The transgender community has made some progress in recent years, but there is still a long way to go. As wonderful as it is to have a day of visibility, knowing that there is a day of the year where all the trans community is asking for is to be seen should be a sign of how much further we all have to go.
Visibility is indeed growing, but the danger of simply existing and being trans at the same time is still very real. The data might have updated recently, but as of ten years ago the average time between a trans murder was three days.
Laverne Cox, arguably the most visible trans person that isn’t related to a certain “E!” family, has done many interviews and appearances as she’s become more successful. And as trans rights and visibility grows she makes more appearances in support of her brothers and sisters. But more than once during an interview she’s basically had to ask either her interviewer or a rival interviewee to stop talking about trans sexy bits.
We’re not there yet, but there is some progress in visibility. Alex Newell was Unique on Glee. The aforementioned Cox is both Sophia Burset on Orange is the New Black and Cameron Wirth in Doubt. Jamie Clayton is Nomi Marks on Sense8. There are also a handful of films that have a trans character, some even played by trans actors, so the progress is happening.
To close on an optimistic note I’d like to share a video that GLAAD put together over on their instragram. “Visibility is a collective thing,” Says Jacob Tobia. “We’ve gotta support each other.”
Recently, Gucci released a cool new line of shoe wear. The line is called “Queercore“, borrowing the name from the queer-focused movement that emerged from the punk scene in the early 1980s. The main theme is totally hot, consisting of a smattering of buckles, chunky charms, lace, and black. Like a ton of black.
One would assume that Gucci was paying tribute to the movement that inspired the name, and if that was the case then Gucci might deserve a little praise. The problem with the name is that Gucci’s new shoewear line, while fabulous, used the name without asking anybody.
The name Queercore was first penned by G.B. Jones and Bruce LaBruce and can be traced back to their zine, J.D’s. According to Jones, the term Queercore was taken without being asked. “They stole it, plain and simple,” Says Jones. “It’s theft.” Shady, Gucci. Shady indeed.
It’s probably not news to anyone anywhere ever, but some groups just don’t like the gays, you guys. Because I care about truth and wisdom, and also because I love hearing my own voice in my head I’m going to share and comment on a lovely video from the Wisconsin Christian News Ministry Expo that occurred last weekend.
In it Peter LaBarbera attempts to expose the powerful sin movement currently being carried out by the LGBT community. He claims our “closet” references are really made in poor taste, and that we keep piping up about how important equality is. Also, we’re just like those guys that killed people for wearing glasses.
There are many wonderful branches of faith in our great country, but this Regina and her plastics make it damn hard to hear the good message behind all that croaking. With this recent angry mention of homosexuality, I’m reminded of what Jesus had to say about gays and coming out of the closet in Mark 12:31. Oh, wait. I must be thinking of another quote. Or no quote. Yeah, literally no quote.
Fun fact: At this time, my inner voice is a sassy effeminate British super villain with a lisp.
If you haven’t heard about Gavin Grimm, either you didn’t watch the Grammys or you don’t listen to Laverne Cox when she tells you to do something, and shame on you for that, really.
Gavin, a high school senior from Gloucester, VA, was born a female but began identifying as male shortly after entering his freshman year. Though there was support for him in pockets of his community, his school forbade him from using the school restroom that matched his gender identity. So Gavin sued and, with a ruling in his favor, the case was scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court.
But when 45 rolled back policies supporting transgender youth, the Supreme Court totally J/K’ed the whole thing and told Gavin they wouldn’t hear his case. And to make matters worse, due to good ol’ 45’s rollbacks, the original ruling is now rescinded so Gavin essentially has to start over.
Despite this loss, Gavin remains steadfast to his cause. In an interview with MSNBC he stated “It has lit a fire under me. I view it as an obstacle. I’ve come this far, and I’ll stay fighting ten more years if I have to.”
I don’t know where the hell this kid gets his spirit, but I wish I had some of that in high school. Supporters of Gavin’s case seem assured that, while this is a pretty hefty setback, it is still only a setback. The world is slowly changing, and hopefully the laws will change with the world. Joshua Block, lead counsel for Gavin as well as senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s LGBT Project said, “The overwhelming level of support shown for Gavin and trans students by people across the country throughout this process shows that the American people have already moved in the right direction and that the rights of trans people cannot be ignored.”
Earlier this week the LGBTQ community in Missouri took a hit when their state senators batted down a proposal to ban discrimination in their state based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Democratic state Sen. Jill Schupp proposed the amendment and, while I’m sure she was dissapointed, with a senate of almost three times as many Reps as Demis, she couldn’t have been surprised. I mean, at this point when injustice seems to seep into the law in all fields and you swear you hear the theme music to that cool-to-play-but-terrible-to-actually-live-in video game from 2006 or whatever playing in the back of your head, what else are you going to expect?
The amendment proposed what basically was a “Hey-There-Yeah-Stop-Firing-Us” kind of measure. Unfortunately, according to the majority of Senators, such a measure was just asking for too much. It lost 20-10.
Senator Schupp asked that the measure be added to an uglier, more evil bill that was trying to make it more difficult for Missouri employees to sue for discrimination. Those in favor of the bill argued that it’s too easy to sue for discrimination in Missouri. They felt that the bill would remedy the amount of those cases, which I think is an interesting idea, cuz, like, what if you just cut back on the discrimination instead? #problemsolver #tonguepop