I highly recommend Tobi Hill-Meyer's three part series on Bilerico Project. She sets the standard defining transsexuals views on the "T" word!
Part one examines Let's Talk about "Tranny" - Meanings
"To begin with, it's important to recognize that "tranny," like most slurs, is used to say more about someone than simply whether they are trans or not. Just as how "this homework is so gay" is less about identifying sexual attraction to other homework of its own gender and more about being generically bad. Similarly, being called a faggot or a dyke is often about being too feminine, a sissy, a manhater, or just being unwilling to accept sexual harassment. So what's the implication of being called a tranny?So what does the media's role in presenting transgender as a simplified one dimensional plaything have to do with anything? Answered in part two "Let's Talk About "Tranny" Media Criticisms"
"If you are using the term over other people's objections, then be prepared for the consequences. People may think you are ignorant or insensitive to the oppression of trans women. They may more closely examine your behavior for transphobia and/or misogyny. They may find it. They might not want to be exposed to your irresponsible use of term (or other transphobia and/or misogyny) and decide to avoid your events, your writing, or your film. They might tell their friends. So if you want to cultivate an audience that includes trans women and those who care about them, or even just a reputation as trans friendly, keep that in mind.(Tammye Nash, John Wright and the whole Dallas Voice crew should pay particular attention to this paragraph.)
Part three talks about the effects of using "tranny" has on transgender people. It explores the rational cisgender people us in defending there cavalier use of the word.
"Similarly, I've heard people suggest that because of the overlap in the trans feminine spectrum between trans women, drag queens, and sissy faggots, that gay men should therefore be free to toss the slur around without being criticized. I can understand the point if you're a gay man who walks the streets in drag, facing harassment, being called a tranny, and getting profiled by police for walking while trans. However, that doesn't give all normatively gendered gay men carte blanche to rebuke any criticism for using the term just because they went to a few drag shows. That doesn't give all gay men carte blanche. It certainly is no excuse for OUT magazine the justification to claim that the term is powerful and liberating just because they (predominantly cis men) are the ones saying it."It is my belief that that Tobi's three part dissertation correctly articulates the current transgender sensitivities regarding the word "tranny". These three articles should be used as a guide post for cisgender media regardless if it is a gay or hetreosexual publication.
Mercedes has a wonderfully insightful commentary on Tobi's article over at Dented Blue Mercedes
When you as trans activist regularly face unrelenting attacks on your dignity by media giants simply for standing up, hold your head up, face the battle bravely and what ever you do, never allow them to see your pain.
Do not believe there lies. Know that as we hold the high ground and refuse to lower ourselves to the level of these despicable attackers by refusing to use the hateful names they do know in the long run people will recognize your integrity and admire your courage.
The continued venomous attacks by the Dallas Voice on myself, dehumanizing singling me out despite being knowledgeable of trans peoples sensitivities with hated pejoratives require me to ask you Tammye Nash, what is your true motivation?
What is you investment in the word "tranny"? You are a cisgender gay woman for gods sake!
Is it you wish to hurt me personally? Our do you just hate transgender people in general?
When will Tammye Nash at the Dallas Voice learn that "Tranny" and "Faggot" hold the same negative connotations as "Nigger", Kike, "Towelhead"?
Surly our attempted education of Nash of the media guide which the Dallas voice adheres to when gay people are attacked verbally as was a dismal failure.
Nash, you are by definition a transphobic bully.
I am crying. Are you happy now? What Will it take for you to stop?
Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender & Queer Jamaica: Ten Reasons Why the Transvestic Disorder Diagnosis in the DSM-5 Has Got to Go
Kelley Winters, Ph.D.
GID Reform Advocates
Click title or link for Queer Jamaica: "Ten Reasons Why the Transvestic Disorder Diagnosis in the DSM-5 Has Got to Go"
The classification of gender diversity and nonconformity to birth-assigned gender roles as mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has drawn growing protest and outrage from transpeople and and allies worldwide. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the APA, is regarded as the medical and social definition of mental disorder throughout North America and strongly influences international diagnostic nomenclature. The fifth edition of the manual, the DSM-5, is in development and scheduled for publication in 2013. While the diagnostic category of Gender Identity Disorder (GID) has garnered most of the controversy, a second category of so-called Transvestic Fetishism (TF) has harmed transwomen, including transsexual women, as well as male-to-female crossdressers, dual gender and gender nonconforming people since the earliest days of the DSM. Trans and LGB advocates have been inexplicably quiet about the TF category, even after the APA proposed to expand the category in the DSM-5, renamed Transvestic Disorder, to implicate gender nonconforming people of all sexes and all sexual orientations.
The proposed DSM-5 diagnosis of Transvestic Disorder, even worse than its predecessor Transvestic Fetishism, labels gender expression not stereotypically associated with assigned birth sex as inherently pathological and sexually deviant. The diagnosis is punitive and scientifically capricious, serving to punish social and sexual gender nonconformity and enforce binary stereotypes of assigned birth sex. Here are ten reasons why the Transvestic Disorder diagnosis should be eliminated entirely from the DSM-5."
Click the the link or post title for Kelley's Queer Jamaica' complete incredible article.
Petition the American Psychiatric Association: Remove Transgender from Proposed Changes in the DSM-5
The DSM is regarded as the medical and social definition of mental disorder throughout North America and strongly influences international psychiatric nomenclature.
On January 10th, 2010, the American Psychiatric Association released proposed draft revisions for the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) to be published May 2013.
Although the proposed changes for the DSM-5 has substituted "Incongruent" a less offensive word for "Dysphoria", the ramifications of this diagnosis still exists as illustrated recently by our exclusion from the DADT repeal.
Transgender people's civil rights advancement has been and will be severely limited by our diagnosis in DSM as mentally ill by the American Psychiatric Association.
Anti transgender organizations cornerstone evidence for our dehumanization is the DSM which links our identities with with autogynephilia and pedophilia. Without fail the roundhouse blow during our engagement with anti trans forces has been delivered by quoting the DSM prognosis of our 'mental illness'.
Our diverse gender identities are a natural gift, not a psychiatric disorder.
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There are arguments we would be "cutting of our noses in spite of or faces" by getting our gender diversity de-listed in medical references as a treatable pathology. That is not my opinion. Why would a perfectly normal socialy functional human be satisfied with being labeled as mentally ill?
APA's DSM-5 Development Page
GID Reform WordPress
This Petition is for dissolution of marriage and it is alleged on oath as follows:
1. Petitioner resides at Any street, Every Town, Every State and has resided there since at least 1706 and (90) days immediately prior to the filing of this Petition.
2. Petitioner and Respondent were shotgunned married during the 1990's resulting in the T being assimilated into the gay acronym GLB in the USA with the marriage being recognized worldwide.
3. The parties were separated on or before September 27, 2007 .
4. There are six identities born to or adopted by the Parties. The names and dates of birth are: Questioning, Bisexual, Intersex ,Asexual, Gender gifted, Gender Queer. All were born ? years BC. The trans complainant is now pregnant with multiple identities and expressions.
5. Petitioner and Respondent are enter into an Agreement resolving all issues of the marriage, which is recorded in their Identity Settlement Agreement and Child Care Plan, a true and correct copy of which is attached to this Complaint as Exhibit �A�.
6. Petitioner is mainly unemployed and underemployed, being discriminated against during and after transition. Respondent is usually employed not directly affected by sexual affinity in the work place and now in the armed forces service of his/her country.
7. There is no reasonable likelihood that the marriage between Petitioner and Respondent can be preserved, and therefore, the marriage is irretrievably broken.
WHEREFORE, Petitioner prays for its orders:
a. dissolving the marriage between the Petitioner and Respondent;
b. dividing the marital properly between Petitioner and Respondent according to law and settling all marital and non-marital identity and expression issues of the parties and resolving child issues as specified in the attached Property Settlement Agreement and Child Care Plan;
c. and granting such other and further relief as to this Court seems just and proper in the circumstances.
Petitioner wishes to retain the umbrella identity of Transgender and not be associated with the name of "gay" or "gay agenda" upon the date of the divorce.
Transsexual Community, USA___________________________________
Signature of Petitioner
Gay people agree not to use transgender/transsexual peoples name or identity in organization names which do not have transgender people in membership or advocate for transgender corcerns. Drag performers will now be recognized with a "gay" name if the performer identifies themselves as cisgender.
Further more, gay people commit to discontinue using 'tranny' a slanderous pejorative for revenue and commercial purposes. Gay people also promise not to use pejoratives defaming trans people in cisgender media for the purposes of creating sensationalist extrinsic controversy intended to exacerbate discord within the divorced parties.
Many in trans community, already up in arms after Congressman Barney Franks offered his latest deceptions regarding 2010 ENDA's debacle blaming gender issues. Meaning if, transgender people had not been written (Married to gay people) in in the first place ENDA would have succeeded. Many are now calling for this Divorce so I thought I would write this petition.
And now we get left out of theDAD* repeal!
Our exclusion from DAD* tipped the scales. Weighed heavily already with trans activists anger over the continued attempted gay assimilation and profiteering at the expense of the people under the trans umbrella has many, including myself ask, what is needed to repair this relationship?
Really then, what are we trying to repair? At best trans people are in the receiving end of of this predatory relationship.
Sometimes goodbye is a hello. Hello to true allies who would not exclude us who would not use our accpation as a pity tool to raise money for there agenda not parody us as comical jester like clowns in booze fired fundraisers?
When those we hold the dearest are the ones who harm us the most it's time for a change. Just ask my biological 'family', wherever they are. They could confirm I am strong enough personally to present and be faithful to a commitment for divorce.
Its time for our trans family to do the same. We want a divorce.
….Transsexual International Media Examiner…. TIME blog
Trans group forms to combat defamation and it’s about TIME!
(For group specifics and mission statement click the ‘about us’ page
for instructions to become a contributor)
Invitation to form and participate with TIMEblog.org A Trans
identified and led group of advocate journalists from Australia, New
Zealand, Canada and United States of American.
I am writing you because of our shared passion that transgender people
be treated with dignity.
How many times have we been assailed by gay media with the word
‘tranny’ being used as a pejorative?
How any times have we responded individually hoping for a larger
transender community response to back us up on a offenders blog?
How many times have we as a community been gang raped by gay media in
articles purportedly desiring goodwill dialogue with trans people that
in realty were thinly disguised efforts crafted to antagonize and
How many times have you felt as I have, powerless, when responding on
my blog knowing good and well I was only reaching 1/10th of the
audience as the offending gay blog?
How many times have we watched mainstream media pickup on gay media’s
predatory practices, parrot the offending gay media’s offensive
behaviour therby gaining attention exponentially.
How many times have you shared my sense of disempowerment when the gay
organization GLAAD, as admirable an ally as they are, is the only
organization to speak for transgender people?
How often have we been frustrated by GLAAD’s unwillingness to confront
Gay people and groups who are presently allowed to defame trans people
We will confront gay media without hesitation with every tool avaliable.
I have conducted a survey of trans identified people on TransAction
ConVergence. The results http://bit.ly/gLVkl4 of this survey provides
us with a mandate to speak on behalf of the trans community.
One tenet of TIME will be our vocal objection to ‘tranny’ being used
in Cisgender media no matter whether gay or hetero.
We will voice condemnation when religious groups denigrate us. Their
misrepresentation and defamation of trans people in religious media is
a major factor in for our present position in society.
There will be occasions when issuance of statements and blog posts
will be insufficient to bring about change. In these instances we will
initiate email campaigns, letters to the editor of local papers and
If all else fails, protests are the last option and will be done if possiable.
The group will be called ‘transsexual’ because the survey indicated
that moniker is most favored for people who identify under the trans
We will further identify ourselves as exactly how we identify in the
‘About page’. I would like to include a contributors (thats you) page.
You will be given the option to upload a picture and be as forthcoming
as possiable about yourself and where you live. Remember, visibility
is one our greatest tools in creating a sense of familiarity with and
acceptance from cisgender people.
Also, posting detailed information about yourself will help to silence
our detractors of which there will undoubtedly be many and be
forewarned, you may be targeted with misinformation and personal
attacks, some even comming from own community!
As a organization, banding together transgender bloggers and activists
and armed with factual evidence of transgender sensitivities we will
dismantle gay misogony and hetero transphobia in media. As never
before we will have a voice.
I see a organization run by individual bloggers and activists
belonging to Timeblog.org each acting autonomously, Each possessing
her/his unique abilities and passions cross posting from their own
blogs on Time. Each contributor will be empowered with equal abilities
to issue statements on behalf of TIME when necessary, condeming or
A core group of officers led by myself will reserve the authority to
censure and/or remove contributors who do not understand the purpose
of or abuse TIME.
Our power united we will easily overcome our singular adversaries.
Together we can do this.
Hoping you will join this endeavour. We are nothing without you.
We are unstoppable with you.
kelli Anne Busey
Its about TIME!
Battered South African lesbian petitions Justice Minister to criminalize 'corrective rape' from safe house
Earlier this year Millicent Gaika, a 30-year-old South African woman, was tied up, beaten, strangled, tortured and raped for five hours by a man as he screamed that he would “cure” Millicent of her lesbianism.
Ndumie Funda, a local community activist whose lesbian partner was murdered in the course of a similar “corrective rape,” reached out to Millicent through a small local charity she set up to rescue and support survivors of “corrective rape.” But last month they both had to go into hiding after the South African government released the perpetrator they had helped to jail on 60 rand (less than $10) bail.
Ndumie, Millicent and others decided to fight back against the rapists and the lack of accountability for their crimes.
From a Cape Town safehouse for survivors of ‘corrective rape,’ the women created a petition on Change.org targeting South African Justice Minister Jeffrey Radebe.
Please, they wrote, declare 'corrective rape' a hate crime, which would both empower and require South African police to take a harder line on the vicious crime.
Click here to add your name to the petition.
More than 500 “corrective rapes” are reported in South Africa each year, and more than 30 South African lesbians have been murdered because of their sexuality over the past decade. Worse, for every 100 men charged with rape in South Africa, 96 of them walk free.
We can help here. Last year, South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority went on record refusing to formally declare 'corrective rape' a hate crime, saying "It is not something that the South African government has prioritized as a specific project."
But with enough international pressure on the South African government, such heinous crimes might finally be taken seriously. More than 2,000 Change.org members have added their name to the petition created by Ndumie and Millicent. Click here to add yours:
Thank you for taking action,
- The Change.org Team
P.S. Every time a new person signs the petition, the Justice Minister’s office automatically gets an email. So once you join, will you forward this to friends and family, and post on Facebook, so that they hear a global outcry?
Transmen experence unique, extremly stressful personal issues especially early in transition. Unexpected and sometimes fatal is to be accepted by family, religion and cisgender heterosexual society only to suffer attacks on the essence of our morality and the rational for transition questioned and perverted by the people we once considered our dearest friends and confidants!
Gay Transphobia for trans people is being cast adrift from 'OutCast Island' is as a leper is to the "clean".
I learned the hard way, we are watched. This blog was once shut down for three weeks after I exposed Congressman Barney Franks longtime employment of male prostitutes (rentboys) and how he avoided censure and deflected criticism begining a regiment of derogatory commentary about a even less accepted minority, transgender people. Thus began Franks statements then welcomed by misogynist and transphobes, now infamous and politically suicidal 'men with penis's in the ladies room'.
I would still be silent had it not been for the Internet uproar created by fellow bloggers which caused this server to allow me access again.
WikiLeaks need us to do the same for them now.
There are 500 hundred DNS servers which is Short for Domain Name System (or Service or Server), an Internet service that translates domain names into IP addresses. Because domain names are alphabetic, they're easier to remember. The Internet however, is really based on IP addresses. Every time you use a domain name, therefore, a DNS service must translate the name into the corresponding IP address. For example, the domain name www.example.com might translate to 18.104.22.168.
Today Wikileaks encountered a new form of censorship that should make all of us shudder. Rather than being shutdown at the web hosting level, EveryDNS shutdown the wikleaks.org domain name.
What we can do.
The easyest is displaying the Wiikleak picture or embed the code as I have done, on your web site.
There is a blogspot called (untill it is also shutdown) Wilileaks Mirror List.
which has instructions on how we can be of help. Our participation is not without danger. You may also be shut down, but without us holding the worlds goverment accountable for our freedoms with the Internet we only know what they wish us to.
The full list of more than 700 mirrors is under the Mirrors tab on each of the sites listed below...
wikileaks.ch - Official Wikileaks Page
wikileaks.fi - Mirror Finland [22.214.171.124]
wikileaks.nl - Mirror Netherlands [126.96.36.199]
wikileaks.de - Mirror Germany [188.8.131.52]
wikileaks.eu - Mirror Europe [184.108.40.206]
wikileaks.pl - Mirror Poland [220.127.116.11]
wikileaks.at - Mirror Austria [18.104.22.168]
wikileaks.lu - Mirror Luxembourg [22.214.171.124]
wikileaks.se - Mirror Sweden [126.96.36.199]
wikileaks.no - Mirror Norway [188.8.131.52]
wikileaks.is - Mirror Iceland [184.108.40.206]
nyud.net - Mirror United States [220.127.116.11]
wikileaks.ca - Mirror Canada [18.104.22.168]
wikileaks.info - Mirror of previous leaks [22.214.171.124]Important Wikileaks Links
twitter.com/wikileaks - Official Wikileaks Twitter Page
facebook.com/wikileaks - Official Wikileaks Facebook Page
Get on it! CUTTING EDGE ADVOCACY!
The SPLC definition of a GLBT hate group "... the SPLC’s listings of these groups is based on their propagation of known falsehoods — claims about LGBT people that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities — and repeated, groundless name-calling. Viewing homosexuality as unbiblical does not qualify organizations for listing as hate groups."
On the list is Concerned Woman for America which repeatedly consigned transgender, men and predator to the same sentence when informing it's membership about ENDA and Hate Crime Laws....
"That means that transgenders in these states who are residents and/or public employees may enter any restroom. But what about men (predators) who might pretend to be transgendered in order to exploit the vulnerability of women and children?"Not provided in this groups position statement is proof. Not one incident is documented to lend credence to it's fear mongering tactics.
"Everyday places where men/boys could be allowed in ladies’ restrooms are: schools (all grade levels), churches (unless there is a religious exemption in the law), daycares, fitting rooms, drug stores, libraries, swimming facilities, fitness clubs, child game stores, and shopping malls."
"In other words — any public restroom in any public place is covered by this law."
"The most dangerous bill, however, is the federal bill, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). This law will apply to all states and change the face of American society. The Obama Administration lists this law under “civil rights.”
It’s a law that pretends to respect a few while endangering women and children on a psychological level — if not a physical level. Men (predator or transgender) will be able to intrude in the most private of places."
Thank you SPLC. It is important these groups are exposed for what they are, hate groups.
Updated Dec 01, 2010: The Trentonian newspaper replaces 'tranny' in headline with 'transgender'.
The Newspaper evidently unaware of the problematic nature of the word 'tranny' made the change after being alerted by GLAAD which linked this article in it's announcement.
I would like to thank the Trentonian on behalf of the majority of trans folk who were offended by this pejorative and for your making this correction so quickly. Thank you GLAAD and Aaron Nobel, Merry Christmas!
Original story published Nov 29, 2010:
The Trentonian headline published Sunday, November 28, 2010 reads "Trannies rejoice because they're finding jobs at Goodwill store."
In a holiday slap down aimed at trans people the Trentonian headlined this article with the pejorative 'tranny' ignoring the LGBT media guide ostensibly to rejoice in there good fortune.
Aaron Nobel's insidious intent.
The Trentonian's editor, Aaron Nobel knew it would be a win-win. He knew that a New Jersey newspapers story about transgender people in California would probably create little or no interest among his normal readership, and evidenced by it lack of recommendations, he was correct.
The Trentonian's editor is not ignorant about the harm he's doing.
Aaron Nobel knew this article would intense create controversy since this pejorative used once in the headline would elicit intense immediate condemnation from many trans activists, such as myself.
Aaron Nobel also knew this article would be indignantly self righteously defended by a majority of LGBT and hetero readers as well as our unrelenting foe, the predacious misogynists, because the remainder of the story was well written, celebratory and respectful.
As wonderfull as finding any job in these hard economic times are I have issues with this article because.....
The employees were slandered since none of transgender people interviewed specifically identified as a 'tranny'. The word 'tranny' was not used again in the article.
The headline suggests that 'trannies' would do very well to accept a minimum wage temporary retail job at a second hand store.
The title suggests that transgender people should be eternally grateful for and satisfied with menial jobs.
The title suggests a glass ceiling for transgender people, this being the most meaningful form of employment one could expect.
The majority of trans people detest this word as shown in a recent survey we strongly perfer it not to be used by cisgender media, gay or hetreo.
To put this into perspective.....
I am a transgender woman who last year after two years of unemployment found a temporary position in retail much as these woman have.
I have since been brought on permanent by this employer but survive at a pay rate 1/3 of the governments level for indigence.
I have been denied employment in the field I previously held since I transitioned. This retail job is NOT all I am capable of and I deeply resent this newspapers headline which suggests it is.
Merry Christmas Aaron Nobel.
A sitting judge Joe Rehyansky has been quoted as recommending allowing men rape woman whom they consider unresponsive sexually or gay.
According to Pink News This US Judge would empower straight men to 'swing through the trees' and fuck woman by any means they deamed necessary.
That's called rape, and it is the most odious of all offenses against humanity when used as a weapon of war. And a US JUDGE ADVOCATES THIS? OMG.
More at The Raw Story.
I'm being called a transatlantic capitalistic cultural imperialist because I objected to a drag queen partying at the London TDOR with a rendition of 'I'm a tra##y'. Well London peeps, some of your own country's trans folk are equally upset about this.
I wouldn't have even know about it if it hadn't been for your own country woman's blog post expressing her abhorrence of what you did.
I said essentially the same thing Helen did, but as is my style, I took it further, inflaming passions and yes even pushing the envelope of decency and creditability.
But the essence of my objection remains valid and unanswered by your indignation.
How can you justify so offending any portion of your community just to satisfy your sense of rebellion?
Cultural Imperialism. Excuse me for jumping to avoid your jerking knees.
The Internet has long been used to mix our nationalities unique sensitivities and create new social mores. We have all long 'capitalised' on that fact without any of the participants of the London TDOR before voicing there objections.
Am I wrong about the 'T' word? Could be wouldn't be the last time. But here's the 'rub'.
I use history as my tool to validate.
The 'N' word at one time was used widely as a form of rebellion and self identity much as those who insist on using the 'T' word do now. At the height of the rioting the 'N' word was a battle cry, but ultimately it's usage was devastatingly detrimental.
Since the pejorative 'ni##er' has become mainly unheard, POC and others are now being understood, loved and respected by each other as never before.
After the 'T' word runs it course as he 'N' word did, history will be replayed and we will see the same results.
I just hope some peeps do wake up so this doesn't take as long.
Dave Welch, spokesman for the Houston Area Pastor Council HAPC is a boldface liar. Dave Welch, pictured left, would see this woman Tyjanae Moore beaten, for gods sake!
He knowingly made misleading statements about transgender people in the bible to support his desire that this woman, Tyjanae Moore be denied entrance to the woman's room and instead be forced to use the men's room and forced into extremly dangerous situations likely leading to physical violence.
See video upper right or this link
Tyjanae Moore in Houston Texas on November 17 was found and falsely jailed for using the ladies room. This brought out Dave Welsh, a right wing religious extremist who made statements that would have everyone beleive transgender people are something new and undefined in society and condemned by the bible.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
In the old testament Isaiah 56 "Rewards for Obedience to God"
3Let not the (F)foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say,
"The LORD will surely separate me from His people "
Nor let the (G)eunuch say, "Behold, I am a dry tree."
4For thus says the LORD,
"To the eunuchs who (H)keep My sabbaths,
And choose what pleases Me,
And (I)hold fast My covenant,
5To them I will give in My (J)house and within My (K)walls a memorial,
And a name better than that of sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting (L)name which (M)will not be cut off.
In the new testament Mathew 19:11,12"
11But He said to them, "(J)Not all men can accept this statement, but (K)only those to whom it has been given.
12"For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother's womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it."
As a angel of the lord instructed a successful pastor to leave his congregations comfort and travel a desolate road, ours together less traveled, in Acts 8;
"An Ethiopian (eunuch or trans person) Receives Christ"
25So, when they had solemnly (AH)testified and spoken (AI)the word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, and were (AJ)preaching the gospel to many villages of the (AK)Samaritans.
26But (AL)an angel of the Lord spoke to (AM)Philip saying, "Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to (AN)Gaza." (This is a desert road.)
27So he got up and went; and (AO)there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he (AP)had come to Jerusalem to worship,
28and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.
29Then (AQ)the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this chariot."
30Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
31And he said, "Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
32Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:
"(AR)HE WAS LED AS A SHEEP TO SLAUGHTER;
AND AS A LAMB BEFORE ITS SHEARER IS SILENT,
SO HE DOES NOT OPEN HIS MOUTH.
33"(AS)IN HUMILIATION HIS JUDGMENT WAS TAKEN AWAY;
WHO WILL RELATE HIS GENERATION?
FOR HIS LIFE IS REMOVED FROM THE EARTH."
34The eunuch answered Philip and said, "Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?"
35Then Philip (AT)opened his mouth, and (AU)beginning from this Scripture he (AV)preached Jesus to him.
36As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, "Look! Water! (AW)What prevents me from being baptized?"
37[[a]And Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."]
38And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.
39When they came up out of the water, (AX)the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing.
Trans people have been loved by our God, accepted by Jesus Christ and welcomed into the kingdom since the beginning of our Lords recorded history. It would be in Dave Welch's interest if he desisted from spreading lies and untruths about Christian trans people and our place in society.
There are two arguments, one advocating the use of 'tranny' and one adamantly opposed to it's usage, with both sides supported with valid contentions.
One contingent of the LGBTQIA spectrum decries the usage of 'tranny' under any circumstances. This group contends that 'tranny' is a pejorative as presently understood, demeaning and demoralizing. This same contingent contends the word 'tranny' has never been accepted widely and in fact is synonymous with other pejoratives such as nigger and conveys the same negative connotations.
The other argument is for our reclaiming the word 'tranny' thereby establishing our self identity and revolting against modern conventions about the word. This component of our community also righteously calls out the most important tenets of our community, inclusiveness and respect.
In that this survey was conducted in good faith and all respondents allowed equal opportunities to voice opinions.
It is revealed that:
The majority of peoples identifying under the trans umbrella and allies find the word 'tranny' offensive when used by cisgender media since it's portrayal is enviably negative.
It my hope the people of our community who persist in it's usage and promotion take heed to there own council, respect our communities wishes and desist from this behaviour that is so harmful to us.
Full responses from survey found here
Note* All questions were allowed more than more than one response so some answers do not equal 100%.
Helen G at the UK based blog "Bird of Paradox" seemed to be incensed, as were as she reported, many transgender people in attendance at the vigil. In a post about the 2010 TDOR Bird of Paradox she writes
"The use of the t-word last night by the singer at the London TDoR vigil was, in my opinion, both inappropriate and insensitive. Further, to expect all those of us attending the vigil to happily join in with the singalong as though we were partying at a nightclub, was either jaw-droppingly naive or deliberately provocative."
Why should Helen Boyd be surprised that the 2010 TDOR was desecrated by this man? The attendees weren't upset when he did the same song at the 2009 TDOR. Judging by the laughter of the men room such at the 2009 TDOR like J Jaiden Geirrsson's they thought he was a riot.
The 2010 London TDOR was a party laughing it up as a cisgender man who while performing drag makes a mockery of trans folk.
Where is the spine of London's transgender community? Why is the London Trans community complacent, complicit and silent about this atrocity?
Why has the London TDOR become a drag show? The only things missing from making the London transgender Day of Remembrance a complete insult to our dead was a strip stage, pole and drinks.
Or maybe the London transgender community will reclaim the 2011 TDOR and hold a event respectful of not just the living, but the dead as well.
Up dated November 25 2010.
Misgendering in title.
Clarification of Miss Kimberly's gender to "cisgender man".
Helen Boyd incorrectly identified as 'Bird of Paradox' author.
Zoe Ellen Brain, Mercedes Allen, Autumn Sandeen, Monica Roberts, Stephanie Stevens, Jena Lewis, Michelle Lee
Invitation to form "Trans-AuCaUs Media Watch. A Transgender group of advocate bloggers from Australia, Canada and United States of American.
I am writing you because of our shared passion that transgender people be treated with dignity.
How many times have we been assailed by gay media with the word 'tranny' being used as a pejorative?
How any times have we responded individually hoping for a larger transender community response to back us up on a offenders blog?
How many times have we as a community been gang raped by gay media in articles purportly desiring goodwill dialouge with trans people that in realty were thinly disquised efforts crafted to antagonize and dehumanize us?
How many times have you felt as I have, powerless, when responding on my blog knowing good and well I was only reaching 1/10th of the audience as the offending gay blog?
How many times have we watched mainstream media pickup on gay media's predatory practices, parrot the offending gay media's offensive behaviour therby gaining attention exponentially.
How many times have you shared my sense of disempowerment when GLAAD, a gay organization, speaks for transgender people?
I am conducting a simple survey of trans identified people here http://bit.ly/asvzsc that will provide what we now lack to speak on behalf of the trans community.
This simple 5 question survey provides every person to identify, including anyone who considers themselves a 'tranny'.
This survey asks trans people and allies about how they feel about cisgender media using the word 'tranny'.
We will use the results of this survey to provide us a mandate when we confront transphobic media using our new organization "Trans-AuCaUs Media Watch".
As a organization, banding together transgender bloggers and activists and armed with factual evidence of transgender sensitivities we will dismantle gay misogony and hetero transphobia in media. As never before we will have a voice.
I see a organization run by individual bloggers belonging to Trans AuCaUs Media Watch committee. Each possessing her/his unique abilities and passions cross posting from their own blogs on Trans-AuCaUs Media Wach. Each committee member will be empowered with equal abilities to issue statements when necessary, condeming or commending.
Our power united we will easily overcome our singular adversaries. Together we can do this.
Hoping you will join this endeavour. We are nothing without you.
We are unstoppable with you.
kelli Anne Busey
Protesting with Code Pink at GW Bush's signing of his memoir "Decision Points," a guide to torture in Dallas Texas, 2 miles from the Bush residence. We demand Bush be made accountable for authorizing torture, imprisoning innocent foreign national.
We demand the United States immediately cease spiriting away people to former soviet block countries for torture. We were regaled unceasingly by cars passing by with with shouts of "FUCK YOU", GO HOME, YOU SUCK.
One bible thumper looked me in the eye and said, well the Koran says 'kill all infidels' so why shouldn't we torture them?
I asked if he had ever read the Koran on much to his credit he admitted he had not. I told him the same was true for many fanatic Muslims and Christians, both groups hatred of each other being fed by a misquoting hating voice.
Not that that excuses Bushes torture. NO it DOES not.
Our protest peaked when we moved directly across from the Bush heads and started chanting "ARREST BUSH NOW" which resulted in your face arguments and heated standoffs, all under the close eye of a ever increasing police presence.
Another thing. How many log cabin gays are there in Dallas? There had to be hundreds there sucking up to the murderer of our youth.
Look for us on the news tonight.
"What Happened Tonight: Hanging a Noose on Someone's Door is Not a Crime"
by Mel Distel on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 12:36am
I'm still shaking as I write this. I feel confused.
Tonight I arrived to unlock the office while Daniel was picking up scripts at Kinkos. There was a small noose(pictured left) hanging from the door handle. Being that we are an organization advocating for gay rights, I felt the message like a chill through my spine. This was intentional. At the encouragement of fellow activists, I called the Santa Ana Police Department and officers were sent out to our office.
I couldn't get the image out of my head. I smoked a cigarette outside the office
and my thoughts were spinning. I felt jumpy, and was startled when any person or car crossed my line of vision. This was a message of hate, and I felt unsafe. Inside the office, our phone bankers were shocked and hurting. They continued on with their phone bank calls (vote for Melissa Fox) and worked to stay focussed on the task at hand. (contiues after video)
I could not focus. I could barely make calls. I waited for the police to arrive, believing that when they did I would feel safe and affirmed.
When the police arrived, two officers spoke to Daniel and myself outside. The male officer dominated the conversation. There was nothing they could do, of course, there was no suspect and no crime had been committed. The officer said "what it is, is a string on a door." My vision got blurry, I was embarrased and felt stupid for making the call. I took a deep breath and said "Do you see any correlation between the fact that this is a gay office and there was a noose left on our door in the wake of all of these teen suicides?" The officer said, "Sometimes you just have to live with being a victim," and proceeded to mention that his car had been broken into before. As if that's the same. As if having your stereo stolen is anything like the message "You should kill yourself." As if random theft is anything like an act meant to convey hate and stir up fear in the heart of a minority group.
I want to thank Karla for having a long discussion with the sargeant about the situation. No, it was not legally a hate crime, because there was no crime (just hate). And the officer likely did not intend to come off the way he did.
But I'm still in shock. I pray that no officer ever tells a bullied teen that, "sometimes you just have to live with being a victim." The officer made me feel foolish for being shocked and afraid. I feel stupid and unjustified. Our volunteers felt hurt, angered and confused.
I am so grateful for the excellent family of volunteers who came together tonight, supported eachother, worked through their emotions, and even made an astonishing number of phone bank calls.
I am sorry for anyone who has experienced hate or intimidation, and my heart goes out to anyone who has reported it and been made to feel stupid for reaching out for help.
Stay strong, Orange County, the fight for tolerance has not yet been won.
AC Cooper 360 McCance "I will resign" Arkansas citizens will make sure he will at least honor this promise
"Cooper asked exactly what are you appoligizing for?" McCance "It was over the top"
Cooper "Do you understand the pain you have caused with those words to bullied gay children if there is any in your school district and to those who aren't gay but are bullied anyways?" MaCance "Well that's a big what if"
"If" meaning he doesn't seriously beleive there are really and gay children in Pleseant Plains. That response is worthy of Iran's Ahmadinejad who also believes there are no gay people in his care.
He said he would resign (submit a letter in 3 to 7 days) from the school board to spare the district the bad press and distractions of dealing with the fallout from his comments.
AC 360 blog
As of Friday there has been no letter of resignation received according to the Arkasas Times blog.
CAR's Facebook's response? "...if he reneges we will go back until he does!"
So will we.
October 3rd these five people were taped running out of the Plaza a latino drag bar after a "transgender woman dressed as a man", probably a drag performer.
The main suspect is a Latino man, approx. 25 years old, white shoes, orange sweat, closely cropped hair and possiable wearing a gold medallion.
He was seen leaving the scene in a white late model suburban.
Please call the police at 213-922-9234 or 213-922-8268.
Pleasant plains Arkansas population 267 give or take a couple of queers that kill themselves if of school board member Clint McCance has his wish.
Pleasant Plains Graveyard.
The Midlands school district website has removed all pictures and contact information. The district issued a statement condeming McCance's statement but distanced itself from him saying he acted as a private citizen.
Tens of thousands of angry concerned citizens LGBT and heterosexual agree on one thing, he should be fired immediately.
A school board member should never wish death for his students regardless if he is acting as a public official or a private citizen.
The concerned citizens also agree hate speech is unacceptable from anyone. Condemning children publicly to death is inexcusable regardless if someone is from a major metropolitan area or as in McCance's situation, a rural community. There is no excusing someone for wishing children dead. Period.
Turkey: TransAction ConVergence "Demand Freedom" for Five Transgender Activists Türkiye'nin Beş Transseksüel Aktivistler Talebi Özgürlük
Demand Freedom for five
TransAction ConVergence joins with Episcopalian TransEpiscopal in calling for the imediate release of five transgender activists beaten, gased, falsely charged and held for trial on Oct. 21 2010.
For Immediate Release
(New York, October 18, 2010) Prosecutors should investigate the attacks against five transgender rights activists by police in Ankara and drop all charges against the activists, five human rights organizations said today. In a letter to Turkey’s Interior and Justice ministers, the rights organizations said that the police officers responsible for the attack should be held accountable and called for an end to violence against toward transgender people.
The five activists from the Ankara-based transgender rights organization Pembe Hayat were arbitrarily detained and beaten by police officers on May 17, 2010. Following a familiar pattern in Turkey, the five were speedily charged with resisting the police, before the prosecutor had concluded an investigation into their complaint of ill-treatment. Their trial is set for October 21. If convicted, they face up to three years in prison.
"Police ought to protect transgender people and their advocates, not attack them," said Hossein Alizadeh, Middle East and North Africa regional coordinator at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. "When police turn into perpetrators, it becomes painfully clear that official apathy allows leeway for attacks on transgender people."
The letter to the Justice and Interior ministers was signed by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), Human Rights Watch, COC Netherlands, GATE - Global Advocates for Trans Equality, and the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe).
Four police officers from the Esat Police Station stopped the car the in which the activists were riding at about 10:30 p.m. on May 17 and accused them of intending to commit sex work. The women –Yeşim (Duru) Tatlıoğlu, Buse (Bülent) Kılıçkaya, Türkan (Deniz) Küçükkoçak, Selay (Derya) Tunç, and Eser (Nehir) Ulus – phoned for help, prompting 25 local human rights observers to go to the scene. The police forced the five activists out of the car, beat them with batons, kicked them and sprayed them with tear gas. Witnesses told the human rights organizations that the police screamed at the activists, "[f]aggots, next time we will kill you!"
"The Turkish government is turning us trans people into criminals, for no other reason than existing. Being trans in Turkey means being judged and condemned just because of what we are," said Mauro Cabral, co-director of Global Advocates for Trans Equality (GATE). "We are the crime: the government abuses us and forces us to live and die outside of the law, instead of protecting us."
Police handcuffed the women, forced them to kneel, and beat their heads and legs while one policeman told them their activism would not protect them. All five women, visibly bruised, were forced into a police van and taken to the police station. Police held them in custody until the next morning. They were officially charged on June 18, 2010.
Full press release (IGLHRC) Turkey: Drop Charges Against Transgender Rights Defenders
The Rev. Cameron Partridge of TransEpiscopal has this to say:
"We stand in complete solidarity with the five transgender activists as they go on trial in Turkey . We pray for their release, for the recognition of their human dignity, and that those who have treated these women in such a dehumanizing way would be held accountable for their actions. As we move toward Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, when communities around the world remember those who have died because of their gender identity or expression, we work to transform cultures of violence into spacious communities in which all of us can be who we are."
Please join TransEpiscopal, Integrity and other major international human rights organizations by expressing your concerns to the two Turkish Ministers:
Mr. Sadullah Ergin
Ministry of Justice
Address: 06659 Kizilay, Ankara, Turkey
Fax: +90 312 419 33 70
Mr. Beşir Atalay
Ministry of the Interior
Address: T.C. İcisleri Bakanlığı, Bakanlıklar, Ankara, TurkeyTel: +90 312 422 40 22
Walking with Integrity supports global transgender community
Turkish LGBT org. "Pembe Hayat"
Demand Freedom for Five Turkish Transgender Activists
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