Transgender Pride

We haven’t all had surgery. Transition’s where we start.
Some bigots say we just like rearranging body parts.
Our outsides may look different, but we still have the same hearts
When gender’s reassigned.

CHORUS:
No more insults, no more slander!
No more right-wing propaganda!
Our bodies are our own, and we know how they should work
When gender’s reassigned.

We know what clothes we want to wear, so give us a fair chance.
We have the right to change from pants to skirts, or skirts to pants.
We know if we should lead or we should follow when we dance
When gender’s reassigned.

CHORUS:
No more insults, no more slander!
No more right-wing propaganda!
Our bodies are our own, and we know how they should work
When gender’s reassigned.

Grammar causes problems that we know we can’t erase.
You wonder if I’m she or he. Put pronouns in their place!
We’ll answer all your questions when you ask us face to face
When gender’s reassigned.

CHORUS:
No more insults, no more slander!
No more right-wing propaganda!
Our bodies are our own, and we know how they should work
When gender’s reassigned.

It’s true a public bathroom is a really private place.
Some bathroom users claim our plumbing does not match our face.
We know if men’s or ladies’ is our proper bathroom space–
Thank goodness for the stalls!

VARIATION ON CHORUS:
No more insults, no more slander!
No more right-wing propaganda!
Our bodies are our own, and we know where we belong
When gender’s reassigned.

We know some think it’s funny and call us silly folks
Or “trannies,” and they say our heads are filled with clouds and smoke.
Keep your comments civil–we’re the ones who make the jokes!
Transgender pride is strong.

VARIATION ON CHORUS:
No more insults, no more slander!
No more right-wing propaganda!
We sing base or soprano, but we all sing the same song:
Transgender pride is strong.

June 6, 2008

Note: This topic is controversial. I have a close friend who transitioned from male to female, and she likes this song. The song has been sung in Northampton and San Francisco to much praise and no complaints. The chorus was quoted in a Massachusetts newspaper.

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