If a major tenet of your feminism is tearing down Beyonce then I seriously question YOUR feminist credentials. I have literally never seen a female celebrity held to as high of standards as Beyonce. Ever. Folks dissecting lyrics that they can’t properly contextualize because…
According to people who were at the DOMA rally outside the Supreme Court yesterday, it appears so.
The version of the story I have heard (and the one shared by Tumblr user foxski and some others) is that some trans people were waving the transgender pride flag during the D.C. rally for marriage equality when a person presumed to be an HRC staffer asked them to stop, saying that “marriage equality is not a transgender issue.” Oooof.
I’m linking here to TransGriot, a blog by an African-American trans woman in which she talks a little more about HRC’s history of excluding trans people from its campaign. She says that while HRC has slowly started to become more trans-friendly in recent years, there are still tons of problems with how the organization treats transgender people and addresses trans issues.
But HRC, let’s be real. While you have made some incremental progress in terms of improving your image in the community, there is still smoldering trans anger about being thrown under the ENDA bus in 2007 coupled with your long negative history of trans oppression that has many of us (TransGriot included) looking at you with side-eyed suspicion. The perception of overemphasis on marriage equality to the exclusion of other more pressing issues on the GLBT rights menu such as ENDA, immigration reform, trans human rights, and HIV/AIDS just to name a few issues combined with leadership ranks that look like a Republican party convention haven’t helped either.
Don’t even get me started talking about what the perceptions of the non-white trans and SGL community are concerning HRC and the marriage equality issue.
If any of you were there when this happened, or mayhaps have a video of the incident, I highly encourage you to share it. If HRC is still perpetuating such harmful ideas about trans people and issues, we need to spread the word and hold them accountable in a way they can’t ignore.
On my way to work today, a tiny child ran up next to me and got my attention through very loud 90s alternapop to wish me a Happy Valentines Day. The Most Adorable Child Award. My entire life can only go down from here.
Well, I just got rejected from the fellowship that I thought I wanted. But, when I got the rejection, the only thing I thought was, thank god I don’t have to move. I’m in a place right now in which I am craving stability and support. I didn’t want to admit to myself that the idea of ripping myself out of my support system was absolutely terrifying, and that it was not at all something I was ready to do. There will be other ‘great opportunities’ that will come when I’m ready to receive them. This one wasn’t right for me, and I’m not right for it.