Having taken on a life of transition, and lived in this life path for going on six years nowm, I wish I could say it's all been as wonderful as I'd hoped. I wish I could say that the claims from the right wing extremists that we are only attention seekers and crazies could be true. What I'm finding is middle ground between what they say and what trans-advocates say.
I spent the last six hours going through literally thousands of emails I have received from my online transgender newslists and I have discovered something rather shocking. A good 10% of these articles are about transitioning people who have murdered, played the system, hoaxed bomb threats, robbed stores, comitted fraud, cried wolf and a myriad of other things. This, to me, is highly disturbing. It means that as much as I would like to believe in the "whole-hearted and sparkling gold" agenda of the TS community, I can understand why alot of people would consider us stark raving mad. I can also undewrstand why they consider us mentally sick. It's the impression that they see.
It makes me rather sad to know that this is the way we choose to portray ourselves in the media. We choose to intentionally give them a bad impression and this is why they portray us as psychopathic,
On the flip side, there are those of us who just want to put this chapter of our lives behind us and move on with our lives, but find it increasingly hard to do so. It's no wonder due to the bad media we receive from the "crazies"
What I want to know is how do we solve this? How do we go about dealing with this and trying to help people understand without forcing it down their throats? How do we come at this from the "understanding mother" aspect?
I'm not saying shoving our pink trinagles or blue and grey or rainbow flags down their throats, I'm talking about providing them with information and showing them by example. SHowing them that despite the lunatics they hear about, the majority of us are just trying to live our lives as best we can and learn how to re-live in society as our preferred gender, the gender we really are. How do we show them that despite the "crazies", those of us that just want to live are serious about this?