so that’s cool.
this is my imperfect not-a-fluent-signer understanding but:
(based on a presentation by a deaf trans guy i was at in 2005 where he was promoting that sign)
it seems like that sign was invented and implemented by trans people over the last 10-ish years. before that the predominant vocabulary was “sex change” and then some deaf trans people were like “yo fuck that” and came up with the current sign, which starts off with the sign for “myself,” then motion that indicates both change and coming together, and ends with the closed hand held against the sternum.
and in the process it also mimics the sign for “beautiful”
and because of spatial grammar, things closer to the front of your body in ASL are generally more vital, more emphatic, more immediate, more present.
so it’s actually a case where the word coherently indicates “beauty” and “self transformation” and contains hints of the complete thought of “my self transforming, through a coming together of disparate factors, into something more real, immediate, and vital than I was before.”
so yeah. that’s just fuckin’ awesome.
and that’s just the way to express that concept now.
As a more fluent, deaf ASL user (albeit, mostly cis) who has also learned the same sign you describe here from, I think, one of the deaf trans people who was involved with inventing it, your description sounds approximately consistent with what I was taught as well. Since I’m not really transgender obviously it’s not up to me what sign is best for transgender, but the one that deaf trans people in the US have been using seems awesome to me also.
Another sign I would like to see re-invented is the sign for autistic. I have seen a few different options, including one sign that was apparently invented by deaf non-autistic parents of autistic children. But pretty much all of the signs I’ve seen seem to either conflate autism with psychosis (perhaps because professionals themselves used to conflate these diagnoses, perhaps some of those signs come from those days) or else rely in stereotypes and assumptions of people who don’t themselves have first hand experience with being an autistic person. Even the sign that was created by deaf parents of autistic children felt a bit that way to me. Since I’m not autistic it’s not up to me to decide whether the signs I’ve seen are, in fact, offensive or problematic, and it’s not up to me to re-invent the sign for autistic or autism, if in fact it needs re-inventing. That’s something that needs to be decided upon and done by a group of ASL-using Deaf Autistic people. I hope that happens eventually. Or if it has already happened and I just haven’t heard of it yet, then I hope I can be taught that sign eventually or see it in a video or something. Because right now I don’t know what sign to use for autism/autistic because I suspect all the ones that I’ve seen are problematic in one way or another.
Smith wishes its surplus items “reused, recycled, repurposed.”
go get your used….uh medical supplies?
The winner for most awk thing said at Shiva thus far was
"The next time I see you, you better be walking."
…If I hadn’t been so surprised I would have responded that if it worked that way, I’d be running marathons by now.