The Tranny Threat

The tranny threat. Would you want one of us sitting beside you in an aeroplane? What if that tranny is a terrorist? In Canada,

5.2 (1) An air carrier shall not transport a passenger if …
(c) the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents;

In Canada, one of us cannot get a passport with the correct gender marker unless s/he has the Op scheduled within one year.

Now, I can just about imagine going to check in and saying, what do you mean I do not look like a man? Dressed as girly feminine as I can, I take off my wig and putting on my baritone, I say, “Do I look like a man now? No, I don’t like the M on my passport either, but what can you do with a homophobic government?” But I cannot imagine doing that three months after I started to live full time. Before I transitioned, while I holidayed in the UK expressing myself female, when I went to Italy I presented male, because I did not want any hassle. Is there any particular reason why I should not have gone to Malta in 2002? It was only just after the Twin Towers attack.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper shakes hands with a security officer during a visit to Toronto, Ontario. January 28, 2012.  (Photo by Deb Ransom)

On second thoughts, can Stephen Harper really be a bigot, when he allows himself to be photographed shaking hands with a black man?

In Britain, I got a passport saying F as soon as I changed my name. My GP had to write to the passport agency saying I intended to live female life long. In Australia I read one can get a passport marked M, F or X for indeterminate; X is not open to transgender people, but that will come. The US has dropped the surgery requirement for giving a correct gender marker on the passport.

We are no threat to anyone. Like people with schizophrenia, we (and other people) are a far bigger threat to us than we to others. I now know why to oppose Mr Cameron’s desire for a British Bill of Rights to replace the European Human Rights Convention. He wants a land safe for bigots.

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Then again, imagine trying to leave Canada with my current passport, and not being allowed to board the plane because some attendant thinks I look like a man?

4 thoughts on “The Tranny Threat

  1. If you ask me, it all started to go wrong when Britain turned for help and guidance to the USA, instead of allying itself with the multicultural complexity that is “mainland Europe”. I suspect that we would be better off, politically, if we allied ourselves with a system that agrees with unity, but cherishes complexity alongside, rather than the rather – dare I say it – simplistic and Ramboid politics that Obama seems to spend his time swithering with. Poor fellow.

    I do hope that Cameron wakes from his stupor and sees the wisdom in the complexity of our human condition. Who says that a plantation is better than a jungle? Why, the scaredey cats, of course! But we ignore the deep jungle at our peril.

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  2. Clare,

    You happened to “like” one of my blog postings and I wanted to say “Cheers”.
    I have read a number of your posts but this one in particular, hit a chord. One of my dear friends has been transitioning over the past year and I have read, in this post, many things that she and I have spoken about. As a lesbian, I am learning so much from her journey (both challenges and joys) and have gained a new understanding about how deeply ignorant some our countries laws, and some of its people, really are.
    My greatest hope is that one day, all people will be loved and be supported in being their best selves without judgement. Until then, please know that from one woman to another, I support you!
    -Audra

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