Taking Back Transsexual
We need to take back transsexual.
When I first made the podcast
The internet told me that it was a bad word.
It told me–
That it is outdated. Nobody uses it–
Some people find it offensive.
Now that I’ve transitioned
I find that calling myself a man
Really, truly, and effectively
Reduces my experience.
I am not a man. I am a transgender man.
There’s a difference.
I changed from one gender presentation to another, I am
Now physically bodied and gendered as male.
I am a transsexual.
I am not ashamed of that word and I wish
You weren’t teaching people to become ashamed
Of who and what they are, I wish I didn’t have to be ashamed
Of being born female. I wish it wasn’t a secret
I had to keep like I was a dead person
I am not dead I am here
I am living– as a transsexual
I am taking back the word and I feel powerful.