Black pride fists in the air n all that
I do not think the 'pride' model used by blacks and gays is appropriate for transsexuals. Blacks and gays just want to be left in peace to lead their lives.
We need more than that. We need medical intervention and we need to get back on track in new roles for which the medical intervention is, let's face it, not all it might be. In any event, most of us can't afford top quality facial feminisation surgery or privately funded phalloplasty.
Another reason why the pride model does not work for transsexuals is that we don't want
to be trans: we want to be women or men as appropriate, when society assigned us the opposite role.
The pride model may be appropriate for some people with gender identities which do not fit the male-female binary. I have no problem with that. And I put my money where my mouth is: I went on Pride marches last year and this year, which of course carries a significant risk of being seen by someone who knows me, or of getting my picture in the local paper.
That said, I think trans people are entitled to expect to attempt to live in stealth. Nobody said itâ€™s easy. Their attempts should not be disparaged.