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

Monday, June 23, 2008

Diane’s Story

From seeing her video story, Diane Schroer seems pretty typical of transwomen.

Stories like this make me wonder: Just how much can our society afford to dump good people because they are not understood, or because they present in ways we don't expect? How much can we afford to judge them? And why do some people seem to become so offended at the simple existence of transpeople?

I also wonder how do we as a society evaluate courage, and how do we value it?

I place it at a high value. I'm guessing Diane does, too. And regardless of what she says, I think she has it in spades. I know. I've walked a path all too similar to hers.

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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
Beloved's.
~Hafiz