1/24/12

planetransgender Takes on "Tranny" Part 2


Tranny. Faggot, are words that harm equally those they are meant to offend. Not using them is a simple request that's generally respected with a few exceptions.

However, many high profile gay people feel its their right to defame transgender people and have long done so despite our requests, then demands and most recently glittering.

And as absurd as it is many Gay people are offended that we take exception to this defamation. Lord forbid we should post stories about actions taken against gay icons highlighting our angst over being defamed.

Demand the Dallas Voice Stop Using "Tranny"
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A gay man, Steven Publicover commented that I should stop shrieking like a 'harpy' on my facebook profile when I posted about the recent glittering of Dan Savage and other transgender responses to gay misogyny.

"If trans activists don't want our help, fine. I'm tired of all the bitching and complaining and shrieking like a harpy. Think you can do better alone? Go for it.
Having never heard the term "harpy" before I looked it up thinking it was a slur against Jewish people but as it turns out its Gay misogyny personified in the dehumanization of the sacred female as a "filthy beast" who is a "a scolding, nagging, bad-tempered woman".

If their ever was a insult this is it so I will turn that around. I feel a personal attachment to this transformed woman fighting her for life with only her wings of feathers to defend herself against this man's gay blade.

As she valiantly fights you can't help notice the vultures circling like gay media waiting for the next opportunity to pick a transgender person apart.

There is a response online. I begun a petition asking that Logo drop RuPaul's drag race for his sensationalistic commercialization of "tranny". Although there are only a few signatures at this time they are from all over the world representing not just US activists but a consensus from our worlds population.

Tranny hurts.

2 comments:

Wargaming said...

Hi there!
While I find that the diminutive of Transexual to be perfectly acceptable when used by my friends and myself, it's because I know that Tranny is in fact no more than the addition of y, which is From Old English ġe- (perfective and associative prefix), from unstressed Proto-Germanic *ga-. Cognate with Old Saxon gi-, Added to nouns and adjectives to form adjectives meaning "having the quality of".

mess → messy
mouse → mousey, mousy
blue → bluey
thus the word "tranny" means only one who is transexual and has the qualities thereof.
Now nearly any noun can be spun into a pejoritive by a mean spirited person, and I take exception to being called a "tranny" when it's being used intentionally to defame.
Now Harpy? That's comparing you to a monster. Unacceptable. period.
Have a better day!
Brianne

Kelli Anne Busey said...

Thanks Brianne,
There was a time not many years ago when the "T" word was a term of endearment between trans people, special allies and friends. But those days are past and perhaps for the best.
But I still feel nostalgic when I give someone a dig ole (((HugZ))) because something is missing from the((())). A very special part of our culture has been robbed from us, but maybe it's just part of maturing which has gone hand in had with our integration into mainstream America.
We can't demand respect unless we respect ourselves and like the demise of the "N" word so goes the "T" word.