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22 December 2011

Some Events of the year 2011. Part 4: Nemeses, Internet.

Some events of 2010.  Some events of 2009.  Some Events of 2008.

Part 1:  Organizations, Legislation, litigation.
Part 2:  Persons.
Part 3:  Spouses and Family, Trans Kids, Political, Celebrities, Sports.
Part 4:  Nemeses, Internet.
Part 5:  Doctors, Medicine, Genetics.
Part 6:  Deaths
Part 7:  Art, Fashion, Music
Part 8:  Theatre & Cinema
Part 9:  News Media, Journals
Part 10:  Books.

Nemeses

Michael Bailey was reprimanded by Northwestern University President after he had a guest speaker achieve orgasm with a mechanized sex toy in an after class session.

Brian Souter, the Stagecoach billionaire, who gave £1 million in support of the homophobic Section 28, was knighted in the Queen’s birthday honours list. 2,500 signed a petition to rescind the honour.

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Former Memphis police officer Bridges Sutton McRae was sentenced to two years for beating a transgender prisoner and for evading taxes.

Craig Nash, former San Antonio police officer, as part of a plea agreement pled guilty to misdemeanor rape of a trans woman sex worker, and was sentenced to one year in jail and loss of his job.

A trans man in St Paul, Minneapolis was robbed and raped. The perpetrator, Demetrius Miller has been sentenced to minimum 27 years.

Jason Lewis Ronoff, Queensland, ordered to pay $15,000 after threatening to burn down neighbour’s house.

Philip Robertson, of Streatham, jailed for 7 years for raping a trans woman in 1990.

Teonna Brown, who attacked Chrissy Polis in the ladies toilets of a McDonalds in Baltimore, was sentenced to ten years in jail with five years suspended, plus three years of supervised probation. Her 14-year-old accomplice remains in a juvenile detention facility. The McDonalds employee who filmed the attack was fired.

Soldier Terry Porter in Perth & Kinross admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear and alarm and also admitted that the offence was aggravated by prejudice towards transgender status. He was fined £200 for breach of the peace, plus an extra £150 for the transgender prejudice.

Two men, Wayne Blair and Stephen Currie, fined for verbally harassing two trans women.

A trans woman was attacked by a mob in a shopping area in Fredericksburg, Virginia
 
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Colorado Court of Appeals upheld the 2009 convictions of Allen Andrade for the hate-motivated murder of Angie Zapata.

Alrashim Chambers, who was arrested after a month on the run for the shooting death of model Victoria White in Maplewood, New Jersey, has been charged with murder.

Arnold Waukazo of Minneapolis was convicted of 2nd degree murder of his girlfriend Krissy Bates.

Brandon McInerney, who shot Larry King in 2008 for being too feminine, pleaded guilty to second degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and use of a gun.

Kenneth Furr, a Washington, DC cop, fired a gun into car containing three trans women and two men, apparently after failing to solicit sex.

Leon Fyle of Catford, London, had his conviction for the murder of Destiny Lauren ruled unsafe. However at his retrial he was again found guilty, and is sentenced to 21 years.

Lucky Ward/Lawayne Jackson has been linked by DNA to 5 murders including two of trans women.

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Gender Trender, mainly written by Gallus Mag and BevJo Von Dohre, has allowed its transphobia to become an obsession, just as much as DirtyWhiteboi. On the other hand Gallus Mag defined Genderism as
“A political philosophy, movement or regime based on the supernatural belief that certain unrelated traits are caused by an individual’s physical sex” – a sentiment that many trans persons will agree with.
Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford tendered a paper(summary) to the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in which they oppose the extension of basic human rights to transsexuals, in that such erodes womens' rights. This was rebutted by Beth Elliot, but Jennifer Usher, Suzan Cooke, Dana Lane Taylor supported Brennan & Hungerford.

Sheila Jeffreys. “The need for feminists to challenge the practice of transgenderism”. Radfem Hub, May 31, 2011. http://radicalhub.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/guest-post-sheila-jeffreys. 
 “There are similarities and some dissimilarities between [sterilization of the unfit and transgenderism]. The similarities include the forces that created the practice, scientists and the medical profession, the explanation, biology, the support from ‘progressive’ sectors of society, in some cases a similar set of victims, lesbians and gay men, and the aim, social engineering,. In the case of transgenderism the social engineering should be abundantly clear. The practice straightens out those who are a problem for the politically constructed gender structure that founds male domination. Those who do not conform to gender rules, and homosexuals, are surgically reconstructed to fit in. A whole industry and politics has developed to carve ‘gender’ onto the bodies of adults and children. Maintenance of the gender system is vital to the survival of male domination. Any challenge to the idea of gender threatens the main justification for the subordination of women.”
Dale O’Leary continued her diatribes against trans persons. More, more

Keith Ablow, contributor to Fox News, criticized J Crew catalogue for its image of a mother painting her son’s toenails pink, and urged parents not to watch Dancing with the Stars with Chaz Bono.

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Malaysian Fatwa council. Malaysian trans persons had limited freedom until 1983, when Perak mufti besar Harussani Zakaria and other issued a fatwa banning both gender surgery and cross-dressing for those who Muslim. Zakaria has recently said: “You cannot be transsexual, you are either a woman or a man. Why do they want to go against Allah? If God has created you as a boy, then act like a boy.” This resulted mak nyahs being arrested by the religious police and being abused and humiliated in prisons. This went further this year when the government established boot camps for gender variant boys. Ayu, 44, was beaten and arrested at a bus station for the offense of “men dressing up as women in a public space” which is punishable by a a RM1,000 fine, a six-month prison sentence or both.

Vatican: voiced strong opposition to March resolution by UN in that ending discrimination against gays, lesbians, and transgender persons would make those who oppose such human rights the real victims.

Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute: redistributed a 2009 paper by Richard Fitzgibbons, Philip Sutton and Dale O'Leary, “The Psychopathology of ‘Sex Reassignment’ Surgery”. Trans people are mentally ill, and by implication need therapy not rights; it asserts that there is no evidence that trans identity, or indeed gay identity, is innate.

Institute for Canadian Values ran an advert during the Ontario provincial elections in The National Post with the picture of a little girl: “Please don’t confuse me. I’m a girl. Don’t teach me to question if I’m a boy, transexual, transgendered, interesexed, or two spirited.” The Post apologized. The same ad was then run in The Toronto Sun which refused to apologize.

Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convemtion: said they take particular objection to the prospect of enhanced transgender protections.

National Organization of Marriage: campaign against gender identity lessons in Oakland.

Massachusetts Family Institute put out inflammatory adverts against the new Massachusetts law.

Media Research Center objects to any positive representation of trans people.

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Thomas Moutame, mayor Taputapuatea, Tahiti, convicted of abuse of power because he refused a to marry Claude Simon and Pero Mareva (trans) in 2007.

Internet

Two transgender activist’s (Kathy Padilla and Katrina Rose) who contribute regularly at Pam’s House Blend questioned Lurleen Blogovitch, an admin and front page blogger there and why she was using an anonymous account instead of her real name. It turned out that Lurleen was actually Laurel Ramseyer, Communications Director for Equal Rights Washington, with a history of fighting for gay and trans rights.

Carolyn Petit, associate editor of Gamespot and video reviewer.

Gay Girl in Damascus, Amina Abdallah Aral al Omari, a blogging lesbian heroine in the Syrian uprising turned out to be Tom Macmaster, a male heterosexual American in Edinburgh. Syrian gay activists feel that real people were put in danger by this prank.

LezGetReal, a lesbian news site run by Paula Brooks, who turned out to be a man, Bill Graber.

Charlotte Goiar sponsored a care2 petition: Harry Benjamin's Syndrome is not transgender!

The Charlotte Goiar HBS forum was discontinued, and its active members moved to a Facebook group.

The HBS writer variously known as Courtney Holder/Donna Reiser/Purple Speaks/Plum is emphatically rightwing. I have never seen any of the other HBS/not-TG writers disassociate from her positions. On an article about the struggle for trans rights in Maryland she posted:
“As a transsexual who believes homosexuality is an immoral choice and that non-op transgenderism is a mockery of women and makes true-TSs look bad in the eyes of the mainstream and face even more discrimination from them, I will vote AGAINST *ANY* law that will supposedly help those of us with this medical condition, if it ALSO supports homosexuals, lesbians, and gender-variant persons. It is one thing to support mainstream women born with a birth defect that robs them of their rightful plain in mainstream society as women. However, it is another to support men sodomizing other men and pretending it is love, another to support women degrading each either in a fashion similar to the sodomites, and another to support a man who acts like a man and wants male privilege, all while dressing like a woman of the night and modeling in porn as a “woman” with his parts hanging out. I never was a part of the LGBT, and I want none of its rights, privileges, or protections.”
Transhistory.net and transhistory.org are now both advertising sites (erectile dysfunction and car accidents).

First Cristan Williams (Ehipassiko, 2011 June 2, 28, 30, July, 5, 6, 9, 11,12,14,21) and then Zagria explored the rich history of the term ‘transgender’. Both writers amply demonstrated that the misconception that Virginia Prince coined ‘transgender’ is exactly that: a misconception. Zagria concluded:
Therefore, I think that we can see that the idea of Prince being falsely nominated as the creator of ‘Transgender’ comes from an attribution error in Docter, a political inflation of her achievements by IFGE, a disinformation campaign by Cook-Riley and an injudicious and unsupported sentence in Feinberg. By this time Prince had started claiming to have coined the term when she felt that the audience wanted her to, but at other times made fun of the claim when that seemed appropriate. The misinformation was propagated by lazy academics who repeated the sentence in Feinberg and never bothered to fact check and search for the actual citations as they should have done.
Lisa McDonald, commenting at Bilerico, severely twisted both Zagria’s article on Leslie Feinberg and Richard Ekins writing about Carol Riddell to conclude “as an umbrella term Transgender has been based on Communism”. It would seem that Lisa is unacquainted with the history of ideas, and amongst other errors refuses to distinguish humanist Marxism from Soviet Communism. It is interesting to juxtapose her with Tracie O’Keefe who rejects ‘transgender’ as an Americanism.

Zagria initiated a discussion on cis gender variance.

Pauline Park argued for ‘transgendered’ rather than ‘transgender’.

Julia Serano. “A “Transsexual Versus Transgender” Intervention”. Whipping Girl, Sept 8, 2011. http://juliaserano.blogspot.com/2011/09/transsexual-versus-transgender.html.
Apparently discontinued blogs (but some such do return after a break):
Riding the second wave
TransBoutique
Trans Fried Fluff
Dyssonance
Grace and Wild Roses
Bitterness Barbie
Hijda Eunuch Blog
LGBT Latest Science
Confissões Agridoces [de uma sereia trans]
Battybattybats' Cave Of Rationality
whittl(e)ings: Thoughts Of An Equalities Activist
Gender Lines
Michelle’s Reality
Normal is a Sociological Construct
Elaine’s T* Art Blog
Calie’s T-Tunes
Blogs moved:
The Adventures of Jessica Sideways --> Moving on Up a Little Higher
The Stranger --> Tarald Steins
Patent Pending --> Jillian Page
Blogs changed:
Womenborntranssexual has become a political digest

1 comment:

Calie said...

Hi Zagria. The T-Tunes blog is still alive but I have not had much time to spend on it. I have had some suggestions to feature in the past few weeks. One of my New Year resolutions is to get more posts up on that blog.

Calie