When thinking of a male to female transsexual or transgendered person, it’s easy or easier to think of that boy that never fit in, or that girly boy that everybody wondered about whether he was gay, than it is to think of “manly men” actually identifying as female… but so it is, and apparently not so rare.
I never studied this subject nor do I currently intend to, so I simply go by my own perceptions here, but I noticed that especially in the world of Punk or Metal quite a few transgendered persons can be found, me included. Why?
Since I’m a rather lone ranger and am only beginning to enter the wider world of my kind I can only speculate, but I will speculate based on myself, and I have the suspicion that it does apply much broader than my own little existence.
Being transgendered is a very awkward feeling. Without a point of reference it seems to make no sense. You’re a guy… but you’re not. So what are you? It’s very weird, especially if you grew up in a little town without the internet.
Art offers a very wide and open door, and so do certain types of music, such as Metal, and especially Punk. Anything goes. No questions asked. Just be.
Being different is not strange when it comes to art; it is wanted. Being unique is what makes a piece special. Conformity is frowned upon. Conformity is plainly the worst there can be.
Trying to “wipe off” or “wipe away” these feelings is done best with hyper-masculinity, hence the military component, or the biker one, or the trashy punk one. Destroy!
And underneath those safety pins and ripped pants and tatoos and painted hair there’s not a rebel against the system but a rebel against herself, and with it a fucked up system unable to absorb diversity by being stuck in the mode of gray. Gray trousers, gray ties, gray shoes, gray offices… gray lives, gray pasts and gray futures… a simply gray existence, namely, waiting to die and leave behind gray kids. No colors anywhere, and so we slowly waste away, happy to have avoided suffering.
Many people, public figures, have come out as transgendered by now. I’m rather grateful for such backup. Athletes, celebrities, artists, even military. Is that so because our society has become “too lenient”, too lost when it comes to “family values”, ... is that the “moral decline” the religious warn of? - Well, I wouldn’t come out when my entire life would be at stake because of it. Way back then literally. - Humanity is a funny bunch of awkward individuals, each one terribly hilarious and worth spending time with. What all this conformity does and did is make for an awfully boring world in which death and eternal life really is all to be hoped for.
... being guided by the sounds of Bowie right now, I wish you all a great evening and weekend…
Peace, my brothers and sisters,