Thursday, April 12, 2007

TransGender 101 - an Excellent NewsNight Interview

I have not really dealt with trans issues on this blog yet - so I am going to provide an introduction now with a video that recently arrived on You Tube and is one of the best videos I have ever seen in helping people to understand the issues - (Actually the video is in two parts, a total of just over 10 minutes)

Increasingly I now spend my time as a speaker raising awareness of Trans issues and it is a difficult task because there is so much confusion and so many stereotypical views. First there are so many different terms and even in the trans community there is little agreement regarding identities. Transvestite, transsexual, transgender, trans, cross dresser - and I have not even started on the cultural differences like Hijra, Kathoey and Travesti. For more information on this please do visit my Squidoo Lens on Trans History

This video is a recent News Night interview by Jim Braude with Joanne Herman and Diego Sanchez, two very successful trans people, about what it means to be transgender. What has really impressed me about this is that Jim is a very sensitive interviewer and has focused on the acceptance and social attitudes which is so seldom done in the UK where the focus is all too often on surgery. If you have never really spoken to a trans person I am sure you fill find these interviews enlightening as well as entertaining.

TransGender 101 - Part 1 - Interview with Joanne Herman and Diego Sanchez

TransGender 101 - Part 2 - Interview with Joanne Herman and Diego Sanchez

If those videos have prompted questions - please do ask me - post a comment and I will respond as soon as I can.

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1 comment:

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