May 17, 2007
Police Commission President Theresa Sparks (left) at a meeting with former President Louis Renne. Chronicle photo, 2006, by Michael Macor
San Francisco chronicle photo, 2006, by Michael Macor
"Theresa Sparks, CEO of sex-positive toy retailer, Good Vibrations, has been sworn in to serve a second four-year term as a member of the Police Commission after a unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors.

The San Francisco Police Commission is made up of seven community members, responsible for creating and developing policies for the police department, as well as conducting hearings in cases of alleged police misconduct." (Source: Google)

The above is a Google search. What it didn't say is that Theresa Sparks, is the new head of the Police Commission, and a transgender. Talk about fodder for the rest of the world and the late night guys- I can't wait to hear.

By the way, what is a transgender? Simply, one gender who attempts or appears to be a member of the opposite sex- a habitual crossdresser or intersexed person(having both biological characteristics of male and female). A transgender can also be a person who has had sexual reassignment surgery. Ms. Sparks had surgery in Thailand.

In much of my native state of NC, we think gay still means happy. Unfortunately, we make too much of a joke about a very serious subject, however. Although much is still unknown, being one gender but feeling that you're another must have enormous conflicts. It surely speaks well for San Francisco's openness/zaniness,etc. that it is all a part of life. My mother would surely be "shaking" her head.

Now here is something unbelievably fascinating to me. The new Police Commission head, who is a woman, formerly a man, while a man, was a Vietnam vet who is divorced twice and has three grown children. By her own view, Ms. Sparks enjoyed dressing up as a woman in her childhood.

This saga is a subtle lesson to me. We often never know what goes on inside a family or what makes an entity a family, if you get my drift. For instance, the new Police Commission Chief said she's estranged from two of her three children. One child has even done three tours in Iraq. In her own words, she said, "It's not an unusual story for transgendered people. The children feel betrayed, embarrassed."

In San Francisco, there is actually an organization with a lot of political clout, the LBGT(lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender) group. San Francisco has the largest population of transgender people in the country. Overall, in the U. S., it is estimated there are 19,000. Is this more than we need to know? KT

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