/sigh This is sadly something that's getting a lot of publicity and attention in the news/social media and is looking like it's going to be quit the battle. Personally I think the same people who are so vocal about keeping Same sex marriage illegal are behind pushing the flames of this issue because they know they are and will be losing their battle against Same sex marriage and need some way to keep fighting "The good" fight..... and our bodily functions are just the stool (pun intended hehe) hey need to stand on to shout and be heard!!!
Last edited by Robin; 13-Apr-2013 at 19:58.
thank you for posting this. however, some cultural and or structural information/context as to where you found that text-graphic would help the discussion.... maybe even a link to it's origin.
to be honest, while your text-graphic might be of interest to the uninitiated (non-transexual/transgender folk) of the community..... those among us who live in the trenches and fight every day for respect and dignity in a gender-role to which they/we were not born, could probably, each and every one of them... pen something along the same lines. and do so from their heart-of-hearts..... (bless them all).
in looking at your personal-page, i noted that you are living in the UK.... and i assume that as it is with most everything else; the fight for transgender rights and equality most probably has different hurdles to overcome (over-there) as apposed to those we deal with here in the States. everything that i have read here on ADISC concerning folks changing their diapers in public bathrooms over there and the unique problems that entails for folks living in the UK seems much more problematic then the same act does over here..... (and to bear this assumption out). given that alone, i have sometimes wondered what it would be like to bring a small group of well-experienced gender-warriors together from both sides of the pond to talk face-to-face on just what it is that we both face that is the same and that is different in our fight to "become".... and blossom into the folks who we all are working so hard to be.
one added note;
the text was a bit hard to read without enlarging and clearing up the focus.... (not sure that with Robins eyes, that she was able to read it correctly)
looking forward to more on this subject....
I think this sort of message was put in response to actually something that was going on in Arizona very recently, like the last month. Don't know if it was ever talked about on ADISC.
Arizona is an odd place. We have been making a few advances in treating better our transgendered citizens, which is wonderful. Unfortunately one person, one specfic person in power didn't like this, and was sore at losing a battle against transrights and tried to introduce a bill that would force Arizonans to carry their birth certificate and be able to prove they were in the bathroom that corresponded with their birth gender if questioned. Obviously this would be horrible, and luckily the bill was shot down but it sort of scary there for a while. Around here among my Arizonan friends, lots of images about trans people and bathrooms were made, and this could have easily been one of them. I don't want to assume, but that seems to be the case.
Please do keep an eye out on local politics! Little battles like this happen everyday and without being connected to transgroups I myself might not have heard about it.
Indeed these battles happen everyday I find myself more and more just using the the family/disability bathroom because it is the only option that feels right of the choices that I have.
It is good to see people are a least aware of the issue.
From my perspective, I was in a musical band with a transgender individual for some years and we are still good friends. I have seen firsthand the challenges she has had to live with since she made the decision to be recognised publicly as a woman. I have often wondered how hard it must be for transgender individuals to just do very normal things which I might take for granted. So I posted it as a kind of heads-up really; for all the intolerance out there I find it quietly reassuring that there are many many people who are pragmatic and accepting in this day and age. Yes, it's still a struggle, but there have been significant victories. When you think, in the last 20 years, it has become illegal to discriminate against an employee based on their sexual/gender orientation in the UK, I think that that shows great promise...
Hope that's a helpful answer.
being a sissy has its challenges but it is all about what people think of you when you dress out of the normal but i guess i have been diapered in public but no one seemed to notice but when i wear my panties and colored socks and brightly colored shirts and i really am nervous about what other people would think if i dressed more like a sissy but that is why i use the family rest room