Well, today on Serious OutQ Radio‘s Michelangelo Signorile Show at 12:30 PM PST / 3:30 PM EST today, discussing the Ronald Gold article “No” To The Notion Of Transgender that was posted on The Bilerico Project blogsite. I intend to represent not just me, but the variety of posts we’ve had on this here at Pam’s House Blend.

Bayard RustinI will make sure I mention at least the last line of the the Bayard Rustin quote I often quote:

“[T]he job of the gay community is not to deal with extremists who would castigate us or put us on an island and drop an H-bomb on us. The fact of the matter is that there is a small percentage of people in America who understand the true nature of the homosexual community. There is another small percentage who will never understand us. Our job is not to get those people who dislike us to love us. Nor was our aim in the civil rights movement to get prejudiced white people to love us. Our aim was to try to create the kind of America, legislatively, morally, and psychologically, such that even though some whites continued to hate us, they could not openly manifest that hate. That’s our job today: to control the extent to which people can publicly manifest antigay sentiment.”

~Bayard Rustin; From Montgomery to Stonewall (1986)

As well as mention…

Roz Kaveney’s six axioms of trans activism:

1.)  Display solidarity with all our trans brothers and sisters.

Roz Kaveney's six axioms of trans activism2.)  Build alliances by getting involved as ourselves in other areas of politics.

3.)  Refuse to let journalistic and intellectual attacks on our community go unanswered – we can have and keep the moral high ground.

4.)  Be creative, be smart, be ourselves, and don’t let anybody tell us who we are and what we do.

5.)  Refuse the pathological model – we are not sick, just different.

6.)  Refuse those politics – heterosexism, body fascism – that work against all of the above, but especially #1.

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Further reading:

* The Bilerico Project: My last post at Bilerico?

* The Bilerico Project: Ron Gold’s Post Is Down: What Now?

* GenderBitch; Words of a Trans Girl: Some Words On “Making Peace”

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Related:

* Was That Peter LaBarbera Or Ronald Gold Posting That Antitrans Sentiment On Bilerico?

* Does anti-trans bigotry in some men stem from penile amputation anxiety?

* In the Spirit of Moving Forward

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