Now, after spending significant time and money to qualify as a policewoman, she is out of a job.I hadn’t covered the story up to this point because I was hoping she get re-instated and I didn’t want to add to the publicity on her past life.
Woman dating the shivers
Society disparages their profession, criticizes their decisions and forces them to operate without the proper protection the law should provide.
Then, even when they move onto jobs deemed more ‘worthy’ by society, the sex work they did can still be used as a cudgel against them. Because they gave sexual pleasure to others while earning money for themselves and their families? They should be handing out medals, not blocking them from worthwhile careers.
If only I could focus on other thoughts, then none of these problems would consume me.
Now, almost ten years later, feels like a different world. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice interprets Title VII to include gender identity, and he recently said, "We will not allow unfair biases and unjust prejudices to prevent transgender Americans from reaching their full potential as workers and as citizens." And, on top of it all, the White House has a gender-neutral bathroom.
Transgender women are on the cover of magazines - including me, in a cover story for a University of California Hastings College of the Law alumni publication - and being transgender may be an afterthought or even irrelevant. I remember seeing Lady Gaga at the Garden in 2011 and getting shivers just because she said the word "transgender" onstage.
My eyes watered when President Obama uttered the word during his State of the Union address a few months ago.
Looking for my first job as an attorney, and then early on in my career, I was terrified that someone would clock me, or somehow find out, and all would be lost.
Thus the fear of disclosure outlived my sex change, only in another form.
As for me, over the course of the same decade, I fell in love with three men who told me I Love You.
The first one knew about my past before we met; the other two did not.
For those of you who have no idea who I’m talking about, let me provide some context.