Don't let your schooling interfere with your education.
~ Pete Seeger

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Seven Freaks in a Bus

Six transpeople and a lesbian activist, traveling north to introduce a class of straight women to the freaks. Three transmen, three transwomen. Laughter, tears, sandwiches in brown bags.

Three hours sitting around a table, telling truths the media doesn't spread. A change. "How can we be allies?" Growing awareness. We are human. With loving families, with interesting, worthwhile, meaningful lives. Plenty of love to go around. "I think my grandchild may be going through this. How can I support him?" A generation to come with so much less pain.

Six transpeople and a lesbian activist, traveling south in a van in the dark. Laughter, tears, off-color jokes.

Bonding of the freaks. Out and proud.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

that is so beautiful seda.

"seven freaks in a bus" that just makes me smile so much to know u all came together with purpose. way to go.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
~Helen Keller

Reading List for Information about Transpeople

  • Becoming a Visible Man, by Jamison Green
  • Conundrum, by Jan Morris
  • Gender Outlaw, by Kate Bornstein
  • My Husband Betty, by Helen Boyd
  • Right Side Out, by Annah Moore
  • She's Not There, by Jennifer Boylan
  • The Riddle of Gender, by Deborah Rudacille
  • Trans Liberation, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Transgender Emergence, by Arlene Istar Lev
  • Transgender Warriors, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Transition and Beyond, by Reid Vanderburgh
  • True Selves, by Mildred Brown
  • What Becomes You, by Aaron Link Raz and Hilda Raz
  • Whipping Girl, by Julia Serano
I have come into this world to see this:
the sword drop from men's hands even at the height
of their arc of anger
because we have finally realized there is just one flesh to wound
and it is His - the Christ's, our