RuPaul and his use of the word “Tranny”

I’m not a RuPaul fan.  I have never and will never watched his TV show “Drag Race” because honestly it sounds like a drag.(Pun intended.)

I recognize the role drag has played in the gay community, how it is the focus of certain communities within the LGBT/T communities. How our culture would be lessened if drag as art and performance were to disappear.

Drag Shows have been an alternative to street prostitution for a number of my TS and TG sisters over the years.

When  I listen to so many outspoken activists within the world of TS/TG activism, the impression is sometimes such as to create the idea that no TS or TG sister ever came out through a period of time spent thinking she might be a gay boy.  Instead the most common trope is having entered into a heterosexual marriage to cure being transsexual or transgender.

Over the last twenty years I have watched as all sorts of different groups have been sucked into the Transgender Umbrella.  This has created a near cult like appearance to that concept that caused me to label the “Transgender Umbrella Cult” as being the “Transgender Borg”.

Sometimes that cult seems awfully straight to claim membership in a special interest collective of communities that comprise the world of gay and lesbian folks. Heterosexual cross dressers are considered part of this community, but drag queens are not.  Same sex marriage if entered into via heterosexual privilege is good, but the fight for marriage equality that would permit say two post-op sisters to get married or other non-trans same sex partners to marry is supposedly a  distraction from what should be the real cause of the entire LGBT/T community which is a trans-inclusive ENDA.  An ENDA which was bumped up last year from being an employment bill to including public accommodations.

Some forty years ago I came to the conclusion that transsexuals were transsexual, drag queens were drag queens, transgender folks were transgender and heterosexual transvestites were transvestites. Other than transsexuals sharing a bunch of issues with transgender folks who lived full time with hormones and top surgery, none of these groups had much of anything in common  beyond the superficial.  Even then the connection was very thin given all the arguments about identities.

Post-transsexual women, whether we call ourselves WBTs or Classic Transsexuals have been vilified by the promoters of the Transgender Borg Cult for years.  Transsexual Separatists is one of the nicer things they call us.

Mostly because we just want to get on with our lives.

Therefore I find the outrage with RuPaul sort of silly.  He’s RuPaul, he makes catty remarks for a living.  Catty, bitchy remarks are a Drag Queen Diva’s stock in trade.  Without a catty, bitchy mouth he would be indistinguishable from heterosexual transvestites.

Further I’ve listened for years to how the Stonewall uprising was a transgender uprising.  While there were people who would fall under that label there they were a minority.  If you dismiss drag queens as not really being transgender then that minority of street queens seriously dwindles.

The Following People weighed in on RuPaul’s comments.  (Let it be known I am tired of transgender folks calling gay men “faggots” and then wondering why gay men don’t bend over backwards in support of the transgender cause..)

Lexie Cannes:  http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/rupaul-is-not-transgender-so-quit-asking-him-to-comment-on-tg-issues/

Rebecca Juro:  http://www.bilerico.com/2012/01/you_dont_get_to_tell_us_when_to_be_offended_ru_pau.php

Kelli Anne Busey:  http://planetransgender.blogspot.com/2012/01/what-rupaul-clown-again.html

TransGriot:  http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2012/01/i-repeat-gay-media-rupaul-is-not-trans.html

http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2012/01/shade-of-gray-in-a-drag-queen-is-not.html

Marti Abernathy:  http://www.transadvocate.com/rupaul-fuck-you-you-silly-faggot.htm

Now as I said I don’t watch RuPaul’s show.  I don’t see any point in it.

But the insistence on everyone conforming to some sort of umbrella of like minded people all of whom use the politically correct language of the week is ridiculous and self defeating.  I am especially repelled by the casually expressed homophobia I see so often in the transgender community.

Often the anti-gay male homophobia is accompanied with anti-lesbian homophobia.

This is bullshit coming from people who insisted on grafting transgender onto the gay and lesbian communities.

Yes RuPaul is wrong…  But so are you when your response to his bullshit is a bunch of homophobic remarks.

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