Transfolk do NOT like to be called trannies
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Why are Transexuals lumped in with Gays and Lesbians? I mean, Transexualism, if memory serves, is diagnosed with the DSM IV - as a mental health issue - with the "cure", if you will, gender reassignment. Awesome. I fully support that.
BUT - homosexuality is not a mental health issue. I mean, I get it, we get the transexuals because we're open and accepting and shit, but I've never fully understood why.
I recall spending a lot of hours (that could have been much better spent) in discussions about reclaiming the word queer in the 90's. And surely some of us remember when Dan's columns always began with "Hey, Faggot". Language is powerful stuff. I know this seems silly and I agree when the left starts fighting w/ Susan Sarandon something's gone wrong. I'm just not clear that it's a discussion to be dismissed.....
I mean look, if you call yourself queer, that's one thing. If your friend or ally calls you queer and everyone's happy then all's good. But the asshole screaming queer at you while he tries to beat you to death, not so much. And we all know various gay folks who don't like to self identify as queer as well...
But Susan Sarandon?! Good Lord!
and in the very next scene with Sue and Becky, I thought Sue said 'go out and yell at some fags' instead of 'go out and yell at some fatties'
And I've always assumed that the "T" gets into "GLBT" because historically there were less clear divisions between gender identity and sexuality, and the butch lesbian scene, for example, still blurs the distinction.
Wait, is that better?
There - don't you all feel better now?
And drag queens who go the whole nine yards in appearance but aren't looking to change their physical gender suggest to me there's not a clear dividing line but rather a sliding one, sort of like the homo->bi->het one.
Besides, some transpeople are gay & some are straight, accounting for gender reassignation & who they are attracted to, so there's still overlap.
I wonder about the mental illness designation, as well. After all, homosexuality was on the books for many many years, so just because transgender is doesn't mean we might have a completely different view of it years from now :-P
Closest I'm getting is "We got us a problem bigger'n a tranny in a Peterbilt"--Maggie Fitzgerald to Frankie Dunn, in Million Dollar Baby by FX Toole.
I swear, the whole PC movement set the Left back 30 years with its pettiness, its militancy, and its tendency to attack friends ten times more savagely than the enemies who really deserved it.
yeah. . . that'll go over well.
Just ask yourself, is there ever any reason to actually use the word "tranny", beyond insulting someone?
We all point the finger at Christians for demeaning us and causing LGBT kids to commit suicide, yet we never once stop to think about how our own words affect the young kids in our community, especially the trans kids, who have no sanctuary anywhere with people both inside and outside our "community" calling us freaks or trannies. Thanks for the love and support, Dan.
And no, I don't care if you have a million token transgender friends who use the word or agree with you. It's still an unacceptable slur, end of story.
It's kinda like how a lot of modern day feminists hate that word because of extreme man-hating too-serious (mostly) second wavers...
A woman may take back the term cunt. Most self-described cunts don't want men to use the term when referring to them, that would make the men sexist.
A black man may take back the term nigger. White people don't get to use the term nigger when referring to black people as a group. Not without being racists.
Straight people don't get to use the term "fag." This is familiar ground, I won't belabor it further.
Transfolk do NOT like to be called trannies, unless it's in a fond way by other transexuals or the term is self-directed. END of fucking story.
Again, this is fucking not difficult! Either you respect transexuals' rights to self-identify however they fucking want (you know, like how we let blacks and women and gays self-identify without assuming we as outsiders have the right to call them niggers, cunts, and fags), or you walk over their faces with stilettos and call them what you want. But if you refuse to respect their right to self-identify, then you're a bigoted cocksucker trans-phobic, like Dan.
Dan, you are ACTIVELY IMPAIRING trans rights. This isn't the first time, and I'm sure it won't be the last unless you take my words to heart. I'm not even transexual and your ignorant commentary has my blood BOILING.
When in doubt, leave "tranny" out. It's as passe as "negro" but unfortunately, most cis-gendered dumbfucks are too out of touch to realize it.
I expect that what you don't see could fill rather a large and empty library. You are cis-privileged and your opinion on the topic is 100% irrelevant.
This may not seem like a big deal, but at least amongst the people I know, being a Transvestite is a tad more cheeky and much less serious. It is a bit of a kink, fun, part of who they are, but very few are actually gay or want to change their normative gender.
A Transsexual is a whole different bag, with much different life long, emotional implications.It includes hormones, surgeries and slew of other very heavy things.
When referring to Dr. Frank n' Furter--a bi-sexual Transvestite--Tranny fits.
I understand if people in the trans community do not want to be labeled "tranny". I don't think it's appropriate to be flinging it around--just as I don't think it's appropriate to fling the word 'Bitch' around. But in some clubs, for some transvestites, in some instances, it totally fits. And it did in that Glee episode.
Dr. Frank n' Furter is a totally hot, and sexy tranny.
PS. Can we not argue that Tranny is the same as Nigger. 200 years of slavery and hundreds more of social inequality do not = transsexual issues. They should not be equated.
Also - food for thought on the power of language - replace faggot w/ tranny and you'll have some sense of the legacy of pain that words can create:
Transexuals get to define what they are called. If you are not transexual, you don't. Do we ask gay people or gay allies to prove that they don't like to be called fags?
It's a difficult question. Should they give up the diagnostic label (which seems so alienating and oppressive), but lose the ability to provide help within people's means?
Well. . . If Canadian Nurse is actually from Canada, (not suggesting he/she isn't) they have a national health system, and I'm not sure how the treatment / payment for "Gender incongruence" works there. . . the DSM is an american big book of crazy. . . other countries have moved the code so it's not longer a mental health issue but it's still covered - see France.
Here in the US. . . the AMA approved, and deemed "medically necessary" treatment for GI, is rarely covered with health insurance, and at this point, having it in the DSM only serves as a way to deny or drop a trans person from coverage. So yeah, having it still in the DSM and not covered under another medical condition isn't a good thing.
And I agree that people in the trans community get to decide what they are called and what is and isn't appropriate for cis people to use, but I do feel that when approaching a person (or group/tv show/fantastically hot actress/sex advice columnist) who is otherwise an ally, it may not be necessary to go in with guns blazing. A gentle conversation will often do the trick, without falling into name-calling, over-generalizing and beating "cis gendered dumbfuck" allies to death with their unintended ignorance.