Whitewashing and Cisplaining...the movie

I began my transition in 1992. Part of what came with that was the meed for a hair stylist. I found mine at the Pink House in Conway, Arkansas. It was owned by John Schenck and Robert Lloyd, Their story is here at Freedom to Marry.

 photo Marsha_P_Johnson-650x500_zpsbnwbrgag.jpgJohn used to tell me stories from the old days. He was well positioned to do so since he worked as a bar back (i.e. bartending assistant) at the Stonewall back in the day. He told me about the night of June 28, 1969, when the police raided (not such a common occurrence at the Stonewall since there were payoffs) and especially began to hassle a Puerto Rican drag queen John only knew as José.

On that night there was a private party going on at the Stonewall. Regular patron Marsha P. (Pay it No Mind) Johnson was turning 25. Guests included other drag queens and some "girls who were serious" (in John's terminology; he means "transgender women") Some of the transwomen also did drag in order to make a Ms. Johnson.



Gender Prison: AFA dives for the bottom

The American Family Association has decided to blame the decision by TLC to cancel the Duggar Family on Jazz Jennings and her family...and not in a nice way. Meeke Addison writes TLC Trades Wholesome for Wholly Confused.

AFA had to get their anti-LGBT hatred on.

In a move to redirect the attention and public outcry, TLC also announced it has teamed with two prominent child-protection organizations for an ongoing campaign to raise awareness about child sexual abuse.

So far it appears the purpose is to cave to the new protected class of citizens in America — those who identify as LGBT.






Last night Abby Wambach introduced Caitlyn Jenner at the ESPY's, where she received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.







The Importance of Platform

One of the most frustrating things about the activism I do was exquisitely demonstrated last night. I've been actively activisting since I transitioned 23 years ago, on various platforms (email lists, the web, IRC, in public appearances and presentations, and in the past decade, blogging).

Yet last night, on Last Week Tonight John Oliver reached more people in 17 minutes than I have in all my efforts.

I'm not complaining, mind you. It is a fantastic thing that Oliver did. And it's not his fault that he has a platform available to him which I shall never experience.

Good on you, John Oliver. May you begin a trend.







The Month of the Gateway Sin

 photo pride___nomi_from_sense8_by_crimson_serenity-d8wfzdb_zpse5fj3zjj.pngI have not yet watched any shows produced by NetFlix or Amazon. That's just not the way we roll in this house. We get enough drama from the various NCIS's and the shows on TNT...though I did develop some interest in Scorpion after catching a few episodes. We are more usually entertained by what we can find on PBS when they aren't in pledge break mode or foodie porn.

But Sources have told me that the Wachowski's new SciFi series, Sense8, cocreated by J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon5) from NetFlix is getting raves from the transgender community.

(Image by Crimson Serenity)







AP does it wrong: Sexualization of trans women

 photo Caitlyn_zpsfgxp2vh7.jpgOne presumes that a news organization would have a style guide for a reason. GLAAD summarizes the AP and New York Times style books here.

And right there it says...

Use the pronoun preferred by the individuals who have acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or present themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth. If that preference is not expressed, use the pronoun consistent with the way the individuals live publicly.

And that really makes people scratch their heads when they released Trans woman Bruce Jenner debuts Caitlyn in Vanity Fair

Bruce Jenner made his debut as a transgender woman in a va-va-voom fashion in the July issue of Vanity Fair.

“Call me Caitlyn,” declares a headline on the July cover of Vanity Fair, with a photo of a long-haired Jenner in a strapless corset, legs crossed, sitting on a stool. The image was shot by famed celeb photographer Annie Leibovitz.

In addition to the corset, Vanity Fair released a black-and-white video on the making of the cover. It shows Jenner getting her hair done and posing in a long, off-the-shoulder gown with ample cleavage.




This is Us!

Amazon has launched a new documentary series about transgender and gender non-conforming people, called This is Me

This Is Me is an online series exploring contemporary issues faced by the trans and gender non-conforming community, and each short episode focuses on a specific issue – from gender-neutral language to public restrooms. The series explores the real-life struggles and triumphs of individuals like D’Lo (Looking), Maya Jafer (Mohammed to Maya), Valerie Spencer (Beautiful Daughters), Lily Rubenstein (Looking) and more, bringing humor and honesty to these timely issues.

The series is directed by transman Rhys Ernst and produced by Transparent creator Jill Soloway's Wifey TV.

In response to content featuring trans characters, we’re evolving to the next level. This Is Me instigates a new era: stories produced by the trans community about the trans community.




PBS: The science of being our authentic selves

It is not unusual during the course of the day to discover someone who is totally invested in the idea that gender is totally determined by chromosomes and therefore accepting trans people for who we say we are is just an exercise in "political correctness."

A more apparent example of this kind of doubt can be found in a new post at The Federalist called, It’s Not Hateful To Point Out Bruce Jenner Isn’t A Woman. Whereas Robberson offered confused hesitation, Daniel Payne owned his rejection of transgender identities, as many other Federalist writers have done. He argued that journalists “are doing a grave disservice to a segment of the population desperately in need of psychological counseling,” causing them harm by “accommodating their illness.” This is despite the fact that gender dysphoria was declassified as a mental disorder several years ago.

Payne’s attack on transgender equality relied on myths about transition regret, and he distorted data about the high suicide attempt rates in the transgender community. Instead of recognizing that the same study also found rampant discrimination in employment, housing, health care, public safety, and public accommodations — basically every facet of a trans person’s life — Payne simply assumed “the presence of tremendous pain, confusion, and despair” must stem from their “misconceptions.” After asserting that Bruce Jenner “is not a man,” he concluded, “People who believe they are transgender need help, and they need the truth. We should deny them neither.”

--Zack Ford, ThinkProgress




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