Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Transgender Day of Rememberance

Tuesday, November 20th is the Transgender Day of Rememberance.

Dylan Vade writes of the double standard society sets out for the transgendered.

Why do some folks feel that transgender people need to disclose their history and their genitalia, and nontransgender people do not? When you first meet someone and they are clothed, you never know exactly what that person looks like. And when you first meet someone, you never know that person's full history.

Why do only some people have to describe themselves in detail -- and others do not? Why are some nondisclosures seen as actions and others utterly invisible? Actions. Gwen Araujo was being herself, openly and honestly. No, she did not wear a sign on her forehead that said "I am transgender, this is what my genitalia look like." But her killers didn't wear a sign on their foreheads saying, "We might look like nice high school boys, but really, we are transphobic and are planning to kill you." That would have been a helpful disclosure. |No issue of sexual deception: Gwen Araujo was just who she was - SF Chronicle|
I once attended a presentation by a genderqueer youth who suggested that gender, far from being binary, is an infinite plan and I think that is probably the truth.

It's so sad that people who do not fit into someone's pre-conceived notion of gender are subjected to so much violence and hostility.

Via Feministing.

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