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Re: “Ordinary people

Dear Independent, Kudos! High-fives! Pat on the back! And a tip o' the bonnet especially to Bob Geary for the insightful articles in the June 27th edition regarding Transgender. Those essays were on point, dead-on-balls and were indeed welcome investigations into the experiences of gender and sexual orientation. As inclined as I may be as result of reading these articles to rant about personal experiences as a Transgendered individual, or to speak about how We are perceived, instead I'll share just a few thoughts that may be news to some and not so much to others. It's been said that sex is between Your legs, gender is between Your ears. Gender is the elusive denominator for a simple reason; it resides along a continuum. Much like the color spectrum or the black-to-white line photographers use there are infinite colors and shades between any two given points. In other words the potentials are illimitable as to where a given individual may find Themselves along the continuum of gender identity. The universe is pretty diverse isn't it? So are It's Children. Alpha male and female icons that define the polaity of the sexes in Our 21st century American life are unreal. None of Us are John Wayne or Marilyn Monroe. Yes, I'm showing My age here but the point is hopefully made that not many of Us measure up to being the end-point of either side of the scale thank heavens. Most of Us are somewhere between those imaginary absolutes. People are fluid by nature. We ooze around here and there as We pilot Our life-craft and hope that now and then We'll find answers that will prompt further questions that will in turn allow further questions to more answers. Whew! So! Is it any wonder that by matter of fact of Our being such inquisitive beings that some of Us come to the recognition that We are maybe half-a-bubble off center from Our constituents and the local gentry? Then comes so many personal questions. Where do I fit? How do I deal with this? There's no definitive answer because the experience is highly individualistic. You as a Transgendered person will have many similarities with other TGs, but there will also be as many differences. But isn't that true of any two or more people? In the garden there are planted different flowers. They co-exist and flourish each with their own special presentation. People are not that terribly different. We, too, have Our own special light. As a very extraordinary TG lady and good friend of Mine once intolled, "We're all the same, just different is all." 'Nuff said. Kind regards, Anglika V Ashley

Posted by Angie on 07/02/2007 at 10:44 PM

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