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I Am More Than Just My Gender Says Trans Video Project

I Am More Than Just My Gender Says Trans Video Project

 

A new initiative by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) backed by media watchdog group GLAAD aims to amplify the voices of trans people as they stand up and declare that who they are isn’t defined solely by their gender identity, that they are our work colleagues, our neighbors, our friends and our family.

Watch the inspiring new video below:

This marks a relaunch of the original I Am Trans project. The new campaign encourages other members of the trans community to make their own videos and tell their stories in a similar way to the affirming It Gets Better series.

Statements via the MTPC:

“The stories of transgender Americans remain relatively invisible in both national and LGBT media,” said GLAAD spokesperson Herndon Graddick. “These stories will not only empower members of the transgender community who rarely see relatable stories, but also educate Americans everywhere about the fact that the community is a valuable part of the fabric of our culture. The campaign will also shine a light on the high level of discrimination that our transgender brothers and sisters continue to face in schools, the workplace and in their own neighborhoods.”

“By providing a place for transgender people, family members and our allies to share their stories, we hope to empower our community and the general public to advocate for transgender equality and move the culture towards acceptance of transgender youth and adults, said Gunner Scott, executive director of MTPC. “With GLAAD’s leadership on this project, we will be educating the public and be a resource to the mainstream media about the reality of transgender peoples’ lives and the unique challenges they face due to pervasive bias, stereotypes and misunderstanding.”

You can find out more about the project and how you can contribute here.

 

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3:50AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

5:22AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

What is missing is the comment, "I am a human being."

11:42AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

To Stefanie

Why is it that nowadays we try to complicate the simplest of things...especially when we want to push some agenda or support something that is so obviously wrong but which we want to transform into being right? Maybe the movie "The Matrix" isnt that farfetch after all. This world is messed up. The funny thing is that you laugh at those people long ago who worshipped trees & rocks & the sun. I keep stressing that man have not progressed in anything except technology. We still believe the most stupid things ever & we still operate the same way. We pride ourselves on being smart, but in reality most of the people in this world are just as dumb as those back the dark ages. It is only the scientists & those who invent & create that are smart. All the rest are followers just here to be used.

10:35PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

cont'd from below:

If one compares all possible combinations from TYPICAL Sex+Gender to ATYPICAL Sex+Gender, you get a whole range well beyond the highly visible majority that usually make up the more common of the 'binary':

Whilst Müllerian Females and Wolffian Males are the typical 'binary' majority; one has to also realize there exists naturally, the less visible atypical minority excluded from the 'binary', as follows:

Müllerian Males
Müllerian Neutrois**
Wolffian Females
Wolffian Neutrois**
Müllerian-Wolffian*** Females
Müllerian-Wolffian*** Males
Müllerian-Wolffian*** Neutrois**

**Neutrois = Intergender
***Müllerian-Wolffian = Intersex

Müllerian-Wolffian Dual Systems: Human Precursor Sex
Each single individual actually has both.
http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/En/HowTheBodyWorks/SexDevelopmentAnOverview/SexualDifferentiation/Pages/DuctDifferentiation.aspx

Obviously, I've just shown you more than just a mere 'binary' of 'two'.

And I've not even included those who've had 'conformance-to-typical-majority-sex' surgery.

10:33PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Sex = Gender: FALSE*
Sex ≠ Gender: TRUE

*a binary misconception; inclusive only of typical majority; exclusive of all atypical minorities

Sex is not gendered 'male sex' nor gendered 'female sex'; sex is non-gendered, as follows:

Müllerian Sex:
Derived from one's Müllerian half of one's Dual Müllerian-Wolffian system.
In order to become Müllerian, one also is de-Wolffianized.

Wolffian Sex:
Derived from one's Wolffian half of one's Dual Müllerian-Wolffian system.
In order to become Wolffian, one also is de-Müllerianized.

Müllerian-Wolffian Intersex:
Derived from one's Müllerian and Wolffian halves of one's Dual Müllerian-Wolffian system.

Gender = Brain Gender Identity (BGI):
Developed Brain Gender that is derived from the dual potential for gender identity to range from female to neutrois (in between; intergender) to male, this is according to dual receptors of both E-Receptors (E=Estrogen) and T-Receptors (T=Testosterone) present in one's brain.

If one compares all possible combinations from TYPICAL Sex+Gender to ATYPICAL Sex+Gender, you get a whole range well beyond the highly visible majority that usually make up the more common of the 'binary':

Whilst Müllerian Females and Wolffian Males are the typical 'binary' majority; one has to also realize there exists naturally, the less visible atypical minority excluded from the 'binary', as follows:

Müllerian Males
Müllerian Neutrois*

5:25AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

If I had a gay or transgendered child (teen child, for as I said no young child is ever gay), I would work on my child's individuality to determine what is best for HIM, not for the entire gay or transgendered community. For every case is different. The reason for sexual deviation for one may not be the reason for the other, & it is wrong to just decide to accept or support anything at all without caring about the welfare of every person involved. That is the very reason why I think that supporters of most of these causes are very selfish & just full of it. It is just about agenda for them.

Now to correct a mistake I made below . I said "...It make no sense the doctor deciding on leaving the female genitals & removing the male's if the female genitals are in perfectly working order & the male's are not."

It should be "...It make no sense the doctor deciding on leaving the female genitals & removing the male's if the MALE genitals are in perfectly working order & the FEMALE's are not..."

5:16AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

contd

Maybe out of courtesy the doctor should inform the parents, but the procedure to select a gender is a medical decision & it is made after certain tests to determine which genitals functions best. It is very rare that both sets of organs function together. One set is usually passive, while the other is active. Sometimes one set of genitals is a "dead end" & is not part of the reproductive system at all, while the other is completely linked. So all these things are what the doctor checks & the parents decision is not required or even sought. It make no sense the doctor deciding on leaving the female genitals & removing the male's if the female genitals are in perfectly working order & the male's are not. . Also if the parents did choose a gender, there is no guarantee that that is the one which the child will feel most comfortable with when it grows up.

But what is important is that 99% of these children whose gender is selected by the doctor are never transgendered. Most transgendered people are NEVER born with both sets of genitals, & those who chance to born with both & become transgendered, are those who have both sets of genitals still intact. One set was never removed.

The problem as I said before is that liberals just rant & rave for causes & agendas but seldom care about individuals. If I had a gay or transgendered child (teen child, for as I said no young child is ever gay), I would work on my child's individuality to

5:15AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Muriel

I hate when people use that word "ignorance" because of its objectivity. I for one, think that most liberals are ignorant & it is their ignorance that is very dangerous as it is what is responsible for destroying western civilisation.

But I totally agree with you that transexuality is a mental defficiency that can occur from young. (Not from birth, as some believe, for no baby or young child have any sexual tendencies). We are all born male or female. The figures that you gave is erroneous. It is not 1 in 5000. It is one in 50,000. A big difference.

It is not strange that some people are at odds with their gender. I have heard of some people who believe that their legs are not necessary & they cut them off. I know of some people who prefer to walk about in public naked. There are many people who have psychological disorders. The issue I have is how we treat these cases. Transexuality is just another psychological disorder & I think that it is wrong to encourage people in these degenerative behaviours instead of assisting them in seeking help. I mean, when a guy decide that his legs are no longer necessary & he is going to saw them off, you do not give him the saw & say "go ahead, you are not harming anyone but yourself".

I really dont know where you are going with "the doctor correcting the gender of a baby without informing the parents". I know quite a bit about these procedures & it is not as straightforward as you think. Maybe

3:43AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Aravis, your ignorance is quite dangerous.
One out of 5000 children is born intersex. That is to say with more or less functional genitalia from both genders. Most of the time, we do not hear about such children because of the dominant cultural perception that they are freaks. Many time, it the doctor who, at the time of birth, decides -without even telling the parents, to "correct" the baby's gender. As we have yet to know which of the genitalia will mature and complete best, many surgeries are botched and it then -after the surgery, and not before- that the kid is condemned to be a poorly functioning, poorly adjusted freak.
As far as transgender people, they were born with a visible gender which doesn't correspond with their perception of themselves. If you take the time to study the question, you'll realize that not even experts in animal biology can figure out why this happen and that there is more and more evidence that humans are far from the only mammals with either intersex or transgender individuals.

8:35PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Your gender is the most important part of who you are. It is the first thing that every person sees & it is the most distinguishable & describable part of a person. The genitals with which every animal is born, is what determine the gender. You are either one or the other. Male or female. Your gender is not exchangeable, interchangeable or replaceable. You are what you are born. No matter how many wigs you buy, how long you grow your hair, how much make-up you put on, how much hormones you take, how much gay sex you have...you are what you are born.

In the video, there are parts which say "I am a daughter, I am a sister" etc. Totally wrong. Some of them were born as a son & a brother. Personally, I think that anyone who have to defend who they are, or is part of some conflict about something as simple as if they are male or female, can never be more than just their gender. They have some very serious issues going on there. In fact, if they cannot resolve such a fundamental & straightforward aspect of their own life, how can they expect to resolve other people's more complex problems? The people I choose to manage my life (lawyer, doctor, financier, accountant, etc) must inspire trust & confidence that they have the ability to get the job done. I will certainly not be putting my affairs in the hands of a person who have issues with one of the most simple & basic aspects of their identity.

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