Tina K. Russell

April 25, 2008

Angry Transsexuals: Me

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Tina Russell @ 6:49 pm

There are often times, such as when writing my “Awesome Transsexuals” entries, that I am happy, uplifted, and optimistic about my future given the melting of old prejudices that surround transsexual people. Two major US TV shows (Ugly Betty and Dirty, Sexy Money) have positive, recurring transsexual characters, one of them (in Money) played by a transsexual woman herself. A transsexual woman is on the Hawaii State Board of Education. A few years ago, a transsexual woman in New Zealand retired from a distinguished career as a member of Parliament. Movies about transsexual people have gone from being tragic docu-dramas (Boys Don’t Cry), exploitation (The Crying Game), and wistful flights of fantasy (Ma Vie en Rose) to being triumphant (Beautiful Boxer) and sensitive (Transamerica). Thailand has all-transsexual girl bands. (Here’s another.) Here in the States, a transsexual man fronts an up-and-coming rock band, and the coverage has focused on the music and not his identity.

As you can see, I have a lot of reasons to be happy. As a child born in America, I hope to live a life rich with the same opportunities afforded to my brothers and sisters. But every once and a while, I come crashing down to reality in the face of anti-transsexual ignorance.

Letters: When Girls Will Be Boys – New York Times

But through the inevitable lawsuits, trans students may effectively force these families to subsidize the expense of refitting on-campus facilities as gender-neutral and training college medical services to provide health care that is unique and sensitive to their “new identities.” What nonsense. I shudder to think what the repercussions will be when trans students start advocating for such privileges at taxpayer-funded public universities.

Please don’t tell me that represents a plurality of the US population! I’d cry. Seriously, you don’t have to bend over backwards to accomodate trans people, you just have to give us respect. Is that too much to ask?



  1. Yes.

    But we’re asking anyway. And will continue to do so until we get it.

    Come on, anyone who successfully transitions has to have one of the largest streaks of indomitability and dogged persistence known to Mankind. We’re good at it. It’s inevitable that we’ll win, the only question is the time that will take.

    Comment by Zoe Brain — May 22, 2008 @ 6:51 pm

  2. 🙂 Thanks.

    Comment by Tina Russell — May 22, 2008 @ 8:06 pm

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