Some time ago I found myself in a conversation with a generic about my sexuality. She called me gay. I said I am not gay, I am trans. She said didn't I say my partner was a lesbian. I said yes and she said-OK you are gay. The experience leads me to this discussion of how we- as transgender or cross dressers are accepted in the world and how (like it or not) we are all linked together. Often, not under positive circumstances.
Like some others of you. I have been totally embarrassed by the actions of others in my so called community. To be truthful, fetish cross dressers. I only care about their lifestyles when it intrudes with mine. One night in particular comes to mind when a certain group came in to a gay venue I was in and in effect trashed the women's room. (The place had a sizeable lesbian presence that night.) Of course I distanced myself from them.
Switching gears a bit, I have always found connecting the dots between all the various gender and sexual spectrums of this is fascinating. For example, take (again) the cross dressers who use dressing as a woman as an "excuse" to have sex with another man or transgender "admirers" who may feel the same. Then if you begin to throw all the various "shades of L" in with generics-the fun really begins.
First of all, those of us raised male simply (naturally) do not have a perception of what it is like to grow up generic and a lesbian one. Why wouldn't it be a so called inclusive and increasingly enabled club similar to cis gay men? Thus, transgender women have to get up to speed quickly to just be admitted to the club at all. Plus, if you are a Mtf trans person and still prefer women sexually, you stand a better chance of being perceived as yet a bigger "wolf in sheep's clothing". Some of you have mentioned the "Butch" lesbian community and my experiences have told me I don't even show up on their radar. My one exception was a hundred years ago in a hard core butch bar. One of the regulars said she said I didn't look too bad and she should maybe "take me home with her." Lots of sexual tension after a free beer and that comment!
OK, I am tired of all these dots. Finally, I don't totally understand the reluctance to accept the trans women into the world of women at large. Sure, most of us were raised male but have given up all of that perceived male privilege to enter a feminine world that half us are willing to kill ourselves to get to. Furthermore, we share the same nasty problems of male abuse as generics do-but worse not to mention the we just don't get paid less-we don't get paid at all.
But, we are capable of adding a full rich spectrum of experience and knowledge to women everywhere. We just have to quit being our own worst enemy and prove our worth to the feminine community as a whole.