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May 2013 Polling Results

This month we asked our readers, “If you’re transitioning and had to pick just one, what would you say is the goal of your transition?” and here are the results:

May 2013 polling results

May 2013 polling results

Well over 300 of you (n=388) of you chose to add your voice and the good news is that apparently the vast majority of you are quite well adjusted folk (though the rest of you need to get to your therapist ASAP)!

Interestingly 90% of you answered in a way that contradicts the fringe trans theories of Ray Blanchard, Michael Bailey and Anne Lawrence (but with the amount of special pleading they do, I’m sure they should make the data fit their views somehow). The rest of you (about 10%) need help. Like, now. Get thee to a therapist!

A smidge over 3% of you seem to think that transition is about appeasing sexist stereotypes. A little over 4% of you are destined for the rude awakening of discovering that transition has more to do with the inside work than you ever dreamed.  As to the 3 of you who think that transition is about being a sexy bed partner, all I have to say is… Ray Blanchard, Michael Bailey and Anne Lawrence, quit messing with TransAdvocate surveys!

Thanks to all of you who were good sports and added your voice to this month’s poll question! If you have suggestions for future polling questions, please add them in the comment section below.

Cristan Williams
Cristan Williams
Cristan Williams is a trans historian and pioneer in addressing the practical needs of the transgender community. She started the first trans homeless shelter in the South and co-founded the first federally funded trans-only homeless program, pioneered affordable healthcare for trans people in the Houston area, won the right for trans people to change their gender on Texas ID prior to surgery, started numerous trans social service programs and founded the Transgender Center as well as the Transgender Archives. Cristan is the editor at the social justice sites TransAdvocate.com and TheTERFs.com, is a long-term member and previous chair of the City of Houston HIV Prevention Planning Group.
  • Cristan: Get over yourself. Yes, some women have internalized the idea they will never see a woman in the mirror and simply want to get as close as possible to that point. Some women after being held back via gatekeeping while in a period of crisis just want the medical end to be over with as they either already know who they are, or don’t really think they can drop the learned stuff until they’re able to take off the mask.

    Quit with the tra**ier than thou bullshit, please.

    • If you think that your transition is a race or that your goal is to become a female or male stereotype, you’re gonna have a bad time.

      • I think the point Valerie was trying to make, is that those particular thoughts aren’t the only possible explanations for the answers you’ve related them to.

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