Trans and Stealth

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I used to be pretty arrogant about the whole stealth vs. out thing.  Today reading Dyssonance’s To Stealth Or Not To Stealth, I had to reflect on how my perspective has changed, and not. I’ve worked jobs where no one knew I was transgender/transsexual and I’ve worked at places where my entire story was posted on page one of the Indianapolis Star.

The bottom line for me is this: I am a woman, but I am not  female (Gender=social construction, sex=biological function). Technically, I am no longer male either. I have sexual characteristics of both sexes. But most people that I interact with on a daily basis don’t need to know my genital history.

That being said, I don’t hide the fact that I’m trans, either. So I’m not stealth, but sometimes I wear camouflage. 😉

Marti Abernathey is the founder of the Transadvocate and the previous managing editor. Abernathey has worn many different hats, including that of podcaster, activist, and radiologic technologist. She's been a part of various internet radio ventures such as TSR Live!, The T-Party, and The Radical Trannies, TransFM, and Sodium Pentathol Sunday. As an advocate she's previously been involved with the Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance, Rock Indiana Campaign for Equality, and the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition. She's taken vital roles as a grass roots community organizer in The Indianapolis Tax Day Protest (2003), The Indy Pride HRC Protest (2004), Transgender Day of Remembrance (2004), Indiana's Witch Hunt (2005), and the Rally At The Statehouse (the largest ever GLBT protest in Indiana - 3/2005). In 2008 she was a delegate from Indiana to the Democratic National Convention and a member of Barack Obama's LGBT Steering and Policy Committee.

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