The following article is well written and interesting. With due respect, I would like to point out several points from the perspective of a Transgender person and activist.
You might want to check your resources. After checking with Justin Tanis, he denies ever saying, "Many people suffer from being transgender....". Knowing his work with NCTE pretty well, reading his books and doubting he would say this, I checked with him.
Trans folks do not suffer because our gender identity does not conform to society's preconceived notion of two genders. We suffer from bigotry, bias, discrimination and misinformation not because of who we are but because of the way others perceive us.
This brings me to the next point.
Please try to be more careful when quoting anyone from organizations that claim to be experts. As both of us know, the written word is very powerful. For example, quoting an organization like the American Family Association lends some credence to their very subjective, transphobic and homophobic point of view.
Professional journalists make the same error when they quote such organizations that do not speak from fact but from their distorted, extreme, religious perspectives. Readers often take these unsubstantiated opinions as fact thus creating more harm than good. As a thought, you may want to be clearer that these are unsubstantiated opinions.
Again, great job! Keep educating the general public about those of us who live in marginalized segments of society.
BORN IN THE WRONG BODY
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Posted by De Sube at 3/23/2010 10:07:00 AM