deal with.<<<
I feel that the same question faces the bi community, except that fewer
people seem to question why B should be in there because the connections
between gay and bi experiences are more obvious. I don't think either the
bi or trans communities are entirely "joining the lesbian/gay movement;"
in fact, I think those bi and trans people who *are,* are the trannyfags,
the ki-ki girls, the bi-dykes and bi-fags, etc. - those folks who have b
and t identities AND feel like they're a part of the lesbian or gay
I think LGBT is something different than "the lesbian/gay movement;" for
example, The Advocate is very much a gay magazine (and calls itself that),
not an LGBT mag, but the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is an
LGBT org (despite the name) which has a Bi Visibility Project and has
covered trans issues devotedly for years. And I think that this confuses a
lot of people - *like* the Advocate, who ran a readers' poll last year
asking whether trans people should be allowed to join the gay movement.
It seems to me that trans gay people *are* in the "gay movement," and no
gatekeepers can block our entry to all "gay" groups or media, not when
we've been here so long and been so active in gay stuff long before the
advocate ever realized we were there. It's kind of like the bi movement;
way way back in the late 50s and early 60s, the head of the big gay group
(the national association of homophile organizations... there's a word
missing there.... it was called NACHO) and the head of the big dyke group
(the daughters of bilitis) were dating. and there was a huge scandal
around this, and they were called traitors and thrown out of a lot of
stuff, and it's just one example of how bi folks have been active in the
"gay movement" for decades and people *still* question whether they should
be included. And trans folks were on the very front lines at Stonewall; it
was drag queens, butch dykes, and homeless folks (and a lot of those folks
overlapped) but now people write letters to the san francisco chronicle
demanding to know why we have a "GLBT Pride March" when "i didn't see any
trannies fighting for us at stonewall!"
But obviously that's NOT all trannies, as you know, being a het trannie :)
and I think all trannies can fit into the lgbt movement, if they want. The
way I see it is that "lgbt" stuff is a name for coalitions between gays,
bis, and trannies. like, there's a bi movement, and a trans movement, (or
lots of smaller bi and trans movements, really), and then there are lgbt
groups that look at our similarities and try to fight for one another.
And part of the reason for that is that a *lot* of homophobia is a kind of
transphobia - where people kill the butch dykes or the fairy boys because
they're not doing gender "right" so "everyone knows" they're queer and
need to get bashed.
And part of the reason for it is that biphobia and transphobia are also
linked - through a fear of gender fluidity, of what it means if gender is
not the sole definition of who you are and who you can fuck and what you
can look like.
and part is that biphobia and homophobia are linked - through a fear of
people who fuck the wrong folks, who fuck people with the same genitals as
them, or who don't fucking care what their lover's genitals look like.
We're all linked as people who fuck all the rules, whether it's because
we're too swishy or too butch or too kinky or too wrongly genitalled. Even
if we don't call ourselves queer or wear leather or pierce ourselves in
funny places or fuck anyone at all.
::grin:: and as for hetero CDs and TVs, i dunno... i don't think all the
numbers are in yet. i'm still placing my bets on all the genderqueers,
just for having a wider net of definitions to catch people in.
-aidan, who is EXTREMELY WORDY today