Can anyone explain this???
We all seem to be SO chummy during events like Pride and Mardi Gras - but then at other times it's like a cold war with dark stares across the cafes.
I remember back being a student at university and attending a GLBT student conference. There were a group of Lesbians there all wearing blue berets. When I asked a lovely lesbian I knew what that meant she replied "No males - at any time." I kind of looked at quizzically and said "Well of course they wouldn't have a man - they're lesbians". To which she replied..... "No, no. They don't associate with, eat with, be friends with, or go to venues with men."
I found out later that this same group of lesbians were protesting the inclusion of Male to Female Transgenders who were to attend a Women's Conference. Apparently they were protesting the fact that they were not REAL women. At the time during my presentation to the conference I mentioned this point and asked the question "What is a natural woman?" And I offered the following possibilities..............
- A woman that is biodegradable?
- One that comes with a Heart Foundation Tick of approval?
- One that is organically certified?
- One that has a blue beret?
I looked at him with as much disdain as a then twinky ballet dancer gay volunteer could muster - and it was considerable - and said "Don't worry - their girl germs won't make you girl - they're too late." Then I walked off wondering who the hell this bloody queen thought he was.
Given the huge amount of discrimination and hate out there in the big, wide world. I am curious as to those whose feel it necessary to pile yet more discrimination WITHIN their own community. It really is a malady that is quite beyond my comprehension.
I'm not sure there is a point to this......... in fact this topic was prompted by the lovable Kez from Mutton Chopped Mutant as I was straining for a post topic.
So ......... these are my thoughts on the matter. What are yours?
That's my 2 Cents Worth - and I just spent it.