It was a rather mellow thread, all things considered. Some of the people who currently sit atop the TG pyramid have sensed discontent in the ranks and have made some efforts to quiet people by starting non-dialogues, the outcome of which are supposed to be pre-determined and reinforce the assumption that “TG is beneficial to all- just shut up already you malcontents”.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I personally am getting tired of the haves at the top of every organization in my country telling the have-nots that we just don’t deserve any better than they are willing to dole out to us. The system is broken, and they fiddle. Nowhere is this more apparent at this early stage of our social re-ordering than at the fringes of society, in places like the GLBT ghetto.
The frayed edges are where the flame licks first, and the Disaster of 2009 has shaken gay culture to its core. Transgender lives at the fringe of the fringe, and the fallout of failure will most likely begin there. I of course am happy to see things changing, because the disenfranchised in this country are long overdue for the worm to turn.
This is especially true when it comes to the transgender elite, who despite the stigma surrounding “gender change” have managed to hold on to professional careers and maintained quite a lifestyle while so many others have lost everything. Their privilege shows every time they write how wonderful transgender is for us all, despite a growing number of people in the GLBT telling them otherwise.
Just a quick note to finish up, I thought I’d post my final comment in that thread here to close.
While people who benefit from the status quo with regard to LBGT may be satisfied with it, a growing number of others are not. Extending the acronym to include transgender and transsexual only increases the hold that it has on people. It does not empower anyone.
If there must be an acronym, why not LGBQ? This eliminates the instant relationship between transgender and transsexual that is caused by the purposeful mimicking of “transsexual” by the coiners of the transgender term. Even in its birth, the point of transgender was to steal legitimacy and replace the experience of those born with transsexualism with that of people who are patently not dealing with that condition.
I find the continued demands of transgender supporters that my medical condition be perforce included in their politics to be inappropriate and damaging to me and others like me. I hold little hope that they will do the right thing and willingly relinquish these illegitimate claims on the transsexual condition. For what is transgender without transsexual? Nothing but fetishists, as far as the public is concerned.
Without transsexual, transgender is a flat, lifeless construct that exists only to ghettoize the lives of people who don’t live in the mainstream. Only those few tokens at the top of this artificial political construct benefit in any way from it. I find it shameful that those who are granted benefits and cushy jobs due to this caste system can, with a straight face, tell us that we are never going to escape their clutches. We are all better off living the truth, not this political lie.
Transgender needs to die so that we all may live.