LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — The unifying singularity for all people under the transgender umbrella is the high risk factor for being a victim of transgender hate violence, especially the kind that results in our deaths. Those that perpetuates hate violence against us do not split hairs between a cisperson dressed in drag like RuPaul or a 39 years post-op transsexual like Renee Richards. To perpetrators of trans violence, we’re all one and the same.
In addition, we shouldn’t dare start differentiating amongst ourselves of what constitutes a “real” transgender person because once we start doing this, the rest of society will follow suit. Currently, trans protection laws apply to ALL transgender people, period. How would you feel about a judge splitting hairs over whether you were “not trans enough” or “too-cis” for a trans equality/protection law to apply to you? This alone is reason enough to end the family squabble.
As for the other item on the table, no, RuPaul is not trans role model. While he is allowed to give his two cents on trans matters, let’s make sure the media also hears from the rest of us. I’m not so big on silencing anyone under the transgender umbrella because it can easily be turned around and used against any one of us. Lets instead stick with education and make it difficult for all the RuPauls in our society to make income off offensive terms.
As a side note, we ought to also remember erasing offensive words from popular usage is often problematic — terms such as “ladyboys” or even “transvestite” are offensive to some, but in certain cultures and communities these deeply rooted terms are anything but. Once you go down that road, it has to be eradicated equally.
For those of you that follow this space, this article fixes a contradiction of some sort that has existed since a previous article about RuPaul. You can read it here: https://lexiecannes.com/2012/01/16/rupaul-is-not-transgender-so-quit-asking-him-to-comment-on-tg-issues/
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