There have always been problems with trying to share my experience as a transwoman. I can only speak my experience. And I can only speak my experience from the point of view of now. I mean, I have taken great care to preserve my writings in the 90s as they were written, because they portray how I felt then, but often I have difficulty even remembering the frame of mind I was in when I wrote them.
I am not a transman. I cannot speak for any of them, though I can feel a sense of kinship. And I can try to speak in favor of the rights we should have in common. Our common experience, however, may be too ephemeral to grasp.
I am not pre-operative. That was left far in the past. And I forget. I’m sure some of that forgetting has been intentional. There are pains I would prefer were left behind.
I’m also not black.
But how can anyone understand the whole without understanding some of the parts?
We have a new blog on our Blog Roll. I stumbled across Monica Roberts’ TransGriot when I was looking to increase diversity in my essay for Friday.
One of the discussions I stumbled on was about that fact that black transwomen are almost universally assumed to be prostitutes, in life and especially in death. I was looking for that today when I decided to take a look at something else.
Perspective can stand to be expanded. Besides, I’m tired and can handle a discussion much easier than a lengthy psychological analysis.
I’ve never watched America’s Next Top Model. I was aware, of course, of its existence. I was even aware that there was a young transwoman taking a shot at her dream. But I didn’t watch.
I’ve never watched Myra Breckenridge either.
Monica has the entire interview of Isis on The Tyra Banks Show, but here’s enough for us to chat about. And it comes with a surprise at the end.
If you have some extra time, Monica also does a rant at the top of the front page about efforts by some to try and change Transgender Day of Remembrance into a “happy-happy joy-joy event.”
If you wish to have an event that takes a happy-happy joy-joy approach to publicizing transgender issues, by all means organize it and promote the hell out of it. If it’s a good one and has no connection whatsoever to the Homosexual Rights Corporation, I’ll even post whatever press release you put together for this event on TransGriot.
Just pick some other calendar date to do it.