8/30/14

Is Transparent Transface or is it tipping us further into the mainstream?

Two suprises for Transparent

They're two sides to this debate neither of which are wrong. One mindset defends the series noting that although the transgender character isn't trans the film has a lot of extras that are. As a kind of a exclamation point to that argument, the New York Times published asking Can Jill Soloway Do Justice to the Trans Movement? That headline from the Times is so emblematic of the progress, we as a community have made.

This isn't the scuzzy Ticked off Tra##ies with Knives were talking about.

Conversely the other camp feels that without a transgender person playing the role of the transgender part, it is nothing less than tranface, a commercialization of transsexualism if you will. Given that historically trans people have been made the brunt of jokes or made out as comical RuPaul like female impersonators its no wonder the show sans a trans lead would be discredited out of hand.

Watching the plot just now I didn't see any reason to be upset, or really entertained, to be blunt. There was a lot of rapid fire upppyish upscale banter that I, and probably most other trans people have little connection with. I don't think the show is really aiming specifically for our demographic.
It ain't OITNB either.

However, from what I've seen so far Transparaent is being done with style and sensitivity. Its worth giving a fair chance to. You can make up your own mind by watching the pilot for free on Amazon.




8/29/14

Parker Marie Molloy : A clear and present danger.

Sorry I told you to kill yourself parker said.
So Parker, where's my apology?

Recently, Parker Marie Molloy came under fire for inexcusably trying to get a sister trans woman to self-harm or worse, to commit suicide. Kelsie Brynn Jones debated long about making this public, and she finally did on queerty.

Jones wondered whether Parker had done this before. Parker has done something awful to me. While she didn't try to get me drink bleach are actions did result in my getting removed as an author for TransAdvocate.

Parker, who had never visited my face book profile before, was alerted by someone to a conversation I was having there with Mark Cummings about the Trans 100. Malloy then began rapid fire messaging me and commenting on my facebook page furious about that conversation. I didn't know this at the time, but parker had a axe to grind with Cummings and saw an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.

Malloy's twitter feed is now private but Roberts posted this link to it on
her facebook thread threatening my intergrity as a advocate.

Molloy then baited me in PM's to say something regrettable about Monica Roberts who saw Molloys tweets mentioning her. Roberts waisted no time in responding. I withered the intense toxicity of her friends and apologised to her publicly on Roberts facebook page.

But that wasn't enough. It wasn't an apology Molloy or Roberts an editor at the Transadvocate, wanted.

I also debated writing this article dedicated to her actions but in light of her recent actions, I thought it's needed.

What makes Molloy a danger? With her envious writing skills, Parker is able to connect with issues and present them with a style that appeals to the trans community.

Even now I find it hard at times not to peek at something written by her.

Then she strikes out at us, intentionally hurting us demolishing our trust in one another. That is unacceptable. There are no apologies she can offer that will repair the damage she has caused. Will her actions some day cause someone to kill themselves? Can we look the other way now? Can we live with ourselves if she does?

This isn't a revenge piece, but as I said back then you will eventually be called out Molloy. Parker needs to park it.


8/23/14

Why are some Detroit News agencies still insulting transgender victims?

Updated 3:04 8/23/14 Deadline Detroit much to their credit have edited their article to be respectful of gender diversity.

MLive began its coverage of the shooting victims at Detroit Palmer Park as many other sources did, by quoting verbatim police reports resulting in misgendering the transgender victims.
One transgender Detroit advocate told planetransgender that Mlive unlike some other outlets, listened to her and edited their article, not once but twice.

But there remains some news organizations that seem to delight in insulting the injured and deceased by among other things, calling transgender woman, men.

Transgender people experienced this recently in Ohio and only through diligent work by local advocates, and Glaad, the reports were corrected.

These victims deserve the same respect. It appears Fox News has partially edited their article but it remains problematic. The Detroit Fox affiliates video, embedded below, remains on their website despite local advocates informing them of its toxicity.

Steve Neavling, founder of the Motorcity Muckracker, formally of the Detroit Free press, whom the Columbia Journalism Review says is 'possibly the most hated man in Detroit' had this to say:
These assaults have been happening for years, and the Detroit Police Department has been systematically preventing information from being released about it. I've been trying to gain information about attacks on transgender people since the gruesome murder of a transgender woman last winter and the police won't even release a name. Pretty sad.

Fox 2 News Headlines


8/22/14

A TERF in Congress is editing OITNB Wiki calling Laverne Cox a man.

Someone with the IP address 143.231.249.138 which is registered to Congress made this edit to the Orange is The New Black Wikipedia entry:
"[[Laura Prepon]] and [[Yael Stone]] were next to join the series, along with [[Laverne Cox]], as Sophia Burset, a transgender character. ''[[The Advocate]]'' touted that ''Orange Is the New Black'' contains the first ever women-in-prison narrative to be played by a real transgender woman"
To Read:
"[[Laura Prepon]] and [[Yael Stone]] were next to join the series, along with [[Laverne Cox]], as Sophia Burset, a transgender character. ''[[The Advocate]]'' touted that ''Orange Is the New Black'' contains the first ever women-in-prison narrative to be played by a real man pretending to be a woman."

This was discovered by "Congressional Edits" a twitter account that automatically tracks edits made by Congressional IP addressees.



Someone, ether a Congress person or one of his staffers is engaging in transphobic attacks while being paid by us. The A.V. Club reports that:

Wikipedia editor JohnValeron wrote this morning on Wikipedia’s user talk pages:

143.231.249.138 has been repeatedly blocked for short periods but since his return this week has resumed disruptive edits, including attempts at spreading hate speech, and otherwise vandalizing Wikipedia with typically malicious contributions. Admins must stop pussyfooting around this willful, long-term abuse just because it emanates from the U.S. House of Representatives. That’s all the more reason to take immediate and, for once, “decisive” action.
The Wikipedia user who made the changes to Cox’s page—who at one point in the talk pages claims to be a Congressional staffer working under the explicit permission of his or her boss—has also made a number of similar edits to other pages this week, complaining that these Wikipedia articles are “too pro-trans.”

The individual defended her actions inadvertently outing herself (the only ones who consider TERF a slur are Trans exclusionary Radical Feminists) after being blocked for the third time this summer saying

This article is too pro-trans. When I attempted to add an alternative point of view regarding this topic (to achieve WP:BALANCE) it was reverted right away. The statement was cited with an article by someone notable enough that there is a Wikipedia article about them, so it satisfies WP:N. It's not like I added anecdotal evidence about these individuals calling me a TERF (which is a slur used by these people towards real women); the statement I added was cited and fully compliant with Wikipedia policies.

The Terf, unbelievably defends her edits saying she was specifically authorized by a member of Congress to publish hate speech:
What is your obsession with the users from this shared IP address? I don't know what part of my statements would make you think that I am a man. There's nothing illegal about editing Wikipedia to promote official business that has been explicitly authourized by the Representative. When you have other Representatives trying to push for laws such as ENDA, or when you have the EU using neocolonialist methods to impose transgenderism on the nation of Georgia through a visa agreement, it's all the more important. 143.231.249.138 (talk) 19:58, 18 August 2014 (UTC)


8/17/14

Austrialian Norrie says facebook suspended them for saying 'tranny bingo', but is it so?

Was Norrie suspended for 24 hours for just saying 'tranny' on facebook? It would appear so judging by the only article currently published about it.

The truth is there isn't a 'tranny ban' on facebook. There never has been. But there are Australian trans people who feel that the privilege to use such a word as the T word, like the N word, belongs to those within the minority it refers to.

Historically Australia is a very manly place. Australians take immense pride in their independence and rightfully should. But this attitude can lead to nationalist feelings, and within the LGBT community inevitably, misogyny, and left unchecked, a silencing of the trans community.

One of my friends, Indi Kelly Edwards, told me one day about how upset she was about four Australian hotels that are using transgender defamation for profit. So I gave voice to Indi's objection to the dissembling gay privilage down under. That article served to inflame the anger of the tranny bingo profiteers.

And about three months ago I posted a review on the Charring Cross facebook pagewhich went unnoticed until "Tranny Bingo" posted this, essentially telling me to STFU and go home.





Which begs the question, Norrie doesn't identify as transgender. Norrie won a court battle to allow themselves to identify as neither male or female so does that preclude Norrie from uttering this defamation?




After contacting numerous members of the trans community in Australia including the ones Norrie blames on being banned I could not find anyone who actually reported Norrie, or even saw what Norrie purportedly wrote that was so offense.


Another scenario remains. Push back. Indi  posted a review on the Charing Cross hotel face book page. Charing Cross Hotel had this incredibly insulting comment..





There is only one thing for certain. Norrie was not suspended for typing the words "Tranny Bingo" Its the  headline of this article, which appears on Facebook. Norrie wasn't suspended because one or two people complained, that's just not how facebook operates. There has to be more to it. A lot more.

Its about a minorities right to social equality. Its about dignity. Its about the right to life so many in the LGB community take for granted. Its the right to challenge commercial enterprises that use defamation for profit.

And yes 'tranny' belongs to the transgender community. We have the right to object to others using a word that many in our community hear as we are beaten and murdered. Charing Cross, drag queens and associates, don't you think "Gay Bingo" would be appropriate?


8/2/14

Video: Cops caught beating a Honduras transgender woman

Golpiza a Transexual en Honduras


The video a transsexual Honduran beaten by a military police in San Pedro Sula has caused commotion and outrage in Honduras.

The images were published in exclusive for channel six, who captured last Saturdaywhen a young man was beaten by an unknown and concurrently receives a kick of amilitary in the first Street police, 12 Avenue of San Pedro Sula. ~ Youtube discription 





El video un transexual hondureño golpeado por un Policía Militar en San Pedro Sula ha causado revuelo e indignación en Honduras. 


Las imágenes fueron publicadas en exclusivas por Canal Seis, quien captó el pasado sábado el momento en que era golpeado un joven por un desconocido y a la vez recibe una patada de un policía militar en la primera calle, 12 avenida de San Pedro Sula.

Gay Star News is reporting that the police are denying they were involved claiming the video was 'manipuated'.

Honduras has the worlds highest murder rate of transgender people according to the 2013 TDOR report 2013:  "The update shows reports of murdered trans people in 26 countries in the last 12 months, with the majority from Brazil (95), Mexico (40), the USA (16), and Venezuela (15), followed by Honduras (12), Colombia (12), and El Salvador (5). While Brazil, Mexico, and the USA have the highest absolute numbers, the relative numbers show even more worrisome results for some countries with smaller population sizes. Honduras, for instance, has a rate of 1.5 reported trans killings per million inhabitants, for El Salvador the rate is 0.71, while for Brazil the rate is 0.49, for Mexico the rate is 0.36, and for the USA the rate is 0.05. In Asia most reported cases have been found in India (8), and in Europe in Turkey (5) and Italy (5).