We Are NOT Related...But...
Referring back to the recent Cyrsti's Condo post I wrote about my interaction with the young gay boy the other night, I received a quick comment from Paula of Paula's Place concerning her first visit to a local Pride event and thinking almost the same thing. She said: I was in Brighton for the biggest Pride event in the UK at the weekend, and there were an awful lot of boys there (Gay and Straight) who could do with learning that lesson... (left).
As I always do, after my impulsive outbursts die down along with the emotions and passions- my biggest misconception continues to be that in any way I am "related" to the rest of the gay and lesbian community. I suppose dots could be connected between how I identify as my gender and my relationship with a lesbian woman but that's it.
"Back in the day" I'm sure, we as the transgender community had to be lumped into a bigger group for identification and political reasons. We became the "T" in the LGBT which is populated now with lots of other letters.
I suppose what I don't understand about the human critter and groups in particular is why when the groups become successful, they forget their origins and become inclusive or even enabled.
Of course the most "enabled" group of all are the cis gay males. For the most part they are working the system wonderfully to their advantage (good for them!) but like any cis man- just don't have the empathy to reach out to those they don't understand. The other night, It did my soul good to watch gay television personality Andy Cohen use the transgender word with Laverne Cox. Perhaps with enough exposure my "little buddy" from the other night will learn - I wasn't cross dressed any more than Laverne Cox was.
I guess I shouldn't be so surprised - of the the town I'm from and unfortunately still live in part time. Yes, it's the same city only 50 some miles from Columbus where I had to introduce myself to the local Equality Group as the only transgender woman They only use the words gay and lesbian and the newly elected female black city commissioner is now the deciding vote to keep discriminatory TGBLQ laws on the books in the 6 th largest city in Ohio.
Maybe I'm asking too much?