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LISA LING EXAMINES TRANSGENDER LIVES

02-21-2011 by L. S. Carbonell

If you are fortunate enough to receive the new Oprah Winfrey Network, there is a show coming up Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 10 p.m. Eastern that I urge you to watch.  Please.

Lisa Ling’s Our America is doing an hour on “Transgender Lives.”   I’ve spent the past ten years, as the mother of a transgender, painfully aware of the fact that LGBT ought to be written LGB and maybe T.  Transgenders (and please don’t bother with comments about what everyone wants to be called) are the odd-ones-out in the LGB community.  They don’t fit into any of the neat little classifications that everyone seems to have for themselves and everyone else.    But they don’t fit into mainstream society either.   They don’t even fit with each other most of the time, with too many variations of the medical and psychological issues. 

I’m asking you to take an hour and learn a bit more about transgenderism, please.  If you can’t watch it on Tuesday, or TiVo it or whatever, it will be rebroadcast on Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Thank you.

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4 Responses to LISA LING EXAMINES TRANSGENDER LIVES

  1. JandM

    February 22, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    i personally think Oprah should spread her network to Canada. I’m getting the show advertised on my TV but can’t even watch it. I personally don’t know anyone but would really love to watch this interview and the people involved and learn about it.

    i hope i will find it online then.

  2. Nicole

    February 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    “I’m just curious.  What dictionary specifies that “transgender” is an adjective, especially since it has been used as a noun for years?”

    Don’t particularly care for dictionary definitions when it comes to trans terminology since it often wrong but here you go.

    http://www.deeplyproblematic.com/2010/05/transgender-is-adjective-not-noun-or.html
    http://www.glaad.org/page.aspx?pid=376
    http://oxforddictionaries.com/view/entry/m_en_us1299941#m_en_us1299941 (Definition is bad though)
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transgender

    “Is the actual name of the community “Lesbian persons, Gay persons, Bi-sexual persons, Transgender persons” or is that “person” thing specific only to the last letter in the acronym?   ”

    Always figured GLBT were adjectives modifying the noun community.  Of course GLB part work as nouns sometimes but then GLB stuff is a bit different then trans stuff. Lesbian works great as a noun sometimes but if I heard someone say “I am the parent of a gay” I would find that awkward as hell and usually find people who use it in such a way or similar way are either homophobic or are still working on  their acceptance. And often are corrected on it.

    ” I’m sorry, but I remember Christine Jorgensen and I know how the words used to describe transgenderism and intersexuality have changed in the past fifty-odd years, because I remeber what Jorgensen was called and it ain’t pretty. ” 

    Not really sure what that has to do with anything.

    “I want understanding of the situation, not an argument about nouns versus adjectives.”

    I thought I gave  a pretty succinct explanation for you. And language politics is more then nouns vs adjectives in trans community since it effects our identities and cis peoples respect for them or not.

  3. L. S. Carbonell

    February 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I’m just curious. What dictionary specifies that “transgender” is an adjective, especially since it has been used as a noun for years? Is the actual name of the community “Lesbian persons, Gay persons, Bi-sexual persons, Transgender persons” or is that “person” thing specific only to the last letter in the acronym? I’m sorry, but I remember Christine Jorgensen and I know how the words used to describe transgenderism and intersexuality have changed in the past fifty-odd years, because I remeber what Jorgensen was called and it ain’t pretty. I want understanding of the situation, not an argument about nouns versus adjectives.

  4. Nicole

    February 21, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Oprah  on one hand is good in giving some publicity to high profile trans people which does serve to help the trans community with education though on the other hand she can be cissexist with her questions and way she presents issues. Hopefully Lisa Ling is better. That and .they do a better job showing a wide variety of the trans community then just middle age middle class white women.

    And as I would tell any mainstream news article that uses transgender as a noun, it is an adjective. Transgender people/man/woman. It  Regardless of peoples self identification  regarding trans/transsexual/wbt/duck/transgender it seems pretty agreed on to referring to someone as a transgender is othering.