I don't always 'pass' as perfectly female and there are still a few idiots out there. A few weeks ago a member of staff at a small west country hotel at which I was staying, believeing that I was out of earshot, shouted along a corridor that 'she, he or it' had come to collect their room key. Does being transgender make them think you are deaf?
When I spoke to the hotel owner, she was mortified to find out that I had heard what the member of staff had said. When I arrived back late that evening a very nice card of apology was propped up against a bottle of wine on my bedside table. Full marks.
By contrast, having been through two levels of complaint at the BBC and now about to complain to the BBC Trust, this august public corporation thinks that it is OK for a character in a satirical show at 6.30 pm on Radio 4 to say that 'you should not call people 'it' unless they are transgendered or hermaphrodites and want to be referred to in a gender-neutral way'. Crass idiots.
I was before, at least as far as the world knew, a white, middle-aged, middle class male. Discrimination was something that happenned to other folks. Interesting how your perspective changes.
Robin Moira White