Monday, September 15, 2008

Ruling Inspires New Hope For Transgender People

Ruling Inspires New Hope For Transgender People By Ann E. Marimow | Washington Post Staff Writer | Monday, September 15, 2008; Page B01 | "To Allyson Robinson, it means accompanying her young children to public restrooms in Montgomery County without worrying that someone will call the police.

For Colleen Fay, it brings the hope that the next time she applies for a driver's license she won't be badgered about her previous life as a man.

And for Chloe Schwenke, it means other people like her will be able to enjoy the job security she has found in her international development work in the District.

This is very good news. There's a lot more that still needs to be done but this is a start. I knew a transgendered woman back a while ago (in fact she sent me an email that I still need to get to) and she was just like any other woman as far as I'm concerned. Some people get all freaky on this subject but I have never quite understood why. I realize it's partly due to the whole concept that gender is immutable and set in stone when you're born. But that's not a given as there are many babies born with both genitalia. It's not about the body at all.

The only thing that determines, well, everything about us is our brains. Between the chemistry and hardwired synapses we are who we are. And even this is not set in stone as anyone who's known someone with brain damage can attest to.

I am a heterosexual male, one hundred percent. And I would have absolutely no problem dating a post-op transgendered woman. Heck, as long as it doesn't get to, well, let's say "physically intimate" for now... I would even date a pre-op.

There's be some serious negotiations on that one, though.

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