(True trans bravery is the lady in the above photo)
While radical activists have a made a mess with too many umbrellas and definitions (the LGBT alphabet keeps growing), so have conservatives who cannot differentiate between the LG and the T.
Whether bisexuals like this or not, they do focus more on a sexual choice and it is a preference. Cross dressing is also sexual and a fetish. Drag queens dress up temporarily as a form of expression.
The rest of us are just people loving and living our life, sometimes still challenging society's stereotypes. For LG and T sex isn't the focus nor is it part time choice. Just like heterosexuals, some LGT love, some lust, some a combination of both. Intimacy is a part of any loving relationship.
Rep. Pete Olson who is behind this misleading legislation needs to title it accurately as well as educate himself and his ignorant ilk.
Both Republicans and Democrats need to oppose any such effort that makes life dangerous, financial survival hard, and makes it okay to scapegoat the trans community because some politicians and some ignorant people and all religious zealots need some group to distract from real issues.
I do not like the word transexual as it focuses inaccurately and solely on the physical. Nor do I like the word transgender because it has been corrupted within the "lgbtq" community by including crossdressers and various others. I don't even like the word trans but those are the limitations of language and have to use some word. Same with homosexual or gay. These are medical and/or psychological labels.
And by trans, I do not mean Caitlyn Jenner, who needs to stop being seen as a spokesperson or representative or a transwoman by media or the LGBTQ community. I refer to her as Caitlyn, only out of respect for real trans women. Caitlyn is a narcissistic, attention seeking fool.
It's time someone told Caitlyn the cold truth because she hurts the legitimacy and struggle of real trans men and women. That is what gives credence to bills like this and zealots and bigots thinking trans = subjective self identification.
Loads of money and quick access to surgery is not an option or easy or what defines the journey of a trans man or woman.
This post will piss people off and respectful discussion is fine. But I won't engage trolls.
As someone proud and out since the 80s, as someone who bothered to talk to LGT from the 50s, 60s, and 70s and study and live the history upto the present; worked for LGBT press and organizations, as someone who has taken risk to be open and also identify as Republican and Catholic and successfully educate and change minds in these communities by being respectful, patient and not reducing myself to a label, I don't care what anyone else thinks.
If it is just a fit you want to throw because you don't like what I wrote, move along.
I am a private person and certainly never hidden the fact and transitioned openly in this town. I am happy to live and be accepted as who I am, John, and have it be my choice who I share my journey with; it is my life.
It is frustrating to have to focus on this one part of my identity because I have not done that, ever. Yet again , today, I had to "come out" because in 2017, being trans is still an issue.
Bills like HB 2796 make it necessary for me to speak up because not everyone lives in New York or California.