Stop using trans-phobic language and apologize for your remarks.

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B L
10 years ago
I support this cause. Please also check out my petition to address human trafficking in the province of bc. http://www.change.org/petitions/minister-of-public-safety-and-solicitor-general-increase-octips-budget-to-750000-annually-and-rehire-robin-pike

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Judy Heithmar
10 years ago
San Savage got famous because of his sex column. not because he is a queer rights activist. It'd be nice if people would stop labeling this misogynist transphobe as such. I have been active in the queer community for years and I find it horribly offensive that Savage has gotten the recognition and support that he has. His campaign leads queer youth to think that it get's better. It doesn't just GET BETTER Mr. white cis-gendered male Savage, you have to MAKE IT BETTER. Thanks for your efforts now please get the fuck out of our struggle.

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Jess Kalup
10 years ago
Even as a non-trans person, Dan Savage's inability to be inclusive of trans* people is very apparent. Although he has done a lot of work for the gay cisgender male community, as a public figure and a social justice activist, he is morally obligated to comprehensively and thoughtfully include all people under the LGBTQ umbrella. While I understand that many white cisgender men aren't as educated as they could be about many issues (like gender and race for example), I believe that using terms like "shemale" without immediate correction/education is a form of transphobia. Dan Savage is a big fan of pointing out the very few random acts of kindness he thinks he's done for the trans* and gender variant communities, but the reality he has done VERY little. I would be more comfortable if Dan Savage always made it very clear to his constituents that he is a "gay cisgender males only" rights activist instead of fronting like he does things for the entire LGBTQ community.

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Courtney Witcher
10 years ago
If Dan Savage wants to include the T in LGBT rights he says he fights for, he better start listening to the progressively louder voices telling him he's doing a bad job at it.

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Simon Lautrup
10 years ago
I am only signing this so that I can state that the description of this occurrence is totally DISHONEST and to anyone who believes that Dan Savage is trans-phobic is an UTTER MORON. He has done more for the LGBTQ community than any glitter-bombing nit-wits will ever do. He is not your enemy, this is NOT important, and Stacey Aldridge is a liar.

For clarification on why this is misleading:
http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2011/11/15/on-glitter-transphobia-and-hate-speech

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Jeff Modzelewski
10 years ago
I'm signing so I can add this little link for everyone: http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2011/11/15/on-glitter-transphobia-and-hate-speech

Dan Savage is not an enemy of the trans community. It's rather sad that so many people would sign these petitions and spread these rumors without actually knowing what happened. He used the term "she male" because it was the term in the question that was presented to him, and he was getting ready to discuss the use of that type of language when he was glitter bombed. Also, he never used the term "tranny."

Dan Savage is one of the best advocates that the LGBTQA community has. If he is perceived as an enemy or anything but a staunch ally, then the trans community at large needs to do some serious evaluation.

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Zach Booth
10 years ago
I am a gay guy who is tired of hearing transphobic language from other gay guys. We need to clean up our act and remember that transsexuals don't like those words anymore than we like "faggot."

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Linda Lowen
10 years ago
When we're accepting of others, we don't pick and choose who's in and who's out. I respect and admire Mr. Savage and was disturbed to realize he continues to use divisive and hurtful language. We are who we identify as. It takes courage to embrace our true natures, and support from others-- not name-calling -- is what's needed.

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Hugo Schwyzer
10 years ago
Trans rights are human rights.

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Alex Manuel
10 years ago
This is not an attack, or a baying for blood. Almost always, when a group feels marginalized or harmed by certain language, a heartfelt apology and your best attempt to refrain from using said language again is all it takes to make things right.

Please consider doing this, Mr. Savage, especially if your heart is in such a place that you honestly want matters to "get better" for those who are most feared, hated or misunderstood in their respective communities. Would it honestly take that much more time to say "trans" or "transgendered" than it would to say "she-male", "tranny", or any other derogatory sobriquet? Are they truly necessary in order for your communications to retain the same "punch"?

If you were previously unaware that such labels are hurtful to the transgendered, consider yourself duly informed. Please take action and acknowledge that part of the community on whose benefit you claim to fight feels parodied and unwelcome when referred to with such casual disregard. I'm sure you can do better than that.