RuPaul Blasted For Transphobia By The Advocate; Not Everyone Agrees

We don’t live in Fucking North Korea, although listening to so many of the thought police in the so called “Trans-Community” the feeling that we might is understandable.

A few years back I called folks practicing the only approved words and pure approved thoughts the  “Transgender Borg.”  They acted as though there was only one approved way of thinking and that one should use only politically correct approved word to express one’s thoughts regarding being trans.

Fuck that…

I gotten a ton of shit from the thought police over the last 20 years for my refusal to embrace the term transgender as either identity or descriptive term.  I was transsexual.  I had a sex change operation.  It was many years ago, so long ago in fact I am now post-transsexual.

Every other person in the “Transgender Community” gets to use their preferred term ergo I get to use my preferred term.

I also have the freedom to tell individuals I disagree with to piss off.

Over the years I have watched as the transgender community has tried to colonize the Stonewall Riots while at the same time disavowing association with drag queens.

Heterosexual transvestites  cross-dressers (in politically correct speak) are part of the transgender community but drag queens aren’t, unless they happen to be murdered and then they are martyrs.

It is all bullshit.

I stand with Calpernia and Andrea James

As much as I like Zinnia Jones and Kelli Busey, I abhor their attacks on both Andrea and Calpernia.  Both Andrea and Calpernia are right to denounce this brand of slacktivism coming from the twits of the twitteratti, who seem to think tearing down two women with a long history of activism will accomplish anything positive.

All this shit does is drive people away once they are over and done with their SRS.

From Queerty:  http://www.queerty.com/rupaul-blasted-for-transphobia-by-the-advocate-not-everyone-agrees-20140407/

By Andrea James
April 5, 2014

UPDATE:

Logo announced on 14 April 2014 that “it has decided to remove the term “she-male” from future episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and pull a recent episode that featured the word.” This came about after weeks of direct negotiation on how to proceed. My critics have also published an open-letter response to this article, in which the authors and the letter’s signatories take issue with my criticisms. Big Freedia won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Series, and I was proud to be present at the event, supporting World of Wonder and all their remarkable work for the trans community.

PREVIOUSLY:

“I fucking hate @RuPaul.”

Normally, a journalist making this pronouncement wouldn’t also report “objectively” about RuPaul that same day, but editors at LGBT website Advocate.com think this lack of ethics and professionalism by writer Parker Molloy is A-OK. It perfectly summarizes the current state of post-disruption journalism and its unhealthy addiction to Twitter, as well as the brain drain that has happened in LGBT media.

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When not expressing hate for subjects of her reporting, Molloy is part of the eyeroll-inducing “hashtag activist” movement currently infecting the internet. Rants and beta male humorlessness once limited to blogs and social media are now creeping into other outlets. In a sign of the times, The Advocate, a venerable and respected LGBT print magazine founded almost 50 years ago, is now a separate entity from Advocate.com. The website is overseen by a separate editorial team who favors bloggers and tweeters like Molloy over journalists; quantity over quality. Molloy’s specialty is trafficking in outrage, the basest coin of the internet, and Advocate.com is harnessing Molloy’s background as a search engine marketer in its current deathmatch with HuffPo Gay Voices.

ru-judge-lookWhy does Molloy, who is transgender, fucking hate RuPaul? Ru used the word “shemale” recently on RuPaul’s Drag Race and has unapologetically used a number of other taboo words over several decades, like “tranny” and what-not. Imagine that, a drag queen breaking a taboo! Any entertainer deals with hecklers, and Molloy is one of RuPaul’s. Heckler culture has grown stronger as we devolve into a society of media consumers, where everyone is a critic. The only difference between a heckler and a critic is manners, and now hecklers are apparently considered journalists.

Disdain for drag in general and RuPaul in particular has occasionally flared up from folks who transition from male to female with the zeal of a religious convert. They often dabble in online heckling like this before they inevitably flame out. The internet allows these shut-ins to spend their waking lives online, agreeing with like-minded victim cultists who share their views of acceptable transgender thought and behavior. These trans folks have developed their own pseudo-academic jargon like cis-het, which means “cisgender heterosexual,” which itself means “non-transgender straight person.” Most trans folks throwing around cis-het would have been labeled cis-het themselves a few years ago. It’s noteworthy that the most vocal anti-RuPaul hecklers are trans women who are primarily attracted to women. These newly-minted queers are derided as Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) by the anti-heckler movement. The burgeoning backlash forming on 4chan and Reddit mocks SJWs as privileged pseudo-activists who seek to hurt others using the hard-earned weight of actual political movements.

Bret Easton Ellis calls these online hecklers Generation Wuss, oversensitive precious snowflakes raised on smugfuckery via LiveJournal, Twitter, and Tumblr. They exist in every subculture and demographic, and these internecine battles rarely move beyond a community squabble. In the LGBT community a hallmark of this online “activism” is little direct face-to-face interaction with the larger community or our critics. Their primary idea of activism is insulting someone they don’t like with a tweet or post involving the crutch word fuck. So fucking brave! Like all hecklers, their attention-seeking behavior helps these self-haters feel better about themselves.

While experienced activists seek to build bridges and establish empathy between cultures, these elitists’ ideas of success involve extracting apologies from media figures for perceived slights. This just drives intolerance underground, where it manifests in more pernicious ways, winning very few over to a new way of thinking and entrenching everyone. Witness #CancelColbert.

Continue reading at:  http://www.queerty.com/rupaul-blasted-for-transphobia-by-the-advocate-not-everyone-agrees-20140407/

From Kelly Busey: Open letter to Andrea James and Calpernia Addams

From Zinnia Jones: Open Letter: 200+ Trans Women and Transfeminine People Stand Against Calpernia Addams and Andrea James

The Arbitrary Way Companies Are Labeled ‘Anti-Gay’

From The Daily Beast:  http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/12/the-arbitrary-way-companies-are-labeled-anti-gay.html

04.12.14

GM, yes. Washington Post, no? The Human Rights Campaign’s standards for corporate America’s gay-friendliness have modernized—but it’s evaluation methods haven’t.
On April 1, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation honored more than 300 major employers at the 12th Annual LGBT Workplace Awards Reception.  Some of the biggest names in corporate America were celebrated at the gala event, including AT&T, Viacom, Nike, and Boeing. Even companies that have recently faced criticism for ethically questionable business practices were honored, including Bank of America, Pfizer, Monsanto, and General Motors.

All of these companies earned their spots at the dinner at the Time Warner Center in New York City by receiving a perfect score of 100 percent on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. Absent from the night’s honorees was the Washington Post (which was evaluated by its 2013 record, before it was formally purchased by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos in October). In fact, not only was a publication of the so-called liberal media at the heart of the Beltway not invited to the reception, it received a lowly 20 percent in the CEI report. Its score was worse than Dominos, BJs, Autozone, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

But before you cancel your subscription to the Washington Post, take a look at what earned one of the most prestigious publications in the country a measly 20 percent. The newspaper received 15 points for offering health insurance to the same-sex partners of employees and an additional 5 for offering other, “soft” benefits to partners, though apparently not enough to earn the full 10 points.

What exactly did the former Washington Post Co. do that was so antagonistic to LGBT employees that it couldn’t scrape up a few more points? For that matter, how did Whole Foods, which rather surprisingly does not grant employees’ same-sex partners health insurance, manage to score a far more respectable 75 on the CEI?

Continue reading at:  http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/12/the-arbitrary-way-companies-are-labeled-anti-gay.html

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ To Refrain From Using ‘Transphobic Slur’ In Wake Of Controversy

I have never watched “Drag Race” and never will.  I’m a hill billy hippie old lady.  The Drag Races I occasionally watch on late night TV usually involve cars and/or motorcycles.

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/14/rupauls-drag-race-transphobic-slur_n_5142855.html

by  James Nichols
04/14/2014

Over the past several weeks, popular reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” landed itself in hot water over the use of terms some activists claimed were transphobic or disrespectful to transgender people.

During a mini-challenge on the show titled “Female or She-male,” contestants were asked to identify whether a photo showed a cisgender (non trans) woman or a former “Drag Race” contestant after viewing a cropped portion of the photo. Some transgender people claimed that the segment was transphobic, as “she-male” is considered by many to be a violent word used against trans bodies and lives.

Following an initial statement regarding the use of the word posted after the segment aired, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and Logo TV are now making a huge change to their programming in order to address the allegations of transphobia.

A new statement sent to The Huffington Post by Logo reads:

We wanted to thank the community for sharing their concerns around a recent segment and the use of the term ‘she-mail’ on Drag Race.

Logo has pulled the episode from all of our platforms and that challenge will not appear again.

Furthermore, we are removing the ‘You’ve got she-mail’ intro from new episodes of the series.

We did not intend to cause any offense, but in retrospect we realize that it was insensitive. We sincerely apologize.

Earlier this month, The Huffington Post reached out to two former contestants on the show that later came out as transgender to seek their perspective surrounding the controversy. Transgender model Carmen Carrera responded with a statement she made on her Facebook, claiming, “Drag Race should be a little smarter about the terms they use and comprehend the fight for respect trans people are facing every minute of today. They should use their platform to educate their viewers truthfully on all facets of drag performance art.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/14/rupauls-drag-race-transphobic-slur_n_5142855.html

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