In the 20th century, trans person sex and gender concepts were more openly treated in two different ways.
TRANSSEXUALISM: Christine Jorgensen, Canary Conn…several others…me (links caption the photo above)…made it clear the need to be the other binary. It was not a choice; I believe it’s neurological, driven from birth.
TRANSGENDERISM: Yet at the same time, Virginia Prince, Ph.D. was a prime advocate for people with a gender transition yet not wanting a sexual transition, an example is her book How to be a Woman Though Male (1971) and likely 90% of all trans people. She was not an advocate of using a gender-based term as an umbrella, nor was she an advocate of minimizing T sexualities, essential tenets of the modern transgender paradigm (scroll down to excerpts from her statements in Gender Blending, pp. 469-470).
In the 20th century, we transsexuals were getting most of the press. Society found titillation in superficial pretend-acceptance of transsexualism’s need to be the other binary, but society does not like sex-and-gender non-binarism, so transgenders were more openly rejected in a new gender role as they didn’t also want to be sexually of the other sex.
But I was there. Society did not really accept transsexualism; they just said so. Sometimes. I was threatened, assaulted, rejected for being a freak in housing, in school, in job applications (while putting up with slime who would secretly ask me out during a job interview or after I was hired)…
For the first 27 years of my involvement, from 1977 to about 2004-ish, it was clear to doctors, lawyers, universities, etc., that I was “transsexual.”
This is not “old fashioned.” Gender is a conceptual grouping of concepts, changes through time, and can be like a fashion, but physical sex does not change as such and is not fashion.
I began to be pressured in about 2004 to drop my need to be the other actual sex and accept myself as “transgender with a surgery.” But I cannot drop it. My need since birth, every minute of my life, has been to be biologically female. It’s my core. It is “myself.” I cannot un-be it—yet, people who do not feel this rift see people like me from the outside and think they know, asserting their values on me.
Transgenderism wanted to come out as they perceived had transsexuals—they, too, need to exist—so in the latter 20th century and early 21st century, to minimize social rejection, they organized, downplayed Prince’s “ist” (I believe because Virginia popularized it to mean not wanting to also change sex), said to make it about society’s binaristic sex / gender conflation yet minimizing sex issues, all T variations are “transgender,” don’t say “transsexual”—don’t ask, don’t tell as it’s “offensive,” “private.” They, together with allies, moved into and morphed what was then the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, of which I was a member, and changed it into the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, which I believe morphed it from an organization primarily of science into one that is rather the Vatican for the transgender paradigm.
The change did help in some ways to curb mental illness assertions about trans people, but it also very much asserted the transgender paradigm that says to make discourse about gender and to minimize T sex issues, with a near-continual segue from sex to gender, using “transgender,” specifially, as an umbrella term for all trans people, then to use “transsexual” less and less until, now, it’s more often asserted as “transgender with an extra surgery.”
I was involved in defending transsexualism through that change, but transgenders vastly outnumber us and so carry the narrative.
There have been a number of “dirty tricks departments,” as I tend to call them, people who do horrendous things to people and institutions who do not tow prescribed gender scripture, who openly discuss T sex topics, or who use words like “autogynephilia” or “gynandromorphophilia.” Leaders of the transgender paradigm tend to turn a deaf ear to these sometimes unethical and illegal actions, which has worked as a tacit approval without responsibility.
As such, institutions responded, made it about gender and began suppressing T sex issues, like mine.
To summarize the process in a sentence:
Society has basically said over time, “Okay! We are disgusted by non-binary T sexuality, anyway, which we don’t want to say outright because we’ll get slammed, are offended at losing our own identity as binary man / male, woman / female—so we’ll help you hide T sex issues out of pretend kind-hearted compassion for you, because you demand it.”
There are other reasons, variations, but largely, that’s the game that’s being played. In my life, I started getting hit with this more significantly in about 2004. Before that, people understood transsexual narrative; after that, the narrative has been eroding, now almost entirely suppressed.
There have been massive behind-the-scenes battles with threats and dirty tricks, as people sought on the one hand to retain transsexual identity and goals, while others sought to suppress.