LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Recently, there was a ruckus in the LGBT community involving several trans community leaders and Jeff White, the now former Executive Director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Rainbow Center.
The fallout from this family squabble and apparently, pressure from the trans community, prompted White to resign. After reading a number of articles on the matter, including one written by White himself, I found myself thinking, good God! All this over a label (“cis”)?
In my opinion, Jeff White committed several minor gaffes and at least one, in the heat of the moment, fairly nasty gaffe. But all forgivable human mistakes. He should have not resigned — an apology would have been enough.
White may even had an arguable point regarding the word “cis”. In my opinion, I think he is wrong, but White is a gay man and may not have come to appreciate or understand proper usage of the word “cis”. I know it took me over a year to feel comfortable to use the word cis in my articles.
I’ve given Mr. White the benefit of the doubt, but let me be the Devil’s Advocate for a moment. So what if White is absolutely wrong about everything. Was is worth everyone’s time and effort to become unglued in this manner? White may or may not be much of a trans ally, but by default, LGBT groups are allies. Did we turn anyone associated with the Mississippi group away from trans people with this dirty bomb? White’s sphere of influence will live on and I see no trans allies coming out of there.
The trans community needs to find high value targets or at least tighten down loose cannons. Mr. Tony Perkins over at Family Research Council — a mainstream media go-to guy for the non-trans perspective — is amused that we’re beating up our own allies. What a serious waste of time, energy and ammo when there are still people out there that wish us dead.
Another family squabble I wrote about: https://lexiecannes.com/2015/02/01/open-letter-to-transadvocate-re-transgender-murders/
Contains links to other related articles as well: http://m.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/16/1393668/-I-am-not-an-Anti-Trans-Activist-I-am-the-victim-of-Anti-Cisgender-Activists
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