Unlike Pam, most of the “hate mail” I receive comes from people who either are, or could be considered, my community peers. I don’t get much unfriendly mail from conservative “Christians.”

With that in mind, this letter below was actually was sent to Kim Pearson of TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA), mailbagbut it was directed at our joint appearance on KRXQ’s Rob, Arnie, And Dawn In The Morning appearance last week…

my name is [name redacted] and i am a bisexual person, how dare you people do what you did. its people like U and glaad and all these stupid organizations that make people hate us, it makes it so much worse for people like me or gays or transexuals to come out with u people blocking up the media and pissing the community off, your no better than the NAACP, or any other stupid organization like that. one day people will accept us for who we are, and it will be our own doing, and i bet u people will take credit too. All of the people that know im bi are cool with it, nobody cares. its people like you that make it worse for people like me. O and FYI if a guy is born a guy then hes a guy. HE may want to live his live as a woman, and thats 100% ok, but dont get up there and sugar coat the issue, trying to tell people that hes actually a girl, but was born a guy. shut it, its simple science. FEMALE or MALE and on RARE occasions a mix up. and and a transgender is has a 50/50 chance of being gay, depending on the way they look at it. STOP RUINING AMERICA AND PEOPLE LIKE ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nice. I’m still trying to figure out how Kim and I are ruining this writer.

I guess the point is that it seems to me that for personal critisms, my trans community family, friends, peers, allies — as well as lesbian, gay, and bisexual community, peers, allies — are the trans activists’ most vocal critics. In other words, it’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, “classic transsexuals,” and women-born-transsexual people who are the ones personally attacking individual trans activists the most, and not people in the religious right.

So, to those here who say “I know almost nothing about transgender people and issues,” well, that’s in large part why I’m a contributor here at The Blend — to talk about where sex and gender intersects the lives and politics of the myriad of community identities. I’m here, in large part, to educate.

This is also why Monica Roberts writes about the intersestion of race and trans civil rights issues over at Transgriot, and why blogs like Questioning Transphobia, PlanetTransgender, and AE Brain cover other aspects of being trans or intersex.

You don’t have to know everything to know something; and for starters you can know that “simple science” doesn’t exclude the existance of trans and intersex people — something our mailbag writer doesn’t seem to know.  

Autumn Sandeen

Autumn Sandeen