[TW: Heavy biphobia, some cissexism]
A lot of people over the short time I’ve been on Tumblr have tried to tell me that biphobia isn’t a thing. That we suffer absolutely nothing that can’t just be filed under homophobia.
Well. Allow me to introduce you to the world of biphobic lesbians.
DIVA, a magazine for lady-loving ladies, posted on their wall that they were looking for lesbians who refused to date bisexuals for an article. And boy did they appear. I’m going to share some of the worst ones here.
Note: I am using screencaps to prove that hey, I am not making this shit up, but I am adding text quotes as well for people who use readers etc. I’m usually against blurring out names when people say hateful things in public spaces, but I could not bring myself to post these with the last names intact, as I am taking their comments out of the queer women’s space they were posted in.
I got a bit carried away here because that is what happens when I get angry. Feel free to skip to the end past the screencaps, if you want.
Because cis scum have been telling trans folk to die for a long fucking time and self-defense isn’t oppression.
It’s really hard for me as a cis person to feel ~threatened or offended by the phrase “die cis scum” when I consider the following statistics:
- 33.2% of transgender youth have attempted suicide. Clements-Nolle K., Marx R., Katz M. (2006). Attempted suicide among transgender persons: The influence of gender-based discrimination and victimization. Journal of Homosexuality, 51(3): 53-69.)
- 55% of transgender youth report being physically attacked. (GLSEN. (2003). The 2003 national school climate survey: the school related experiences of our nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.)
- 74% of transgender youth reported being sexually harassed at school, and 90% of transgender youth reported feeling unsafe at school because of their gender expression. (GLSEN. (2001). The 2001 national school climate survey: the school related experiences of our nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.)
- In a survey of 403 transgender people, 78% reported having been verbally harassed and 48% reported having been victims of assault, including assault with a weapon, sexual assault or rape. (Wilchins, R., Lombardi, E., Priesing, D. and Malouf, D. (1997) First national survey of transgender violence. Gender Public Advocacy Coalition.)
Just something to keep in mind.
If a trans* person tells you to take a seat, take a seat. Nobody needs our cis opinions on shit that does not concern us.
This shit shouldn’t be difficult.
The shit hit the fan in the trans blogosphere last night, when it came to light that there is a disturbing new section in the Identity Screening Regulations used in airports throughout Canada. Simply put, Transgender People are Completely Banned From Boarding Airplanes in Canada.
The offending section of the regulations reads:
5.2 (1) An air carrier shall not transport a passenger if …
(c) the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents;
Although this obviously discriminatory smear of regulation did not come to significant public attention until very recently, it apparently came into effect on July 27th, 2011.
It is important to note that these regulations are not actually a piece of legislation, which would have had to pass through readings and votes in the House and Senate (which is probably why it went unnoticed until now). Rather, the Identity Screening Regulations are a set of rules implemented unilaterally by the Ministry of Transportation, as part of Canada’s so-called Passenger Protect, which is essentially the Canadian Federal Government’s equivalent to the U.S.’s “no-fly” list.
Minister of Transportation Denis Lebel is, of course, a federal Conservative MP appointed to the cabinet position by Stephen Harper.
So what does this mean? Well, in order to change the ‘sex’ designation on a Canadian Passport, the federal government requires proof that surgery has taken place, or will take place within one year. So for non-operative transgender persons, for gender nonconforming (genderqueer) persons, and for the vast majority of pre-operative transsexual persons, it is literally impossible to obtain proper travel documentation marked with the sex designation which “matches” the gender identity in which they live.
In the eyes of the honourable Minister of Transportation, that makes trans people unfit to fly in Canada.
It is interesting to note that this regulatory adjustment occurred immediately following the federal election in 2011. In the previous parliament, Bill C-389, a bill to amend the Human Rights Code to explicitly enshrine protections against discrimination for transgender people, had successfully passed in the House of Commons, only to die on the Senate floor when Harper declared a Federal Election (thereby dissolving parliament).
Is the timing of this disturbing and blatantly discriminatory regulatory adjustment merely a coincidence? That is up to you to decide. However, the negative impact on trans people is crystal clear, and we need to take action now.
Where did this idea that privileged people are just as qualified, if not more so, to speak on the matters of oppression (in relation to y’know, actually oppressed people) come from? If you are white and black people or people of colour in general are talking about their experiences, YOU MAY NOT INTERJECT THIS CONVERSATION WITH “I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN/I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL” OR ANY DERIVATIVES THEREOF. Why? Because you don’t have the experiences required to understand, and while you may sympathize, you still don’t know what it feels like to be a person of colour, so sit that ass down. If you are a male and female identifying people are talking about their experiences with sexism, it’s the same goddamn thing. You may not tell us that we should feel flattered because frankly, you don’t know what it’s like to stand in a crowded train on the subway and be groped or harassed. CONSTANTLY. If you are cis, the same applies, if you are able bodied/minded, the same applies. If there ever comes a time when a community of oppressed people tell you to sit your ass down, that you are doing something wrong, the right response is never “You’re hurting my feelings” or any derivative thereof, it’s “I’m sorry, I’ll go educate myself right quick”. I love that oppressed communities have allies, but as allies (as I am one myself) we’ve got to understand that any conversation within the community we support excludes us by virtue of the fact that we automatically have a privilege that this community is excluded from. Read that. Let it sink in. Now shut up, sit back, and listen. Kthnxbai.
[TW FOR ANTI-TRANS AND RACIST VIOLENCE AND HATE SPEECH]
SUPPORT CECE MCDONALD!
CeCe McDonald is a young African American transgender woman charged with “second degree murder” after an incident that began when she was violently attacked because of her gender and race.
DROP the charges and FREE CeCe!
CeCe is a creative and energetic person who, before her life was so unjustly interrupted, was studying fashion at MCTC. She had a stable home where she lived with and helped support four other African American youth, her family. CeCe’s family describes her as a leader, a role model, and a loyal friend. She is known as a wise, out-spoken, and welcoming person, with a cheerful disposition and a history of handling prejudice with amazing grace.
Around 12:30 am on June 5, CeCe and four of her friends (all of them black) were on their way to Cub Foods to get some food. As they walked past Schooner’s Bar in South Minneapolis, a man and two women (all of them white) began to yell epithets at them. They called CeCe and her friends ‘faggots,’ ‘niggers,’ and ‘chicks with dicks,’ amongst other things.
As they were shouting, one of the women smashed her drink into the side of CeCe’s face, slicing her cheek open, lacerating her salivary gland, and stinging her eyes with liquor. A fight ensued, with more people joining in. What happened during the fight is unclear, but within a few minutes Dean Schmitz–one of the attackers–had been stabbed.
CeCe was later arrested, and is now falsely accused of murder
For a month, CeCe was kept in solitary confinement “for her own protection”; she had no say in this matter. Finally, she was transferred to a psychiatric unit in the Public Safety Facility. It was nearly two months before she was taken back to a doctor to check up on the wound on her face, which by then had turned into a painful, golf ball-sized lump.
Later on, CeCe’s friends were harassed on the street by people they recognized from the scene of the fight. Individuals circled the block that CeCe’s friends were walking on and called them ‘niggers’ and ‘faggots’ and told them to ‘go back to Africa.’ When they attempted to wave down a passing squad car for assistance, the officer driving the car said he would not help them.
Help us fight for CeCe, and for an end to racist, transphobic violence in our communities! Visit our What You Can Do page and find out how to get involved.
I don’t really think that a welcome is enough, to be frank.
Feminism has a long long long history of cissexism and transphobia. Cissupremacy was at one point central to feminism. Second-wave feminists like Mary Daly, Andrea Dworkin, and yes, even Gloria Stienem (though she’s gotten better I believe) actively worked to exclude trans women from woman-only spaces - which meant life or death when you’re talking about rape crisis and domestic violence survivor shelters. Trans women, who face a MUCH higher rate of gendered violence than cis wome
This legacy has created a cis-centric feminism in which trans women are dehumanized and excluded to this very day and in which cis women like me participate. Trans women still face extremely high rates of violence, and like all marginalized women their safety is still not considered a priority the way, say, abortion is.
We should not expect trans women to just join us because we waved and asked nicely, to trust a group that has contributed to violence against them, because we finally acknowledged that they are women. We’ve got to do more than just welcome women in, than deign to finally do something we should have been doing all along (I don’t think this is totally SHIC’s point of view, btw - she may share these views, it just got me thinking).
Cis feminists need to do more than just welcome. We need to repair feminism: to centralize trans women on a consistent basis, to take their violence and degradation as seriously as we do our own."
Lily/Severus shippers. Take a motherfucking hint. Thank you.
Yes, you’re totally entitled to my vagina because it’s the prize for all your hard work that I never asked of you in the first place. Thank you so much Mr. Nice Guy.