Being otherkin is a choice. Stop making transgender and transsexuals look bad.
Although for the most part I would agree with this, there is one aspect of this statement I can’t quite agree on. 1) For the parts I do agree with, I do agree it gets annoying when otherkin constantly relate their ‘issues’ with transgender and transexual ‘issues.’ In a sense they are the same concept of feeling misplaced in a body not meant to be their own, but from different perspectives and people tend to just sort of lump them all together, which isn’t right. Most otherkin I’ve ever met have never had an issue fitting into normal society because of how they appear, or suffer from misuse of pronouns, or are publicly abused and exploited in the same manner transgenders and transexuals are because, lets face it, animals don’t think in the same ways humans do. Animals don’t use pronouns in the same context as humans do. Animals don’t abuse or attack each other for their sexuality. It has little to no meaning to animals in the same way it does to humans, aside from making babies and society as a whole so to relate otherkin social problems with transgender/transexual problems is misleading from the get-go. And it can be a bit annoying, even I can admit to being annoyed by it.
However 2) the point of which I don’t really agree with is the statement “Being otherkin is a choice.” Religion is a choice, liking someone for their personality, for their looks or for a physical feature is a choice, being born the way you are is not a choice. Transgender and transexual people should understand this better than anyone else in the world. Homosexuals and Lesbians should know this feeling better than anyone else. Otherkin are born the way they are, they discover their identities the same way transgender people do, with time and self-discovery and as such should be respected in the same manner. I agree otherkin and trans* people should probably not always be used in the same exact context because they don’t move in the same social circles (though, like myself, there are plenty of trans* therians/otherkin so there are the exceptions) but I don’t think it’s fair to say otherkin can choose to just not be otherkin anymore. That’s like saying a gay guy can just choose not to be gay anymore whenever he wants. He can choose not to marry or sleep with a man, he can choose to live a life with a woman and have children. doesn’t mean he was never born gay. He’s still gay, he just chose to go a different path and that is where the point of choice is important to define properly.