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[livejournal.com profile] classics_cat said it best:

"Today is the tenth annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. It seems like every third post on my f-list is full of really good links, so I'm not going to waste your time reposting them. (If this is not the case for your f-list, borrow mine for the day.)

Our society has real problems with gender, and real problems with people who don't fit neatly into the societal templates for gender. Our problems start with our bizarre conviction that gender is biological, binary, and maps perfectly to biological sex, and pretty much everything else follows from these beliefs and the way they interact with how we do the politics of gender.

However, our culture is made up of our ideas, and we can change them if we want to and if we work at it. So we, each of us, can do a little bit to change the way our society acts toward transpeople, by being a friend, by being an ally, by being someone who accepts individuals for who they are and not who we think they ought to be.

But most of all please remember that when we fail at this, people die. We can't change the past. We must change the future."

Date: 2008-11-21 03:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] borgknight.livejournal.com
I recently learned that my cousin Tom is now my cousin Rachel. I don't know if you ever met him, but he was hardcore right-wing testosterone crazed lunacy at all times.

Guess he was overcompensating for how he really felt?

I can't say any more on the subject because I've not seen this person in almost ten years.

Date: 2008-11-21 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pixel39.livejournal.com
I honestly don't remember, but if I did meet him it was probably not enough to make a difference.

Date: 2008-11-21 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verymelm.livejournal.com
Thank you for posting this. I've been trying to find two brain cells to rub together to post something about this all day and.. yeah.. failed. I have half a draft written about the differences between genetic/biological sex and socially-constructed gender, but am stuck on it. Will need to revisit it and try to finish it soon.


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