Monika: Today’s interview will be with Sherilyn Connelly, an American transgender writer, author of "Malediction and Pee Play”, featured in Topside Press‘s “The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard”. Hello Sherilyn!
Monika: Could you elaborate a little on “Malediction and Pee Play "?
Monika: You are also the author of other stories such as: "The Last Dog and Pony Show", "The Big Reveal", "In the Shadow of the Valley", "Outlet", "Sherilyn’s Skool for Girlz" and "Two-Sixteen-Ought-Four". Which story are you particular proud of?
|In a natural habitat, 2011.|
However, extending that to transgender people -- and, more importantly, understanding that we're not simply a variation on garden-variety homosexuality -- and getting them to take us seriously is proving to be a bridge too far. The attitude seems to be, "Fine, fine, queers can get married and teach our kids or whatever, but now you want us to let a man in a dress use the women's bathroom?"
The cognitive dissonance that middle America was able to overcome regarding homosexuality has taken a lot out of them, and it's just easier to continue to not take transgender people seriously, particularly on a policy level.
But trans people, especially trans women, are easy to use to scare people, because we don't look right to them -- and the gay establishment, having achieved so much of what they're been working for, are reluctant to help us out. Bleargh.
(And, in spite of all that, I swear I'm not political!)
The most difficult part might have been overcoming all the relentlessly negative images I'd seen growing up of trans women. It helped that I had a job in the tech industry in those days which allowed me to pay for electrolysis and hormones, a job which I got laid off from in 2001, and that I lived in San Francisco. My family and friends were all very supportive, thank goodness.
|Preparing for anything, 2006.|
|On the Bridge, 2010.|