I wish I had been there!
Date: Feb 23, 2006 10:30 AM
Subject: Re: [MTF-SRS-FTM] Hello Again
I was asked a question by two Tenn. State Legislators about being T/S. "Why is there so many different catagories" my answer was this---I beleive that your referring to being ransgendered. Which has several diffinitions with in it.
We as being in the T/S community know where the train will end up at (the final destination). We can get off at any point along the way and visit and then return to the train ride to the next stop. We may choose to stay at any stop where we feel comfortable, and return to the train ride at any time to the next stop if we so desire.
There are may reasons that we or some of us can never reach the final destination of full transition. There can be many reasons such as financial, medical, ect. This does not mean that we are not real T/S. For some of my sisters we grow into the knowledge and the reality of being T/S. As for myself I have known that I was a girl from the age of 6 years old. This does not make me more T/S than one of my friends who was born intersexed (both sex organs) or nother girl friend who has come to the realization that she is T/S. For most of my sisters we have to have a congruency between our brains and our bodies and must have the congruency know matter what the cost. Would you be willing to lose everything that you hold dear to your heart's and lives to be a whole complete person? We must all come to that point within our own lives.
Several of the State Legislators told me that they had never had a T/S in their office before. They asked me to please stop in and talk with them any time that I was in Nashville. Two gentlemen offered to take me to lunch and discuss these issues more fully at any time.
Yes I am a activist and yes I am out there, I try to not be in anyones face about my life. I do really like to try to educate people about the fact that we are human beings who live real lives, and that we are not what is seen on the Jerry Springer show.
I beleive that I helped a couple of the Tennessee State Legislators to realize that we are real human beings, with real lives, who are productive members of society, that we hold a relationship with our creator, and that we also vote.
This past Tuesday with the Equality Day on the hill was very enriching for me as a woman.
Just thought I would pass this along.
Hugs and be well,
Barbara Ann Ehrgott