Ashley Love has a new post entitled Martin Luther King, Jr. Did Not Believe in Segregation, Nor Do TS/IS Americans. It is a different take on how those born transsexual or intersex are actually being segregated from our correct gender by being forced under the transgender umbrella. Not being of color most of us could never have this insight but it is a brilliant analogy.
This is a must read for everyone.
Unfortunately even if transsexuals are removed from under the transgender umbrella it will not solve the major underlying problem the transsexual community has always had and that problem is close to unsolvable. What is that problem? The question simply becomes who is and who is not transsexual? It has been around since the 70s if not earlier.
I hate being simplistic but it is easier to solve segregation when dealing with color which is sickeningly obvious than it is with transsexualism which is open to almost anyone learning a narrative and getting through. It is near impossible to change skin tone, think Michael Jackson there, but not to learn a narrative.
Certain groups under transgender will just re-identify themselves as transsexual and we will be back to square one with the same nuts claiming they are transsexual and the transgender activists will suddenly be activists for transsexual rights. Autumn Sandeen could never not be in the spotlight. We will rid ourselves of the gender variant but I envision people claiming to be "transsexual for a day" instead of "queen for a day". It would be nice if only transsexuals came out from under the transgender umbrella but we all know that is not how it works.
Fighting segregation is easier when color defines the act of segregation but it is almost impossible when gender identification defines the act of segregation. It is a good first step but the giant leap for transsexuals will come if and only if it is eventually possible to determine who is and who is not transsexual.
We need ground breaking research and yes we need another Harry Benjamin to come forth to help define transsexualism as Dr. Benjamin tried to do back in my day. Maybe I am just a pessimist after all these years and I wish I could be optimistic but I am not.
Good luck Ashley.