Ms. S.J. Rickard srickard at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk
Fri Mar 8 06:48:53 EST 1996

With regards to an ongoing discussion about lesbian, gay, transexual 
issues etc (sorry to bore people!) I would like to respond again.
Having straight people involved in the fight for lesbain, gay and 
bisexual rights is essential if not critical to their success. You cannot 
entirely break the system from the outside, it is often easier if you 
have help form the inside. I hope more straight people will realise the 
injustices that the gay community have endured and also realise that we 
don't want special rights (as seems to be quoted by the right wing of 
America)...we want EQUAL rights. Convincing the majority of the 
population of this is vital if we are to succeed in our quest for 
acceptance. I have often found women to be more receptive to these 
argumants as they themselves have to deal with prejudice (sexism) and 
are often more compassionate...that's not to say women are not homophobic.
As to the issues surrounding transgendered peoples rights, although we 
have alot in common in what we are fighting for..we have many differences 
and I fail to see why we should all be "lumped" together. There is no 
more reason to lump transgendered people together with gay people as 
there is to connect us with black people or disabled people etc. We all 
fight for the same goal, but are fundamentally different.
Back to the science!!!!

More information about the Womenbio mailing list