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10-15-2010 @ 12:45PM
As someone who is Male-to-Female transgender, and as a leader in my raiding guild, this issues is something that is very close to my heart. Sure you can say that your real life should never make it into a video game, but truthfully that is an unrealistic expectation for a lot of people. I personally spend 3-4 days a week raiding with my guild for 3 hours each. I spend more time sitting on vent chatting with my guild mates online and in vent than I do with most IRL friends. My guild is my home-away-from-home, and we all consider ourselves to be part of a family. We all talk about how our lives are going or things that are happening with our families and our work because that is just the kind of environment there is in the guild.And though this is the case I haven't actually come out to my guild mates as transgender because I don't want to be viewed or seen differently by them. They simply know me as a girl, which is great, and if someone new slips up on vent or something like that it's not a big deal because other people will correct them.The big thing that is scaring me here is the whole "blame the victim" mentality that I'm seeing in the comments. The idea that this person somehow brought this on themselves or deserves it for not continuing to hide who they are IRL is absurd and offensive. Just because society views something to be taboo does not make it okay to ostracize someone for being that way. Just look at the archaic morals of society from 100 years ago where women couldn't vote and racism was the flavor of the day. Society doesn't always get it right, so why should we defer to society when setting standards for how we treat each other... in game or out.
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