One of the latest trends among those who shove the transgender religion down our throats is this mysterious notion that the phrase “marriage equality” is somehow different than the slightly older term “same sex marriage”. This represents not only an affront to all post-corrected transsexual people, but is a reinterpretation of the political phrase itself as envisioned by the gay and lesbian political groups who coined it.
The chief proponent of this new interpretation of “marriage equality” is of course Autumn Sandeen. In fact, I am not sure if anyone else currently has the temerity to reinterpret this central issue of gay politics without consulting anyone involved, but if there is one person who feels entitled to do so it would be Ms Sandeen.
This is the issue: Transsexual people, by and large, do not feel that the same sex marriage debate is our fight. We argue that our current sex as reflected by genitals and other somatic criteria should be the standard by which we are judged. The balance of traits that we posses is that of the sex to which we transitioned, and this obviates the need for our involvement with the gay and lesbian cause on this point. There is of course much more to reticence of the 50,ooo+ post operative transsexuals who decline to engage or publicly accept this GLBT activism, but that is the basic premise.
The attack upon the status and lives of transsexual people takes the following basic form: You are transgender regardless of what you think. Therefore anyone who rises up in the activist ranks of the GLBT has the right and duty to speak for you. Because *I* (the activist) view all things as a form of gender transgression, and I also take (tacit) the essentialist position that a person is their genitals at birth, you are not really the sex you say you are. Therefore all your marriages are same sex by default, and fair game for my politics. Pursuant to the need to continue the imprisonment of transsexuals in the gay ghetto, I the transgender activist will create a new category out of the existing terminology. “Marriage equality” is not another name for the former “same sex marriage”; it is a term that encompasses same sex marriage as well as transgender marriages.
This would be quite a leap for anyone outside of the trans* ghetto, but it is par for the course within. The chief proponent of this latest propaganda, in the transgender world, is Ms Sandeen, though the sentiment is widely held among the transgender who believe they are transsexual. (That last is an important point that needs to be discussed soon, blog posts will follow) It all boils down to the notion that transsexual is part of transgender, and transgender is a form of being gay. In essence, the only difference between gay and transgender is the clothes. That may be the real problem here; the TG/trans* activists hold the same bigoted views about sex as the people they claim to be fighting against. Here is what Ms. Sandeen has to say on the topic:
“Marriage equality is the header that the LGBTQ community has for our community issues related to marriage. The solution to those common and related problems involve solutions that provide the results of the freedom to marry whomever one loves to all LGBTQ people, which includes the recognition of the gender identities of transgender people, transsexual people, and people who identify as both transgender and transsexual.”
“I know I say this over and over again: marriage equality is very much an issue for transgender people, transsexual people, and people who identify as both transgender and transsexual. The reasons why marriage equality is an issue for trans people are often very unalike from the reasons why marriage equality is an issue for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. But, the commonality of experience — where trans, lesbian, gay, and bisexual people don’t have the freedom to marry whomever they love — is why marriage equality is an issue for all of these minority populations.”
Canadian same-sex unions growing at five times that rate of heterosexual ones: census…
Same-sex unions are growing at five times the rate of opposite-sex ones according to census numbers that also reveal, for the first time, the number of homosexual marriages in Canada.
The historic Statistics Canada query on same-sex marriage, coming in the wake of Parliament legalizing such unions in 2005, revealed 7,465 homosexual marriages.
Clarence Lochhead of the Vanier Institute for the Family says the homosexual community’s successful fight for marriage reflects the desire to be accepted in the larger community.
And on and on. click on the link and look at the number of times the term same sex marriage is used in just that first segment alone. Next, from Marriage Equality New York:
Marriage Equality New York is an all-inclusive organization whose mission is to educate the public by raising awareness of the important right of all persons to enter into legally recognized gender neutral civil marriage with all the benefits and responsibilities that entails. Without marriage, committed same-sex couples are denied over 1,138 federal rights and obligations including social security, hospital visitation, co-parenting rights, estate tax, and immigration, just to name a few.
They at least mention the word gender (lol), but not in a context that supports the idea that Marriage Equality is about transgenders as a separate group from gays under this view of marriage. Last and definitely least, let’s look at the wikipedia entry for Marriage Equality USA to get the official activists’ view of the subject, since WP pages seem to be owned by nutjobs of varying sorts with a political ax to grind:
Marriage Equality USA (Marriage Equality, or MEUSA) is a national organization fighting to secure the legal recognition of same-sex marriage through education and outreach in the United States. Officially founded in 2000, its mission statement is to secure legally recognized civil marriage equality for all, at the federal and state levels, without regard to gender identity or sexual orientation.
I could spend all day citing the facts here, but let’s take my word on this obvious truth and move on. The only way that “Marriage Equality” encompasses post op transsexuals is if post op transsexuals are considered gay. And that is exactly what Autumn Sandeen is saying. I would expect to hear this from a certain number of uninformed people and a rather large number of gay men. But I definitely do not expect to hear this hateful and bigoted view from people who claim to represent my interests.
Labeling us gay using this underhanded tactic is reprehensible, and clearly the action of an enemy. Anyone who thinks that transsexual has something to do with being gay, or something to do with crossdressing in any way is completely ignorant of the truth of the condition and should not be considered a credible source when outlining our interests. Such a person has demonstrated their complete ignorance of the subject, and therefore is not transsexual. Anyone who has experienced this condition would never speak that way about themselves.