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Newsweek – A good article May 14, 2007

Posted by Tina Simmons in transsexual.
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The cover of this week’s issue of Newsweek magazine is focused on gender issues, specifically transgender issues. This is real progress for us. I thought the articles were well-written and quite interesting (and I’m including those on the web as well).

My only complaint is that there are too few examples of non-transsexual transgendered people. At first I felt like it’s a Newsweek problem, but on reflection I have to say that perhaps it’s more of an “us” problem.

Let me use myself as an example. I’m pretty well closeted. I’m transgendered, closer to a cross-dresser than a transsexual (but I really don’t think either of those labels applies to me – I identify strongly with the feminine as well as the masculine). Trying to find an out cross-dresser is tough. There are a few role models (such as Alice Novic and Eddie Izzard) but for the most part we’re so terrified that we keep ourselves hidden.

Now, I do also think we scare people. We cross the line many times, and we unnerve people by this. And there’s the Hollywood images of us as scary psychopaths.

So why, then, don’t I rush out of the closet? It’s simple, really. I am not ready. I have a wife who is not ready. I am not out to my kids, and the last thing I want to happen is for them to discover this about me by some third-hand mechanism.

So do I want to come out some day? Yes! I want to get beyond the fear. I long for the day I can present myself as how I feel, not just as the way everyone knows me. I want that personal confidence to be present.

*Sigh* Someday.

Thank you again, Newsweek, for the start. We need to take it further.