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A Transgender Journey - In Transition Part 10

By Leela Ginelle

I’m attracted to women. I always have been. Well, when I was a teenager I was attracted to teenage girls and women, but my attractions were always toward females.

I knew that was true, but something told me it wasn’t. The something was my gender. If a male was effeminate, he was supposed to like males. That was the idea I picked up.

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A Transgender Journey - In Transition 9

By Leela Ginelle

Do you ever feel like a sex object? I do, lately. For ten years before my transition began, I felt “shut down” sexually. I don’t think a person can really sexually shut down, though.

To me the libido seems a priori, before the fact. No matter what I’m doing, it’s running. What was I doing, then? I was hating sex. I didn’t want to have sex the way I thought I supposed to, and I didn’t want to be sexual the way I thought I had to. I’m trans, and I thought sex wasn’t.

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A Transgender Journey - In Transition 8

By Leela Ginelle

I’m not cis-gendered. Do you know what that means? If you do, you read a lot of gender theory. Someone who’s cis-gendered identifies with the gender they were raised as. I was raised “male,” but that’s not my gender.

Confused? So was I. Learning about subconscious gender has helped, though. A useful parallel is subconscious sexuality. Before our culture recognized homosexuality as a category, people who were heterosexual did not see themselves as having an subconscious sexuality; they saw themselves as “normal.”

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A Transgender Journey -  In Transition: Part 7

By Leela Ginelle

I’ve always felt like nobody wanted me to do what I wanted to do. Partly that’s because I didn’t want to do what I wanted to do. I wanted to wear girl’s clothes, except I didn’t want to wear girl’s clothes.

I wanted to wear them because they were an expression of who I am. I didn’t want to wear them because they weren’t an expression of who I am. Confused? Me, too.

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How Target and Two Sofa Salesmen Liberated my Inner Harvey Milk.

by Patrick J. Hamilton

Although I’m sure some of my smartass friends might say otherwise, I consider myself “moderately Gay.” I’m much more White square than pink triangle. Far less Jack, way more Will.

I’ve not adopted the full Gay agenda (any more than most Republicans or Mormons have adopted the full ticket or gospel of their parties or faith, I suppose). I don’t subscribe to the Gay lifestyle… literally. I stopped The Advocate since it made me feel like I wasn’t Gay enough. I’m more The Onion, less The Blade.

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