In the comments section of Mr. "Autumn" Sandeen's column at LGBT Weekly, another man in a dress tried to dismiss the comments of myself, and another transsexual on the basis that we were "in pain." I was rather amused by this, and simply replied, "Nope… My pain was ended when I had SRS."
Then I got to thinking about this. This is a common tactic among transgender extremists, one that is almost as popular as labeling any disagreement as hatred. The words might vary, with the accusation being that we are ashamed, in denial, or fearful, etc., but the basic idea is the same. We are to be ignored because we are not being "honest."
Of course, this is the goal. If they can "dismiss" our point of view, they can ignore it, and not have to actually deal with it. They don't have to address the actual points raised, which just might prove a bit difficult. You see this tactic a lot. It is basically a variation on the classic logical fallacy known as a "straw man argument." Rather than address the real point that is raised, in this case the issue was open service in the military for transgender people, you create a false argument, which is easily dismissed.
The simple fact of the matter is, I don't identify as transgender. And that is all that transgender is, an identity. Most who identify as such are not remotely transsexual. Yes, there are exceptions, and some have guzzled the transgender "Kool-Aid" in large quantities. Personally, I cannot understand why anyone who is transsexual would find common ground with the transgender paradigm.
Of course, part of the problem with the term "transgender" is that it is so vague as to actual meaning, it has become, essentially, meaningless. But, for the most part, those who do identify with transgender seem to be more inclined towards being, as some would say, "out, loud, and proud." They feel the need to make sure people know that they are transgender. Their very core identity seems to depend on people being aware that they are transgender. On the other hand, I, and most other transsexuals simply desire to get on with our lives as the women, or in the case of FTMs, the men, we really are.
To me, the idea of being "openly" transgender, or even "openly" transsexual, is unacceptable. I am simply a woman. I have been through transition, and I have left as much of my former life behind as is possible.
In another column on for LGBT Weekly, Mr. Sandeen writes about his experiences trying to obtain a discount based on his service in the Navy. Now, I find it interesting that he states"One of the documents that can be used to indicate one is a veteran with my phone company is a DD214 (the military’s separation of service, or discharge document)." Now, this is a document on which the name cannot be changed. In another words, this document has Sandeen's birth name. But, apparently, this was not the only document that Sandeen could have used to establish that he served in the military, but it is the one he chose. Now, I never served in the military, but I have faced situations where I could have revealed my birth name. And, unless absolutely necessary, I will avoid doing so. In fact, the last time I recall having to do that was when I got my California ID. I had to provide a copy of my birth certificate, and since that was before my surgery, I had to use the original version. But transgender people seem to revel in this.
This is the main thing that divides most who are transsexual from those who prefer to identify as "transgender." The transgender types want to keep a connection to being their birth sex and gender. They don't want to be what they claim they "really" are.