since as a community we don't seem to be moving in anything close to unison.
I get it that some people in the trans community have made good, done well, and are loathe to give up all what they have worked so hard for. This isn't about castigating you for your success. I also understand that, much like most of us who have/had familiies, you don't want to create any emotional devastation when none need be. This isn't about voluntarily destroying your lives.
What this is about is getting you, the supposed elite of the transgender population, to understand the struggle that many of the rest of us go through to lead equitable lives. This article is one example of the kinds of discrimiation I am sure you are aware of, and terrified to have to face.
You must know that not everyone get's to keep everything; most people in life in general don't. But when trans people argue that they should have to give up nothing, recognize no sufferring among 'their own' then we have a classist system that is suppressing members of its own.
But of course, there are always pockets of sensibility, such as here in this one small town in Pennsylvania:
But just as not all trans people live in Upper Marion Pennsylvania, the majority of Americans seem intent, for whatever reason, on denying transgender people their rights to exist, rights to vote, rights to succeed, just simple legal rights. And when you, from whatever lofty perch you have attained, diminish the importance of all other transgender people by voting with your stock portfolio only, your power base, or your need to be at the top; you deny your own alleged existence as a transgender person. And it doesn't have to be so.
I have had dealings with many trans folk who cannot see their way around the position they have put themselves in; it is like a gilded prison. There are things that you can do! You can lend your support for grass-roots organizations tending to the less successful/lucky. You could promote humane legislation from a social conscience context. You could assist organizations that deal with homeless trans youth, or adults for that matter. There are so many things you coulddo without jeopardizing the precious but precarious perch you inhabit that I am hoping you will see that you are not socially powerless at the same time that you may be professionally at the top of your game.
Life is funny and things change quickly. No one is actually safe from anything; illness took me from fast track to sidelined in almost a heartbeat. Despite that, it has been more than freeing and my advocacy comes from the heart. Just from the two links I posted here you must know that your help as a person with a social responsibility cannot be ignored. I urge you to reconsider some of your stances and reach out in whatever way you can. If I can direct you to any national, regional or local organizations that would benefit from your generosity I will gladly do so. I have attached just a few links for your consideration. But please don't turn a blind eye to your supposed brothers and sisters as we fight for the equality of us all, not just the ones who can afford it.
http://www.transyouthequality.org/ Dealing with the disenfranchised trans youth from all over North America
http://wingspan.org/ A terrific group whose scope of influence far exceeds Southern Arizona!
http://transequality.org/ I'm on the fence with this one only because it is a political organization but someone has to do it!
http://www.mainetransnet.org/ I was on the board for two years. MTN gets so little help that they can barely afford the office space and have no phone; there is no paid anyone; yet manage to sustain a network of support groups across the state for those who feel as though they are truly alone. Maine TransNet is close to my heart for many reasons and I would love for us to get a better, more accessible space and be able to have the office and library open and available more often.
These and many other organizations exist despite the fact that some members of the trans population ignore the needs of the many. Please consider making a donation to any of these worthy organizations and let's put the T back into LGBT.