January 6, 2010

Very Interesting Interview with Amanda Simpson (2008): If you have time, give this a look. I'm really glad that Amanda's appointment has not only forced the recognition of transphobia in more conservative American populations, but also within our own queer community. It's vital that we be aware.


  1. That WAS really interesting. We (the LGB Community) really don't think too much about transgendered people. While the guy here estimated that the numbers were in the millions, it's certainly not something that is as visible as gays and our issues. Maybe it is a social atmosphere that isn't conducive to them "coming out" (or "identifying"? I'm out of my league with transvocabulary and the best I can do is apply gayvocabulary lol) or just a lack of media coverage (that the gays certainly get)?

    I think, though, the problem within the LGBT community that is far from a secret at this point with three quarters of the group ignoring the fourth, stems from our inability to relate. At least personally. Which, listen, I know doesn't even come close to being an excuse. But we see our issues as different from theirs. And I think we also think that they are much much fewer and far between because of a lack of visibility.

    So it struck me, though, when the man directed his closing words at the LGB Community, saying that our issues are the same and we are discriminated against for the same reason of gender expression. I don't know how much I agree with this, because I think that gay sex is hated quite a bit and the crux of many anti-gay arguments. BUT, I think there's certainly a true point to be made here. Maybe we're not so different after all?

    So what can be done to re-earn our image as trans-allies? Amanda here said that education was very important and I think she's right. Hey, even this short video made me think a lot about the subject. But then what? How can we be more inclusive?

  2. I think Transamerica should be required viewing for every US citizen, LGB or no. But hey, that's just me.

  3. I think it's important for us (the LGBs) to realize that it's easy for us to take for granted the fact that, yeah, our culture discriminates against us, but we are also privileged in many ways because we're cisgendered. Obviously, there's shit we have to deal with, too, but we're never going to get harassed for what bathroom we use. And, you know, we should actually listen and educate ourselves when the opportunity presents itself and not just assume that we're all oppressed the same way.

    And I think I agree about the gender expression vs. who you sex thing being the thing that people really discriminate against. I mean, I know that even within my own gay community, more "effeminate" gay men get a lot more crap than guys that act more "masculine" (whatever that means for them), for example. Not that gay sex isn't hated, like you said, Chris, but the basis of that hatred is still "this kind of sex is for guys only, and this kind is for girls." So yeah, I'd say the core of the problem is gender expression.

  4. Good point, anonymous! You're absolutely right.

  5. I think this was a great interview, thanks for posting this. To second the above comment, I'd probably also make "Boys don't cry" another required film. It really improved my perspective in a very positive way.

    And yeah, Go Tucson!!! =)