Joey wrote about labels, this got me thinking, we nearly always associate labels with negative thoughts, - skinny, fat, short, lanky but of course they can also be positive slim, hunky, petite, tall. On being asked what labels we might apply to ourselves I resisted the temptation to use the old joke about "Call me anything you like except late for lunch", instead I extended the tag line for this blog and suggested "The world's leading transgender Bass Trombone and Tuba playing ex prop forward Christian Gardener" All of these are pretty positive, but still leaves out quite few rather important ones like Parent, Friend, Son etc. etc. I am sure that we can all think of plenty of negative ones as well. I am actually not sure that Transvestite or indeed even "Tranny" are worse labels than Cross Dresser after all they do describe what it is that I do, even if they say noting about the motivation.
Certainly it hurts to be called names, especially when we know them not to be accurate, but maybe the biggest damage is done to the the person applying the label. I will soon be sowing some seeds, but rest assured I will be labelling them!