My name is Erin O'Brien and I am a human being.
Now then, for anyone who would like to have their opinion on what I wrote in this article known to the world, please email the Cleveland Free Times at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name and city. The paper does not publish anonymous letters. For those visiting here for the first time, I also elaborated on this topic in yesterday's post.
Believe it or not, I appreciate all comments, good and bad.
I did my best to represent the transgender community. I heard many, many different stories and there was no way I could have included them all in my article. I attempted to explain the vast range of T lifestyles:
"For some, the transgender manifestation is subtle (a lacy undergarment under the rough work jumpsuit), or closeted (dressing after the kids go to bed and lounging around the house). Others undergo drastic sexual reassignment via hormone therapy and surgery."
Surely there is every shade of transgender in between and I thought that was implied in the article.
A couple of notes:
I did not write much about female to male transgenders because it simply did not fit in the article. Their stories are, however, very compelling.
I was accused of underreporting:
"Where's the gratuitious sex? The drugs? The alchohol abuse? The prostitution? I see very little of the gritty, raw... REAL side of the lifestyle."
I did see this and it didn't look all that different from the gratuitous sex, drugs, alcohol abuse and prostitution in the straight world. I thought making it the focus of the article would have been cheap and sensational.
I was accused of being cheap and sensational anyway. "You skimmed the surface and wrote the literary equivalent of a carnival side show."
I am sorry to those who felt that way, who felt they were unfairly represented. That said, I stand by my article with solidity. And I will add one blanket statement:
Every T person I met longs for acceptance.
We are all ying yang. Each of our black swirls has a white dot and vice versa. In some the dot is a little bigger than in others, but there are no absolutes. This is what makes us beautiful.