Cis Lesbians Speaking for the Transgender Community: The Ultimate Gay, Inc. Power Trip?

From Victoria Brownworth

[I]f we take the book off the list we are indeed censoring it. It doesn’t matter what our reasons are.

…yes, that Victoria Brownworth, but not from the defense of the fraudulent Lambda nomination for the fraudulent ‘science’ of J. Michael Bailey; instead, via the Philadelphia Gay News…

…thirty-two summers (or so) ago – specifically, May 29, 1981:

On May 2, 1981 approximately 150 women met in West Philadelphia to vote in an emergency community meeting. The issue, which had been raised in March, was whether or not a post-operative transsexual, Leslie Phillips, could be a member of the leadership collective for the Lesbian Feminist Weekend (LFW) 1981. In a two-part vote it was decided that Phillips could neither be a member of the leadership collective nor could Phillips be a member of a committee for the LFW.

[I]f Phillips is truly interested in the concerns of women, was this person not willing to work in a less sensitive position within the ranks of Sisterspace or LFW? Why would only a leadership position be sufficient? Is it because Phillips is used – as a man – to being able to be in power? Does Phillips feel that only a leadership in a lesbian group will be the final qualifies of “her” as a “woman”?

From the cyber septic tank of trans-exterminationist thought:

If trans “feminists” are sooooooooo identified with “women”, why aren’t they attacking male supremacy? Why do they attack the smallest minority of other feminists?

That solitary individual who might happen to lie in wait for me, gun in hand, and, upon springing forth from whatever concealment that individial may have been able to spend an instant – or a lifetime – constructing, then demand that I hand over my valuables lest I lose my life is, in terms of numerosity, the smallest possible minority within all humanity.

Anyone who would have to ask why any person – or persons or identifiable class of persons – on the short end of such a demand would respond to such a demand with something that the issuer of said demand might, in the demander’s world view (distinguishable, of course, from what an objective, sane person would), consider to be an attack is either:

  1. in league with the criminal issuing the demand;
  2. insane; or
  3. both.

Neo-Raymondistic trans-exterminationists and the christianist theocratic right, no self-serving, eternally-fake victimhood daylight between them can I – or anyone with eyes – see.

From Raymond’s response to Elizabeth Rose (no relation) in Chrysalis in 1977:

To the psychotic nonsense that Rose had written in response to…

Round the bend to the transphobic gay male bullshit (for equal opportunity’s sake) of Paul Varnell and 1994…

[Transsexualism is either] a parasitic allusion to conventional differences [or] an economic device that abjectly accedes to the most conventional of a client’s sexual and gender preconceptions.

…and back again to Norah Vincent in 2000…

[W]hy, as adults, do transsexuals mutilate their bodies in order to make them conform to the fashionable version of the opposite sex and gender? That only reinforces oppressive stereotypes every bit as much as liposuction or a bimbo’s boob job. If you’re a man in a woman’s body, then live androgynously if you’re such a revolutionary.

…which is indistinguishable from 2001 or 2011 or…

It may be politically expedient to hold people to what they wrote in college,  but it’s not politically or intellectually honest.

or anything before, after or in between.

How many trans sex workers are sex workers solely or primarily because of the  legitimization of discrimination against trans women that Brownworth – and Janice  Raymond and Mary Daly and the still-employed-by-NGLTF Sue Hyde – championed 30+  years ago? How many trans women have died during those three-plus decades because of  that legitimization of discrimination that Brownworth championed, legitimization of  discrimination that was enshrined into Gay, Inc. orthodoxy before many of the  women Brownworth is now exploiting (Intellectual honesty, she whines? Did she at least don a Geraldo Rivera mustache while writing the recent exploitationist piece?) were even born?

I am not trans-exclusionary or I wouldn’t have written this series

And Tony Soprano was fond of ducks and horses.

Case still closed.

The majority of this piece was originally published as Connecting Dots” at ENDABlog Classic on Sept. 5, 2011.  Apparently, PGN not only doesn’t think it necessary to apologize for inflicting Brownworth on trans people in the past, it sees no problem with continuing to do so.

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3 Comments

  1. […] Cis Lesbians Speaking for the Transgender Community: The Ultimate Gay, Inc. Power Trip? […]

  2. “That solitary individual who might happen to lie in wait for me, gun in hand, and, upon springing forth from whatever concealment that individial may have been able to spend an instant – or a lifetime – constructing, then demand that I hand over my valuables lest I lose my life is, in terms of numerosity, the smallest possible minority within all humanity.”

    I’m still yelling “Bravo”

  3. […] Cis Lesbians Speaking for the Transgender Community: The Ultimate Gay, Inc. Power Trip? […]


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