Saturday, 18 June 2016

The Middle Child (June 18, 2016)

An abandoned orphan
No one wants
Neither straights
Nor gays.

Left alone
To fend for themselves
Travelling a road
Most perilous.

The trans child.

Therisa © 2016

Author's note: Most people don't realize, but the trans-community is, the only part of the LGBT community that doesn't deal, with sexuality. Rather, the expression of one's true gender. For this reason, I will never understand, why we're lumped into this gathering. True, a trans-person, fits across the sexual expression spectrum, unlike any other groups does.

In Toronto's downtown, where most of the teaching hospitals are local, there are no dedicate program that teaching interning doctors about transgender medical issues, unless, they have to treat a trans-patient, for the first. My doctor's office, is a satellite clinic, for one of the major Toronto teaching hospitals, and I have lost track, how many times,  I had to educate the intern, about trans medicine, before they can treat my needs.

The title, for this poem, was inspired, by the Parachute Club's song, "Middle Child", which is found on their CD/Album release,  At The Feet Of The Moon (1984). As they were politically active, in the Canadian fight for LGBT+ rights, during the early 1980s.


  1. I really wonder why it may be so... to understand differences should just be about see the width of the whole spectrum

    1. Wish, I knew, Bjorn. Had lesbians tell me, I'm a gender traitor, and will never be, a true lesbian. Have heard similar stories, told by trans-men, as well, from gays. As the straight, we're a minority of a minority, for which, all of the religions from "the book" have condemned, and damned us, to Hell, for being our true selves.

  2. It's sadly true that trans rights and lives are often ignored.
    The differences have to be acknowledged and respected.

  3. This is an area in which people are beyond even the usual ignorance.

  4. Keep pointing these things out, Therisa, as you do so well. It must seem like such a mountain of ignorance and misunderstanding, but some of us are willing to be educated by the only true experts in the field, those who are living it.

  5. I like the description of a trans person as the middle child, for surely it must feel like that. One would think, in 2016, doctors would be slightly better educated. Sigh.

  6. The Middle Child indeed - transgender is rarely discussed publicly and even more rarely understood. It must change.

  7. There are way too many people trying to assign their beliefs (whatever they are) to another. I am a middle child by birth order. I have always been the odd one out. I can't say I truly understand what you have gone through and continue to fight, but when I was a child my mother would tell people who my older sister and younger sister were without even acknowledging me standing with them. I would say, "You didn't tell them who I was. You didn't tell them my name." It was if I was invisible or not worthy to be acknowledged. There were times I would touch my arm to see if I was real. My heart goes out to you. Things have to change.

  8. I must admit that I was ignorant and disbelieving of the trans child for quite some time. However of late, there has been several TV programmmes dealing with same and I now do understand, do believe.

    There is a lot of ignorance to overcome.

    Kind regards
    Anna :o]


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