Friday, 29 April 2011

Victim of McDonald's beating speaks out

A portal icon for Portal:Transgender, based on...
A portal icon for Portal:Transgender. Gradient from pink (feminine) to blue (masculine) (and shades in-between) to represent the spectrum of gender identity. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was going to write a long(ish) rant about this: about intolerance and the need for education, including the education of our Best And Finest, i.e. the medical professions, where old habits die hard just like everywhere else.

Who is anyone to deny another person the right to be themself? So what if that "self" doesn't fit with your cultural preconceptions? Anyway, here's a link to the story in the Baltimore Sun: Victim of McDonald's beating speaks out.

And here's some reading for those of you who haven't the faintest idea of what transgender, transsexual, or intersex all mean: Transgender Explained For Those Who Are Not.

There's a review of the book by LGBT site GLBT Reviews here. You can also read the Wikipedia (warning! Crowd wisdom) article on transgender etc.

And because he's a lovely guy, who works hard to educate people of all genders about various health and wellbeing issues, I would also recommend spending some time with someone like Buck Angel. Yes, that Buck Angel. This is the education part of his site.
Warning: some of the links to his other sites are seriously NSFW, although also very educational in their way.

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