Transgenderism: Revolution and evolution

So raise the candles high
‘Cause if you don’t we could stay black against the night
Oh, raise them higher again
And if you do we could stay dry against the rain
— Melanie

So, who ultimately gets to define  the parameters of transgenderism?

Or, let me put it another way: when will transgenderism stop evolving?

And what about traditionalists? Is it the end of the gender binary as they knew it?

It seems to me the trans scene today is much like the music scene in the 1960s, when Elvis Presley and The Beatles and the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds  et al. turned the world on in myriad ways.

Peace_symbolIt’s still very much early days for transgenderism now, the ’60s, so to speak: Trans stars are emerging on television, in film, in fashion, in the media and in literature. And like the numerous garage bands and folkies of the 1960s who were heard in their parents’ basements (and garages), coffeehouses and school gymnasiums, there are many, many trans everyday people expressing themselves today through social media and in the streets.

And, ya, ya, ya, like the “establishment” of the 1960s who didn’t quite know what to think of the flower power generation that was challenging and uprooting convention of the time, many in today’s establishment don’t know what to make of trans people who refuse to conform to the gender binary system.

Just as the ’60s establishment couldn’t limit the parameters of music and all that came with it no matter how much they tried,  today’s establishment can’t contain the evolution of transgenderism, which is likely to keep on evolving for a very long time in ways we can’t even imagine now.

So let’s all keep that in mind as we marvel at the flowering transgender movement.

There’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friends . . . so get your ya yas out . . .  and remember that all we need is love . . .

(Flowers in your hair are not compulsory.)

— Jillian Page, LGBT Perspectives editor


“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life.” — Alice Bailey


One thought on “Transgenderism: Revolution and evolution”

  1. We show up in myriad ways:

    Last night some new trans friends and I enjoyed plates of horderves as we chatted for hours about our transitions, trans issues, trans theory and our personal experiences as “activists.” What was “extraordinary” about this was that it was in an ordinary place where cis folk enjoy themselves. Welcomed as women, we were “mainstream” speaking about all these things as if others might speak of their kids or hobbies. Each of us was openly trans, and in one sense it was the strangest of things: three “trannies” seen together in a public, well-lit, “respectable” place. And at the same time, it was the most winsome and pedestrian of things because we were so comfortable in ourselves as human beings, enjoying the social magic of eating and chatting intimately together, just like all the other groups there. (And yes, we left a BIG tip!)


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