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 188.8.131.52.
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 [184.108.40.206]
wikileaks.nl - Mirror Netherlands [220.127.116.11]
wikileaks.de - Mirror Germany [18.104.22.168]
wikileaks.eu - Mirror Europe [22.214.171.124]
wikileaks.pl - Mirror Poland [126.96.36.199]
wikileaks.at - Mirror Austria [188.8.131.52]
wikileaks.lu - Mirror Luxembourg [184.108.40.206]
wikileaks.se - Mirror Sweden [220.127.116.11]
wikileaks.no - Mirror Norway [18.104.22.168]
wikileaks.is - Mirror Iceland [22.214.171.124]
nyud.net - Mirror United States [126.96.36.199]
wikileaks.ca - Mirror Canada [188.8.131.52]
wikileaks.info - Mirror of previous leaks [184.108.40.206]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.