November 18, 1:19 PM Birmingham Gay Community ExaminerMembers of the transgender community often feel they are being slighted by the gay community. A recent example here in Alabama involved the state hate crimes bill, and whether support should be given to a version that was non-inclusive, that is, did not include gender identity. And that debate was between members of the LGBT community. Imagine the confusion or lack of understanding that might exist outside the community.A comment on an article a few months ago asked this:Can someone explain why "transgender" people get lumped in with gays and lesbians? I'm not sure what a transgender person (someone who thinks his or her gender is different than what his or her natural body parts suggest) has in common with gays and lesbians (people who accept their gender as male or female and find themselves attracted to other males or females, respectively).I responded:As a member of the GLBT community my take is that transgender people are a sexual minority, just as gay and lesbian people are. So we lump us all together.But I also could have said that the gay community is seeking equality for all people, and "all" means "all'!.....
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Posted by De Sube at 11/19/2009 08:28:00 AM