Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Gender Divide. (Reader Forum)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Gender Divide. (Reader Forum)

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Many thanks to Richard Goldstein for his great column, "Acting Out" [Last Word, July 8]. It's not only gays and lesbians who should support transgender rights but all of us who, in large ways or small, don't register as "correctly" masculine or feminine.

Helen Boyd, via the Internet

Goldstein's column is just one more example of a distortion of who we are. The great majority (millions of men) do not identify with effeminate gestures or want to release some inner woman supposedly trapped inside us. He ridicules those who think that being a male means embracing your maleness, if you're effeminate, he thinks you're being true to yourself and "natural." If you are "normal" (male-identified), he labels you as repressed and self-loathing.

He writes about "buttoning up our most distinctive traits." What list is this? Who has decided what a gay man has to be in order to be gay? …

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