A transgender identified transsexual named
Arnold Lowman, aka Charles "Virginia" Prince, who was the spokesperson for transvestites for years, and a person who bitterly despised transsexuals.
Okay, I see three problems with this article:
- The claims in the article are questionable. I honestly find it a bit hard to believe that the references are credible. It seems a bit suspicious that, just when the concept of "transgender" is on the ropes, there is this "sudden" and "convenient" discovery of the term being used to refer to transsexuals dating back to 1970. It also seems just a wee bit fishy that images of the articles are provided, not just quotes. That, of course, reduces the likelihood that someone would bother to actually check out the citations, which are almost all from obscure sources. I am not saying that they are fake, but it certainly seems possible, perhaps even likely.
- In most of the instances where the term is used (there are three exceptions) it is applied specifically to transsexuals. That does not really support the current "umbrella" model.
- It really changes nothing. Even if the citations are accurate...even if Christine Jorgensen actually preferred the term....even if some reporter, and some doctor actually used the term to refer to transsexuals on a couple of occasions, the term has taken on meanings that are still counter to the interests of transsexuals.
It appears that transgender activists are getting desperate. The umbrella is falling apart, and it is increasingly obvious that transsexuals do not belong in the same group as a bunch of men in dresses. But that does not mean they will give up...