When Trans and Gay Culture Collide, Hilarity Ensues
May 25, 2013
Lesbians, feminists, and lesbian culture, heck women of all stripes have been under assault by anti-woman transgender activists for years in profound and violent ways. You can read a re-cap of some of that history HERE.
Gay culture, that is, gay MALE culture has basically supported trans politics, because trans politics are essentially male-centric and anti-female. Champions of women’s liberation gay men, like most men, are not. In fact, gay culture including gay lawmakers and political organizations often carry water for the anti-woman agenda of the trans movement. We see gay gentlemen like Tom Ammiano introduce transgender legislation designed to obliterate women’s rights with nary a consideration for how such initiatives impact the lives of women and girls, such lives being unworthy of consideration by gay men. We see appalling displays like gay activist/blogger Joe Jervis celebrating the “epic rant” of gay male assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, who in THIS speech in support of removing women’s rights to sex-segregated areas away from men in public spaces where nudity is required (locker rooms, hospitals, etc), not only instructs women to just shut up about our rights, but claims he knows how women feel better than we do, ‘because several times throughout the day” he, personally, “feels like” a woman. Because males know what it “feels” like to have a body designed to (in addition to being fully human) produce ova. Apparently. Various times throughout the day. Ugh.
In short, females are of no consequence to gay culture, except perhaps our existence as coat hangers to display the outfits gays want to dress us in. Clay for the male creative expression of a male medium: femininity. Exceptions to the inconsequential female rule are the rare hetero female homophiles, formerly known as “fag hags”, who champion males who are gay and prioritize their needs and culture. An example would be San Francisco fundraiser Suzan Revah who has developed a career of sorts (writer, performer) as a self-described professional fag-hag who earned her bona-fides doing significant activism and fundraising for gay men during the darkest plague years of the AIDS epidemic. Women: No. Cheerleaders and /or caretakers with unfortunate vaginas: Yes. Go gays!
Females are of no consequence to gay culture because gay culture is male-centric and females lack the social and political power to have any impact on or relevance to male social structures which operate to protect male interests.
Gay men are not terrifically concerned about protecting themselves from an epidemic of female violence because no such epidemic exists. Gay men are not terrifically concerned with protecting themselves against an onslaught of female sexual predation because no such onslaught exists. Number of gay men concerned about female rape, forced child marriage, reproductive slavery: zero. Number of terroristic attacks against gay male gatherings by female transgenders: zero. Number of seminars hosted by Planned Parenthood for the purpose of heterosexual female strategizing to break through the “Cotton Ceiling” of gay male underwear: zero.
Gay males support the trans politic because the transgender movement is a men’s rights movement, one that they largely believe expands the rights of males to self-expression.
Trans and gay culture seldom collide, but when they do it usually occurs in a few ways:
1. Heterosexual male transgender disapproval of gay male drag culture.
Gay drag culture/female impersonation blurs the lines uncomfortably between the gay male theatrical performance of female subordination (femininity) for the gaze of other males -and the heterosexual trans culture’s political platform aimed at reframing and erasing female human oppression based on sex -by redefining our reproductive class as a male variant. In the trans politic females are redefined as anyone who is willing to perform (either cosmetically or via public testimonial) the subordinate role demanded of reproductively ova producing/gestating individuals.
Examples of this collision involve situations where heterosexual male transgenders take issue with a gay culture of female impersonation which is unattached to the trans politic. The gay cultural term “tranny”, invented to describe male performance of the conventions of female subordination, is a big sticking point because transgenders find the descriptor’s linguistic evolution as a gay male phrase undermines the trans platform due to it’s irreverence of their grave politic. A group of trans activists tried to hit gay icon Dan Savage in the head with a glass bottle at a speaking engagement for uttering the gay cultural term “tranny” publicly (even though he was just reading it off an audience member question card). More examples Here and here.
2. Heterosexual male transgender complaints that gay male activist organizations fail to divert enough resources to the trans political platform.
These complaints can veer wildly into conspiracy theories, and include the aims of some trans activists to re-frame homosexuality itself as a form of transgenderism due to the fact that gays fail to adhere to reproductively-based social roles (“gender”) by having non-reproductive sexual relationships. Shannon Minter, the “ex-lesbian” legal director of the (now anti-lesbian) National Center for Lesbian Rights theorizes that all homosexuals are in essence transgender and should be re-framed as such.
3. The childhood “correction” of gay males via the medical “Transgender Children” trend. The majority of male children referred for medical correction of noncompliance with social roles based on sex grow up to be reasonably well-adjusted (no longer seeking medical or psychiatric treatment) gay men if left untreated. When “treated” (with sterilization, lifetime drug dependence, plastic surgery) after pediatric classification as “transgender” the only option these gay men have to mature into healthy gay men is fraught with medical and social challenges. See here and here and here for examples.
The women’s and lesbian communities have been much more outspoken about the systematized medical homophobia involved in the transgender children trend, where children are being diagnosed as sex-role noncompliant as young as 18 months old. Are gay men uninformed? Or unconcerned.
As illustrated in the examples above, trans and gay culture collides only when hetero male transgenders take issue with gay culture. Gay male response to medical correction of childhood homosexuality has been slim, as has gay male response in general to collisions between the male trans politic and the male gay politic. Objectively this reflects an overall prioritization of men’s rights over homosexual rights in the gay community.
Okay… you caught me. I inserted a bunch of exposition there and none of it was funny. There is no hilarity that ensues when male sexual rights and male support of female oppression “collide”. Such a collision does not really exist. Also: not funny.
The only wrench that exists would have to be female one, right? What if that female was the biggest best champion and cheerleader of “the menz” EVER? Doesn’t matter. Fish is fish! And any woman: EVERY WOMAN is a wrench. Even when they’re sucking up. WE ARE KRYPTONITE to Male-ville by our very unfortunate (for them) inconsequential (for them) existence. This is fucking hilarious:
From the Advocate, an Op-Ed by Suzan Revah, the San Francisco gay community icon and professional “fag-hag” briefly mentioned above.
Adopting the ‘T’ in LGBT
Even though I’ve been screaming about equal rights for LGBT people since I was a tweenage fag hag, I never imagined my fight for tolerance and acceptance would one day include waving the trans flag as my own.
I’m a grown San Fransexual woman proudly living in a gay man’s world, but I’ve routinely overcome skepticism at best and discrimination at worst. I’m still taken aback by just how long the road ahead is for true freedom of sexuality, gender, and identity.
I recently helped lead a march from City Hall to the Castro for the first-ever raising of the trans flag in San Francisco and experienced new appreciation for the struggle of those who, for whatever reason, choose “other” when faced with the binaries of gay versus straight and male versus female.
It’s human nature to try to categorize everything. It gives us comfort when we can neatly organize our chaotic world and messy political battles into more manageable labels and factions.
Still, I was surprised by how oversimplified the either/or dichotomy is when it comes to gender and by just how personal my common cause is with the T in LGBT, even though I readily “pass” as a “normal” RG (real girl).
Being “none of the above” or “all of the above” has always been a source of amusement for me, like when I travel to circuit parties outside of San Francisco’s bubble and am forced by security to use a designated “ladies’” room, instead of lining up with all my boys in restrooms that were functioning just fine as unisex by default.
Defying authority in those ridiculous circumstances raised my awareness of the absurdity of the enforced male/female divide back at home, in the gay capital of the universe, in what I’ve since determined to be the crucible of gender socialization: the locker room.
I’ve always felt excluded after working out with my boys. Why should I have to go elsewhere to shower? Especially when my separate and arguably equal elsewhere is the only elsewhere shared with individuals in transition. These brave individuals “present” as both male and female and everything in between, proving that facial hair and breasts can coexist quite peacefully.
It’s a curious conundrum, one I can’t help but question. My trans locker room buddies confide in me that they aren’t yet feeling prepared to inhabit the sexual intensity of the men’s locker room, while I’m trying to kick down the door so I can spend time seamlessly with boys I consider my closest girlfriends.
I’m confident in my ability to walk the gender tightrope with due respect, simultaneously breaking the ice and the gay glass ceiling, just as I have on several Atlantis cruises, at a couple of Black Parties, and even at International Mr. Leather. I’m merely acknowledging what now seems arbitrary, appropriately pushing the envelope of “the new normal” by advocating for a single unisex facility, just like those typically found in Holland. A modern-day interpretation of “going Dutch.”
Access to routine medical care is another area where I’ve been denied for being an “other.” Despite a lifetime of raising money and raising hell in support of HIV services, and even though I’m recognized by my community as an advocate for regular testing and treatment, I face rejection at my gayborhood free clinic when I seek the same free screenings that are readily available to my male friends. Meeting the clinic’s requirements for federal funding is apparently the issue, but seeking answers for why my female body doesn’t qualify for the benefits that are universal to males has elevated my consciousness about the issue of trans equality.
I realize that my perspective on identifying with trans is one of utter privilege. The rights I’m being denied hardly threaten my safety or my life chances, but the barriers I encounter are nevertheless real and unfair. It’s because I get away with so much as “that girl who loves her gays” that I feel compelled to voice my discontent so fiercely, and to be so unladylike in my push to break down boundaries.
For the record, I don’t intentionally try to have it all ways. Because my grievance isn’t with people so much as with the powers that be, I politely decline when chivalrous gay gentlemen invite me go ahead of them in line for the bathroom. I’m heartened that many of these gay gentlemen are equally as appalled as I am upon learning that my vagina prevents me from getting free HIV test results in 15 minutes on every corner like they can.
My comfort zone has certainly been put to the test in instances where I wasn’t sure which pronoun to use when addressing someone or couldn’t quite understand the logistics of gender presentation in certain contexts. But I’m choosing to embrace the awkwardness to help surface the struggle that is right in front of us, testing just how open and liberal “the left coast” really is.
Trans rights are without a doubt the next frontier in the gay civil rights movement, and I’m seeing that the time to rise up has already come. As a person who presents utterly female yet identifies completely as a gay male, I fight on the front lines of trans and wonder why a community represented by the rainbow isn’t yet making room for the many shades of gray.
Hahaha! WOWZA. This woman has devoted her life to the welfare of gay men. She has raised a shit-ton of money for gay men. She “identifies” as a gay man in (an un-medically “corrected”) woman’s body. Because trans activists claim jendur is a personal identification she assumed that she as a female had a right to “identify” the way she wants! Hahaha. She naively thought that trans activism was about broadening rights for all, including female individuals. LOLOLOLOL! She thought trans rights was a freedom movement! Lololol. She thought trans was about equality regardless of sex! Hahahaha! She thought “trans women” (hetero men) give a shit about hiv testing OR ANYTHING AT ALL relating to women! Hahaha omg. The poor dear. She failed to frame trans as a male rights movement! Hahaha! She used the (albeit sexist) gay male framing for females and referred to herself as a “real” (albeit juvenile) female! Lololo! THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FEMALE HON! Haven’t ya heard??? Tranny swarm! Kryptonite Alert! Female Speaking Alert! Female voice saying words alert! LMAO.
This woman could not be more male-centered, male-identified, obsequient, compliant. She wants nothing more than to kiss some trans ass. But: female reality! Oops! Wrench!
And TRANS ARE PISSED!
Men who “identify” as lesbians ARE LESBIANS according to trans. Any fucking straight dude. But a woman who “identifies” as a gay man? HATE CRIME!!! LOLOLOLOL.
Lmao the comments. First comment is from hetero dude who describes his jendur as “Faggy fag fag fag” Red Durkin. This is the guy that told lesbians and women that we should not be able to have lesbian gatherings or women’s spaces without him, because feminism is old and feminists have been going on about women’s rights, for like, forever. He tells Suzan she cannot identify as a gay man in a woman’s body.
Tess Yardney of the Leeway Foundation, which formerly provided artist grants for female artists but now grants them to anyone willing to embrace cultural sex-based tropes enforced upon ova producing humans. Tess took place in the targeting and assault of lesbian feminists at NY Dyke March. Tess says females who identify as gay men are not trans on the basis of personal testimony alone (need cosmetics) and mocks the AIDS activist for complaining about the difficulty of women to obtain HIV testing. Oh yes she did!
Jen Richards, straight man behind “We Happy Trans” says that females who self-identify as gay men should s.t.f.u. about showering with males and also s.t.f.u. about HIV testing! Haha!
Gemma Seymour-Amper, the violent child-support-defaulting dude that somehow found the funds to stalk Michfest Women’s Festival with a ten-foot knife/spear opines that there is no such thing as a female person and the very notion offends him. Also mocks difficulty of women to get hiv testing, offended by female desire for free hiv testing. Weirdly compares lack of female hiv testing with murder rates of transgender: “You go on with yo’ bad self, Miss Thing, complaining about how you want a free HIV test. Just don’t even get me started on the 300 or so trans people worldwide murderers put in the ground last year. Their ghosts are, I am certain, far less forgiving than I.” WHAH?! Crazy man is crazy!
Jenna Friscetti : compares Suzan to Travis Bickle (?) WOW CREEPY.
T-“Girl”- Middle-aged heterosexual male physicist with massive facial surgery and originator of the term “lady-stick” for his “lesbian” penis Savannah Garmon complains that his editor Red Durkin has been maligned by complaining that self-identification is not enough for trans if it involves gay men.
Tobi-Hill-Meyer, heterosexual male son of lesbian activist parents that used him as a pediatric media figure in the fight for gay rights, now a pornographer and “male lesbian” who markets his dick as a fleshy sperm spewing lesbian strap-on (Hahaha!) shows up expressing his delusion that women who cannot obtain hiv testing can do so if they properly “identify as” male, and that Suzan has simply failed to do so. (WTF dude?! Get help!)
ASHLEY LOVE ACCUSES SOMEONE ELSE OF WANTING ATTENTION. HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAhahahahhahaha forever.
Dana Lane Taylor, fetishistic sexual crossdresser for years, plagiarizer of GenderTrender posts celebrated by reformist “radfems”, who now claims to believe he is actually female, complains.
Daryl/Sophia Banks, too emotionally labile on cross-sex hormones to maintain his photography business and who sometimes grows out his beard cause he can’t deal with the whole female thing and who tries to comment on GenderTrender impersonating Cathy Brennan, also claims that women cause trans male violence by responding to it in an unfeminine way- offers his opinion that Suzan’s Op is “horrible”.
Monica Roberts, who calls females “fish”, calls his dick “a six inch neo-clitoris”, once threatened murder of a lesbian feminist and believes that radical feminists control his internet offers his view that women in non-medically corrected female bodies who identify as gay males are “Bull feces”. Claims Suzan’s trans identification is false. Can’t make this shit up.
One commentor screen caps Suzan’s FB page which identifies her as “female” as a great trans “gotcha” that her identification as a gay man is inauthentic and not truly trans.
Katrina “Remember that Raven album?” Rose accuses the Advocate of being paid by GenderTrender. LMAO!
And on and on. Usual suspects.
One thing is for sure: Suzan will be “re-educated” and drop the whole gay thing and the whole “female humans exist” thing if she wants to be an effective trans shill. Odds: 68%
Never mentions trans again 30%
Starts injecting testosterone to fully embody her gay male identification: Odds 2%.
Place your bets.
Odds that heterosexual transgender AND GAY males and women who prioritize male supremacy will continue steamrolling women’s rights: 100%.