Heath Adam Ackley is a Woman who identifies as a Man. In a grotesque op-ed, Ackley writes about being a “gay trans man” and Ackley’s feelings about the AIDS epidemic on the 1980s/1990s in which thousands of Actual Gay Men died. Ackley writes about this epidemic as follows: “And as December 1, World AIDS Day 2014, approaches, I think back to one of the seminal events for gay men my age: the AIDS crisis’ eruption in the early 1980s. My experience of it was the same as so many other men yet, because of my unique history, so very different.”
Ackley was not a “gay man” in the 1980s. Indeed, Ackley is not a “gay man” now. Ackley is a “gay transman,” which many people might view as a “heterosexual woman.”
Ackley claims she bravely faced the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s/1990s even though she was not living in the Gay community and is in fact a heterosexual woman.
Ackley is not the first prominent transgender person to appropriate the experiences of Gay People. Parker Molloy, a Man who identifies as a Woman, has written about the impact the death of Teena Brandon had on transgender women – at the time Brandon was murdered, Molloy was living as a 4-year-old boy.