I have written extensively here in Cyrsti’s Condo on my relationship with my long time partner Liz. After all, she was instrumental in kicking me out of the closet and into a feminine world so many years ago. Even though she is a cis-female, she still maintains I am more of a girl than she is.
So it is no surprise I am very much a supporter of transgender allies. The problem becomes when allies are discussed in many corners of the trans community, it gets bogged down in the minutia of the subject. An example would be a few people would describe a transgender ally as one who simply uses the right pro nouns.
I believe an true ally supports the trans lifestyle all the way to not backing politicians who vote for anti LGBT legislation.
I am fortunate in that I have met several other spouses of transgender women and men who completely support their spouses. In fact, I presented my idea to the “powers to be” at Trans-Ohio yesterday about putting together a video presentation on the powers of allies for this years’ Pride month.
The only opportunities I have to do it are simply getting the go ahead from the people I am thinking of asking. Then having the technological knowledge to make it happen.
Unfortunately, one of my least favorite people is back in the news. By now you have probably heard Jenner (I refuse to use her first name) is running for the California governorship as a Republican of course.
As a quick refresher, Jenner initially supported Benedict Donald Trump, a fierce anti LGBT president. She eventually said she didn’t vote for him in 2020 and skipped the election all together to play golf.
Now Jenner has come out totally against transgender youth and athletes everywhere by saying competing as trans athletes would be unfair to their cis counterparts. By now, you would have thought Jenner could see past her privileged wealthy past and attempt to do something good for the transgender community.
It’s bad when the trans community has a well known person seemingly speaking for us. So many civilians don’t understand the diversity within the transgender culture.
Jenner is nothing more than a hypocrite and a traitor to us all and the worse part of all this is, I’m sure I will have the chance to see/hear more from her as her campaign for governor digresses.
If you live in the United States, you would have to be living in a cave somewhere to escape the deluge of state legislation against transgender athletes’.
Of course, reportedly all of this legislation is originating with one ultra conservative organization. Thus these legislative members around the country all have a template (so to speak) to formulate their “own” bills.
More than likely, the vast majority of these legislators have never met a transgender woman or trans man and have no understanding of our lives. Most certainly too, none of them have taken the time to research the effects of hormone replacement therapy on the body.
I probably am not the best example of HRT on a person’s body because I transitioned later in life during my sixties. When I did transition and my muscle mass began to change, I learned quickly how much of my old male strength had disappeared. I can only imagine how the process would work for an trans athlete.
One way or another, perhaps the most ridiculous idea is transgender athletes are transitioning just to compete at an advantage. Missing the entire dilemma changing gender presents to the person going through it. The specter of increased mental illness all the way to heightened levels of suicide among the transgender community is never taken into consideration.
Gender is definitely not a game to the transgender athletes facing legislative discrimination by people unwilling to see the big picture for what it is. The big picture is the old binary gender rules aren’t working anymore.
People need to wrap their narrow minds around the fact transgender athletes as well as the trans community as a whole need understanding, not discrimination.
Recently, the United States Senate heard discussions based on passing the “Equality Act.” Amazingly, the only transgender person there to argue for the passage was 16 year old Stella Keating. (below)
Keating comes from near where Connie lives in Washington state (Tacoma). A state where she is legally protected from discrimination but as she pointed out, what if she decided to go to college in a state where she wasn’t protected. Adding, “How is that even American?”
My only question is why was Sheila the only transgender person there? What happened to all those national organizations which are always asking for my support or money???
On the other hand, we need all the bright, brave and young trans voices we can get to further the transgender cause.
Just think if all the conservative Republicans’ energy and ideas went into solving our nations’ basic problems such as hunger, housing and education to name a few. Instead of pressuring transgender athletes.
I think “Kira Moore” (below) said it best:
“I’ve been looking through various Transgender news feeds and all I’m seeing are stories about all of the Republican bills being introduces across the country as if there weren’t any other pressing issues which need attention and honestly, I am sick and tired of it. If this pack of rabbid fundamintalist evangalical busy bodies spent half the energy on real problems such as homelessness, poverty, or education, everyone’s lives could be improved a thousand fold. Yet what are they all fired up about? Trans women and girls playing sports or worse yet, proper medical care for trans youth. WTAF?”
FINALLY, I was able to view the former president fly off to Florida on Air Force One. We now have a leader with a mandate to attack the many major problems we face as a nation.
I feel all of us as transgender women and men see change in a different way. After all, when you consider all the major changes we have had to endure in life, change becomes very personal to us.
In many ways, the former president represented the very same pressures we transgender women and men feel from our families when we decide to live as our authentic selves. By deciding to not mention President Biden’s name in any way, it is similar to a trans person’s father (or mother) refusing to mention the new name of their new daughter or son.
So, we have a deeper understanding of the hurt the country feels as a whole from the effects of the former president.
But now we can move forward, which we can understand also in our culture.
Maybe now, we can have help and acceptance from the administration in Washington.
A former White House intern (above) who previously made history by becoming the first transgender speaker at a major political party’s presidential convention when she spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention is once again blazing a new trail for equality.
Sarah McBride was sworn in on Tuesday to the Delaware State Senate, becoming the highest-ranking elected official in the United States. At least four others have been elected state representatives in state legislatures, but McBride is the first state senator.
By now you all should know how I feel about “Benedict Donald” tRump. From his election day on, I watched in desperation as he tried to destroy at the least the transgender community and at the worst our country as a whole.
I can only share this screen shot taken from the “Tony Burgess Blog” and CNN which shares my shame and horror. It’s what happens when a masterplan to dumb down the country by neglecting it’s educational system and then lie continually to it by right wing media outlets. All of a sudden, being conservative in the country became the same as being a tRump supporter. Which isn’t fair or good for the health of the political system.
I’m not here to write another political post but I’m am here to say the shame of yesterday can not happen again.
As we conclude the year 2020, it’s easy to remember all the negatives. Primarily all the lives which were affected by the virus. Either by death or lingering physical effects.
Other negatives seemed to be extra tough on those of us who deal with gender dysphoria. All of a sudden we were forced back into our closets from a overabundance of fear. The only socially redeeming value was the mask we hid behind and the socially distanced space we were encouraged to keep helped us all to present more effectively to a questioning world. Even the most innocent dinners out I enjoyed so much turned into an increasingly scary experience. During the year, I learned the hard way how I relied on gender feedback from the public to justify my gender feelings.
Through it all, there still were positives. One of which of course was Benedict Donald losing the election. Donnie it seemed was totally for taking all rights away from the transgender population, even to the point of erasing us. Hopefully we will see President Elect Biden reverse rumps terrible transgender military ban quickly. At the least, there is hope for the New Year.
Then there is the vaccine. I know it is not an immediate cure all to the pandemic but again it is a positive place to start.
Similar to so many others, I have put together a few New Years’ resolutions for 2021. Among other things I plan on returning to my meditation, writing more and trying to schedule at least one time a month when Liz and I can safely venture out of the house. In fact, we have already reserved two spots for a socially distanced paranormal adventure at a haunted opera house in Kentucky in January. After all, we don’t want to pass along the virus to the ghosts :).
Most of all, I would like to say Thank You to all of you who stopped by Cyrsti’s Condo in 2020. Your input and visits make it all worthwhile.