Some of you ladies may have already posted something along these words.
As a woman I am confused by what laws you want changed or added for your benefit.
The current laws protect you from hate and guarantee you equal employment in the work force. We as women gained the right to vote in the 1920's and gained equal rights with the all the men no matter there racial makeup in the 1960's. So what is left that you are looking for? Do you really want to walk down the street holding a sign above your head that proclaims you were once a man? If so you already have that right too. I know you will not get me to join you. I am a woman, will always be and have always been. I don't have any desire to parade around and complain and whine about something I already have and bring attention to myself, and really wish you would stop as well. You're keeping all of us from enjoying the amnimity that we're hoping for. That is to go wherever we want and be looked upon with either disdain or as a sexual object like any other genetic born woman. If you dissenters are hoping for something other than this than maybe you should rethink your own sexuality. Being a woman is not an easy out for anything. In this country women are not paid as much, and get passed over for promotions. We are looked upon to maintain the household and raise the children with all that entails as well. You know the drill, give the kids a bath, fix dinner for everyone, make sure the errands are done and still rub your mans feet after he has put in a hard day in the factory. It doesn't matter that we were across the plant on the other assembly line. This is with all the laws that are already in place. You cannot legislate how people feel towards another person. The laws are there to protect us not to give us preferential treatment.
After speaking with another person, and you can tell me if they are male or female, because I think "she" is holding all of us back. Names are not important of course. Ok heres the conversation we had. She states that she was raped by a man that she was involved in a relationship with and for that reason will no longer let another man touch her. So far no problem. We all feel bad for what happened to her and respect her decision to be lesbian. Here comes the rub, she wants to marry a genetic born woman before her birth certificate gets changed from male to female. If you can't see the problem with this, then you too need to rethink your own sexuality. Either your a man or your a woman. Isn't that what we're all here for? And the reason for her to do this is because same sex marriages are not legal in this country. Maybe a state still allows it, but the overwhelming majority of states do not. Obviously she/he does not want to live in that state. If there is a law that needs to be changed or added it is the one that states all same sex marriages be not allowed and dissolved in the states that have repealed such laws or not recognized by the states that do not allow it as part of their laws.
Last but not least is a little pet peeve of mine that I didn't know I had until recently. I am not gay nor am I lesbian. To lump me in with the LGB community is disrespecting my wishes as a straight woman. Being a woman, genetic born or otherwise is not a sexual orientation. All of us should be offended by this. And for those of you that say that gay rights have helped you, I don't accept your thoughts. They may have helped you if you are gay in some manner, but thats the only way. Our current laws prohibit discrimination on grounds of gender. Once your name and genetic marker have been changed, whats the problem? You can't have it both ways, either you're a substandard woman or your a superior man, choose for yourself, not for me.
As a woman I am writing this as a woman. For you men out there this applies the same, just change she for he and woman for man.