Transgender Privilege

The Cyrsti’s Condo post on the new Chanel transgender model Teddy Quinilivan brought on two great responses:

  • PaulaAugust 29, 2019 at 8:26 AM“What an excellent advocate, of course we can’t all look that good, but this is about so much more than clothes and looks. I am pleased and proud that so many trans women who have “passing privilege” are proudly coming out as being trans. I am sure that this helps normalise our existence.”
  • ConnieAugust 29, 2019 at 12:33 PM“Wow! I can understand her feelings, because being trans will probably always emote them. At the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, though, she has no idea how much privilege she has in comparison to those of us who were struggling with our gender identity at her age – forty-some years ago. It’s not that I consider myself a hero, but those of us in our sixties and beyond, and who have taken the steps necessary to be living authentically, have paved the way somewhat, at least.

  • In just two generations, then, “coming out” is taking on a new meaning. Instead of it being a declaration of identifying as a trans woman – after establishing oneself as a man, it is now possible to be a trans woman who would have to declare herself as such – because most everyone thought her to be a woman all along. If I were her, I might think twice about making such a move, but then, I’m thinking from an old (trans) lady’s perspective.”
    • From another “old” transgender lady, I think it is great (as Paula does) that she (Teddy) had the courage to come out and be an advocate. Something which was so so missing in my generation.  Just looking at her and others of her generation who have come out, it’s hard to realize  the  distance we have come.  Just think of the availability now of hormone replacement therapy and even puberty hormone blockers.  A great example is Cincinnati Children Hospital which has a transgender program for anyone up till the age of 24.  I often wonder how it would have been not to have worked so hard (as Connie said) to establish myself as a man.
  • I guess maybe I have come out of this with a better, more complete knowledge of what gender is. It alone could be considered privilege.  

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