There has been an ongoing battle between members of the trans and drag communities over the use by the drag community and particularly RuPaul’s Drag Race, of transphobic slurs. It got to fever pitch, this weekend, when Carmen Carrera, a former contestant on that show, stated publicly that RuPaul’s defense of such words was wrong. The comments from the drag community were, at the very least demeaning, if not outright vile. I expected that.
What I didn’t expect was this article on the site belonging to the Bilerico Project . Yet another member of the entertainment/drag industry, Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, chastised the transgender community for reacting so vehemently to RuPaul’s defense of slurs. Now, while the largest part of the battle is between trans women and RuPaul’s minions who are primarily gay men and served as the reason for the following comment I posted on the page.
QuoteI will be as brief as I possibly can. This is more than a gay vs. trans issue. It is a men vs. women issue in which men are telling women what is good for them and what they should or should not do. It is no different than whites telling non-whites what is in their best interest
Telling people who are more marginalized than you to simply suck it up and accept that you know what is best for them, is morally wrong.
There is a more narrow problem within the so-called trans community. There is a fifth column that is working against their interest, or, more correctly, against segments of that. While some who have supported RuPaul, such as Calpernia Sarah Addams because of her connections to the industry, she identifies as a woman which means she and I have something in common, though our social and political views are quite different. Mx.Bond does not identify as a woman, so beside the fact that we were both assigned male at birth and are thus cis non-normative, we have no commonality past those points. I neither support nor oppose MX. Bond’s goals and from the content of the article, Mx. Bond clearly does not support mine. That is why , though my comments mention men, they also apply to Mx. Bond We are not of the same cloth and Mx. Bond has no more credibility telling me what is in my best interest, than I have of telling Mx. Bond the same
Clearly the LGBT umbrella is not serving my interests because it takes care of its most populous components, LGB and the T gets table scraps…sometimes. The transgender umbrella has been expanded so much that most of the time, it is of no help to me or others like me. Umbrellas seem like a good idea, at first, until you realize that not everyone is equally protected by them and not everyone is in agreement about which direction the umbrella travels.