Effective today, beginning with this post, I am adopting the expanded acronym of LGBTQ+ over simply LGBT. As I've delved deeper into transgender issues, I've come to understand the old acronym is too limiting. The "LGBT" community is broader and more diverse than the traditional 4 letters represent. There's nothing wrong with "LGBT" and it's … Continue reading Deja Vu All Over Again: The New Wave of Anti-LGBTQ+ Attacks
Updated with a new Afterword. To be nobody but myself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make me somebody else — means to fight the hardest battle any human can fight, and never stop fighting. E. E. Cummings Actor Elliot Page did an interview last spring with Oprah … Continue reading To Be Transgender is to Be Human
I feel a need to go on record regarding the latest transgender/women's rights controversy that has broken out this month. Starting last summer I've found myself in the unexpected and unpleasant position as lone defender of trans women in debates on Facebook. The intensity of people's opposition to transgenderism has shocked and shaken me. I've … Continue reading For the Record: On ‘Bodies With Vaginas’
An Epilogue updating this post appears at the end. Back in college one of the organizations on campus was the Revolutionary Student Brigade (RSB), a short-lived youth group aligned the Maoist Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP). Being a socialist and gay, I inquired about their position on gay rights. I can't recall what they said exactly, … Continue reading Bone of Contention: Socialists & the LGBT Community
There are two aspects to the transgender debate that trouble me most. First is the all-too-frequent rejection of transgender people’s lives and experiences. Their very lives are discounted as unscientific and delusion. The counterpart in my world are those who insist I’m gay because I choose to be, like choosing tea instead of coffee. I … Continue reading The Conundrum: Trans Rights vs Women’s Rights
Beaming smiles and effusive positivity. My guard went up immediately, sensing wolves in sheep's clothing. My instincts weren't far off. The 'I Resolve Movement' was called to my attention this past weekend. This "movement" purports to offer "reasonable, loving, and tolerant solutions" to transgender issues in the schools. It's a dubious description as I shall … Continue reading The ‘I Resolve Movement’: A Kinder, Gentler Oppression?
Last updated on September 5, 2021, with reports that police have made an arrest for indecent exposure in connection to the Wi Spa incident. See Addendum. An incident last month at the Wi Spa in Los Angeles was raised in the comments to my statement yesterday regarding the transgender debate. I see discussion continuing today … Continue reading The Wi Spa Incident