Since the Canadian press is repeating the Mexican-transsexual-becomes-woman-to-duck-bill-for-sound-system story in a number of places, including airing on Global TV, I’m posting an open reply:
As someone who is both transsexual and works with trans people in Canada, I’m very skeptical that things are really as they’re being presented here. There has to be more to this story.
When someone transitions, there is an inestimable cost to our lives. We do it because we have to, because it’s the only way to realign who we are with our bodies.
Transsexuals risk losing jobs, family, friends and access to services, incongruent identification creates hardships, and people can react negatively – even violently so. This is even the case in Canada, where we have it relatively easy compared to Mexico. To suggest that someone would go through all of that to duck out of a contract to pay for a sound system is bizarre to say the least. The only time I have heard anything remotely close to this is when anti-trans people fabricate speculations about our motives, in order to oppose our ability to medically transition or participate in society as equals.
It is possible that someone who is transsexual had also ducked out of a contract to pay — that could happen in any community. But Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office must be either not telling all the story, is without all the facts, or is intentionally twisting the way it’s spinning this report.