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UK GLBT People Protected By Law – Christians Object

Posted by TransMan on October 15, 2007

The government across the Pond proposed a new law last week to criminalize hate speech directed at … gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender Britons. “ W e are now appalled by hatred and invective directed at people on the basis of their sexuality,” British Justice Secretary Jack Straw said.The Church of England
has denounced the law, suggesting it would permit homosexuals to sue the church if clergy condemned homosexuality as sinful.

“A homophobic hatred law would be used by those with an axe to grind against Christians to silence them,” Colin Hart, director of England’s Christian Institute, tells The Times. He adds it would not be the first time police interfered with free speech and religious liberty vis-à-vis sexual ethics. And police, it was announced, would be the final arbiters of who has “crossed the line” into this “atmosphere or climate” of hatred.

Isn’t i funny how so many Xians demand the right to bash, discriminate and hate GLBT people, but scream to Deep Hell as soon as someone call them on that shit…? Because that is what this is all about – the expression – and let’s be honest, a lot of Xians do bash, discriminate against and hate GLBT People.

Any anti-discrimination Law that proposes to protect GLBT, wouldn’t jail anyone for asserting that GLBT people are sinful – unless of course that assertion is made through abusive means – which is what such a law should be about.

The problem with Xians and their beliefs about GLBT People has never been the belief in itself, but the way this belief has been expressed. I don’t care if Xians hate me for being a transman, but I do care if their hatred come my way in the form of abuse and violence, verbal or physical. THAT is what this law is being made to protect from.

Not someone’s beliefs.

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Don’t ask me WHAT I am, ask me WHO I am.

Posted by TransMan on October 13, 2007

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“Eddie, she said, “not all people are who they seem to be, and even fewer seem to be who they are, so all we can do, at any given time, is be true to ourselves, whatever the cost, because no-one else is going to do it for us.”
From “A No-Man’s Land”

 

Trans gender Life, regardless of where on the scale between male and female or out-side the scale we currently reside is a constant struggle for that trueness to ourselves. That is the Ultimate Core of all Trans gendered People – a desire to be exactly who we are at any given moment. For most of us the realization of that desire comes at a high cost, physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially, a cost that either leaves us broke or transformed.

Once the desire has been recognized, acknowledged and embraced, there is no way back – we either go forward or we perish. Most non-transgendered people don’t get this. That is, I think, the main reason so many non-transgendered people allow themselves to question our self-determination – they think they can shame us into “the closet”.

The fact is that there never really was any closet for any of us – with each of us there has always been something that didn’t fit the traditional gender molds. Whether it was our choice in toys and games as children or our mannerisms, vocabulary, or attitudes as teens and adults, something was always slightly “off”, and people around us could always pick up on that “off” and point to it with a question: “WHAT are you?”.

It never seemed to register with them, that a human being can never be a “What”. A “What” is a thing, an inanimate object that doesn’t feel, doesn’t hear, doesn’t see, and thus cannot BE or desire to BE.

By questioning our self-expression and reducing us to a thing, people around us robbed us of our right to an identity independent of their definitions, and demanded that we define ourselves as they defined us. When we give them OUR definitions, they disregard WHO we are and demand that we define WHAT we are.

The fact of the matter is that defining gender is irrelevant to defining a person – it might be relevant if you are breeding dogs or raising orchids. Except for the individual, gender is of no consequence whatsoever.

So, don’t ask me WHAT I am, ask me WHO I am.

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