Forget Anyone, Kate?

Kate Bornstein: Thoughts About Hate Crime Legislation

This was posted on Pam’s House Blend


By Kate Bornstein

 

So now we’ve got a federal law that deems it a hate crime if you go after someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. That’s a big deal. That includes a great many people. Last time I looked, the people who define themselves based on their sexual orientation or included all these folks who — if you fuck with them — you’re facing hate crime charges.

L for Lesbian                               D for Drag Queens                      G for Genderqueer                          G for Gay

D for Drag Kings                         T for Two Spirit                          B for Bisexual                                    D for DragFuck Royalty

K for Kinky                                   T for Transgender                     I for Intersex                                     P for Pornographers

Q for Queer                                  F for Feminists                            P for Pansexual                                 Q for Questioning

F for Furries                                P for Polyamory                        A for Asexual                                      F for Femme  

Q for Queer Heterosexual        A for Adult Entertainers          B for Butch                                          ETC for et cetera

S for Sadomasochists                 M for MSM                                  AI for ad infinitum                            S for Sex Workers

W for WSW                                 S for Swingers AI for queer Artificial Intelligence

Now, if the Hate Crimes Act includes all those people, then hip-hip-hooray for our side. As a friend recently quipped on Twitter, “One giant step for transkind.”

Yes, yes. Just the way it is — even if most people disagree with my list here — the bill is a big step forward in LGBTQ etc freedom. One step at a time, right? I know what that’s about, one step at a time. I’m a good 12-stepper — sometimes, and with some things. So Yay! for this giant step.

Complete article at:

http://www.pamshouseblend.com/diary/14013/kate-bornstein-thoughts-about-hate-crime-legislation

I heard Kate speak some years ago at a UCLA rally for National Coming Out Day.

She defined herself in the negative, saying all these things she was not.

I’ve taken a different path and defined myself by the things I am doing or have done, the positions I have taken and fought for etc.

All those things she listed and couldn’t write the word Transsexual.

Lately it seems a lot of people have problems with that word.  People who had the same sort of sex change operation I had have strange, rare forms of contradictory intersex, when in all likelihood transsexual is a form of intersex.  Or they didn’t have transsexualism they had HBS.  As though they aren’t the same thing.

Perhaps it is the word sex that is the problem.  Or maybe it is because so many “transsexual” sex workers, struggling to keep it together in a violence filled world where the price of what they have to offer has decreased due to so many having to do sex work.

But as far as I am concerned transsexual is a perfectly good word to describe those of us who have sex reassignment surgery and should stand along side of transgender in the discourse and not be subsumed or erased by a fictional umbrella.

One size fits almost no one.

4 Responses to “Forget Anyone, Kate?”

  1. karen A Says:

    As long as I can remember it seemed to me KB was more about TG/Two Spirit than about transsexualism even though she changed sex. Back in the mid 90’s (i think it was before I went full time) I saw her perform in Boston. Some of what she said struck an emotion cord in me and some of it I could not relate to. While i don’t recall the details i remember walk walking out in a strongly emotional state… she touched on some of the pain of being TS and that resonated in me, but some of what came across confused me.

    In general many people seem to be headed to extremes today- at least among the most vocal both in society in general as well as in this arena…

    One extreme seem to be that either all T* are basically the same with TSes included .. and all T’s are ‘queer’ … but queer in a wider sense, not necessarily speaking of sexual orientation. To be honest, when used like that I’ve never really had a good sense of what the word queer means, except perhaps not fitting societal expectations of gendered/sexual behavior.

    It’s unfortunate that this view of TSes has gained so much traction in mainstream society.

    The other extreme (though much smaller in number) is then extreme narrowness exhibited in places like ‘classic transsexual’ sites. There someone can’t be a real TS if they support same sex marriage , are not het, or stay married, or don’t hate all ‘TGs’, or did not transition young or don’t pass very well… In other words the type of stereotype some of the old gender clinics pushed from what I have gathered.

    This narrowness IMO is just as harmful as the ‘everybody is the same’ politic. Neither extreme corresponds to the real world situation as far as I can see and both deny who a lot of people are… yet the clash of the two views seems to be what most of he debate ‘in the community’ seems to be about.

    Both sides have their own code of political correctness in behavior, language and thinking in general, and tries to enforce it and force it on others and actively work against the other…

    What a waste! But no different from our polarized ‘mainstream’ society in that way it seems.

  2. Suzan Says:

    Karen, the groups at the old gender clinic I went through in 1971-72 were more thoroughly mixed than the ones of today which are overwhelmingly white, middle and upper class as well as older.

    As for people like Usher and her transsexual extremism… Ironically I consider her a puissant transvestite that got carried away with her own Usenet bullshit. Pretty much totally irrelevant to the entire discourse.

    I’m getting trashed by the extremists at both ends yet I due to shifting my focus from identities to issues I am able to have reasoned discussion with both people with transgenderism and people with transsexualism on matters such as health care access, hate crimes laws, anti-discrimination laws etc.

    Stuff that is more important than playing the loser game of identity based politics that only serves to divide the progressives so that the right wingers and Xians can win.

  3. karen A Says:

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    As for people like Usher and her transsexual extremism
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    I never took her seriously after reading a lot of her posts … Not 15 years ago and not now

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    … Ironically I consider her a puissant transvestite that got carried away with her own Usenet bullshit.
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    That is the sense i always got from her over the top posts though I never brought it up… It’s why after awhile I just ignored her and why she is ultimately of little significance.

    But there are those who i think are real who do espouse those types of views.. and those I do think cause problems and hurt people with their form insecurity based elitism.

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    I’m getting trashed by the extremists at both ends
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    That has long been the case for me.

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    yet I due to shifting my focus from identities to issues I am able to have reasoned discussion with both people with transgenderism and people with transsexualism on matters such as health care access, hate crimes laws, anti-discrimination laws etc.
    [/quote]

    That is sensible approach IMO. TG’s dissing TS and say we don’t need surgery and HBSer’s hating all GBLTers to the point that they oppose same sex marriage because their insecurity strangely makes them believe that SSM would make their marriages to men, homosexual somehow.

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    Stuff that is more important than playing the loser game of identity based politics that only serves to divide the progressives so that the right wingers and Xians can win.
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    Given what happened with the health care bill – both the dilution and the abortion amendment, as well a the vote in Maine, shows the right wingers still have a lot of influence… WAY too much.

    – Karen


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