Thursday FACTS – Trans gender History (Pt2)

When I left my last post, I was talking about the ancient History of trans gender people and I left off with

Troy-Anthony also told The Hook Up that Aboriginal people suppressed or hid their sexuality as a survival mechanism after Christianisation and colonisation.

I did that on purpose, hehe … I did it, because today what this LONG post is going to be about, is the more modern History to trans gender History. I left it off with that quote, because like a LOT of other groups of people. Christianity and colonisation did a lot of bad things to good people. But included in that, are also the Nazi’s…

The Nazi’s…Are you shocked and surprised?

Before I do that though, I want to apoligise for using the term trans gender people in my previous. Trans gender is actually a modern term. The reason I’m apoligising though, is because a lot of transphobes will that trans gender people weren’t called trans gender as some sort of “proof” that trans people just didn’t exist.

Back to the Nazi’s

Institut für Sexualwissenschaft

On May 6, 1933, Nazi demonstrators raided the libraries of the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft, a German name that roughly translates to the Institute of Sexology. The Institute was a privately operated research space for studies of human sexuality. More than 20,000 books were taken from shelves and burned days later in the streets by Nazi youth groups.

It was a devastating blow to the life’s work of Magnus Hirschfeld, the institute’s founder. Hirschfeld, who was Jewish and gay, was a pioneer for rights and liberation in Berlin’s thriving LGBTQ community

LGBTQ Institute in Germany Was Burned Down by Nazis

BY LUCY DIAVOLO SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

In 1973, a new Institut für Sexualwissenschaft was opened at the University of Frankfurt am Main (director: Volkmar Sigusch), and 1996 at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

 The West German courts found that the foundation’s dissolution and the seizure of property by the Nazis in 1934 was legal. The West German legislature also retained the Nazi amendments to Paragraph 175, making it impossible for surviving gay men to claim restitution for the destroyed cultural center.

But you know being trans, being gay is a “fad”.

In 1885 the Criminal Law Act was passed in the UK, which made all homosexual ‘behaviour’ illegal. One of the first public trials for transvestite behaviour was that of Ernest (Stella) Boulton, and Fred (Fanny) Park, arrested in 1870 for indecent behaviour. The authorities based the prosecution on their transvestism and their soliciting of men as women, rather than the act of sodomy. No conviction could be obtained on these grounds and were acquitted of the charge of conspiracy to commit a felony by cross-dressing. One of the largest organisations for transvestite men in the US today is the Boulton and Park Society.

Fanny and Stella

Throughout the 1920s and 30s medical provision was rare, but transsexual people managed to find doctors who would help them. At Hirschfield’s infamous clinic, the first sex change operations were performed by Dr Felix Abraham: a mastectomy on a trans man in 1926, a penectomy on his domestic servant Dora in 1930, and a vaginoplasty on Lili Elbe, a Danish painter, in 1931. Lily died less than two years later from complications.

In the UK, Michael (formerly Laura) Dillon managed to obtain gender reassignment treatment during the war. In the late 1940s he even had a penis constructed by the plastic surgeon Sir Harold Gilles, who later became famous for his work with burns victims. Michael Dillon trained and worked as a ship’s doctor until he was outed by the Sunday Express in 1958. He withdrew to India where he became a Buddhist monk and writer until his death.

April Ashley – April Ashley: Model, actress and trans trailblazer dies aged 86

Ashley became only the second Briton to undergo male-to-female gender reassignment surgery, in 1960. She had the operation in Casablanca, Morocco, and later said becoming a woman made her the happiest she had ever been. Once back in England, she obtained a passport and driving licence which identified her as female.

She was later photographed for British Vogue and appeared opposite Joan Collins in the film Road to Hong Kong.

Ashley was made an MBE in 2012 for her campaigning work for the transgender community.

Again, April Ashley was not well known to be transgender, and in 1961 her career was cut short, when she was outed. However, she carried on. So NO, you can’t “always” tell.

There is only one day left to make your voice heard and ban conversion therapy in the UK. To find out why this consultation is so important, head over to the Mermaids website where you’ll find information, survivor stories and more. 

I hope, one can see over the two posts that being trans is not new, nor is it a modern fad. Most of what transphobic people say, is as we say “recycled” homophobia. Meaning, that what’s happening now to trans people, is what has also happened to the gay community. Especially times from the 80’s and 90s. Some of the people right now who talk about

“Its a fad. They’ll grow out of it”.

“How can you have children”

“Trans people are mainly predators”.

I wish that I could find it, but someone posted two news article from the same newspaper, a couple of decades apart. Apart from the word homosexual and trans, it was all pretty similar, derogatory wise.

Thursday FACTS – Transgender History (Pt1) Let’s start at the beginning…

I feel like I am constantly having to do this, and I shouldn’t have too. But you know, if other people with much more powerful and bigger platforms wont, I will.

First though, some lovely music, by the wonderful Billy Porter with “back up” singing by the Pose actors.

The ironic parts

One thing I have noticed about TERFs, especially is that they are really into Yoga and mediation, both of which come from Hinduism. Now, if you know much Hinduism. In Hinduism, there are diverse approaches to God and gender. Many Hindus focus upon impersonal Absolute (Brahman) which is genderless. Other Hindu traditions conceive God as androgynous (both female and male), alternatively as either male or female, while cherishing gender henotheism, that is without denying the existence of other Gods in either gender.

Also the God of Yoga, is Shiva, who is MALE. Yoga does not come from a female Goddess. The is just one of the things that happens, when you don’t know what you’re talking about. Personally, I LOVE being able to tell TERFs this. What I don’t tell them though the use of icons is not restricted to male forms. It takes various forms and shapes. The Shaivites and Vaishnavites worship God in non-anthropomorphic, symbolic male-female images as well, such as the lingayoni and Saligram respectively. In their literature, the principle of God’s true nature as sexless.

Basically, Hinduism (which was only given it’s English definition recently), doesn’t have a “dogma”. Hindu beliefs are vast and diverse, and thus Hinduism is often referred to as a family of religions rather than a single religion. Which is probably why a lot of their Gods, sex and gender are swappable.

Sumerian and Akkadian texts from 4500 years ago document transgender or transvestite priests known as gala and by other names. A grave of a possibly transgender person in Europe has been identified from 4500 years ago, and likely depictions occur in art around the Mediterranean from 9000 to 3700 years ago.

Wikipedia – Transgender History

How long has the Hindu religion been around for?

Hinduism is the world’s oldest religion, according to many scholars, dating back more than 4,000 years. Hinduism is the third-largest religion behind Christianity and Islam. Roughly 95 percent of the world’s Hindus live in India.

Witches and Transgender.

Now TERFS LOVE to appropriate Witches and their lives for their transphobia. Why? Because a woman author wrote about magic, that’s it. This is why you will find a lot of ACTUAL Witch communities, accept trans people. Witches, generally, “uprise” against the patriarchy. Witches have always been persecuted for being women who are “different” not part of the “norm”. Or COURSE, trans people and witches can relate to one another.

TERFS are honestly more to be the type of women, who do this…TERFs are more likely to be the Abigail Williams of Salem, rather than the women she “helped” be burned, hanged and tortured to death.

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Photographer explores rituals and traditions of Romania’s modern witches

“Although many would say it’s just a coincidence, this really did happen,” Romanian photographer Virginia Lupu wrote to me shortly after, recalling the incident. Lupu, previously known for her images of transgender Romanians, has befriended the witches and captured them in intimate photographs.

Alina Cohen, Updated 28th October 2020

Romania has had Witches for CENTURIES, and the Romanian people truly believe in their powers as well. If you want a curse, they’ll do it and it might just be coincidence, but it does seem to work, lol.

Some VERY Ancient History:

Ancient Egypt had third gender categories, including for eunuchs. In the Tale of Two Brothers (from 3200 years ago), Bata removes his penis and tells his wife “I am a woman just like you”; (before his body is restored) .MutSekhmet and other goddesses are sometimes represented androgynously, with erect penises, and Anat wears clothes of both men and women.

The Nuba peoples of Sudan (including the Otoro NubaNyimaTiraKrongo, and Mesakin), have traditional roles for male-assigned people who dress and live as women and may marry men, which have been seen as transgender roles. However, trans people face discrimination in the modern Sudanese state, and cross-dressing is illegal.

North America

Prior to western contact, some Native American tribes had third-gender roles, like the Diné (Navajo) nádleehi and the Zuni lhamana. European anthropologists usually referred to these people as berdaches, which Indigenous people have always considered an offensive slur. In 1990, some Indigenous North Americans, largely in academia, adopted the pan-Indian neologism two-spirit, as an attempt to organize inter-tribally. Though acceptance of this term in traditional Native communities which already have their own terms for such people has been limited, it has generally met with more acceptance than the slur it replaced.

There is archaeological evidence that trans- or third-gender individuals existed in California 2500 years ago at rates comparable to those at which they exist among indigenous peoples there in the modern era, and archaeological and ethnographic evidence suggests third-gender categories may be of great antiquity in North America overall; suggests they may go back to the first migrations of people from eastern Asia and Siberia over 10,000 years ago.

Doesn’t really sound like being trans is just a modern “fad”. In FACT, sounds like trans people, in some language or another have been around before even Christianity. 10,000 years ago. Doesn’t sound really that recent to me…How about you?

However, sexuality has been quite repressed in Indigenous culture since colonisation.

“Colonisation, in a sense, silenced that kind of expression and behaviours,” said Troy-Anthony.

Troy-Anthony also told The Hook Up that Aboriginal people suppressed or hid their sexuality as a survival mechanism after Christianisation and colonisation.

I hate to say it

I am currently reading Philippa Gregory “The King’s Curse (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #7) Not that I am saying I hate the book, I actually really am loving it. However, what I am hating about it is how similar I can see between then and now.

A man in charge, getting to decide what is state vs religion, a man controlling women. Everyone in fear, around this one man. The only real difference is that these men at the top these days, aren’t able to really order people’s heads off at a whim…Well maybe in Russia. However, generally, these men are just as soulless as King Henry the 8th. The fact that a lot of male world leaders have been more shrugging their shoulders at the deaths of their OWN people. Is VERY King Henry the 8th, when you think about it.

We just recently had the Prime Minister of Australia, say something, VERY Trumpesque, he also really did something Trumpesque. He flew from our capital city, to QLD, on tax payer money…Too attend a Hillsong Prayer Session…Too stand there and say how Australia needs more Churches (we do not) and how social media is a “Demon” (which it is, but he’s on it too).

Thursday Theories – Friends, not so friendly?

I now have a theory about friends. That they are not friendly friends at all.

I am pretty certain that I have written, how if and when now, I watched Friends, I really wouldn’t like it.

The only one, I think is any good is Rachel. That’s mainly because she’s the only character really, that makes any changes, and becomes better. Even with being a little materialistic, she still “blossoms” into a lovely character.

Ross is probably the worst character in the whole show, he’s controlling (even with his own sister) he’s easily jealous, the whole episode with his song playing with dolls.

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Even Phoebe, people used to say Phoebe reminded them of me. However, she’s not really that great of a New Age “hippy” hippy. Sure, she does that classics “vegan” type things. Other than that, she’s not actually that nice. I’m thinking of the episode, closer to the end, when she, Monica and Mike go karaoke. Monica has no idea that the reasons she’s popular with the crowd, you can see her boobs. Not only does Phoebe not tell Monica, but then keeps making “remarks”, and never tells Monica. Women shouldn’t do that to a enemy, let alone a “friend!”.

Have you ever had friends, like “Friends”? I’ve known and know a Ross and a Phoebe.

The reason for this is not a real, mystery type theory. It’s more how we have all had friends in our life, that are like those two above? I have a theory we all meet a Ross and a Phoebe in our lives. The “good guy” that’s not really that good, and the hippy “love everyone and peace” friend. Who part from them maybe all on the outside a good and peace hippy type person. But she’s not really.

Ancient Ways

Came back from my little trip away, as one does, and also it seems these days as one does I signed into my Facebook account when I got home and replied to the messages and comments that I needed to. Off in the right hand top corner I noticed that in the “trending” column (relates to what is ‘tredning’ on Twitter) and I saw the word Colosseum.

Clicked on the link and I was horrified to discover that two tourists decided to engrave their initials on this ancient monument!

US Tourists caught carving names into Colosseum Rome! The Guardian.com

Being a lover of ancient times and stories, I was completely horrified (as thankfully, a lot of others seem to be as well). When did this start happening? Whose to blame? I was reminded recently of a group of young models that travelled overseas recently and a couple of these young ladies showing their ankles in a mosque!

I think it’s time we brought into school a type of “cultural” class or cultural workshops. That’s just my opinion, but it couldn’t harm to have one now could it?