Editors' Note: Bumped back up to the top so the conversation can continue.
I said in my post yesterday that I have questions about feminist and transgender issues. I invited other Projectors to throw in their own questions into the comments and we'd use them as community discussions to provide answers. Feel free to keep leaving questions on that thread and we'll use them in other posts. Nothing is too stupid; nothing is unwelcome.
I wanted to grab the first question posted and expand it a bit because it's such a good question. Keep in mind that some Projectors will be writing from their own experience while others will be more academic. That's okay.
By putting this post up late in the day, it should stay on the front page for a while so we all have time to participate. I hope you do.
Question after the jump.
From Projector Jill:
My first question is one that I think is fundamental to all further discussion. Are transgender people part of a community with gays lesbians and bisexuals, or is transgender a separate community that is being lumped together with the GLBs as an allied group? I know in the old days, no one really made a distinction between gays and transgenders, but is that still valid today? (Okay, so it's two questions.)
While a couple of people left comments about Jill's question in the comment thread, I asked to expand it further:
...if the T community is separate, doesn't that mean the other segments are also free standing? I mean, is it the G & L & B & T community?
And does that explain a lot of the frustrations that sometimes all the groups have getting along? Men vs women keeps G & L at odds. Throw in trans and their touch on both sexes and a whole new set of concerns arise. Are we really four different groups that just consolidated for political power?
So, what do you think? What's the commonality? Shared history? Non-gender conformity? Political power? Pipe up; don't be shy. Ask other questions too, if you need to.