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Ms. S.J. Rickard srickard at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk
Thu Mar 7 05:13:13 EST 1996

Not that this has anything to do with biology but...........in reply to a 
question about my comment "we're not into the transgendered thing yet, 
thank god" I would like to elaborate on my meaning. As an active member 
of the Sheffield University LGB and a member of the gay community I 
personally (and 
most other gay people here) feel that issues surrounding gender and being 
transgendered etc are not necessarily part of the gay "cause". Whilst 
TVs, transexuals etc have my support in order to be able to do whatever 
they want and have equal rights, I don't regard them as part of the gay 
community. What they are fighting for is to do with gender reassignment, 
what I am fighting for concerns sexuality. Of course many TVs and 
transexuals are gay e.g. male to female transsexual who goes out with 
women and is therefore a lesbian. I am willing to embrace them on grounds 
of their sexuality (i.e. lesbian), but do not see them as "one of us" on 
the basis of solely their gender reassignment. For example if a man 
changes to a woman and goes out with men then "she" is heterosexual and 
not part of the gay community. Perhaps Americans regard this as not very 
PC, but it is a widely held view here. The gay community has a hard 
enough time fighting for rights concerning sexuality and I don't think it 
has the time or resources to fight what I percieve to be "someone elses 
corner". I do think that the gay community should give advice and 
experience to the transgender cause so that they can set up a movement 
and fight their own battle.
Now flame me!!!

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