What’s “T” got to do with it?


So Lea Delaria, a lesbian comic, caved to pressures from the trans community and backed out of Michfest. Great. Grand. Wonderful. Bravo for her, really. Bravo that she was able to prioritize the concerns of males over those of lesbians, over those of her fan base.

I have to be honest, I’m pretty pissed off about this.

In backing out of Michfest, Delaria cited “in-fighting” within the LGBT community.

There is in-fighting within the LGBT community. There’s no doubt about that. However, might I posit that the in-fighting is due to the fact that “T” does not belong with the LGB?

Gender identity and sexuality are two fundamentally different things. The M2T activists never stop harping on this point. We cannot question their sexuality, we cannot question their penises, we cannot question their histories.

Okay then, let’s at least admit that the problems of a heterosexual man who “feels” like…

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One in Twelve


One in twelve trans people is murdered in their lifetime–one in eight trans women of color.

You’ve heard this statistic, right?  It comes up in just about any argument in which trans people want to talk about their experience of oppression.  It’s a horrifying statistic.

It’s also completely, demonstrably untrue–and its propagation has pernicious racist, sexist, and classist effects.  Strap yourselves in, kiddos, ’cause we’re going on a ride to Statisticsville, population YOU.

According to the best estimates available from trans* sources about the prevalence of transgenderism in the United States, approximately .3 percent of Americans identify as transgender.  That gives us a figure of just barely under a million trans people out of the 313 million folks living in the U.S. today.  Now, out of that number, some percentage of these people will be out.  Some of them are still babies, so they’re only going to come out…

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