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December 02, 2006



The psychological distress "could" be avoided if society at large attempted to become educated and legally responsible for hate, & crimes committed against transgender individuals.

Much like black civil rights, transgender individuals are in need of not only transforming themselves, but transforming society to reduce the social repercussions for feeling the way they do.

Eric Eggertson

Definitely, Beth. I guess I was talking about the fact that a 14 year old in that situation today is going to go through a lot of stress, unless they're in a very accepting community.

I'm not saying that it's acceptable for people to emotionally abuse someone else, but it would be a pretty predictable outcome in a lot of communities. There's a lot of work to be done on increasing awareness and understanding, and protecting people from the kind of bullying that goes on.


Eric, there was a really interesting post by Suzanne Reisman on Blogher the other day about this very article. Thought you might be interested to check it out:


Terri Morgan

Hi Eric. I agree with your post save two items. As background, I am a 62 year old woman who was born with transsexualism and had corrective surgery over 30 years ago. I have been married for the last 17 years to a wonderful man and I have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. One point is that calling someone who was born with transsexualism, and who has had it corrected, is tantamount to calling an African-American a n***r or calling a gay person a f****t. It is extremely offensive. The other point is that Felicity Huffman played a "transgender" WOMAN, not a transgender man.


Terri Morgan

Oops.... on the last post after "...One point is that calling someone..." the words "a Tranny" should be inserted. Very sorry for the error.


Eric Eggertson


Thanks for the comment. I didn't realize "tranny" was a derogeratory term.

As for your other points, I guess I'm still working on the mindset that sees someone as whatever gender they most identify with, rather than the one they have the equipment for. Thanks for your clarifying comments.


Eric wrote: "I didn't realize "tranny" was a derogeratory term."

Highly understandable. Part of the problem is that some trans people are calling themselves that. It's like blacks who call themselves "n****r."

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