It was about time too and that stifling set of rules kept people in their little closeted world for fear of rejection and violence.
If you read Zagria’s blog you will have noted that historically many transgender people would live as the opposite gender with no access to surgical or hormonal assistance. Some even married and it is hard to believe that their spouses would not have known about their situation. Perhaps their marriage was chaste or the spouse was told a story about some sort of genital birth defect.
One of Zagria’s recent entries is about James Allen (1787 – 1829) who was discovered posthumously to be female bodied after dying in a work-related accident. The jazz pianist Billy Tipton also comes to mind as someone who after her death was discovered to be a female.
The point is that transgender people have always existed and the absence of options did little to detract from their desire to live as authentic a life as they possibly could. It is a topic I have pondered over when reflecting on the idea of transition. How would we all deal with our reality today if gender reassignment were only a pipe dream? would we not want society to recognize us as a community even more since an increased number of us would not have the option of going stealth?
There was a time in our history when some transsexual women decided to distance themselves from the rest of the trans community in an effort to lead normal lives and I don’t blame them. However with the lightning speed access to information today, I am not entirely sure that this is even possible.
What may instead be a best option at this moment in our history is that we aim for tolerance and acceptance for all people.