“Words,” as George Bernard Shaw said, “are only postage stamps delivering
the object for you to unwrap.”
There are words that lead us to better understand a concept, a phenomenon, an experience, a person. Some promote either clarity or confusion. Others have offensive connotations; their negligent use unwittingly supports disrespect or disregard of someone’s deep-seated truths…
The Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP) is standing up not with pride but with courage to name an identity for ourselves. An identity that closely, if not fully and ultimately, describes the unique expression of human diversity our lives embody.
An identity that rings politeness.
An identity that would initiate an enlightening public conversation and awareness about our realities.
An identity that we hope can forge a sense of community among Filipinas who were
assigned as male at birth.
An identity with dignity.
This identity is TRANSPINAY”