No I’m not going to get into the current squabble about transgenders. Or Vanity.
I’m going to tell you about one of my few failures in the ‘community organizing’ field.
Before surgery, either at Stanford Hospital or the Veterans Administration, a prospective candidate for surgery had to spend two years living and working as a woman. There were no female to male surgeries in those days.
This two year period was a severe hardship because, with whiskers and no breasts it was hard to get a job as a woman. Most pre-ops were middle class to start with, and they were near starvation during the two year preliminary period.
I thought the obvious solution was for post-op transgenders to provide a low interest loan fund, that could be paid back after the surgery.
So I merrily set out to interview and organize the 30+ post op transgenders that I knew of in the San Francisco area. I wanted to see what they felt about the idea.
You can’t guess the outcome.
I would phone the survey candidate, tell them who I was and that I was doing research in the sex field. Everyone was willing to make an appointment to have me visit and interview them.
When they found out what I was asking about, at their homes, their attitude changed. They all rushed me out of their houses and apartments. They didn’t want anyone to know they were post-op transgender. No-one.
They had been so successful in their transition to their new lives that no one of their friends or acquaintances knew their history. They were so well adjusted as women, they didn't want me blowing-up their happy lives.
The surgery and preparation was so successful they all were fully accommodated to their new lives and wanted no connection to any transgender ‘community’.
Its true. Would it be true today?