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  1. Sam
    Sam June 26, 2009 at 10:05 pm |

    I want to throw up on that site.

  2. Nicole
    Nicole June 26, 2009 at 10:17 pm |

    Thanks for the great post. Gods if it hasn’t felt like there has been a lot of trans fail on the interwebz lately and not just in places you expect.

    If you linked to this I missed it, so sorry! But you can report the site for hate speech here:

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  4. Mo
    Mo June 26, 2009 at 11:58 pm |

    I recently had a problem with this word. Being a larger woman, there are certain blogs I like reading. One until just now was “Manolo for the Big Girl”, which is about plus-sized fashion. A few days ago, I was disturbed by one of the blog authors describing getting ready for a summer wedding and telling the girl who does her eyelashes (does what? someone puts on mascara for her??) to “take it out to Tranny then come back a step”. While I was trying to figure out why that bothered me so much, she wrote a couple days later about an interview article she did. In the article, she talks about how plus sized gals should dress as well as they can afford, and a comment on the second page was about how she didn’t want to look cheap and she used the word Tranny again. That did it, I had to unsubscribe from the blog. BTW, I emailed about this to feministing. Guess I should have copied you guys, as you posted on the topic first. :) I just realized that her use of Tranny as equating looking tacky, overdone, and cheap was extremely insulting and degrading to an entire group of people. And honestly, that’s a bit hypocritical of someone who’s fighting for better treatment, even if it’s just from clothing designers.

  5. AbBa
    AbBa June 27, 2009 at 12:13 am |

    What I hate most about the video is that she thinks being a transvestite is like a job. Like a clown or something, existing only to make people giggle behind their backs. I don’t have to commit myself to my gender, why should anyone else?…

  6. Nicole
    Nicole June 27, 2009 at 12:16 am |

    I hope Sarah Haskins never gets into trans jokes. Would kill my faith in comedy.

  7. Amanda in the South Bay
    Amanda in the South Bay June 27, 2009 at 12:35 am |

    I’m pretty uncomfortable with even trans women using it amongst ourselves. I only use it to myself in a very self deprecating manner, and even then I sorta cringe inwardly. I think reclaiming it is going to take a long time, if ever.

  8. Jadelyn
    Jadelyn June 27, 2009 at 1:19 am |

    I posted about the Tranny Alert bullshit earlier today at my blog, and reported them to Blogger. That is just one big flaming pile of what-the-fuck right there. I’m glad GLAAD is getting in on it, they usually get good results when they step in.

  9. Amanda in the South Bay
    Amanda in the South Bay June 27, 2009 at 1:37 am |

    “We’d rather have been born different, non-trans, but with the same gender.” Or, perhaps being born trans, but having the “perfect” transition, where everything goes right, no passing issues whatsoever…

    Really, what will it take to get rid of the pervasive bigotry that Iliza Shlesinger is such a perfect example of? I don’t seriously expect her to physically assault someone who is trans, but hers is the more subtle, more widespread fear and loathing of trans people that usually results in denial of medical services, unemployment, blah blah blah we all know the depressing list. Maybe a bit of self loathing is to be expected after all.

  10. Medea
    Medea June 27, 2009 at 6:38 am |

    Jon Stewart does fail, and he’s been disappointing me more lately, but watching Iliza Shlesinger’s clip made me realize the depths to which a comedian can sink. There’s no humor, just meanness. I hope her career doesn’t go far.

  11. amandaw
    amandaw June 27, 2009 at 12:46 pm |

    The simple fact that the murder rate for trans people is around 1 in 12 should be enough to make anyone with a heart shiver.

    That’s 8.3%. To compare, the overall US homicide rate is 5.5 in 100,000, or 0.0055%.

    One in fucking twelve. And you’re sitting there joking about how pathetic and scary and non-human they are — or even encouraging people to hunt them down?

    I hope you’re fucking proud.

  12. Jadey
    Jadey June 27, 2009 at 12:51 pm |

    Thanks for blogging about this, Holly. Signal boosted on my facebook, fwiw.

  13. Napalm Nacey
    Napalm Nacey June 27, 2009 at 1:35 pm |

    Good to know, Holly. Great news!

  14. Harumph
    Harumph June 27, 2009 at 9:43 pm |

    UGH that comedian went to Emerson College here in Boston, and the Emerson radio station has been making congrats to itself announcements about graduating an-award winning comic. Figures she’s hateful and not even that funny otherwise…

  15. gudbuytjane
    gudbuytjane June 28, 2009 at 12:29 pm |

    Hey Holly,

    Thanks again for bringing the whole #trannyalertfail mess to my attention on Friday. I’m glad I was able to play a part in raising awareness of the site and its sickening and dehumanizing disregard for trans women’s safety.

    I’ve since exposed the creator (or one of the creators) of the site. Despite doing so in a safe, respectful manner (although I found his name and photo, I didn’t post either publicly).

    The loud, vocal defenders of the site (mostly Twitter user @MARYNUGGS) are now accusing me of threatening minors (huh?), and are generally pissed off that their privacy is potentially compromised. How’s that for a truckload of irony?

    Unfortunately, this highlights a disturbing tendency for entitlement among certain more-privileged LGB’s to pick and choose any queer identity and feel they have rights to use it as they see fit. That the site creator was a white, gay cisgender man really saddens me, but it shows how genuine these people’s “love” and care for trans women is.

    Ironically,‘s ridiculous disclaimer got one point right: Don’t mess with trans women, or we’ll kick your ass.

    Oh, and Iliza Shlesinger, when I wrote about that video a few weeks ago a friend of mine messaged her MySpace about it, and got an incredibly incoherent, defensive reply. I should forward that to you, Holly, it is full of “Wait, did you just say that?” moments (such as the assertion that prostitiutes are and always will be fair game for comedians). I think Shlesinger’s lack of talent will scuttle her career, or at most she’ll be a D-list satellite of the Howard Stern/Jay Mohr dude-iverse.

    It’s sad that women are forced to being agents of sexism to find a voice in some areas of comedy, but there are other places she could choose to do her art. She’s consciously decided to be transphobic, sexist, and fatphobic, and is thus worthy of our criticism.

    – A.

  16. Butch Fatale
    Butch Fatale June 29, 2009 at 4:06 pm |

    Thanks for posting this, Holly. I don’t have a lot to add right now, but I wanted to say I’m glad that awful site has been taken down.

  17. UnFit
    UnFit June 29, 2009 at 8:22 pm |

    Somehow I fail at blockquotes

    “Second, because of an old tradition from decades past: gay pride parades that wanted to be “respectable” forbade trans people from marching on Sunday, so trans folks started their own march-in-exile on the Friday before.”

    Wow. I did not know that. That’s pretty screwed up.

    Over here (Germany) we have a tendency for queer folks to become a lot more mainstream and focus heavily on the differences that still exist between the sort-of-civil union thing we have as opposed to fully equal gay marriage. But I’m not aware of trans people being explicitly excluded from any public action, ever. (There’s the odd old school women-only joint that will at least frown at trans women joining, but I think that tendency is waning, too.)

  18. sunlyruo
    sunlyruo July 1, 2009 at 3:36 am |

    Thanks Nicole! Good to do!

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