This week on AGayCollab we’re doing Trans Awareness Week! So who better to be in the video with me than a trans woman to help enlighten me… by showing me p…
A video that starts with a popular YouTuber struggling to say “Trans* Awareness Week” whilst holding back hysterical laughter was never going to be pleasant viewing, but the dysphoria triggering borderline mockery and misinformation spread through this video is beyond damaging to the trans community.
Many trans* men expressed their hurt in the comments section, and the dislikes began to pile up against the likes. Josh Rimer, the cisgender gay man in the video started to respond to hurt trans men’s comments saying that he “didn’t need their approval" and eventually, instead of listening to the hurt in the community, AGayCollab decided to remove the ability to comment or rate the video, leaving it up to keep spreading incorrect information to those who know little about the trans community.
Before this disabling of features, I messaged AGayCollab privately, requesting they remove the video, and offering total willingness to discuss with them the issues the video puts forward, and I was ignored.
Please, whether you are trans* yourself, or an ally, please sign this petition:
The petition is a peaceful one, not designed to cause a fight or raise hate against AGayCollab, or Josh or Jazmine who were in the video, all it asks is that the misinforming and triggering video is removed from YouTube. The petition will be shown to AGayCollab when it reaches a significant amount of signatures, to show that it isn’t just a few overly sensitive Trans* men that have a problem with the video, and that they must acknowledge the hurt and damage caused by the video.
If you are stealth you may use any alias to sign the petition, and can also select do NOT show my signature, so there will be no “paper trail” or risk of outing yourself, but your support will still make a difference.
*Also, please reblog to signal boost, as we cannot have this video removed without support from the community*
UPDATE: Josh Rimer has now reactivated these features, and said that Jazmine (the trans woman) in the video was the one to deactivate these features and deleted many users comments.
Josh Rimer is offering to add correct information in the description of the video, but this is simply not good enough, we cannot trust that everyone who watches the video will read the description, this video will still spread incorrect information, and on top of that will still trigger dysphoria!
So you had a huge outpouring of anger and you disabled and deleted comments, AGayCollab? Brilliant. Tons of people have asked you to remove the video, but you just can’t because OMG ALL THOSE VIEWS. THOSE ADDICTIVE VIEWS. PEOPLE SEEING MY FACE. EVEN IF THEY ARE HATING MY FACE.
Note to everyone breathing: when a ton of people politely or not-so-politely ask you to remove a video because it’s spreading misinformation, it takes two seconds to delete it. Save yourself from endless scorn. Maybe don’t be a dick.
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As transgender people strive to gain more acceptance and legal protections, they will soon have a hefty new resource to assist them — a 672-page book, written by scores of transgender contributors, that encompasses social history, gender politics and wide-ranging advice on health, law, relationships and many other matters.
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves. 672 pages written by trans* people.
It’s about time already!
Super excited to buy my copy.
Sam Killermann tackles the mind-scratching issue preventing many organizations and buildings from creating gender neutral (and trans* safe) restrooms: the sign.
Genderswap Males by Maby-chan
Maby-chan reinterprets Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks’ female characters as males.
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I guess I need this if I ever want to do something other than reblog.
*runs and hides in corner*
So, uh, this is the cover of Science magazine this month. It’s a male-gazey, sexualized photo of three women of color in short dresses — only from the chest down, with their faces not shown — walking down the street at night. The story advertised on the cover is “Staying a Step Ahead of HIV/AIDS.” There’s a whole conversation happening on Twitter about how inappropriate, objectifying and dehumanizing it is, and one of the editors chimed in with (I paraphrase here) “But it’s okay because they’re trans women!” Not. Cool. Thoughts?
Christine, a mother of two who made her media debut on Oprah years ago, has a story sparking some intense discussions in LGBT circles.
Christine and her partner Jacki got engaged three years ago, when marriage equality was still outlawed in California, where they live. They started looking into other ways to recognize their relationship and eventually marry. Ultimately, Jacki decided to begin a gender transition to be legally recognized as male in order to be able to marry Christine.
"I started looking into transgender [sic]. In the eyes of the courts, if I were to have my gender changed to male, just like that, she gets my Social Security, she gets my pension," Jacki says.
So, Jacki elected to have a double mastectomy. In April 2013, he officially changed his sex to “male” on his birth certificate. He and Christine soon married and just celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary last month.
"I was so overwhelmed that somebody would do such a thing," Christine says of Jacki’s selflessness. "It was the biggest act of love anyone’s ever done for me."
There are two main schools of thought in response to this (and the HuffPo article above does acknowledge that this is a complicated story). On one hand, a loooot of people are upset about this person seemingly co-opting the trans experience in exchange for legal marriage, as if a gender transition is something you pick up and try on at your convenience. (Did anybody else cringe at the phrase “just like that”?)
Kristin Capobianco of Equally Wed wrote a great response along these lines here, and the commenters have added some important context about the timing of the couple’s ordeal as well as the different policies around gender changes in California.
On the other hand, we could apply the same logic here that we do when talking about marriage equality overall — one couple’s path to marriage shouldn’t have any impact on another couple’s. Right?
What say you?
The Texas GOP has officially endorsed reparative gay therapy. Click here for more from The Daily Show.