silence of the trans

Despite the awful backlash against Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s comments, which were honest, thoughtful and still respectful to actually trans woman (despite what reactionaries think) from her Chanel 4 interview; I am heartened to see more and more black women wake up to this silencing and rewriting of womanhood by extreme trans activists.

Chimamanda is a black west African feminist from a developing country, who fights for women and girls. She raises awareness on so many issues yet people are on a witch hunt to discredit all her work due to her correct assessment that trans women are trans women; that they experience male socialisation and privilege before transition and that they have different experiences than women born women. Really? Why is this such a hard concept to process and automatically means that you are denying trans women being trans women and are transphobic?

I am really glad that so many black women world wide are finally having their peak trans moment with this incident and seeing how utterly ridiculous it can get. I really saw a white woman lecture a black woman saying she had privilege over white trans women and that the black woman needed to “check her privilege”, “stop talking” and “listen” to trans women. This was in a black space as well. It was delicious to see the black woman cuss her out. Black women stay fighting everyone’s battle but their own, and slowly we’re realising enough is enough.

are we seriously gonna do the whole bullshit strawmanning of trans women as “silencing women” or “claiming that genitalia is not stigmatized” that happens like every time a trans woman points out that specific phrases like “no vagina/uterus no opinion” are erasing and ignoring the way that trans women and intersex women are impacted by the violation of reproductive rights right alongside cis women, or that it’s pretty fuckin obvious when cis women are equating vaginas to womanhood

After Trump’s bruising week, protests focus on Muslim ban, trans rights and health care

This weekend, there will be a handful of large demonstrations in response Trump’s latest attempt at a Muslim travel ban and his stance on transgender rights, health care and housing. If you’re looking for a major protest, Mic has rounded up a list of the nation’s largest. But our list is by no means exhaustive.

New York City

Protect Trans Rights

Friday, March 17, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Washington Square Park

“The Trump administration has recently withdrawn the rights for transgender students to use the bathroom they identify with. This is more than just the bathrooms people are allowed to use, but it is an act of transphobia and hate. We will not be silenced. Our rights will not be silenced. We need to speak up for trans rights.”

No Ban Human Banner Action

Friday, March 17, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Pavilion at Nelson A Rockefeller Park

“Muslim Ban 2.0 is just as discriminatory as the first Muslim Ban. NYC, we want to invite you to take part in a creative action where we will form a human banner that reads #NOBAN”

Washington, D.C.

More for Housing Now Rally

Saturday, March 18, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Foundry United Methodist Church

“This joint rally will shed light on the District’s affordable housing crisis and the need to end chronic homelessness. … Let’s make sure District officials know that you care about ending homelessness and ensuring that everyone has quality housing that is affordable to them.”

Los Angeles

Senator Feinstein: Make Time for Town Halls Protest

Friday, March 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Las Palmas Avenue at W 1st Street

“Senator [Dianne] Feinstein’s constituents in L.A. and [San Francisco] have called and appeared at her offices to request town halls, and she has refused. But she has time to do fundraising. We demand that Senator Feinstein: Hold regular public town halls. Say no to all of Trump’s cabinet picks. Say no to Gorsuch for the SCOTUS. Resist the Trump agenda or retire.” Read more (3/17/17 10:38 AM)

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Terfs using the cotton ceiling to silence trans people seems to me like they don’t want trans people to have the conversation that they need to have: trans people aren’t seen as desirable, and often the reason someone doesn’t want to invite a trans person into their dating pool is transphobia. It’s literally that simple, but Terfs don’t want cis people to examine their reasonings for not dating trans people because they hate us.

Trans, nonbinary and intersex people have all discussed, extensively, how both the oppression of a-spec people and the attempts to exclude them from the LGBT+ community mirror our own experiences.

It is unfair and unacceptable for people who are not trans, nonbinary or intersex to try to silence us for drawing these comparisons.

They are identical in underlying cause and in most material manifestations.

Anyone who refuses to acknowledge these similarities is either completely ignorant of trans, nonbinary and intersex history, or is purposefully trying to erase that history in favour of feeding their egos.

Do not let them do this.

Hold fast to our history, protect our a-spec siblings, and live up to the expectations set by those who came before us.

Refuse to give in to bigots simply because they can scream loudly.

buzzfeed.com
20 Of The Most Amazing Trans Moments Of 2016
"Every day matters when it comes to building a world where every person can live their life to the fullest."
By Sarah Karlan

“Let’s face it, 2016 was a really hard year. But against a backlash of anti-trans bills and rising hate crimes, trans people fought to make their voices heard on television screens, on political stages, and on social media - and in refusing to be silenced, they advocated for trans livelihood and joy.”

See the list here

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On the Trans Day of Remembrance (November 20th, 2016), the Ontario legislature held a moment of silence to remember all the Trans lives lost to hatred and prejudice.

When I first was switching over to a radical feminism blog I reblogged a post that said something along the lines of “your vagina is beautiful no matter if it looks like (insert different way vaginas look)”

I remember it literally had no gendered terms but I got like 5 messages and a reblog telling me I was transaphobic,

For literally saying not to be self conscious about your body. That was probably my peak trans politics moment because??? Like women literally aren’t allowed to tell other women that their vaginas are okay and not ugly without being transaphobic?

Men are constantly talking shit about vaginas or silencing women when they try to be positive about their vaginas. So how is it different when the trans brigade try and silence women?

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Talking about their roles in “Your Number”

Minho: a college student.
Key: a designer.
Taemin: a dancer.
Jonghyun: a rich person!
Onew: has glasses….

Cr. myshine__taesic Trans: Professorjjong

When Jjong introduced himself as a rich person,
Minho: Please take care of me.
They shake hands.
Jonghyun: Work hard.

Cr. shinette0718 Trans: Professorjjong

Talking about their roles in Your Number
Taemin: What about you, Minho? Are you a basketball player?
Minho: Nope! Not a player! I’m a student who likes basketball!
Taemin: Are you a college student?
Onew: An elementary school student!
Key: That’s not right, there’s no elementary school students that huge.
When Taemin was asked:
Taemin: I~ am a murderer of dance!!
After he said that not one of the members seemed to understand, so he read the silence.
Taemin: Ah, sorry. I’m a dancer.

Cr. AyU_Knoooow Trans: Professorjjong

I know this whole day is about keeping silent, even when it comes to things like this, but I have to say something.

You all are beautiful.

You all are amazing.

You are you.

I don’t care if you’re a stranger. If you need support, come talk to me. I may be busy, but I will find a way to help. Even if it’s just a few dumb words, or just me listening.

Please, don’t hurt yourself because of who you are.

You’re perfect in your own way.

Happy national day of silence.

You’ll get through this.

Love, Wiley.

Im honestly just so frustrated with part of this fandom right now. People get so personally offended that i believe that Mutsuki is trans. Why? What does it take away from people to believe that one character (a character most people want dead anyways right now) is representing a community that is often silenced and ignored? Listen, i’m cis but i empathize with trans people, at the end of the day i dont want them to feel silenced, and i want to believe that we can progress towards character that arent all cis and straight. It’s fine to disagree with me, i welcome well-worded non-aggressive counter-arguments to my opinion of mutsuki’s identity but if you honestly get enraged by the idea that this character *may* be trans i think that’s a really toxic way to be y'know?