Letters to the Editor

Love letter: Transgender

Allen Marsh (Letters, June 2) seems confused. Transgender definition: “Denoting or relating to a person whose self-identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female gender.” The definition of transvestite? Similar but subtle differences. They may enjoy dressing as opposite sex, and/or feel as if they were born into the wrong body.

While definitions and designations are complicated, one need not have undergone genital reconstruction to be considered transgender. Some opt for chest reconstruction or hormones but forgo the bottom half. Only around a quarter have touched the bottom. Another quarter may be somewhat interested, but consider the surgery too risky and/or expensive. The rest have absolutely no interest.

No, transgenders who haven’t done the “bottom” shouldn’t publicly shower with folks with opposite parts. But who cares what bathroom they use? This new North Carolina law is silly, unnecessary and will be overturned. Very few cases of trans leering at folks in public restrooms. They want to get in and get out.

Wonder how Mr. Marsh would feel if Caitlyn Jenner (who hasn’t done bottom parts) bellied up next to him at a urinal? Uncomfortable, I’d wager. Please be nice, knowledgeable and accepting of rare sexual complexities.

Rob Love, Boise

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