A radio host in Canada was fired for saying being transgender is like pretending to be a dog. Is this really what he said, and should he be fired for it?
In several statements, he had said
"If someone is born a human. And they pretend to be a dog. It is not right To agree with them for the sake of their feelings."
His argument wasn't that you can't change gender, but rather that
"You’re either a male, or a female. If you decide to change from one to the other, that’s fine. I have no issue. But once you leave that gender behind, you are no longer trans.
Until the surgery is complete, you are still a male… or a female. The only transition that happens is on the table. Until that happens, it’s pretending to be something your not,” he continued.
I had this debate with a post-op transgender friend of mine years ago. To her, she asked "why do you disrespect me, why can't you just see and accept me as a woman, no different than any other? she asked. My response was that I did respect her and accept her as a woman. But, in fact, that she wasn't the same as any other woman, leading her to ask "why not?"
For one thing, I said, biologically-born women didn't leave 40 years as man, nor did they ever have penis; they never experienced intercourse as a man with a woman -- or, in some cases, with another man.
This doesn't make her less of a woman, but rather, a woman of a different origin.
What do you think?