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dealing with reality

We have reached a place where it does not matter one whit what anyone thinks of us.

The sheer amount of exposure is forcing the hand of governments, public institutions and private companies to act and treat us with respect. What is helping is that transgender people come from all walks of life and among themselves they represent a mini cross section of society. Hence their credibility continues to grow.

We are lawyers, academics, scientists, teachers, engineers, actors and we are out in a public way as never before. That reality must be addressed because we are not going away and our number (although statistically small) gives us credibility. Some highly intelligent and well placed individuals are transgender.

It no longer matters what the detractors think because we are not going away and we cannot be healed through shock treatment or psychotherapy.

The Blanchardians, the ultra-orthodox, the feminists and the politically conservative can have their input but it will change nothing since this is not an issue that requires the opinions of myopic people on a subject that even we who experience it can barely comprehend.

Here is where reality trumps conjecture.

The Obama administration, my own Canadian government and the leaderships of other countries are enacting laws to protect our rights. They must deal with the reality that people need to transition or at least lead authentic lives instead of killing themselves or living with constant depression.

With numbers this significant you cannot claim mass delusion or moral decay since many of us are upstanding citizens with exemplary records.

We just happen to be transgender.


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