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I was, perhaps naively, excited to see a big bold headline on the cover of the Sunday Times Style Section: “The Reluctant Transgender Role Model.” The piece is a profile of Chaz Bono, and a preview of the documentary, “Becoming Chaz,” which premiered on OWN this week. Now I haven’t seen the documentary, or read his new memoir. This is in response to the Times piece — which turned out to be a sloppy piece of journalism, written flippantly and insensitively, that generalized one man’s perspective as if it were representative of all trans people’s experiences. It certainly doesn’t represent mine.
The article, first of all, is inexplicably narrated through the reporter’s transphobias. Cintra Wilson makes sure we know she’s with it by telling us she’s “a lifelong liberal from San Francisco and friendly with a number of transgender people.” (She even includes a quote from Rosie O’Donnell that validates her by writing that O’Donnell “too had to pave some inner potholes en route to accepting gender transitioning.”)
Wilson also makes several classic trans-reporting mistakes. She uses female pronouns to describe Chaz before his transition, and then switches to male pronouns for the rest. The photos printed with the piece play into the trite “before and after” narrative that people seem to be obsessed with when it comes to transgender people. Wilson also rushes to the “what’s in the pants” question by addressing bottom surgery early on. Nick Krieger has written persuasively aboutwhy this topic shouldn’t always be so taboo, but for this particular piece and audience, it’s not the most appropriate—or important—matter at hand.
No doubt the weirdest part of the article was this paragraph of uninhibited speculation about the “root” of Chaz being transgender:
Could it be possible that the fact that Chaz is now a man is somehow Cher’s fault? Did the toxic culture of celebrity damage Chastity/Chaz’s gender identity? Did Cher’s almost drag-queenlike hyper-female persona somehow devour Chastity’s emerging femininity? Could Chaz’s transition have been motivated by gender-bent Oedipal revenge? Is he reclaiming the childhood attention his superstar mother always diverted?
I had to ask: It is remotely possible that he needed to make the transition because his mom is Cher?
I don’t even know where to start with this. Everything about it is just ridiculous
Most problematic though, is that the article relies on the same, hackneyed trans-suffering narrative. On the film’s depiction of Chaz’ top surgery, Wilson writes:
[Y]ou come away with a palpable understanding of how unendurably he must be suffering in his body to want to have his own sex characteristics amputated.
I in no way want to invalidate Chaz’ suffering, or the suffering of any trans person for that matter, but I take issue with the insinuation that our lives are unendurable. There is suffering, yes, but why must that always be the throughline? There’s such a lack of nuance here—it’s not always that neat equation of once I was suffering, but now life is perfect.
But Wilson’s writing wasn’t the only reason the article unsettled me so much – it was also Chaz’ own narrative. Take, for example, this explanation from Chaz of the trans-condition:
“There’s a gender in your brain and a gender in your body. For 99 percent of people, those things are in alignment. For transgender people, they’re mismatched. That’s all it is. It’s not complicated, it’s not a neurosis. It’s a mix-up. It’s a birth defect, like a cleft palate.”
Mismatched is socks, is plaid with pinstripe. Chaz’ definition of what it means to be trans does not resonate for me at all. The piece goes on:
Being in-between genders, Chaz said, was far more difficult than becoming a man. He was a misfit. Now, he said, he is treated much better by people, especially men.
That’s a damaging oversimplification of gender and how many of us embody it. There aren’t only two options; gender is complicated—and while there are days that I hate that, most days I love it and am delighted by the endless surprises it brings me
He’s right that it’s not easy, not as easy as it should be perhaps, but the matter-of-fact way in which he paints being in-between as inferior to his post-transition manhood invalidates the experience of everyone who does live outside the binary—the genderqueers, gender ninjas, intersexed folks of the world, the alphabet soup, two spirits, third genders—the people for whom that feels like home in the same way maleness does to Chaz.
Chaz Bono is entitled to his own story, yes. But as a public figure, he has the mic, and it worries me when that voice, and the storytellers filtering it, are painting such an incomplete picture. He does not speak for me, even though inevitably many of the article’s readers will perceive this article as being objective truth about transgender experience, as though we’re all the same, as though his story is all one needs to know. It’s not.
On Friday, January 27, 2012 at the Creating Change Conference Baltimore, FIERCE delivers a message to the LGBT Liaison to the White House, the Department of Defense, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development at “The Obama Administration and LGBT Community” session.
“Mic check” a single voice, a little shaky, interrupted from the back row.
“Mic check!” echoed nine more voices in a roar of anger, love, support, solidarity.
“MIC CHECK!!!” a little louder now, yelled the voice more stably grounded in the feeling of security that love and solidarity gives to oppressed voices.
“TELL PRESIDENT OBAMA A MESSAGE FROM US QUEERS:
WE WANT JUSTICE FOR OUR PEOPLE…
WE DO NOT APPRECIATE THE WHITE HOUSE COMING HERE
TO PINKWASH AND DISPOSE OF ITS CRIMES…”
For full video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHkeCvzhYfU&feature=relmfu
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LESLIE STATES “NOT GUILTY”—
JUDGE CONVICTS BUT STAYS SENTENCE
Leslie Feinberg declared she/ze was “not guilty” today (2/4/13) on a charge of 3rd degree gross misdemeanor (property damage) for spray painting “Free CeCe Now” on the walls and pillars of the courthouse/jail in Minneapolis.
Based on police reports of Leslie’s actions, which were not in dispute, the judge found Leslie “guilty,” and asked if she/ze had anything to say before sentencing.
Leslie said: “I am a revolutionary journalist and member of the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981. I am not guilty of any wrongdoing. I delivered the people’s verdict on the jailhouse walls. The real crimes are going on behind the walls where CeCe McDonald is imprisoned.”
“By sentencing CeCe McDonald to prison, Minneapolis sent a green light to neo-fascists at a time of growing racist lynching and massacres in the U.S. CeCe was attacked and survived at a time when an increasing number of transwomen of color are being assaulted and murdered.
“Racist mass incarceration is the crime, as even a former Hennepin County prosecutor admitted in an article—that Minnesota has the greatest racist disparity in sentencing of any state in the U.S.
“The world is watching CeCe McDonald’s struggle. I’m proud to add my voice to the tens of thousands of people who demand: Free CeCe!”
The judge admitted that Leslie’s action was an act of “civil disobedience.”
Then the judge stayed the imposition of sentence for 2 years. During that time, Leslie is on informal probation. This means if Leslie is not convicted of any additional “property damage” for 24 months, the 3rd degree gross misdemeanor charge will be dismissed.
The prosecutor did not pursue court expenses or a fine. Leslie walked out of the courtroom without having to perform community service or report to a probation officer.
Leslie was ordered to pay more than $1300 for the erasure of the political demand she/ze wrote on the wall. Leslie stated after court, “I refuse to pay for the censorship of the political demand Free CeCe Now!
Local Free CeCe organizers were present in the courtroom. Many CeCe supporters in the U.S. and around the world sent tweets, e-mails, faxes, and made phone calls to help deliver the people’s verdict—Free CeCe!—to the Minneapolis mayor and prosecutor.”
The names Bryson residing in Los Angeles. I’m happily taken but always looking for trans or trans friendly friends in my area so if you are from LA or near by hit me up. Currently 2 1/2 years on T an per op
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The SRLP 10 Indiegogo Campaign is a month-long fund-raising drive leading up to our 10thAnniversary Celebration on Thursday, November 8 @ 1199 SEIU, NYC. This is your opportunity to support the Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s important work of increasing the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming.
Fund a client’s name change – $30 will cover the publication cost to complete one client’s name change.
Fund transportation – $45 will cover the cost of Metro cards for ten people who otherwise could not afford to come to our offices or attend our monthly Know Your Rights workshops.
Fund a client’s citizenship - $80 will cover one of the fees that immigrants must pay to apply for a green card.
Help us travel to those who can’t come to us - $250 will cover the costs of one staff person’s travel upstate to meet with incarcerated clients or to hold a clinic in an area without other legal resources for our communities.
Support our Prisoner Name Change Project - $700 will cover the appeal costs of challenging the denial of a name change.
Reina Gossett_May Day 2012
photo credit: Gabriel Foster
Union Square, New York City, N.Y., U.S.
May 1, 2012
*special thanks to Reina Gossett
in the dedication of Stone Butch Blues
to CeCe McDonald
Between now and trial I plan to post a photo a day to
FREE CECE NOW!
[for information about CeCe McDonald’s struggle:
supportcece.wordpress.com]Come out against racism!
Thank you to photographer Gabriel Foster
for contributing this photo to an online
SLIDE SHOW DEDICATION to FREE CECE McDONALD
in the May Day 2013 author publication
of Stone Butch Blues
Please make your own individual and group photos
in support of CeCe’s struggle for the slide show
titled “This is what solidarity looks like!”
For more information & permissions form, see details:
Hi my name is Campbell, ftm. I am 3 years into being ritualistically denied access to my own self determined physical transition. I live in disabling chronic pain interrelated with this. It’s honest and ugly but don’t ever call it tragic or per extension self victimising. I am still alive, and even if I walk constantly with fire, at least I’ve burnt my way into the world. Never forget the countless unnamed that couldn’t burn or etch their way into the world. And always keep in mind that physical transition is a form of self care. It won’t make you more or less of your gender but it will make things easier and clearer. Also if you consider yourself radical because you’re a “gender bender”, try harder. Take care of yourself and by the words of MA, be ugly.