Indianapolis Monthly article

 

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Here it is, kids, my entire article in the March issue of Indianapolis Monthly magazine on their website.

I hope you find it a good read and beneficial for better grasping the mountain of issues which I and every transgender person has to climb in life.

http://www.indianapolismonthly.com/features/the-real-me/

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6 thoughts on “Indianapolis Monthly article

  1. Great article. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have two questions regarding it.

    First: You mention Renee Richards and her winning the right to play women’s tennis, but you offered no opinion. What is your opinion of transgenders who wish to play sports? Generally, men and women are segregated in sports due to physical difference. If a man becomes a woman and then plays in a woman’s sport, is that not an unfair advantage? Despite the change, they still have the bone and muscle structure of a man which is fundamentally different. Take MMA fighter Fallon Fox for example. He transitioned into a woman and now fights women for a living. Fallon has won 5 out of 6 fights, mostly through knock out. To quote Fallon, “I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not because I’m not a doctor. I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right.” If Fallon had never went through the change, these fights would’ve been considered abuse or worse and in no way would’ve ever been sanctioned. But because of her change, she is allowed to do what would otherwise be considered unspeakable.

    Second: You stated, “When the Indiana Republicans announced a “compromise” bill that same month exempting religious institutions and certain wedding businesses from serving LGBT folks, we knew we had our work cut out for us.” What did you mean by that? I can understand and appreciate your opposition on wedding businesses being exempted, even if I disagree with you on it (mostly for political reasons, not theological), but what about religious institutions? Could you elaborate?

    Thank you, Gina. I’m very interested on your opinion on these matters.

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    1. I agree with all your points in part one. While I am sympathetic to those who want to participate where they do, I’ve always found it an unfair advantage for the one who is a genetic male (a better term than “born a man”).

      In point two, the compromise was riddled with exceptions. So the work we had cut out for us was in trying to get legislators to see how the exceptions and exemptions were virtually letting anyone off the hook – it far surpassed religious institutions – for any personal reason, and thus completely negating any LGBT civil protections. It truly was that bad.

      Well, our legislature was so divided that they dumped the entire project for this year. For us in Indy, and several other Indiana cities, that’s okay as we have specific statutes in place to provide civil protections – as in not being able to be fired for being LGBT, or denied housing – but the rest of the state is unprotected.

      And, hey, bub, I read your closing sentence. Be careful, you’re getting soft in your old age. 🙂 Truly, thank you for calling me Gina. (On May 2, it will be official!)

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