By Brooklyn Grey
It's been a really long time since I wrote one of these confessionals and at first I didn't know what exactly to write about and then it dawned on me, I'll just write from the heart and soul. Write about what is in my gut, hopefully somebody sees it and reponds inside of themelves.
With the sudden increasing visibility of trans women in media now a days, you would think that acceptance woud grow, both from the outside and from within the community as a whole. Ironically, the biggest hurtles come from within and from places you least expect.
The other day on twitter, I read the tweets of a transgender (in her case, specifically, transsexual) woman and what I read outwardly disturbed me. The amount of hatred, disrespect and uneducation in her statements made me realize how much we really haven't gone gotten in even our own LGBT Community.
Her belief is that because, someone is a performer or a drag performer before they transition to the gender they desire to be, that they shouldn't be considered transgender. While I respect her opinion, It made me ask questions within myself as an individual.
My question to you, my BUZZNET readers is, Does it matter if someone started out as a drag performer before and during early transitioning to become woman (or man)? Does it make them any different than a person that had went through the exprience of learn it and doing the whole process? I in my honest and clear opinion, don't see much of a difference. We are all on the same path of becoming the person we want to be, you know?
After her comments, I began to question my worth as a woman, and if I'm on this path correctly or as she puts it, "only doing this to for shows". Then it came to me, I am on this path becuse, it's who I want to be, who I am meant to be and as I said above, to me it doesn't matter where I started, all that matters is where I am going in the end. The end goal.
Is it really anybodies right to have an opinion or judge somebodies life choices or is that just how society taught us? Just a little food for thought.
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