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Hazumu:
I went to the 60 Minutes website and watched the clip on Being Born Gay.  I, too, thought it had a lot of mis-information in it.  But the reporter needed the mis-information to get across the idea that it's nature, not nurture, that causes other-than-'normal' gender or sexual orientation.

So, that leads me to my question(s) --

What ideas about TG/TS do you wish people would know and understand?  This can be a multi-item list.

Then, what three ideas do you feel are the most important that they know and understand?

Then, what's the single most important idea you wish people to understand?

(You can do steps 2 and 3 by ordering your list or highlighting your top-3 and number-1 items.)

I guess my list would look like this:

1.  Transsexuals are people too. Our differentness is important to us, but it's a small part of who we are.  In many other ways, we're much like everybody else.

2.  Transsexuals want -- and deserve -- normal, basic human respect.

3.  There is little if any 'choice' in a transsexuals' decision to transition.  Once we recognize and accept our true nature, it is difficult and in some ways dangerous to continue to resist transition.

This is just a start, and example, and it's my list.  I'd like to see your lists (and I bet others on this board would like to, too  ;) )

Karen

EDIT:

I went out to see Transamerica last night.  As a work of fiction, it was entertaining.  But it was filled with misinformation.  So I'm adding:

*.  The character Bree Osborne in Transamerica in no way resembles a typical M2F transsexual.  For that matter, a 'typical' transsexual, M2F or F2M, doesn't exist, as there is no commonality between us other than our need to transition. 

Kate:
1) Transsexuals aren't "crossdressing" in public for an erotic high. They're just trying to fit into the gender role which they identify as

2) Transsexuals (m2f) aren't trying to "trick" heterosexual men into wanting them

3) Transsexualism isn't a lifestyle choice - it's a feeling we're born with which haunts us all our lives

LostInTime:
1)  That we are not all like the people you see on Jerry Springer.

2)  That TS individuals are just that, individuals.  Just because they changed in one aspect does not mean they will be a completely new person.  Or maybe they will be.

3)  The point I am going to try and press at a presentation I am giving later this year is that there is a huge difference between a crossdresser, drag queen, transsexual, etc.  Many people just lump everyone into one group.

Kate:

--- Quote from: LostInTime on March 29, 2006, 11:04:12 am ---there is a huge difference between a crossdresser, drag queen, transsexual, etc.

--- End quote ---

except for the fact that we get beaten up by the same people - Jennifer Boylan, from "She's Not There" ;)

LostInTime:

--- Quote from: Kate on March 29, 2006, 11:11:39 am ---except for the fact that we get beaten up by the same people - Jennifer Boylan, from "She's Not There" ;)

--- End quote ---
LOL, never had that problem.  Actually had the reverse, people were scared of me and some still are. 

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