Awesome interview with Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens director/producer Gabrielle Burton plus two of my co-starts Liz Balk and Andrew Levitt. Be sure to catch the awesome conversation about feminism and drag at the end.
I am so very excited to be a part of this documentary project, working with some of the most wonderful people ever. It was filmed a couple years ago, so I’m in a slightly different place in how I talk about things, but it is still AWESOME. Please check out this project, and donate if you can! And spread the word!
“The Human Rights Campaign asked us to take down our trans* flag because ‘marriage equality is not a transgender issue.’
They said this to one of our activists as well as a transgender person who held the flag. We stood our ground, and flew our flag proudly.
That flag flew behind the podium ALL day today, keep an eye for it on the news.”
This apparently happened twice. Well done, HRC. Well done. But I’m not allowed to be critical of your campaign. Get the fuck out of here.
While it is entirely possible that these were isolated incidents that are not representative of the HRC, based on my own experience with HRC organizers I see this as another example of how problematic and exclusionary “our movement” is. The HRC as an organization states it is inclusive of trans* folks, but they don’t train their organizers to be. Typical problem. Activist Organizations: If you are gonna talk the talk, walk the fucking walk; if you’re people aren’t walking right, then neither are you.
"At 5 you’re too young because 5 year olds believe they’re superman. At 11 you’re too young because puberty hasn’t set in yet. At 16 you’re too young because puberty hormones mess with everyone. At 18 you’re too young for the same reason. And after 18 you’re too old because if you were really trans you would have said something by now.What people really want is for trans people to stop existing so we stop challenging the common, incorrect idea that men and women are as separate and uncrossable as if they were separate species."
Really good quote. It is an interesting portrayal of what the trans* community looks like now (which is lots of young people), versus 5-10 years ago. I especially like the part that says “you would have said something by now…” I think it speaks to those of us who weren’t able to come out until we were older because we didn’t even know trans* existed.
so… my classmate (who is a genuinely nice guy) just asked me why I wasn’t at the recent HRC Gala, where he expected to see me. I answered with a 10 minute lecture about the good, but relatively unproductive intentions of the classist, normative system that is local gay organizing and the resulting exclusion of trans* communities. Poor guy, I think my intensity freaked him out a little. In my defense, I just ate a lot of sugary cookies… so really, totally not my fault.
Here we are again! Winter is on it’s way out, and I’m getting ready to SPRING into action with activisty presentations, performances, workshops, and more. Spots are already filling up, so don’t wait! Visit the Booking Page for more info or reference the ad below. Maybe this year, you and I can tip-toe through the trans* tulips together!
OMG Just got a call from the American Counseling Association’s LGBT group ALGBTIC. My baby, aka my org MTQWI, has been chosen for their Joe Norton award. HUGE DEAL! OMG! Incredible to think that my one-human organization can be fancy like that!!
Again, I’m glad that people are getting better access to resources/benefits, but come on. Where’s the attention to Trans* communities, Mr. Government? Trans* folks aren’t even allowed to serve openly, let alone get needed health benefits.
“The military is poised to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of service members, U.S. officials said Tuesday, about 16 months after the Pentagon repealed its ban on openly gay service.”
This is great news. Ok, now that we’ve acknowledged that, I want to point out that military service “gays” have been “accepted” and are feasibly getting partner benefits before the “ban” on trans* people serving is ever even mentioned by the government, let alone repealed.
“Last week the Vancouver Canucks invited Cory Oskam, a transgender goalie from Britannia Hockey Academy, to share the ice with goalie Cory Schneider. Their same first name isn’t a coincidence; Oskam chose the name because of his favorite hockey player — Schneider.”