Finally a response from the Transgender Law Center’s Cecilia Chung after two days of death threats against lesbians and feminists in his twitter timeline. Killing women “is not helpful” at this time, in his estimation. Unbelievable.
I was very confused by screencaps that someone sent me today from an individual ranting hatefully and calling me names on Christopher “Cristan” William’s all-male transactivist website. This person clearly has some sort of beef with me. How on earth have I upset them so?
Come to find out the author is none other than Anthony “Louisville Slugger” Casebeer, and my “crime” was re-posting his death threats against lesbian feminist Cathy Brennan, whom he intended to murder for co-authoring with Elizabeth Hungerford a letter to the UN regarding the legal status of “Gender Identity”. The letter indicated a need for some sort of objective criteria for males seeking access to spaces sex-segregated for female protection- those places where females are especially vulnerable to male predation in public life (prisons, homeless shelters, rape crisis centers, areas of public nudity such as locker rooms, etc.) The UN letter modestly suggested a doctor’s note or evidence of constancy and persistence (of gender feelings) for male admittance. Seems like an extremely moderate position, no?
Casebeer’s public response to the UN letter, acting as a Kentucky Fairness Campaign representative was: “Pimp slap is not enough here: a nice home run swing to the head with a 38-oz Louisville Slugger is more in order. There’s no brains in her head to destroy to start with. It’s personal, and if I ever saw her in my windshield, I’ll be wiping blood off my white Buick. But I won’t be using the brakes.”
You can read more about Casebeer’s homicidal history here: http://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/kentucky-fairness-campaigns-anthony-g-casebeer-lesbian-feminists-will-be-gruesomely-murdered-–-by-him/
Casebeer represents a footnote in feminist history as possibly the first time a violent anti-woman transgender activist was exposed to the wider public by a feminist blogger (myself) by documenting his self-published activities. His story was picked up by the mainstream media and Casebeer was subsequently ejected from the Kentucky Fairness Campaign. Casebeer complained that he was unfairly “outed” as author of the death threats and claimed that women had no right to respond to his public, explicit, violent threats. This case ushered in a new era of women online exposing the men who use death threats in attempt to silence female participation in civic life.
Pathetically, Casebeer, now calling himself a woman named “Annie Barchetta” still feels maligned by the (surprising to him) occurrence of women noticing when men publicly threaten to violently murder us. Get over it fella. Never again will murderous males such as yourself get away with terrorizing women for engaging in public life. We will not be silent. Your actions will be recorded, remembered, and protested. Some of you will now be legally prosecuted and convicted for your crimes.
Speaking of which, stay tuned for my follow-up report on the infamous online terrorism of Pittsburgh anti-lesbian death-threater Dr. Aeryn Fulton, exposed last year on GenderTrender.
For more recent Casebeer doings, see his eerie “Crossdriving with Annie” blog where he discusses driving around “en femme” and refers to his woman-suit persona in the third person.
July 2, 2013
The following is a letter sent by award-winning, Pulitzer-nominated lesbian journalist Victoria Brownworth to the Rebecca’s Army Motorcycle Club, a texas biker group for heterosexual male transgenders and closeted crossdressers (and chasers) whose mission is to force lesbians and feminists to pretend that gross male bodies are female, that dicks and balls and sperm are vulvas, ovaries and eggs, and that any male pig who claims he “feels like a woman” must be embraced by lesbians as one of us.
Good luck with that boys.
The letter was written in response to a campaign of death and rape threats against Brownworth by male transgenders who took issue with her article exposing the hardships of minority transgender street prostitutes in her neighborhood. Strangely, the men attacking her have no issue with the reporting in her article. What they are enraged about is that she reported on the “T” in the “LGBT” at all. Reason? Thirty years ago she did a piece on a wifebeating heterosexual male transgender who was trying to force his way onto the board of a lesbian organization.
The funny thing is, near as I can figure it, Brownworth could not possibly be more supportive of the transgender community. She believes the government should provide hormones and plastic surgeries to transgender people on demand. She believes men should be permitted into Michfest (as long as they cover their dicks). She calls hetero male cross-dressers “women”. In short, Brownworth is everything the trans claim to want in an LGBT community ally. But therein lies the rub. Brownworth has the two qualities that the male transgender or “transwoman” community hates most of all. She is female. And she is lesbian.
It’s time for the lesbian and gay community to recognize the fact that heterosexual male transgenders despise women and lesbians. The transgender community is conducting a “war” against the feminist and lesbian communities. And no amount of good will, or good deeds, or ally-ship is going to stop the rape and death threats from what Brownworth is now calling “the LAT” (Lesbian-Attacking Trans). Or what GenderTrender likes to call the Trans Revolution Asserting Patriarchy, or (TRAP).
Without further adieu:
Here’s an answer to your email. Also, I have posed questions for you at the end.
I’m sure you would answer an anonymous attacking email, especially from a member of a gang that has spent a couple of weeks attacking, making threatening phone calls which have required my filing a police report and setting up websites specifically to assault me, but since I have continually maintained a level of fairness, decorum and honesty which none of you anonymous attackers has done, here’s my response, which I am sure you will immediately post to one of the websites, print on flyers or send out in suddenly NON-anonymous emails.
The attacks on me–a working-class lesbian–are sexist and classist. Since they are predicated on deliberate mis-readings of my work and selective readings of my work which ignore all the series I have done on trans people (you quote three paragraphs here of one of my responses to one of the attacking comments on part one of my series, but clearly didn’t actually read it), they really only serve to DIVERT ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE POOR, BLACK, TRANSWOMEN I HAVE BEEN SPENDING TIME WITH AND INTERVIEWING SINCE MARCH. Thus, this is also a racist, as well as sexist and classist attack.
Anyone who knows me–which you and your cadre of LATs (that’s like TERF–look it up) do not–knows that I have no problem apologizing when I am wrong or when I have accidentally hurt someone’s feelings.
Since I am not now nor have I ever been transphobic, I have nothing to apologize for. To accuse me of being the cause of suicides and lack of health care is beyond despicable and hateful and frankly, is the reason I shouldn’t even bother to answer this. If you knew ANYTHING about me, or my journalistic career, you would know that I have written about the need for appropriate health care for transpeople so that there is not the dangerous underground steroid/hormone and pumping that puts transpeople at risk. You would have read my AWARD-WINNING SERIES on these dangers. You would also have read my award-winning series on LGBT suicides. You would also have read my many profiles of transpeople like Kate Bornstein, Leslie Feinberg, James Green and Babs Siperstein, among others. You would know that I had written about violence against trans people like Gwen Araujo and Brandon Teena. You would know that I am the standard bearer in the queer journalistic community for Bradley Manning, and that my coverage of Manning’s case throughout has been nominated for awards and referenced pretty much everywhere and followed by both Manning and Manning’s defense team.
But facts don’t seem to matter to you or your cadre which prefers deliberate and insulting ignorance.
I sincerely doubt you were in the meeting in 1981, but here’s what happened: Leslie Phillips, a hateful, vicious, woman-abuser, tried to hijack a lesbian organization. Leslie Phillips was not the victim in that event, the lesbian community was. Oh and Leslie’s soon-to-be ex-wife was as well. That would be the woman who she (Leslie) had been beating throughout their marriage but who Leslie still thought should pay her alimony. (This was in the news, so since you’re so good at finding “news” from 32 years ago–look it up.) Leslie’s wife had filed charges against her, there were numerous police reports.
At that meeting lesbians who had been married to men (remember, this was 1981–still a very newly out community) were SOBBING at the thought of a WIFE-BEATER and WOMAN-ABUSER trying to take over the board of a LESBIAN organization.
Now just try and imagine, Anonymous, that I–who you despise–tried to become the head of the board of a trans organization. Even though your hatred of me is predicated on invented slights, nothing as real as PHYSICAL ASSAULTS, as with Leslie. Think the trans community would be in a state over it? Try looking at the actual story, the whole picture, instead of this narrow revisionist camera-obscura vision.
Everything within this little cadre of attackers seems to happen in some bizarre anti-historical and/or revisionist historical framework. As if time and history are static and as if the only pain and suffering ever incurred has happened to transpeople. As if lesbians and gay men don’t exist, as if we haven’t been at the forefront of activism and creating change–and as a consequence, at risk for our lives–for decades. Change and activism, I might add, that has benefited transpeople.
This isn’t just about YOU. This isn’t just a trans community, it’s QUEER community–LGB as well as T. Your suffering and pain doesn’t supercede everyone else’s. In 1981, lesbians were being victimized by Leslie Phillips. They were suffering. It happened to be at the hands of a trans person who seemed not to understand anything about the concerns of women, especially abused women.
You might understand this from the vantage point of how transwomen suffer. When transwomen get assaulted or raped or worse, murdered, it’s BECAUSE THEY ARE WOMEN. I should not be the person who has to explain this to someone who IS trans. Geez. Leslie Phillips abused women. Get it?
The rabid assaults by a small group of transwomen who hate lesbians (LAT) is hard to fathom and frankly, that behavior damages our whole community. WHOLE. COMMUNITY.
As for your questions, you HAVE to be kidding. The fact that you are even asking these questions proves you have your own distorted agenda and you have mis-read everything I have written–or not read it at all.
Re-read the first three paragraphs of your own email. MY MAIN SOCIAL JUSTICE FIGHT IN MY LIFE HAS BEEN ABOUT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. Got it? I took a transwoman–a total stranger–who had had the crap beaten out of her by a man to my house, cleaned her up and drove her home. (You should also know that I am disabled by MS, so I am always at risk if I put myself in a situation where someone else would be able to run or fight back, because of mobility issues. I walk with a cane and I am in a wheelchair when I have to be out for extended periods of time, like when I teach.) I have spent time with this young woman and her friends. (None of whom understand your attacks on me, btw, but then they aren’t “sophisticated,” merely human. Silly them, they all like me and are thrilled by the series. But then they have no idea what TERF means. But they sure have gotten an education in LAT.)
Try READING THE SERIES. Here’s a capsule for you: It’s about THE ABUSE BY MEN OF TRANSWOMEN OF COLOR. Something not one of the people attacking ME in this maelstrom of abusive language has thought about for a nanosecond.
These women–most of them under thirty–have been victimized by (close your ears now) MEN. And a patriarchal society that abuses women, children, gay men and–wait for it–TRANSGENDER PEOPLE.
If you’d read any of the series, you’d see your insulting questions answered already. But if I have to spell it out for you AGAIN because your selective reading/parsing of my work somehow excerpted all of this, here:
I refer to these women as women. They identify as women, even though they all have penises. They have been attacked and assaulted like women–something I have experienced as well. And unfortunately, like me, some of them have been raped.
If you’d read anything else I’d written you’d know I think that appropriate access to medical care is ESSENTIAL for trans people because otherwise, the risk that trans teens and 20somethings face is monumental. It’s hard to even comprehend your asking this question or any of the others which have been answered in DECADES of supporting the concerns of transpeople in my work–way more than any trans activist I can think of in Philadelphia, to be sure. But the insults from the LATs never stops.
Now quick, go back to your cadre of haters and LATs and find a way to excerpt this to further distort me as a person, an activist and journalist.
But remember this reality: The person who has been writing about how trans people (M &F) don’t have access to appropriate medical care, the person who has been writing about how transpeople don’t have access to anti-violence services, the person who has been writing about how transpeople of color face more risks of violence and poverty because of lack of access to jobs and lack of familial supports, the person who has been writing about suicide and HIV/STDs and violence related to being trans–THAT PERSON IS VICTORIA BROWNWORTH, THE ONE YOU KEEP CALLING TERF. For 20 years I have been writing about issues of discrimination against transpeople–in PGN, as a reporter and columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, in the Advocate, OUT, QW, OutWeek, POZ, Curve and in numerous books.
If anyone is owed an apology here, it’s me. I know I won’t get one, because hurting and attacking lesbians allies is what this tiny band of haters does, which makes them no better than the homophobic Christian fundamentalist Westboro Baptist types I’ve been threatened by in the past.
When someone cares enough about trans people–your people–to use their role as a nationally known and award-winning journalist to chart those concerns, the proper response is thank you, not fuck you. All the time and energy you have spent attacking me and building websites and doing Twitter and Facebook assaults and parsing two or three pieces out of hundreds–you could have spent that energy doing what I’ve been doing: HELPING ACTUAL LIVING, BREATHING TRANSWOMEN.
So I reiterate: a sexist, classist, racist attack. You may think you are being politically astute, but instead you are just alienating more people, male and female, who would otherwise be your allies. And that just ends up hurting the people who most need help, like the women whose stories I have been charting since March.
Oh and stop being so cowardly. I could have done the same thing Kathy Padilla did and gotten a bunch of screennames to use to launch anonymous attacks (and yes, someone in your own community told me this, so it seems I have trans allies as well), but I didn’t.
I’ll await your apology. But I won’t hold my breath.
I hope you get your political priorities straight, because last I looked, the people in charge were straight white guys with money.
See if you can answer any of MY questions, which might help with some dialogue:
*Why do trans women activists/LAT hate and abuse lesbians?
*Why do trans women activists/LAT think that the violence lesbians have experienced at the hands of men is irrevelant to their experience?
*Why do trans women activists push the cotton ceiling agenda with rapey language?
*Why do trans women activists/LAT think lesbians are the source of their oppression instead of straight white male capitalist society?
*Do you understand that penises are a source of fear and revulsion for lesbians?
*Do you support threats of violence, assault and death against me and other lesbians by LAT/trans women activists?
*Do you support the threats of rape against lesbians by LAT/trans women activists as have been made on Twitter and Facebook against me and other lesbians?
I hope to hear an answer to these questions.
The Press Complaints Commission has issued its ruling following an inquiry into the Julie Burchill article. Transgenders called for the criminalization and censorship of Burchill when she described trans activists who use threats of rape and murder against feminists as “bedwetters in bad wigs”. The title of the article “Transsexuals should cut it out” referred to the ubiquitous harassment, violent threats, and bullying against feminists by transgender activists. You can read her censored article in full HERE.
Commission’s decision in the case of
Two Complainants v The Observer / The Daily Telegraph
The complainants were concerned about a comment article which responded to criticism of another columnist on social networking sites. The article had first been published by The Observer. Following The Observer’s decision to remove the article from its website, it had been republished on the website of The Daily Telegraph. The Commission received over 800 complaints about the article, which it investigated in correspondence with two lead complainants, one for each newspaper.
The complainants considered that the article contained a number of prejudicial and pejorative references to transgender people in breach of Clause 12 (Discrimination) of the Editors’ Code of Practice. They also raised concerns under Clause 1 (Accuracy) that language used by the columnist was inaccurate as well as offensive, and, furthermore that the article misleadingly suggested that the term “cis-gendered” was insulting. Additionally, concerns had been raised that the repeated use of terms of offence had breached Clause 4 (Harassment) of the Code.
The Commission first considered the complaints, framed under Clause 12, that the article had contained a number of remarks about transgender people that were pejorative and discriminatory. It noted that the Observer had accepted that these remarks were offensive, and that it had made the decision to remove the article on the basis that the language used fell outside the scope of what it considered reasonable; however, the Observer denied a breach of Clause 12 because the article had not made reference to any specific individual. Clause 12 states that newspapers “must avoid prejudicial or pejorative reference to an individual’s race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or to any physical or mental illness or disability”. However, the clause does not cover references to groups or categories of people. The language used in the article did not refer to any identifiable individual, but to transgender people generally. While the Commission acknowledged the depth of the complainants’ concerns about the terminology used, in the absence of reference to a particular individual, there was no breach of Clause 12.
The Commission also considered the complaint under the terms of Clause 1, which states that “the press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures”. Complainants had suggested that the terms used in the article to refer to transgender people were inaccurate or misleading. Whilst the Commission acknowledged this concern, it was clear from the tone of the article that these terms were being used to express an opinion. Whilst many people had found this opinion deeply distasteful and upsetting, the columnist was entitled to express her views under the terms of Clause 1(iii), so long as the statements were clearly distinguished from fact. The same was true in relation to the columnist’s assertion that the term “cis-gendered” is offensive. Viewed in the context of the article as a whole, particularly in light of the fact that the article had been deliberately identified as a comment piece, this was clearly distinguishable as an expression of her opinion about the term rather than a statement of fact about how it is perceived more broadly. This did not constitute a failure to take care over the accuracy of the article, for the purposes of Clause 1(i), and neither was there any significant inaccuracy requiring correction under the terms of Clause 1(ii). There was no breach of Clause 1.
The Commission turned to consider those concerns raised under Clause 4, which states that “journalists must not engage in intimidation, harassment or persistent pursuit”. It made clear, however, that the publication of a single comment piece was not conduct which would engage the terms of Clause 4. There was no breach of the Code.
The Commission acknowledged that the complainants found much of the article offensive. Nonetheless, the terms of the Editors’ Code of Practice do not address issues of taste and offence. The Code is designed to address the potentially competing rights of freedom of expression and other rights of individuals, such as privacy. Newspapers and magazines have editorial freedom to publish what they consider to be appropriate provided that the rights of individuals – enshrined in the terms of the Code which specifically defines and protects these rights – are not compromised. It could not, therefore, comment on this aspect of the complaint further.
Too bad, bedwetters.
[bolding by me-GM]
January 10, 2013
Here’s what Jonathan Reid “Aeryn” Fulton (aka Aerynxv aka aeryn rebeka fulton aka aeryn reid aka aeryn rebeka fulton-chesnavich) wants you to know.
He is 41.
He is a post-doctorate medical researcher.
He went to med school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
He was a third year medical student at Children’s Hospital in Medical/Pediatrics in 2009.
He is partnered with a F2T who was a resident at CHOP that same year.
He lives in Pittsburgh.
He is a “Male to Female” transsexual, and has considered himself such for about the last ten years.
He “lives and goes by Aeryn now”.
He has grown breasts but is still packing peen.
He is pals with the wack-a-doo M2T/F2T couple at the center of the Pitt Bomb Threat controversy.
His IP address is 18.104.22.168
He has strong anti-feminist, anti-lesbian, Nationalist and Libertarian beliefs.
He hates feminists, lesbians, and muslims, and he plans on doing something about it.
Let’s allow him to speak for himself, shall we?
Jonathan Aeryn Fulton, MD, PhD – Postdoc Research Associate 412-692-9573
J. Aeryn Fulton
Unbelievably creepy scary dude Reed Barrow aka Forrest Reed Barrow aka SissyKrystalTG, aka Sissy Krystal aka Sissy Reed Barrow aka SissyKrystalHot aka RedheadTransgenderedFox has been sending out threatening rape messages to women on Tumblr ALL NIGHT LONG.
Here is a small sample of his handiwork:
Barrow, 55, of Whitby Island in Clinton WA describes himself thusly:
“I’ve been Transgendered since 3 years old and this uniqueness I’ve been Blessed with has followed me thru my whole life. Most people aren’t sure what to think of Transgendered people or are scared of us, only because they have never been educated to the third gender ( Transgender ). I’m just like you in every since, except I enjoy dressing and being a female as often as i can, and I’m a complete sissy when I’m dressed.”
He posts tons of photos of “the uniqueness he’s been blessed with” wearing pedomorphic female children’s undergarments and clothing and expresses his desire to publicly humiliate himself by adopting the clothing and mannerisms that he imagines young female children might enjoy. He considers himself as something of a minor “transgender celebrity” in the local Everett WA area where he haunts children’s playgrounds seeking attention from horrified young girls. This gives him erections, which he is very proud to discuss at every opportunity, under his real name online, as part of his “transgender rights”.
“..almost every person in the Seattle area knows that I’m a sissy baby and it has even spread to other states. Everyone tells 2 friends etc. etc.
so now every!! place I go people I’ve never met hold there nose when they see me. I never! poop in my diapers and I only pee in them. At first I was very bothered by the pointing and laughing, but as time has gone by I’m glad everyone knows I’m a sissy baby and I now go out in public all the time wearing the cutest sissy dresses you ever saw and I’m always wearing Pampers Cruisers 7t and nursery print plastic pants that you can very clearly see under my very short sissy dresses and petticoats.
No one has ever tried to hurt me yet! but I do get pointed at and laught at everywhere I go ,even in boy mode with no diapers on. And surprisingly very few people call me names, most people just tell me how cute I look and how pretty my dresses are. OK so I personally love the attention now! “
Under his real name, posting the same phone number that he uses for his business That Handy Man Guy http://www.thathandymanguy.com/ (who the fuck would let this person into their home!) he describes how he trash picks used tampons and menstrual pads, sticks tampons up his ass, and dumpster-dives for soiled baby diapers which he then wears for his twisted erotic satisfaction.
This person appears to be completely unhinged. And it’s not his first time at the rodeo either. Apparently he has got himself into trouble with his disgusting antics before:
Whatever set him off: Lesbians, feminists, and gays on Tumblr awoke to find their in-boxes flooded with violent threats and abuse both under his http://sissykrystaltg.tumblr.com/ account and apparently anonymously from an ISP originating from Clinton WA:
Although Barrow’s account has now apparently been suspended, in their infinite wisdom Tumblr initially suspended Lesbian Feminist attorney Cathy Brennan’s site ( http://bugbrennan.tumblr.com/ ) where she had documented Barrow’s spree of threats and abuse, and from where she had filed a complaint against him for personally sending her treats and abuse as well. That site has not yet been restored. Please contact Tumblr by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask them to restore it. It’s horrible to think a lesbian victim of Barrow’s abuse has had their account deactivated through administrative error as a result of that abuse. That is unacceptable.
Those who were threatened by Barrow please contact the Everett Police Department at:
Kathy Atwood, chief
3002 Wetmore Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
or contact Cathy Brennan @ Iambugbrennan@facebook.com
Will the threats continue? Stay posted…
January 12, 2012
A proposed new law which came about in response to death threats published on a social media site this summer against lesbian activist Cathy Brennan was introduced in the Maryland House today.
House Bill 8, introduced by Delegate Mary Washington would amend Criminal Law Section 3-805 concerning Harassment via Electronic Communication to include harassment via electronic communication other than email.
This law will correct a prosecutorial gap in Maryland’s criminal code which became evident last summer when Kentucky Fairness Campaign’s Anthony Casebeer and blogger Monica Roberts posted death threats against Ms. Brennan on Facebook with the following exchange:
Casebeer: “Pimp slap is not enough here: a nice home run swing to the head with a 38-oz Louisville Slugger is more in order. There’s no brains in her head to destroy to start with. It’s personal, and if I ever saw her in my windshield, I’ll be wiping blood off my white Buick. But I won’t be using the brakes.”
Because of the gap in the Maryland criminal code Casebeer and Roberts escaped prosecution. The new law will enable the judiciary to impose misdemeanor conviction including imprisonment and fines for the first offense and up to three years imprisonment for subsequent convictions.
“For the past 3 months, I have been working with Delegates Sandy Rosenberg and Luke Clippinger to develop legislation that would amend Maryland law by broadening the types of communication that are covered under harassment statutes. Maryland’s existing electronic harassment legislation was last updated in 1998 and applies only to “electronic mail” (email) that is sent and received by an individual “identified by a unique address”. By changing the language from “mail” to “communications” and striking the requirement that these communications be directed towards an individual at a unique address, “texts” will be covered and possibly direct communication from social media and networking sites.
Thirty-eight states, including Maryland, have enacted laws to sanction electronic harassment. Of those states, more than half (22) include language that is broad enough to include most forms of electronic communication. Maryland’s neighbors- Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware- all have electronic harassment laws that pertain broadly to most forms of electronic communication.
In developing this bill, we’ve solicited the technical advice of the Attorney General’s office to ensure that we address concerns about the protection of free speech under the First Amendment. As we all know, verbal and oral communications can be considered as speech that is either “protected” or “unprotected” based on a number of criteria. These criteria include a distinction between public and private forums. The challenge that we must address is that many of the newest technologies are, by design, intended to publicize interpersonal communications. For example on Facebook walls, photo album “tags”, blogs, posts and threads make public the individual to individual exchange of words and blur the lines just enough to allow individuals to use these to harass, intimidate and bully.
Despite these challenges, it is in the interest of public safety, that we take this clarifying and significant step to close this legal loophole in our harassment laws that allows perpetrators to evade prosecution and leaves Marylanders unprotected.”
September 23, 2011
I was looking at Fab’s post about the Trans Panther Party’s terrorist activities and threats against myself and the women who sent a feminist legal submission to the UN . Reflecting on all the violent rhetoric and genuine threats that have come about and been directed toward the Lesbian authors of that UN submission (some of which I’ve documented on this blog), I thought back to where it all started.
I really think Bilerico and Pam’s House Blend need to be blamed for creating and stoking this campaign of disinformation, harassment, and stalking of Lesbian activists Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford. Bilerico and PHB were the first LGBT media outlets to respond to the UN legal submission.
To anyone who hasn’t been following this: the UN submission suggested that in matters of litigation involving males in female sex-segregated spaces, non-transgender males should not be able to claim “gender identity”, if they have no prior history of transgenderism. That’s it. Non-transgender males would be prevented from falsely claiming transgenderism to gain access to female sex-segregated spaces. Not unlike the caveat in the CT Gender Identity protections law which was passed this year and heralded as a success by the trans community. Nothing to do with surgical requirements, or any restriction whatsoever on transgender people. There’s nothing even vaguely anti-trans about the UN submission. It’s a pro- women’s rights submission. Not an anti-trans one. One could even say it was a pro-trans submission, as it proposed codifying the rights of transgender males to enter female spaces.
What freaked out the genderists is that two feminist attorneys drafted a letter to the UN that addressed “gender” in any way. That they spoke of that which must never be mentioned by women: Gender. Women who do speak of Gender must be attacked and silenced immediately. Which is what Bilerico and Pam’s House Blend did.
Bilerico and Pam’s House Blend, both mainstream LGBT sites, were the first to fire shots. Bilerico ran a hideously inflammatory and inaccurate post titled “Less Than Woman, Less Than Human“, which actually raised the topic of violent retaliation against Brennan and Hungerford. The Bilerico post falsely claimed that the UN letter sought to deny basic human rights to trans people. It claimed the letter sought to discriminate against trans people in employment and housing (which couldn’t be further from the truth). Then the post uncritically, and bizarrely went off to conflate the UN submission with Radical Feminism, solely because the post author apparently first saw the letter’s text on a Radical Feminist site.(Cathy Brennan has never been a Radical Feminist and has in fact spent considerable unpaid time advocating for the rights of transgender people.)
This was followed by descriptions of attacks and hate crimes against transgender people, claiming the UN submission would increase such attacks. It was the worst sort of “reporting”: inaccurate, inflammatory, and unrelentingly addled. The author Mercedes Allen never did post a retraction. Fellow Bilerico blogger Jillian Weiss later posted an appeal to decency to the violent rhetoric that followed, but Weiss never mentioned the original post that started it all: the Bilerico post. As an attorney Weiss was uniquely positioned to refute the disinformation. But apparently chose not to.
Pam’s House Blend published their version the next day, the disgustingly titled “Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford Take Their Anti-Trans Hysteria to the UN”.
This post was bursting with the same outrageous level of untruth, hyperbole, disinformation and downright lies. The author Laurel Ramseyer claimed “… it would presumably allow any women in or near a public bathroom to become “panty police” and make a “show me your papers” demand of any other woman entering the bathroom.” – which is absurd since the UN submission only deals with civil litigation matters. It was another mainstream LGBT post filled with hateful anti-feminist rhetoric and pure shit-stirring fabrication. Not only was there no published retraction- but soon after Cathy posted a link on her long-term Pam’s profile to the blog set up to refute the disinformation (http://sexnotgender.wordpress.com/) Pam Spaulding BANNED her, and deleted her account.
There will always be crazy-ass losers and unstable fringe activists that lack the social and intellectual skills required to discern nuance or legal complexity. OR EVEN REALITY. Violent bullies like Anthony Casebeer and weekend terrorist paramilitary warriors the Caucasian Trans Panther Party, cognitively impaired Kelly Anne Busey of Planetransgender, violence obsessed Marti Abernathey at Transadvocate and the disturbed Katrina Rose at Endablog have never read (or never comprehended) the Brennan Hungerford UN submission. But they damn sure read the mainstream posts from the “authorities” at Bilerico and Pam’s House Blend.
Butch Pride blogger and spoken-word artist “Dirt” has been blogging for some time now about the teen/tweener transgender trend. Girls who believe that rejection of increasingly constrictive female norms means they “must be male”. They rightfully refuse to be “treated like girls” in all the ways gender is inflicted upon them. These girls don’t want to act out a “female” role in relationships with boys (understandably), but don’t want to be marginalized as the gender-non-conforming women that they are. Or they don’t want to be “othered” as lesbians because their only images of lesbians in mainstream media are presented as goony or the weird androids of male lesbo-porn. Femininity-rejecting females simply DO NOT EXIST in the media reflection that is so important to children and teens in western culture. These kids want to fit into social norms. Wear the right brands, get the right haircuts, look like the people in magazines. “Transgender” has a certain cachet, a certain alterna-cool about it for those in middle school and high school years. Declaring one’s trans status is like getting the ultimate super-cool tattoo or piercing body mod and provides girls with “special” status and treatment among their peers as well as school officials, employers, parents and other authorities. This “special” status in the age of reality TV has commercial value, both actual and abstract. Among this Generation Z crowd, girls who state they are transgender can test some forms of male privilege and reject the misfit role of female nonconformity, as long as they strongly affirm traditional gender roles and male supremacy and deny that they actually exist as female.
And there is a whole decade of testosterone injecting “elders”, moon-faced bearded and hirsute, (except for their estrogen-starved preternaturally balding heads), who realize they are now alone in a drug and surgery induced limbo, not male but no longer recognizably female, who are egging on and supporting this trend in the belief that greater numbers will equal a larger community for them to occupy comfortably. “I realize now I don’t fit in with anyone but you guys” is an oft heard refrain among the Testosterone-modders.
The trans tweener trenders bond and encourage online via YouTube groups and web forums which function much like pro-ana, pro-mia, and trans-abled communities, encouraging dysphoria and censoring questioning and dissent.
These are the issues Dirt’s been blogging about and she’s been getting quite a response from the trans trend community, including a coordinated attempt by trans trenders on facebook, tumbler, livejournal (who knew anyone still used livejournal) and twitter to actually get her blog REMOVED from Blogspot. Several blogs have sprung up to refute Dirt’s perspective or to protest her right to express it, including one blogger, Lorretta W. who claims they are an “online security professional” who promises to forward Dirt’s personal info, name and home address to people that email her, and sends it to anyone who publishes Dirt online in an effort to promote stalking and terrorism of feminist trans-questioning. She states her confusion about how Dirt “dresses like a man” as reason for her actions. Here are some recent comments as a result:
Anonymous said…thanks loretta for the address. now i can spread my christmas cheer to dirt!!!
DIE DIRT DIE
DIRT ALERT!!! Guess who i saw at Borders in Birmingham? The slimball was in the poetry section,propably finding some obscure passage to claim as her own. I think we should search every quote,to disarm this soldier of lies and hate.I took all I had to not walk up and punch her in her snide face.I think shed probably cry to the butch police. Nevertheless lets work harder and SMARTER to eliminate this waste where it belongs THE TOILET.
December 17, 2010 6:42 PM
i totally agree with them your a slag and i hope you die.
DIE BITCH DIE!!
Ash said… you ignorant piece of shit. i hope a bunch of transguys find out where you live and beat the shit out of you.
Anonymous said..thanks guys for inviting me to get the dirt bitch cunt whore banned. but what we rilly need tado is kill this bitch dead. hope you rot in fucking hell slut!
DIRT ALERT spotted dirt at the kroger at 13 and woodward in royal oak, 6pm tonight followed her around for a min said hi she flat out ignored me
@dirt 4:47 HAHAHA dirt I’ve seen you irl and you barely top 5 feet. No doubt just about anyone could whip your butt in 2 minutes flat
Here’s an example of a trans-trender instructing females that are not “girly” enough that they must be “male”:
Anonymous said…you are aware that you fall under the umbrella term ‘transgender’ considering you don’t conform to the gender binary by being butch?
That’s it- whoever doesn’t conform to old-fashioned gender stereotypes is “transgender”. There are no femininity-rejecting females or masculinity-rejecting males, according to these folks. And if you disagree- these online creeps will stalk you at your home and threaten you with beatings and death!
Male privilege is a pretty addictive drug. Especially for young women who have not yet come to terms with the state of the world around them and are only able to see the small picture. Like all males, these aspiring-to-maleness girls need to wield that dominating oppressive privilege on someone. These girls that feel too powerless conformist and impotent to survive in their female skins and to create real change in society. There seems to be a really high correlation between girls who strongly conformed to restrictive old-fashioned female gender norms and those who “transition” into modifying their appearance to disguise their sex. Years ago kids would create social movements to break down oppressive systems. Now they disguise themselves as members of the ruling class and embrace the same discriminatory systems that have oppressed them. Beyond merely bowing to male supremacy they’ve become active perpetrators.