I've spent all day in discussion about a News of the World article which some of my associates think is not too bad because it's an improvement on the usual vile transphobic onslaught. I don't take that view. You're lying on the ground and someone is kicking you. Then they kick you less hard and you should be grateful? I don't think so.
"SEXY lingerie model Lisa Du Preez today reveals more than ever before - how she used to be a MAN!"
Fuck off and die. I never used to be a man. I used to look like one, perhaps, but that's as far as it goes. I've had people run away from me in fear of their lives having expressed such shite at me in the pubs of Somerset. I was explaining this to the police the other day when they wondered why I'd picked Glasgow. "Because it's quiet..."
It's a serious business. 35% of us commit suicide because it's too tough a deal to see through. Compare that to about 7 out of 100,000 in the general population each year. A lot of this has to do with bullying and rejection by friends and family. The tabloid newspapers have long used us as scapegoats, targets for their humour or whatever. The pondlife picks up on this and so we get abuse from complete strangers. Violence and sexual assault are quite common. The murder rate is much higher than average.
That's not to say that we can't enjoy a bit of banter, but then we are a vulnerable group and as with other groups, like the guy with tourettes, it's for him to lead the way with what is acceptable. It is not for the tabloids to dictate.
Anything like "sex change", "sex swap", "tranny", "gender bender" and so forth are terms of contempt used by the tabloids and best avoided.
If in doubt, ask.
At the end of the day, it's a serious medical condition that requires, in many cases, serious medical intervention and psychiatric assessment, despite what some members of my community might say.
Very stressed tonight; it's been a long day and now the iPod has fucked up and I wish I'd never bought it.
My surgery is scheduled for this coming Saturday 18th July.