Two years ago, I attended a "trans-law" seminar here at the university. The purpose of the seminar was to talk about the unique legal difficulties facing trans-gendered persons in the workplace. Several students attended the seminar in order to earn extra credit for their sociology classes. I attended just for fun.
While I was at the seminar, a former law enforcement officer, who was dressed as a woman, explained, "sex is between the legs, while gender is between the ears." She further explained that she felt like a woman on some days and that he felt like a man on others. In other words, he felt that she could become a member of a protected class whenever he wanted. That day he felt like a she.
That evening, I went home and did some research on the issue of sexual orientation. Specifically, I was curious as to the proper classification of someone who has a sex change (from man to woman) and then decides to continue to date women. Is such a person homosexual or heterosexual? I also wanted to know if I could ever become a member of a protected class because of what is "between my ears" as opposed to "between my legs."
In order to answer these lofty intellectual questions, I logged on to http://www.uncw.edu/bglad/resources.html. Specifically, I looked at the "trans-gender" section of the recommended reading list. The "trans-gender" section is right below the "spirituality" section and just above the "youth" section. (The link can also be used to access one of the sources Justice Kennedy used to write his opinion in Lawrence v. Texas. I never realized Kennedy was so cerebral).
While I was doing my research something strange happened. I guess you could say I had an epiphany. After all these years of thinking I was just a white male heterosexual Protestant Republican, I realized I was wrong. I'm really a lesbian trapped inside a man's body.
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