|Transsexual Independence Day (22 March 2012)|
|Opinion - Thompson & Gaughan|
|TS-Si News Service|
|Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:00|
Washington, DC, USA. It is time for all people of transsexual history to speak with one voice at the same time and protest our inclusion under the "T" in the unfathomably selfish transgender umbrella erected to exploit an association with unrelated GLB activism.
We wrote those words last year in a modest effort to set down a marker for assessing where we are and calling for action to get us to where we will (and shall) arrive. It is time for an update on our progress.
And who is involved? We address those people who are full time, hormonally reconstituted, and have accomplished corrective surgery. We also address those who sincerely seek full correction, no matter how daunting, how obstructed, or how long the process may be. We address those who, while not members of either group, are confused by the disinformation spread by self-seeking transgender activists who obstruct discussion of rational legal and medical policies that can ensure proper treatment of what is essentially a medical condition.
Transsexual Independence Day
22 March 2012
The letter-writing campaign is open to everyone who opposes the arrogance of the Transgender Umbrella. You can be in or out, disclosed or not. All of us can have an impact, especially if we all jump together.
Those of us who choose to participate can do so together on Transsexual Independence Day, which occurs each year on March 22nd. The date is close to the Spring Equinox and represents a new birth of freedom.
Write your own letter and make two central points about people of transsexual history, those born transsexual:
(1) we have (or had) a correctable medical condition, and
(2) we should not be confused with the sociopolitical and lifestyle activism of transgender activists.
Make this letter your own. Let the recipients know we are not clones but individuals with our own hearts and minds.
Send your letter on March 22nd. A physical letter has the maximum impact, but may not be possible under your circumstances. In some cases, an email and/or fax might be a better option.
You do not have to use your legal name and/or address if you cloak your legal identity. Consistent with your privacy concerns, you can treat this as a message in a bottle by using a nom de plume and omitting your return address.
If you live in a country where repression is a genuine threat, or if you have serious privacy concerns, send us your text and the intended recipient(s). We will send the message for you and let your recipients know it is on your behalf.
We have set up a special section in the TS-Si Contact Facility to help you participate. [ link ]
We have forwarded over 15,000 individual messages since we first offered this service in 2011. If you fear repression but have something to say, let us handle it. We will see that your intended recipient gets the message.
ljt & ssgImagine if all the men and women with a transsexual history suddenly stepped apart from the madding crowd and openly declared themselves. Admittedly, that is unlikely to occur for a number of various circumstances and reasons. We would not ask you reveal your legal identification if you choose otherwise.
Send Your Message
Our relative invisibility within the general population does not prevent us from speaking out to our congressional representatives, senators and other officials. We urge that all of us, wherever we are in every country and political subdivision, write a letter to the leaders of our respective governments and deliver a direct message:
And there are other ways. A group of women in New Zealand placed advertisments in the The Dominion Post, a national newspaper printed in Wellington, and The Post in Christchurch. Here is the unformatted version of the Wellington text:
Also, if you live in a country where repression is a genuine threat, or if you have serious privacy concerns, we have set up a special section in the TS-Si Contact Facility to help you participate. [ link ]
To date, TS-Si has forwarded well over 15,000 individual messages since we first offered this free service in 2011. If you fear repression but have something to say, let us handle it. We will see that your intended recipient gets the message.
Highlight the Facts
As individuals, we vary widely in our personal opinions regarding the great issues of governance that animate our day, proceeding from separate assumptions about what is just, meet, and affordable in our many separate countries. We do not ask in this appeal for specific policies or funding. We do not seek any advantage over others, but we do demand affirmation of our liberty.
Most of all, we ask our leaders to understand the crucial differences between transsexuals and transgenders so they can craft fact-driven and wise policies that protect the rights of all. We are unified in noting that implementing our appeal for liberty from the socially contrived impediment of transgenderism would cost nothing but yield great and enduring dividends.
Once corrected, people of transsexual history transition into society as responsible men and women to get about living out their lives. We pay taxes, participate in family life, and go our separate ways in society.
Some transgender activists falsely commit to the doctrinaire expansion of the term transsexual to include individuals who do not recognize the medical nature of the birth condition. This obscures the urgent nature of the true pre-operative situation and substitutes a politicized public relations claim of lifestyle choice.
Just because transgender sociopolitical activists want to appropriate the transsexual narrative for their own purposes does not make it true or just. We did not and do not give our consent to those who would arbitrarily ignore our medical needs and misrepresent who we are to the rest of society. There are too many of us who never opted in to this. We refuse to cooperate.
Imagine now that, as one, we all write our letters to our government leaders, elected or not. Imagine if all the letters were mailed on the same day, each one clearly stating the medical needs and differences between those of us born transsexual and those who identify as transgender or a cross-dresser.
The Central Truth
We should all send the message that people born transsexual have a correctable medical condition and should not be mixed up with the sociopolitical activism of transgenders.
The idea behind the campaign avoids choosing sides on the health care debate, politics, religion, sexual orientation, and a myriad of other contentious issues. Those things are important, certainly, but off the central point: disentangling ourselves from the "T" in GLBT and securing the specific medical nature of transsexualism.
We can always debate social and political choices, as we always have.
Mailing Lists: United States● US Government Info: Letters to Congress. Robert Longley. About.com This is an online guide to writing members of the US Congress. [ link ]
● Congressional Directory. Congress.org This is an interactive form that permits the user to look up their Member of Congress. [ link ]
● Contact Elected Officials. USA.gov This site provides contact information for state and federal elected officials. The site is less interactive than some others, but appears to be more extensive. [ link ]
Updates23 February 2011. The title and text of this article have been updated to reflect a consensus on changes through this date. Resource information on mailing lists will be revised or expanded on an ongoing basis.
28 February 2011. Gave religion and politics explicit mention in the list of contentious issues that are not part of this effort. This puts a fine point on my answers to some provocative comments that were addressed to us privately.
21 March 2012. This article is updated from the version that appeared on 22 February 2011 celebrating the advent of an annual Transsexual Independence Day. The update includes text revisions to reflect recent progress and minor edits.
Editor's Note: Another Way You Can HelpTS-Si readers can help with efforts to reform the GLAAD Media Reference Guide. Sign the petition to remove the unwarranted and forcible use of the term "transgender" to cover women of transsexual / intersexed history. [ link ]
People with transsexual history, whether in transition or post-corrected, deal with a correctable medical condition and should not be confused with the sociopolitical and lifestyle activism of transgenders.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:52|