We all know what happened last week, and part of the problem with what Ronald Gold said in his post on transgender people last week was that his thoughts are so common. I do hear them quite often, you know, when there isn't anyone who's transgender in the room. People who aren't really involved with queer activism would be surprised by how many people there are working in this thing we call the LGBT movement whose thoughts aren't too far from Gold's.
While it's easy to say that folks should educate themselves by finding books and websites and going through Trans 101 themselves, not everyone's going to do that work. In fact, the very people who ought to do that work are generally the ones who'll roll their eyes when you tell them "Telling me to explain my identity is an act of privilege!" No one wants to do it, no one should have to do it, but it needs to be done.
So I'll point you to Zoe Brain's blog, where she's broken down the science behind the T and continued the conversation with Ronald Gold (they emailed, and there's a Part II). Her Trans 101 is thorough and concrete, so it'd be a shame if it didn't reach a greater audience. Chapeau to her.
Those of you who should go look at it know who you are, and even if you don't need Trans 101, consider it your Trans 102 too. Go, lurk, read, and try to understand more in the privacy of your own home.