Clearly an insightful article with huge authority and gravitas. I guess we (transfolk)will always be defending our right to exist, at least in our own lifetimes.
Having said that how people judge you is actually all about them…..not about you at all. Ultimately. We are defined by ‘why we are’ and by our actions alone. I am fortunate to live and work in a country where my inclusion and acceptance are embedded in the constitution however any success I might have is as a result of my skills, knowledge and capability… (or lack of) and my personal relationships are built on personality (and all it’s traits). Beyond first encounter, if at all, my gender expression simply has no bearing on any aspect of my life,or at least no more than it does for anyone else.
Whilst ever we allow ourselves to be drawn into arguments about the ‘nuts and bolts’ of our (trans) existence….this might be called ‘the features and benefits argument’ we are missing the point. Prejudice, bigotry, stupidity and lack of social maturity will ensure that which ever defense we mount it will be attacked and pulled down. If instead we focus on our purpose, our value and what we can add to creating outcomes and impacts of worth then ‘what’ we are becomes simply irrelevant.
We will not win our place in this world through combat.