Richard Rosendall is worried about the feelings of TERFs, the vast majority of whom have substantively benefited from the long-term ‘no trans people need apply; no trans issues can be spoken of; no trans women need apply even when we pretend to accept trans people by hiring trans men who we really don’t recognize as trans men’ dogma of Gay, Inc. – either directly by obtaining Gay, Inc. jobs that no trans people were ever considered for or indirectly by living in – and cultivating careers in – jurisdictions whose gay-only rights laws sprouted from Gay, Inc. spores.
For years, some radical feminists have vociferously opposed transgender people. An example is Janice Raymond, a lesbian ex-nun who wrote in her 1979 book, The Transsexual Empire: The Making of the She-Male, that trans women, whom she regarded as male predators, were the “avant garde of the patriarchy invading women’s spaces.” As a liberal feminist and a supporter of trans equality, I very much disagree with Dr. Raymond. Dana Beyer, executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, explains, “[G]ender identity (the sex of one’s brain) drives trans persons to transition, regardless of genital anatomy.”
For the LGBT advocates with whom I work in Washington, D.C., that ship has sailed. We do not sit around discussing gender theory. We take it as a given that trans people are citizens entitled to equal protection. We work in coalition to ensure that the “T” is included in legislation, data gathering, and public services (and D.C. is among the top states in the Human Rights Campaign’s State Equality Index). Science is on our side: the American Psychiatric Association declassified transgender identity as a disorder in 2012, as it did homosexuality in 1973.
For some, this is not enough. There is a movement to “no-platform” trans-excluding radical feminists (TERFs), that is to bar them from campuses and deny them a platform for their views. This is part of a broader and distinctly illiberal trend whereby universities are seen not as centers for the robust exchange of ideas, but as frightening places full of triggers and microaggressions. Students are seen as fragile flowers who must be protected from views that might offend them. This is an assault on learning, and those of us who are not professional victims need to fight it.
Memo to non-trans gays who want to write on trans matters: If your lead (or only) trans quote comes from ‘retired’ Doc Beyer, you haven’t done enough research.
Second memo to non-trans gays who want to write on trans matters: If you have any quote ‘retired’ Doc Beyer, think twice about also utilizing the word “robust.”
Second memo to non-trans gays who want to write on trans matters: If you have any quote ‘retired’ Doc Beyer, think even more than twice about also utilizing the word “robust.”
Where were all of the current TERF-defending concern trolls when Gay, Inc ‘no-platform’-ed trans people into oblivion?
And are any of them demanding that Gay, Inc. pony up reparations to trans people for the decades of Gay, Inc.-led political and employment discrimination (call it ‘no-platform’-ing if you wish) against trans people?