To Be Transgender is to Be Human

◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY 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 … Continue reading To Be Transgender is to Be Human

For the Record: On ‘Bodies With Vaginas’

◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY I feel a need to go on record regarding the latest transgender/women's rights controversy that has broken out this month. Since Summer 2020 I've found myself in the unexpected and unpleasant position as lone defender of transgender women in debates on Facebook. In addition to Facebook I've posted a flurry of entries … Continue reading For the Record: On ‘Bodies With Vaginas’

Bone of Contention: Socialists & the LGBT Community

◼︎WORKING-CLASS POLITICS◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY 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 … Continue reading Bone of Contention: Socialists & the LGBT Community

The Conundrum: Trans Rights vs Women’s Rights

◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY There are two aspects to the transgender debate that trouble me most. First is the seemingly wholesale rejection of transgender people’s lives and experiences. The counterpart in my world are those who insist I’m gay because I choose to be, like choosing tea instead of coffee. I can’t imagine transgender people would … Continue reading The Conundrum: Trans Rights vs Women’s Rights

The ‘I Resolve Movement’: A Kinder, Gentler Oppression?

◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY 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 … Continue reading The ‘I Resolve Movement’: A Kinder, Gentler Oppression?

The Wi Spa Incident

◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY 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 … Continue reading The Wi Spa Incident

A Personal Statement on the Transgender ‘Debate’

◼︎MY PERSONAL JOURNEY◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY I came out in 1975 at Kent State where I soon met the first transgender person I’ve ever known. She was somewhat isolated in the Kent Gay Liberation Front. I recall having to defend her against criticism by others in the group. There was little knowledge or understanding of transgender … Continue reading A Personal Statement on the Transgender ‘Debate’