- The over sexualized Trans in film
- The before and after shows
- The vast amount of documentaries that seemingly find the only interest of discussion in the transgender process; THE SURGERY!!!!!!!!!
- Punch line
- Poor thing
Calpernia Adams could not have said it better, “Look around you, while it is great that we are in the days that we can have a discussion about transgender issues. I believe the community should began to shape how we are perceived, between the early 90’s Jerry Springer shows to Transamerica (being played by a genetic female), if you look at the body of work and media attention given to the trans community, especially the Transwomen, we nearly fall in one of those four P’s 98% of the time.”
Another great Trans blog is from Monica Roberts’s Transgriot, where she explores the, can you believe it biased GAY MEDIA, RuPaul isn’t a Transgender so Stop Trying to Pass Him off as one. Roberts’s expresses her anger towards the gay media for always, when in comes to transgender issues, to run to RuPaul. A gay male who performs in drag for entertainment purposes only. Now I’m a big fan of RuPaul and the lines between transvestites and transgender can sometimes be very blurry, but Robert’s point here was to bring attention to the fact RuPaul who is a proud Gay man has been told on several accounts by the transgender activist groups to please refrain from using the derogatory term ‘Tranny’. Now I know here is where right wing LGBT goes nuts, because here you do have a sublet “T” of a wider minority group “LGBT” who are sticklers for being and requesting those powers that be, to be “Politically Correct.” Blatantly disregarding a Transgender group and in this case, The Dallas Transgender Community’s request to the gay publication, The Voice, to stop using the ‘Tranny’ word, RuPaul’s response? “Tran’s people should fuck off, if we object to being called Trannies.” Yes her words, words coming from someone whom I’m sure didn’t like it once when called a sh.. Packing faggot, but we all accept that could be hurtful and support those terms not being used. But here a group has made its point that it is a derogatory statement and a vast LGB community has simply brushed it off, because a transvestite says its OK and again a transvestites who is a gay male dressing as a woman for entertainment purposes only.
Now to be fair, I know many transgender people who say to one another “tranny”, “she male”, “chick with a dick”, etc., Just as I’ve heard gay men refer to each other as girl, “faggot”, queer etc. And the races using terms like “my nigga”, “wetback”, “wasp” etc. I think as a group we all look the other way when someone within that community says that versus someone outside that community. But with all the terms and there are list and definitions for those that would like to know all the terms. We should all, regardless of what labels some will say, know who we are or do we? Obviously there are transvestites that don’t feel as strongly about transgender issues as most trans-people would, I see it every day on Facebook countless trans people posting LGBT news,(which is mostly LGB news) but seems unaware of anything pertaining to the trans community specifically. Those trans-people more than often are transvestites or cross dressers. There’s a split in the transgender world also, if you go to Monica’s site tgflix.com, where I am a member as well, you’ll see an array of beautiful “T-girls”, and thousands of the men that wait to devour them and countless links to the xxx side of the trans community. Then you have Trisha’s Myspace4tgirls.com, where you’d rarely find the same girls from TGflix. Most of the girls there are older, professional and started late in transition. But why is there a divide and separation? Is it just a lack of knowledge to what is out there far as social media for trans-people? I’d like to stay optimistic and say that’s the reason. There are other sites where they do seem to merge, transgenderdate.com and TSdating. Here in Charleston, SC there was a major trans support group, the largest in the state of south Carolina at that time, but those girls would never be caught on Erosguide, the trans escort side, and even more sadly would not be in the same company and vice-versa, Why? One can say the stigma being placed on the Trans community, one that had been lifted off the gay community during the 70’s is the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental health. In the 70’s the gay rights movement was unable to really take hold until they were listed as no longer having a mental disorder. After that great achievement the gay movement flourished.
By Zack Ford for ThinkProgress:
This Saturday, the American Psychiatric Association board of trustees approved the latest proposed revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, what will now be known as the DSM-V. This marks a historic milestone for people who are transgender and gender non-conforming, as their identities are no longer classified as a mental disorder. Homosexuality was similarly declassified as a mental disorder in 1973.
Until now, the term “gender identity disorder” has been used to diagnose people who are transgender. For conservatives, this has provided rhetorical carte blanche to describe the entire Trans committee as disordered, delusional, and mentally ill. In some cases, this diagnosis has even been used to discriminate against Tran’s people, with claims that they are unfit parents or employees, as examples. On the other hand, insurance companies have been more willing to cover the expenses associated with transition under this language, because treatment for a disorder is considered medically necessary, rather than cosmetic.
The new manual will diagnose transgender people with “Gender Dysphasia,” which communicates the emotional distress that can result from “a marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender.” This will allow for affirmative treatment and transition care without the stigma of disorder. Earlier this year, the APA also released new health guidelines for transgender patients, as well as a position statement affirming transgender care and civil rights. Both documents align with a new standard for respecting Tran’s people in the medical community.
It was only after homosexuality was declassified as a mental disorder that ex-gay ministries formed, protesting the medical community’s decision to affirm non-heterosexual orientations. Some dangerous ex-trans ministries exist already and are championed by Focus on the Family, NARTH, PFOX, and other anti-LGBT organizations. It’s possible that these efforts may similarly increase in the wake of this DSM revision.
A great milestone has been lifted from the Trans community today, but the work has just begun. We as a community can now move forward but we should move forward together, in unison as one struggle, one purpose, one goal and that is to be the person we know in a our hearts, minds and soul to be. And let the community be a place to come together and not be torn apart.
By Sabrina Samone, T.M.P
Defining who we are pt 2: Being Transgender after the Jerry Springer Effect