Unity is Elusive

| Feb 13, 2017

I’ve always felt that creating unity within or identifying a common goal for the T community is an almost unachievable goal, despite the amazing progress over the last couple of years.

Unfortunately, we seem to be too diverse a grouping of people to find a single rallying point, to establish a single, clear agenda for ourselves. Of course, the conundrum is that it is just such a broad range of diversity which is one of the most interesting, fascinating facets of  the T community.

Yes, we can broadly aim to elevate our status and shout for our rights but the fragmentation that exists within us is not conducive to a solid, unified front to trigger real progress and destroy and eliminate discrimination. If we take crossdressers (CDs) as an example: part of the T community certainly but, as many CDs flip-flop between dressing/appearing as women and at other times as men, it’s not overtly clear what rights they can help shout for — nor whether, given the necessary secrecy which shrouds crossdressing as a whole, that many would wish to shout in public at all.

Added to this lack of unity is the fact that, with the appearance of so many new labels being adopted by the T or associated communities, in some ways we are confusing the general public, or lawmakers, or rights givers from whom we are seeking support and, in my view, are not, at the end of the day, helping ourselves.

I should make it clear that I am all for free expression and hold the opinion that people can refer to themselves however they want, whenever they want: I’m more concerned with how we unite, present a cohesive front and push for the rights of minorities like us — and we, to achieve this, without doubt, need to keep the general public on-side and supportive as far as possible.

To start, let’s look at how we communicate: our language (whichever one we speak) is always evolving and we’re forever seeing new words, or words or phrases which often begin as ‘slang’ and creep into regular spoken or written usage. Certain words or phrases come into vogue, slip in and out of  fashion, reoccur in regular usage — perhaps initially being used by a small group of people, and then becoming adopted by the wider community at large.

Undoubtedly, our community, the T community (or should that be the TG community, or even the LGBTQIA community?), has a wide selection of words used to describe it and the people within it. Over the years, we have fought hard to move away from words such as Tranny (to Transvestite), Trans-sexual (to Transgender), from Sex Change to Gender Reassignment or Gender affirmation/confirmation) and so on, gradually moving to words considered less abrasive, less associated with the old times . . . less associated with the offensive, derogatory usage of such terms.

But new labels, new tags, new descriptive phrases keep cropping up and I often have to reread some articles or documents to make sure the subject has, indeed, to do with us. Maybe it’s just me, I don’t know but, of late, I’ve been seeing certain terms more and more frequently in articles, commentaries, and interviews when people not always from within our community are talking about us; using some new buzzword . . . phrases such as gender fluid, gender flexible, gender variant or gender queer.

Then we have gender gifted (this one I do like), or gender blessed or even gender non-specific.

We also have the pronoun debate which asks are you wishing to be addressed as you, them, they, it? And sometimes it’s not clear just when certain pronouns are to be used . . . all the time or only some of the time . . . .

All fine and good, except that it seems to me we are fragmenting the T community further by such labelling with the result that no-one outside of the T community (or even some within) will ever know or understand what we are all about: in which case, how can they truly support us?

Unity, I fear, is a long way off . . . .

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About Christine B: Christine has written numerous (at least 150) articles, columns, op-eds, features & stories for well known T magazines, websites & e-zines; she also works as a part time fiction editor for Club Lighthouse Publishing, and is a co-editor of an award winning T-girl Magazine. In addition, she has written 8 adult books mainly in the T sub-genre which have been published by Club Lighthouse Publishing, for whom she has been the best selling author for the last 5 years.

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    • KoolMcKool says:

      I basically agree with the premise.
      The intricacies of transgenderism are and will remain really quite boring and just not an enriching topic like say curing disease, improving schools, efficient power generation. Freedom and liberty are interesting topics, but you have to branch it out.

      Here we go again transgenders were taking a pee, getting and paying for their own medical changes and SRS, making great progress 10-5 years ago and then trans activists and other nitwits go out and debate all this nonsense about trans-kids, THEY were the ones who wanted bathroom unisex laws, and Obamacare/medicare/caid to pay for things.
      Now you have daily events like Laverne Cox being rude and inappropriate at the Grammys “Google blah, blah”. It just goes on and on. Get off the trans topics and go make the world a better place in medicine, science, business, engineering.

  1. lesleyanne says:

    🙂

  2. lesleyanne says:

    “He who controls language controls minds”.

    That’s the motivation – could hardly be more obvious.

    (feel free to sub out that “He” to whatever personal pronoun doesn’t offend thou) 😉

    • KoolMcKool says:

      I only have two terms in my vocabulary to describe transgenders:
      Smart and Stupid.

      • lesleyanne says:

        What’s the percentage breakdown, Kool?

        🙂

      • KoolMcKool says:

        >What’s the percentage breakdown, Kool?
        It’s a little high on stupid these days. Too many transgenders staying silent on things I know they disagree with.
        TGs in their 40s, 50s, 60s, who suddenly decide to throw away a lifetime of acumen, beliefs, skills, and the ability to speak clearly on a range of topics. I’ll say it again…we are better than what I see online and in the media these days.