October 21, 2008

Changing Sex-the story of Donna Gee

Posted in Social Issues tagged , , , , at 9:51 pm by poison ivyyy

Exclusive Donna Gee told poison ivyyy her story

“For the first 50 years of my life I hid the real ‘me’ from the world. I was a married father of two, but secretly I’d wanted to be a woman. When I was growing up in the 60s I presumed I was a transvestite. I’d secretly dress in my stepmother’s clothes and it felt wonderful, I wanted the feeling to last forever.”

Gerry Greenberg made his way into sports journalism at a time when Sir John Junor was the editor of the Sunday Express in London’s Fleet Street.

He began his career at the age of 16, back in 1961, and has been able to build up an impressive resume since then.

Up to this day Gerry has worked for the Pontypridd Observer in South Wales, the Sunday Express, the Daily Express, Daily Star, the Sun, the Daily Mirror, the People and the Metro.

Gerry in his element as sports reporter with boxer Chris Eubank

Gerry in his element as sports reporter with boxer Chris Eubank

Even though he had a steadily progressing career and a very fulfilling home and family life, not everything was as golden as it appeared.

Gerry Greenberg, was living a secret double life!

The new me

Gerry, or now, Donna Gee came to terms with her transsexuality in 1997, said that she was always very keen on sports.

“I became a sports desk executive, reporter and columnist, covering football and rugby for a string of top selling tabloids, I couldn’t have chosen a more macho environment.

I grew a beard, but it was just a desperate attempt to hide my desire to change sex.”

Donna’s gender change obviously didn’t go unnoticed and although her family including her wife of 37 years, her children and her grandchildren were standing 100% behind her and always supported her in every possible way, not everyone was as keen to see what happened to ‘Gerry‘.

“At the time of my transition I was a deputy editor of a weekly group of newspapers in Manchester, I would say that half a dozen of my colleges made my changeover difficult.

Fighting for acceptance

One or two would not look me in the face, while one woman objected to my using the ladies’ loo- she actually walked out of the office for that.

It was very difficult for people to adapt to seeing me, someone they have known for years, suddenly appearing in a different gender.”

Donna now the woman she always wanted to be

Donna now the woman she always wanted to be

Donna, who still works for The People as a Saturday sports sub and page editor and freelances for the London Metro, made it her task to help those transsexuals who are less fortunate than her.

“For many male-to-female transsexuals, making the change is a compulsion.

It‘s a choice of becoming a woman or not living at all, and more than a few lives have ended tragically because of the non-acceptance.”

She runs a 24/7 e-mail support service, for those who have no one to talk to or are ashamed by what is happening to them.

“In my eyes, those who survive such a torment are the bravest of the bravest. I admire them profusely and if by being open I can help them achieve the same respect from society as anyone else, I count my blessings, I feel my life change has been a success.”

If you want more information, or are looking for support email Donna at Donna773@aol.com


October 17, 2008

Journalism jobs wanted

Posted in Social Issues tagged , , , , at 9:27 pm by poison ivyyy

Every year hundreds of journalism students graduate from university in the hope of working as a sport journalist, but does the industry really have the capacity to accommodate everyone?

Sport has never been as important to modern society as it is today; athletes are seen as the new heroes and ‘kings’ of our generation.

The journalism industry seems to have picked up on that fact and is trying hard to keep up with the pace.

New sports magazines and publications are launched on a daily basis, but the lack of job opportunities for new ‘arrivals‘ on the scene within the industry is alarming.

Sport journalism is not only one of the most chosen fields to work in, in the industry, it is also one of the most competitive.

‘Survival of the fittest’ is a theory drawn by the scientist Charles Darwin to describe behaviour amongst animals, but in connection with the current situation on the market it seems that his theory is getting a whole new meaning.

Jon Crampin, a freelance journalist from London, describes the difficulty with journalism in general, but especially with sport journalism, as follows: “People think because it is sport it isn’t serious journalism so anyone can do it.”

He continued: “I also think that too many ex-sportsmen and women get highly paid media jobs too easily, which is wrong.”

So students do not only have to compete with other students, they also have to compete against well-known sport ‘stars’, who are blocking the few availablepositions.

Although it has become harder to enter the sport business compared to 20 years ago, there is still hope for those who are willing to fight.

Donna Gee, who worked her way successfully into sport journalism in the mid 1960s, says: “There are three things involved in getting to the top in sport journalism. One is talent, two is luck and three is contacts.”

She continued: ” I know it is unfair, but it does help to know people with ‘clout’ who can help you on your way. But if you have no talent, you are still not going to get very far.”