Seriously, I want to thank Mr. "Dana Lane" Taylor for his article on Transadvocate entitled "On 'Passing' As A Woman." In this article, you have made very clear the difference between transgender and transsexual. Even though you have turned against "transsexual separatism" you have made the case for it beyond question.
Of course, this is not what was intended. The article rather cluelessly expresses what transgender is REALLY about. Or, perhaps, more to the point, what it clearly isn't.
Now, Mr. Taylor bases the article on the term "passing," which I also disdain, but for very different reasons. I have said, more than once, "I don't pass." I don't mean, as they say, that "get clocked," or that "I get read," quite the opposite in fact. I simply mean that I am accepted as what I am, simply a woman. What Mr. Taylor means is, in fact, just the opposite. Like many transgender males (and yes, he is a male), he does not wish to be seen as a woman, because if he is seen as a woman, he cannot force to acknowledge him as a "woman." And forcing people to accept him as what he is not, and never will be, is what it is all about for men like him. And yes, Mr. Taylor is also really a man...socially, and emotionally.
For a transsexual, this is all about being who, and what, we really are....women. For transgender males, it is about forcing people to abandon reality and acknowledge them as "woman," even though their personalities are clearly masculine, and they retain their penises.
Mr. Taylor tries to dress his garbage up in a false patina of pseudo-feminism, talking about defying "stereotypes." But, stereotypes exist, quite simply, because they reflect reality. But the issue here is not about how people dress...when I was approaching beginning my real life test, I could not "pass" as a male. I had some very bizarre experiences, including being told I was going into the wrong restroom when trying to use the men's room. I avoided going to lunch with my boss for fear of being called "ma'am" by wait staff.
Mr. Taylor talks about the "harm" that encouraging passing might cause to someone, like him, who is never really going to be accepted as a woman (I suspect that the "male" characteristics he speaks of are not so much appearance as his personality...) but I want to present the other side of the coin, so to speak.
The transgender community has been all aflutter over the fact that a "transgender teenager" has been elected homecoming queen in Southern California. Great news? Nope. This poor child, no doubt influenced by men like Mr. Taylor, Mr. "Autumn" Sandeen, and Mr. "Christan" Williams, has been "out, loud, and proud." Cassidy Lynn Campbell was even featured in a photo spread, including shots that gave the impression more of someone who still appears very male with a wig, and quite a bit of make-up. Now, I realize that this person has just begun attending school as a "girl" this school year, and it is still very early. Presumably, this person was presenting as a male most of the time, until very recently. But, what really happens when someone tries to take this path?
Well, here is a link to what this person posted on You Tube after being brought face to face with reality. Compare this to other videos where this person self-identifies as a "teenage drag queen." The video might be a bit of theater, or it may be the honest heartbreak of a transsexual who could have avoided this by actually making an effort to be a female, rather than trying to be a "transgender." I am certainly leaning towards sincere, but I honestly can't say for sure.
Gee, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Sandeen, Mr. Williams, if it is real, I bet you can feel real proud of what your crap really results in. Sure, for you, and many others, it is really all a game. But your game, and your trying to force it on others, has real world consequences. But you don't care about that, as long as you have your "thrills." If you REALLY cared, you would be working to help young transsexuals assimilate, but that does not fit your agenda, does it?