Nov 20 2008
Now I don’t wish to be excluding of Transgender people, but “how did the ‘T’ get into LGBT?” that was the question asked by Ll in the discussion on The Transgender Issue article. During the article I made the point that being transsexual is about gender identity and its not about sexuality. Sexuality is completely independent of gender its about orientation.
Irrespective of gender, a person is either heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual (for the purpose of this discussion lets exclude terms like pansexual, heteroflexible and not get bogged down in the debate about whether they are types of bisexuality or separate orientations). Now we call female homosexuals ‘lesbians’ and male homosexuals ‘gay’, that gives us the “LG” in LGBT. Whilst terms like lesbian and gay are gender selective, we are still talking about sexual orientation, not gender, beside couldn’t include homosexual in the acronym as the “H” would get confused with heterosexual.
Now the point, which I’m labouring towards, following the last paragraph of caveats, is that a Transgender person is like any other person, either straight, gay, lesbian, or bisexual. For example, an F2M transsexual who prefers to date women, is straight. Whereas a M2F transsexual who prefers to date women is a lesbian. Failure to recognise that is a failure to acknowledge transsexualism at all.
With that in mind, doesn’t the inclusion of “T” in LGBT suggest that trangender people have different sexual orientations to the rest of us? They don’t, so why have they been included in a way which suggests they have?
Granted there are a lot of non-accepting people out there who don’t recognise the gender transition. But why have we mixed gender identity up with sexual orientation? Not that I want to exclude transsexuals from the LGBT community. I don’t want to exclude anyone, not even straight people, but my point is there should have already been room for transgender people in the LGB groups or in the straight community. The fact that there wasn’t and a “T” had to be pegged on to the LGB acronym is a damning indictment of society’s prejudice.
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