After decades of harassment, there are signs that transgender communities in India and Cuba are finally getting accepted. India has a transgendered TV talk show host, and in Cuba, gender reassignment surgeries are being routinely performed. Progress? You decide.
- Joe Elder, professor, Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Department of Sociology, UW-Madison
- Adrian Lopez-Denis, professor of Latin American History at UCLA
- Ron Brenesky, chairman of Unity Coalition of Miami, Florida
- Anonymous 8/15/08: "I have been a long time listener and contributor to WPR but was so enraged by the Here On Earth broadcast on the transgender issue that I am withdrawing all support. I am not a self-righteous, pompous ass standing on his soapbox, but Jean and her guest really went over the line. The entire show was so smug and 'Screw you, look how daring we are' that I was actually disgusted."
- Heather 8/14/08: "Clincially I would be considered a male-to-female transsexual. But I don't care for any of the labels. I'm just living it. The way I see it, I was 'mis-gendered' at birth because of the genitalia I was born with. My true gender has always been female. But to be unconditionally accepted for who I am, let alone as a female in gender, probably won't happen in this country -- deep down and all over -- for a long, long time. So everyday I know what it's like to leave the house never quite knowing how I'll be treated by the people I encounter. Am I a novelty item, nut case, or fellow human being? It might not matter where one lives or under what kind of government. If you're different, you might not be ok, anywhere on the planet. The fact is, most of us are really nice people when you get to know us and what we have isn't catching!"