In response to the Out Serve article Transgender the New DADT there have been a number of transgender bloggers making a case that our exclusion from the DADT repeal was because gay people wanted it to happen so bad they pushed us from the table to get it done.
This time it wasn't a fault of gay peoples action or inaction we did not advance our agenda's simultaneously.
It's our fault. We have sucked at getting off our asses away from the keyboards to make ourselves visible.
Out of the DSM out of DADT! No short cut to that happening.
As founder of the growing online group Dallas Transgender Advocates and Allies I stood alone in front of the hotel the Texas APA convention despite lobbying heavily for members to attend. No one else bothered to show up. Our european community has made headlines why can't we in the states?
Gay people set the stage for the repeal of DADT by their hard work, protesting and educating which eventually led to the 1973 removal of homosexuality from the DSM. The following membership vote demanded by those opposed validated the Boards decision.
A retired Army Staff Sergeant's opinion on how to eliminate DADT for Transgender people in the service. One, We must continue laying the ground work changing society's perceptions of us.
Two, We must focus as much energy as we can getting ourselves OUT of the DSM.
Transgender people are barred from the Army by Reg. 40-501:
Paragraph 3–35. Personality, psychosexual conditions, transsexual, gender identity, exhibitionism,
transvestism, voyeurism, other paraphilias, or factitious disorders; disorders of impulse control not elsewhere classified."
Which references our pathologization by the APA as the
authenticating medical journal..........
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Revised, American Psychiatric Association
(Cited in paras 3–30j and 4–23. This manual may be ordered at www.appi.org.)"
AR 40-501 pdf
IF TRANSGENDER PEOPLE WANT TO SERVE IN THE MILITARY WE MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE DSM. THERE ARE NO SHORT CUTS!!!
Start by signing the Change.org petition Remove Transgender from the DSM-5
Together with Amnesty International the Danish Transgender petition against psychopathologizing has now reached 10.000 signatures.
Education and protests are seriously changing Europe with a all out effort to remove transgender people from the ICD-10.
In the states we have in comparison done nothing and the window of opportunity is quickly closing.
Join with 5,000 others on the Facebook event
Find out where the APA conventions are in your state. Let them know we are alive!There is a vocal growing discontent from the APA's own membership as to the process of amending the DSM but not a mention of transgender people has been made in anything I have read!
The onus is on us! Act now!
Tranny. Faggot, are words that harm equally those they are meant to offend. Not using them is a simple request that's generally respected with a few exceptions.
However, many high profile gay people feel its their right to defame transgender people and have long done so despite our requests, then demands and most recently glittering.
And as absurd as it is many Gay people are offended that we take exception to this defamation. Lord forbid we should post stories about actions taken against gay icons highlighting our angst over being defamed.
Demand the Dallas Voice Stop Using "Tranny"
A gay man, Steven Publicover commented that I should stop shrieking like a 'harpy' on my facebook profile when I posted about the recent glittering of Dan Savage and other transgender responses to gay misogyny.
"If trans activists don't want our help, fine. I'm tired of all the bitching and complaining and shrieking like a harpy. Think you can do better alone? Go for it.Having never heard the term "harpy" before I looked it up thinking it was a slur against Jewish people but as it turns out its Gay misogyny personified in the dehumanization of the sacred female as a "filthy beast" who is a "a scolding, nagging, bad-tempered woman".
If their ever was a insult this is it so I will turn that around. I feel a personal attachment to this transformed woman fighting her for life with only her wings of feathers to defend herself against this man's gay blade.
As she valiantly fights you can't help notice the vultures circling like gay media waiting for the next opportunity to pick a transgender person apart.
There is a response online. I begun a petition asking that Logo drop RuPaul's drag race for his sensationalistic commercialization of "tranny". Although there are only a few signatures at this time they are from all over the world representing not just US activists but a consensus from our worlds population.