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November 14, 2018

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Susan M. Bennett

Paul- I’m glad you wrote this. I find myself so behind- not sure what the terms even mean now. I will have to get educated!

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka PT from Boston

Thanks, Susan,
On November 6, there was a referendum on the MA ballot: Massachusetts Question 3, Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Veto Referendum (2018)
A "yes" vote supported upholding Senate Bill 2407, a bill to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity in public places—such as hotels, restaurants, and stores.
A "no" vote opposed SB 2407 and repealed the law designed to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity in public places—such as hotels, restaurants, and stores.

The large majority of voters supported the bill to prohibit discrimination.

Susan Lyman

Paul, beautifully and thoughtfully written!

Christopher Huggins

Paul...
Well written and I,too, thank you for "covering" this book and the topic.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka PT from Boston

Thanks, Susan L. This is still new territory for me. In the future, I think that talking about transgender matters and meeting transgender (or any others in the ‘trans’ spectrum) will be easier, as it became for meeting men and women in the gay community at least a decade ago. For now, it's a new frontier, probably for all of us.
This article helped me get a frame for thinking about it.
https://transequality.org/issues/resources/understanding-non-binary-people-how-to-be-respectful-and-supportive

A helpful sentence from the link: "identities that some people don’t understand still deserve respect."

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka PT from Boston

Thank you, Christopher, I still have a lot to learn.

Jeff

Part 1 Impressions. Why not say I am in the audience? Why Balkanize the audience? Why succumb to language change agenda rather than correct pronoun usage? Why does a personal story of late in life discovery of sexual identification solicit fame? The authors remain the same personalities now as they were before their newfound sexual identity. I’ve taken many voyages to a shore with a road map to experience a new place. I am who I am now as I was before the trip. Gay culture is not “normalized”. Out of a population of 327,000,000 Americans, 14,670,000 to 22,820,000 consider themselves gay, 4.5% to 7%. We are subjected to more of gay culture because of a liberal agenda. The purpose of that agenda is to deconstruct normal in all aspects of civil society. The homosexual facet is but one part of the whole in which the radical gay movement plays its part. Now that the radical gay movement has succeeded in “normalizing” homosexuality, they now focus on transgenderism, a political movement. Out of 327,000,000 Americans, 195,600 identify as transgender, .06%. Transgender men and women do exist and are members of the civil society. Their sexual identity can truly be considered out of the norm. For the radical gay agenda, a perfect group to exploit in changing norms. The Left has always considered the military as their petri dish for social change. Once established there, it becomes easier to incorporate into civil society. We live in a “me too” age of social media. It’s now possible for anyone to become famous simply by posting a video on YouTube, establishing a blog, or posting on Facebook or Twitter. Everyone can now have their moment of fame. Everyone can now tell a story. Everyone can now solicit fame and importance. And when fame is achieved, the normal course of human experience is to follow or be like minded. That is why we have developed and perfected in our society the art of group think.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka PT from Boston

Thank you for your comment Jeff, and the time you took to add statistics to frame it.

My only agenda I have when I write is to represent myself. Readers can draw their own conclusions and weigh in with other interpretations.
After reading your comment, I wonder whether a more accurate way to have described gay culture is "accepted" rather than "normalized." Thanks again for your comments

Myke Farricker

What a great story Paul - terrific job! And what a great book to write.

Jeff

The word normalized was intentionally used; first becaused you introduced it as a verb to sustain your point, and second to refute that notion of "acceptance" in our culture. Would I to use accept, that could suggest I agree. As a gay man, it infuriates me to see many stories in movies, TV, and streaming media now play into having a gay person, situation, or event included as part of the script.

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