The truth is there isn't a 'tranny ban' on facebook. There never has been. But there are Australian trans people who feel that the privilege to use such a word as the T word, like the N word, belongs to those within the minority it refers to.
Historically Australia is a very manly place. Australians take immense pride in their independence and rightfully should. But this attitude can lead to nationalist feelings, and within the LGBT community inevitably, misogyny, and left unchecked, a silencing of the trans community.
One of my friends, Indi Kelly Edwards, told me one day about how upset she was about four Australian hotels that are using transgender defamation for profit. So I gave voice to Indi's objection to the dissembling gay privilage down under. That article served to inflame the anger of the tranny bingo profiteers.
And about three months ago I posted a review on the Charring Cross facebook pagewhich went unnoticed until "Tranny Bingo" posted this, essentially telling me to STFU and go home.
Which begs the question, Norrie doesn't identify as transgender. Norrie won a court battle to allow themselves to identify as neither male or female so does that preclude Norrie from uttering this defamation?
@spansexual Its a start. Some people aren't naturally respectful and an authority, like Facebook has to step in.
— planetransgender (@kellibusey) August 14, 2014
#TrannyBan trumped by swift community response, and community leaders taking action, and I'm now back on Facebook, tranny triumphic :D Tx <3
— Norrie (@spansexual) August 14, 2014
|After contacting numerous members of the trans community in Australia including the ones Norrie blames on being banned I could not find anyone who actually reported Norrie, or even saw what Norrie purportedly wrote that was so offense.|
Another scenario remains. Push back. Indi posted a review on the Charing Cross hotel face book page. Charing Cross Hotel had this incredibly insulting comment..
There is only one thing for certain. Norrie was not suspended for typing the words "Tranny Bingo" Its the headline of this article, which appears on Facebook. Norrie wasn't suspended because one or two people complained, that's just not how facebook operates. There has to be more to it. A lot more.
Its about a minorities right to social equality. Its about dignity. Its about the right to life so many in the LGB community take for granted. Its the right to challenge commercial enterprises that use defamation for profit.
And yes 'tranny' belongs to the transgender community. We have the right to object to others using a word that many in our community hear as we are beaten and murdered. Charing Cross, drag queens and associates, don't you think "Gay Bingo" would be appropriate?