Keeping a gay identity is not transphobic

Originally published at The Guardian

There are reasons that a number of lesbians and gay men find the embracing of transsexuals within gay charities troubling (Bring in our trans brothers and sisters from the cold, 18 February), but these are rarely mentioned for the fear of being accused of transphobia. Pressure groups are usually single-issue institutions, and this is true of Stonewall and other gay and bisexual charities: the issue being the acceptance of same sex attraction as not being a disease of body nor an illness of the mind. This has been the central platform for the acceptance of all gay rights.

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