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I dislike the idea that we should all embrace the term transgender as an umbrella.
Trans would make more sense and wouldn’t force people to take a label they don’t want to wear for any number of reasons, some legitimate and some sketchy.
When I came out in 1969 “transgender” wasn’t a word yet or if it was it wasn’t in general circulation outside of a small set of people. I first heard the word in 1976 at Renaissance, a Trans group in LA. It had a limited meaning.
When I came out one was either a transsexual or a queen. Transsexuals had sex change operations, queens kept their original genitalia.
Neither group had a problem with extending the courtesy of the feminine pronoun to members of the other group.
Indeed failure to do so could result in fights that might involve broken beer bottles and knives.
Then came the David Bowie glitter kids and a mixed used of pronouns. They were sort of the gender queer kids of their day.
The point is people have different identities and it is rude to try and force them to wear your label.
That is the same thing the bigots do. They lump us into a dehumanized group and try to make us wear their label.
It is just as rude and stupid when progressive allies do it in the name of identity and unity.
It is not misgendering or malgendering. Misgendering or malgendering is what HBS shitheads do to Autumn Sandeen and Monica Roberts. Of course they do it on line and not to their faces because doing it to their faces might result in the above mentioned bar fight scenario being played out.
Misgendering or malgendering is the deliberate usage of the wrong pronouns or titles in contradiction to a persons presentation and identity.
It is not using transgender instead of transsexual or transsexual instead of transgender.
When GLAAD uses transgender as an automatic adjective for all trans-people it isn’t misgendering. It might be rude. It might be the result of the pushing of identity politics to the point where peoples’s personal identities are either erased or disrespected but it ain’t fucking misgendering them.
I’m tired of all the energy various representatives of the melange of different trans-communities pour into attacking people who are allies or activists working to further our individual rights.
While you are fighting over labels and in the process are disrespecting each other and the people doing the heavy lifting of activism, shits like Cathy Brennan, the radfems and their allies the Christo-Fascists/radical right are hard at work trying to undo the rights of all transsexual and transgender people.
Then we will all be misgendered/malgendered as a matter of public policy and we will find our papers restored to those of our birth sex.
So go ahead pick fights with the organizations that are fighting to defend our rights.
Just do the rest of us a favor and use your real names when you are doing this because the activists that are hard at work furthering our rights are.
And they are way too busy working for those rights to troll blogs and engage in the endless game of World of Transwarcraft.
A popular “Project Runway” contestant who appeared on the series as a gay man is now living as a woman.
E! Online reports that Andy South, who starred in the eighth season of the hit Lifetime series and made it into the top 3, now identifies as female on Facebook, and has changed his name to Nong Ariyaphon Southiphong. In addition, the designer now appears in a series of profile photos with long hair and in full make-up.
“Thank you to my fans and friends who have supported me all the way. To my family for seeing me for me and for all the love I am surrounded with,” the 25-year-old Hawaii native wrote on June 3, according to RadarOnline. “I am blessed to be so accepted and welcomed just the way I am. May that love flow through me and onto many others. Live in love for the world needs it.”
She also noted: “Much has changed in a year. And much has not. Love my cousin and sister. A year of intense growth shared.”
From GLAAD: http://www.glaad.org/blog/glaad-marches-8th-annual-trans-day-action
by Nichole Latimer
Monday, June 25, 2012
Members of GLAAD staff joined hundreds of other supporters last Friday afternoon in support of the annual Trans Day of Action. The event is hosted every year by TransJustice, a subgroup of the Audre Lorde Project.
The 8th Annual Day of Action (TDOA) began with a rally in Washington Square Park in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, a march in the surrounding streets, and speak-outs by organizers of the project and members of the community. Some speakers celebrated the achievements that transgender and gender non-conforming people and their allies have made recently. Others encouraged the audience to mobilize and take a stance against the discrimination that they continue to experience in so many different areas of their lives. Many took the time to mourn and remember loved ones they had recently lost. Marchers chanted pleas to end hatred and discrimination towards trans people and held signs that proclaimed messages such as “Equal Protections for Trans People Now” and “Gender Justice Now.”
Events like these are an important way to bring awareness of trans issues to the broader LGB community and allies. TDOA is necessary because trans voices far too often are silenced in the media, despite experiencing discrimination at disproportionate rates. According to the 2011 National Hate Violence Report and the Injustice at Every Turn report, hate-violence against trans women of color is at an all-time high as well as overall discrimination in education, employment and in the penal system.
Continue reading at: http://www.glaad.org/blog/glaad-marches-8th-annual-trans-day-action
From National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: http://thetaskforceblog.org/2012/06/26/rhode-island-transgender-hate-crimes-bill-becomes-law/
June 26, 2012
In an unexpected, and mostly unnoticed, move earlier this month, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, a former Republican who became an Independent in 2007, signed the Transgender Hate Crimes Monitoring Bill (S2488), which is a critical step toward reducing hate-based violence against transgender people in Rhode Island.
The measure provides training for local law enforcement in addressing hate crimes against transgender people, and requires mandatory hate crimes data collection/reporting requirements for crimes based on gender expression and identity. The Task Force provided technical assistance to local advocates in drafting the law, which already included sexual orientation.
Inclusive hate crimes laws at the state level are necessary despite existing federal hate crimes laws. In 2009, President Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. This law was a major victory in the fight for equality for LGBT people because it sent a message that our federal government will not tolerate violent crimes that target individuals based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
However, the federal law does not provide protections for non-violent or property hate crimes, which are generally included under state laws; nor does it include mandatory reporting requirements, making it difficult to assess the frequency of hate crimes against LGBT people.
Travis MealingJun 26, 2012
NORTH SIMCOE – A pro-life, family-values organization has singled out 15 Conservative MPs – including Simcoe North’s Bruce Stanton – for supporting greater protection against discrimination and hate speech for transsexual Canadians.
The Toronto-based Campaign Life Coalition objects to a private member’s bill introduced by Randall Garrison, a New Democrat from British Columbia. The organization is holding the 15 Conservatives responsible for voting in favour of Bill C-279, an act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code.
The proposed legislation passed second reading June 6 by a vote of 150-132. All 132 nays came from Conservatives. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was one of 17 Conservatives absent for the vote, which would have been lost had Stanton and his 14 fellow Conservatives voted the other way.
“This legislation has been a long time in the works,” Garrison stated in a press release. “This shows Canadians that there are people on all sides of the House who view equal rights of transsexual, transgender and gender-variant Canadians as basic human rights.”