Since the Canadian press is repeating the Mexican-transsexual-becomes-woman-to-duck-bill-for-sound-system story in a number of places, including airing on Global TV, I’m posting an open reply: Continue reading
If you’ve traveled anywhere among trans or LGBT blogs in the past year or three, you’ve inevitably come across an ongoing battle over labels, and particularly “transgender” as an umbrella term. It seems to be a conflict without end, without middle ground and without compromise. And yet for discourse on human rights and enfranchisement for transsexual and transgender people to move forward at all, at some point that discussion needs to have some sort of resolution, and some thorough dissection of the argument will need to take place. Could an alliance-based approach be a solution? Or more accurately, could enough people on both sides of the argument be willing (that is, to not see their position as immovable) to seek an alliance-based approach for it to make a positive difference in the discourse?
I don’t know. But something that has become clear to me over the past while is that the language is changing. And I don’t have to like it, but I have to understand what that means.
I only speak for myself. In the end, it’s all I really can do anyway. I don’t speak for any trans-related community, don’t speak for The Bilerico Project or any of its other contributors, don’t speak for any other place I’ve posted or published writing, don’t speak for Alberta trans people — just me.
I say that because the international trans community is in a state of flux. As the community defines itself, we’re discovering just how diverse “trans” really is, and just how inadequate any one single definition is when it tries to cover everyone. A result of this is that in 2011, while the mainstream world is just starting to twig on to trans anything, trans and LGBT forums are finding nearly every conversation on trans issues, trans rights, gender studies and identity disintegrating into a debate about “transgender,” its use as an umbrella term, and whether there should even be an umbrella at all. It’s reached the point that it’s stalemated any and every other discussion. And ultimately, I realize that nothing some writer and blogger from Southern Alberta says is going to change that, but I can make my own declaration on the matter. And in that, I speak for myself.
Because our language for trans issues is changing. Continue reading
When he’s not working as a Legislative Assistant for Conservative Member of Parliament Maurice Vellacott, Timothy Bloedow is the driving force behind Canada’s Christian Nationalist weblog No Apologies and Christian Governance, where he advocates for ideologically-run government:
There is no such thing as neutrality. Superficial thinking has confused peace, tolerance, pluralism, multiculturalism and similar ideas with neutrality. But there is no such thing as neutrality.
… The mission of ChristianGovernance is to teach and train Christians to understand the Biblical worldview as well as competing worldviews, and to help Christians translate this understanding into a faithful lifestyle and a compelling witness in this world.
In “Should Harold Camping be executed as a false prophet?“ Bloedow (or Rod Taylor, or David Krayden, or Larry Bray, or Tom Bartlett, or the Freedom 55 Financial / London Life salesman, but usually if there’s no attribution, then it’s posted by Bloedow or his son) writes: Continue reading
I do want to make clear, though, that I’m not mocking all Christians or all people of faith. I respect the person of Jesus as the ultimate altruist (and socialist, no matter how much corporate conservatives might try to turn a message of compassion and being community-conscious into “let them pay their own goddamned way”), and respect affirming and mutually-respectful people of faith who honor that one top commandment, to love one another. What I’m mocking is a kind of elitism that takes on the air of the ultimate revenge fantasy, when the elite chosen relish the thought of cheering on their ascent into bliss and our descent into damnation. The kind of elitism that destroyed my traditional family. Continue reading
No, I’m not going to tell you how to vote. At the end of the post, I’ll list several tools you can use (or not) to make up your own mind.
But voting comes with its challenges for transsexual and transitioning folks, and I don’t want trans readers to be dissuaded from taking part in the process. Continue reading
Part 1: 5 Reasons to Support Trans Rights Now
Part 2: Can a Trans Human Rights Bill Pass With a Harper Majority?
Part 3 (from Xtra): I Have an Agenda
Part 4: Quick Facts about Bill C-279 (was Bill C-389)
Part 5: Flushing the Washroom Fear
Part 6: On Gender Expression
Trans Lobby Group's Bill C-279 Fact Sheet
Find your MP by postal code
Find your MP from a list
United Church Letter of Support
THE DEATH OF THE TRANSGENDER UMBRELLA: "If you've traveled anywhere among trans or LGBT blogs in the past year or three, you've inevitably come across an ongoing battle over labels, and particularly "transgender" as an umbrella term. It seems to be a conflict without end, without middle ground and without compromise..."
Part 2: Why The Umbrella Failed
Part 3: Decolonizing Trans as Allies
ALBERTA INFO AND ACTIVISM
TRANS CANADIAN BLOGS
TRANS BLOGS & INFO
Gender Variant Who's Who
Skip the Makeup
There From Here
TransRespect vs Transphobia Project
Trans Mens' Success Stories
Trans Womens' Success Stories
Women Born Transsexual
SEX & GENDER MINORITIES AND SEX WORK ADVOCACY
Below The Belt
Border Thinking L. Agustin
Bound Not Gagged
Dr. Petra Boynton
Gender and Sexuality Law Blog
The Naked Truth
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
National Sexuality Resource Centre
Sex Professionals of Canada
Sex Workers Advocacy Network
Sex Workers Outreach Project
Sex Work Awareness
NATIVE AMERICAN & TWO SPIRIT
SOCIAL JUSTICE, DECOLONIALISM AND EQUALITY
The Dallas Principles
One People's Project
Southern Poverty Law Center
Women and Prison
You can also read the original Open Letter to LifeSiteNews, which discusses this in detail.