13 August 2008

Lording over all the Rios

For transgenders, private citizens can be their worst nightmares, behaving like vigilantes and petty tyrants, making life a misery for them. Rio Moreno's story. Full essay.


HanSolo said...

"How is it that immigration officers tend not to hassle but private security guards and college deans can be such a pain?"

I've got a much simpler explanation: immigration officers don't have to see or interact with the transgender person on a daily basis. It's just 30 seconds, close one eye, and s/he's gone forever.

But a transgender student or employee is someone you have to meet, speak with, work with regularly. A much higher level of tolerance is needed.

Just imagine a transgender fellow immigration officer and the same issues will surface.

I don't think albinism is a good analogy. Albinos are born, not made. But transgender people are only so because they made the conscious decision to go for the operations.

You mentioned the unstable sexual identities of younger people. How do we differentiate between such confusion and your so-called "true" gender? Mission impossible.

Personally I don't discriminate against transgender people, but I'll be very sad if my children ever decide to change their gender.

Anonymous said...

somehow, mr hansolo, you just happened to press the wrong button in me... your parting sentence is a contradiction in itself, an oxymoron, how can you actually claim you don't discriminate against transgender people and in the same breath concede you will be much saddened if your offsprings 'decide to change their gender'. by the way, a transgender individual does NOT decide to change their gender at a whim... and who says the analogy with albinism is not a good one... Transgender people are born, please, not made (as you seem to claim), we are born this way, and operation or not, we are hardwired from birth to be transgender. Some of us have a more severe case of it and find living in the other sex (as opposed to the preferred sex which they are not born in) unbearable and yet others, have grown to tolerate the evils set upon us valiantly without going for the op, and yet some just contend with stealth and stolen moments of bliss via crossdressing, etc.

Thanks Alex for this (prolly) eyeopening essay to a handful... but to correct some details, I was hassled at foreign airports long before I went full-time... I was not in lady's garments or particularly sissy but they can see there's a weakness or fear in us and they pounce on it... luckily someone of the approved gender came to my rescue... anyway, in this world of ours, we may claim it is fair for most, but to a transgender person, everyday is an enduring row upstream in a downstream world.

This has been Trish having a mouthful (yes, I am transgender but I have gone past the shame and persecution, I am actually glad to be who I am! thank you very much!)

Daniel Kaw said...

Trish, hansolo only mentioned he will be very sad if his children decided to change sex, but he didn't mentioned anything about whether he would allow his children to change sex. So to say we cannot judge whether it is a contradiction.

What I would like to highlight to hansolo is his mentioned about "transgender people are only so because they made the conscious decision to go for the operation".

This statement is not entirely true and cannot be used to speak for the entire TG community.

This opinion is very surface, which show the general public views on TG people. I would suggest hansolo to read more onto the spectrum of Transgenderism or visit SgButterfly (a Singapore Online Transgender Community) for more information, if he is interested, to correct his misconception on Transgendered People.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mister Yawning Bread,

I am a gay civil servant and would like to attend some of Indignation events. However, I am afraid because some of my friends tell me that the government send spies to these events. Am I being too oversensitive?


Yawning Bread Sampler said...

Generally speaking, Indignation Pride Season events are public events. They are also free of charge. Any member of the public is free to walk in. Photography and videography are allowed.

The government doesn't have to send spies. We would welcome members of the government to be there.

At every event, there is a mix of gay and straight people in the audience. So what if so-and-so is in the audience. It doesn't mean he's gay.

Yuri said...

Thanks for the article. It was quite enlightening as I don't really know much about the topic of transsexuals or even transgendered people, apart from reading about them via manga(mainly Hourou Musuko) and other resources.

I guess part of the discomfort people will feel around a transgendered person is: how do I behave around and talk to the person? And how do I perceive him/her? For a lot, I think it's a shock from the blue and confronts their perceptions, ideals of "male" and "female" and "gender roles". As to their reaction? I guess it really depends on what kinda person they are.