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PETITION TO THE PRODUCERS OF The Jerry Springer & Maury Povich Shows. Stop Exploiting Transgender Women!

For many years, producers of The Jerry Springer Show & The Maury Povich Show have shamelessly exploited Transgender women on national and international television. We demand they halt all production and re-airing of episodes that include content related to the exploitation of Transgender Individuals.

The Jerry Springer Show often features transwomen who are then ridiculed, called ‘he/shes’ (among other derogatory terms), and verbally and physically assaulted by other guests and audience members. Transwomen are told by stage security that they are not allowed to defend themselves against the vicious physical attacks of cis-gendered women because unlike the cis-gendered women, they are still ‘men’. In many episodes, producers deliberately paint the picture of a man who is ‘tricked’ by a TGirl into having sexual relations with her, and turn him gay. They all end with a grand reveal in which the TGirl admits she was born with male genitalia. These (often scripted) story lines invite the misconception in society that transwomen should be feared because they are some sort of sexual predators. This content also erroneously labels men who are attracted to (or have sexual relations with) transwomen as ‘gay’. 

The Maury Povich Show continues to re-air episodes with titles such as “Man Or Woman?” in which cis-gendered and transgendered women are brought in front of a live audience who calls out “That’s a man!” or “That’s a woman!” judging by her physical or vocal features. After the audience has decided what type of women these guests are, the guests then reveal their gender with signs that read “I’m a woman” or “I’m a man”. These episodes promote stereotypes about Transwomen’s appearances and true gender. They also contribute to society’s invalid belief that gender is defined by a person’s masculine or feminine features. 

Make no mistake, transwomen ARE women. We will not continue to suffer in silence while mainstream media uses our vey existence for their amusement, spreading a culture of fear, hate and violence against us at the very same time. We ask our friends, our families and every other member of the LGBT Community to join us as we stand united during the LGBT Civil Rights Movement at large.image

freececemcdonald:

Hello CeCe Supporters!

The Call-In campaign for CeCe to get her correct dosage of hormones was an incredible success!  The prison’s health administration were so “inconvenienced”, they were compelled to clear the issue immediately.

CeCe is doing fine and looking fabulous.  She is steadily devouring the books that everyone is sending - currently she is reading Angela Davis and is totally inspired.

She spoke a bit about the push from some supporters to launch large-scale campaigns to get Gov. Mark Dayton to pardon her, and/or to have her moved to a women’s facility.  She talked about how these campaigns would not only not benefit her, but how they exceptionalize her in a way that she doesn’t want.  

The pardoning process would not only be painful for her, but were she even to get considered, it wouldn’t be until after she served her sentence.  She thinks about people incarcerated for much longer terms than she, and for incredibly minor offenses (mostly drug related). Even if the emotional hardship of the process was something she felt up for, and even if the slim chance of it working actually succeeded, the outcome of her getting a pardon while others sat in prison is antithetical to her values and the whole reason she is struggling against this racist system in the first place. 

As for being transfered to a women’s facility, her thoughts are:  Prison sucks.  Period.  CeCe is not safe in any prison, women’s or men’s.  Prisons are not safe for anyone.  Period.  CeCe asserts (as do we) that incarcerated individuals should be able to decide for themselves where they would be safest within the system.  For now, CeCe is fine being in a men’s facility.  For supporters to push for her to be transferred from one hell to another only serves the purpose of misdirecting energy away from the real problems of incarceration in america, and the problem of the Prison Industrial Complex as a whole.  

To sum it up:  CeCe does not want supporters to launch long-term campaigns on her behalf that exceptionalize her situation..  Also importantly, these specific campaigns: a pardon from Gov. Dayton and getting transferred to a women’s facility, wouldn’t actually be beneficial to her at all.  Short term campaigns such as call-ins to administration, and media blasts, are targeted efforts that let the DOC know that CeCe has widespread support, and it sends a message that we are watching them and will respond to prisoner’s needs - CeCe’s today, and other incarcerated transpeople tomorrow.

CeCe sends her love and gratitude to everyone who called-in on her behalf.  She wishes that every wrongly incarcerated person had the same incredible support that she has, and prays for a world without bars, a world without cells.

Towards Justice,
CeCe McDonald Support Committee
genderqueer:

thegang:

The visibility project by Mia Nakano and Christine Pan, is one that seeks to bring images of Asian and Pacific Islander queer women and transgender individuals to the forefront; and to build a supportive, progressive community through social, political and educational activism.This project is dope for a number of reasons - the primary being the positive, compelling, and beautiful imagery. Queer folks are all beautiful shapes, colors, and sizes with different styles, gender-identities, and personalities. The Visibility project is doing a great job of showing that very fact, and filling the media with positive images of queer people. Check out the beautiful photos via the Visibility site and view Mia Nakano’s portfolio HERE. (via colorlines)
genderqueer:

thegang:

The visibility project by Mia Nakano and Christine Pan, is one that seeks to bring images of Asian and Pacific Islander queer women and transgender individuals to the forefront; and to build a supportive, progressive community through social, political and educational activism.This project is dope for a number of reasons - the primary being the positive, compelling, and beautiful imagery. Queer folks are all beautiful shapes, colors, and sizes with different styles, gender-identities, and personalities. The Visibility project is doing a great job of showing that very fact, and filling the media with positive images of queer people. Check out the beautiful photos via the Visibility site and view Mia Nakano’s portfolio HERE. (via colorlines)

genderqueer:

thegang:

The visibility project by Mia Nakano and Christine Pan, is one that seeks to bring images of Asian and Pacific Islander queer women and transgender individuals to the forefront; and to build a supportive, progressive community through social, political and educational activism.

This project is dope for a number of reasons - the primary being the positive, compelling, and beautiful imagery. Queer folks are all beautiful shapes, colors, and sizes with different styles, gender-identities, and personalities. The Visibility project is doing a great job of showing that very fact, and filling the media with positive images of queer people. Check out the beautiful photos via the Visibility site and view Mia Nakano’s portfolio HERE.

(via colorlines)

And if one is Transgender, then their situation can become even more dire. In fact, 22-64% of Transgender people reported earning less than $25,000 per year, with 60-64% of all Transgender persons live in poverty. Transgender individuals experience high hate-crime rates, health care and job discrimination.

Poverty in LGBT* Community, Joshua Fisher

Yet we are expected to spend thousands on hormones, surgeries, binders, and packers, etc to just exist.

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Being a Black man is still new to me

Being a Black man is still new to me    by  Imani Henry © Copyright 2012

In the last 2 months there have been 3 separate incidents where I have been accused of something I didn’t do, lied upon, not listened to or allowed to defend myself and then thrown out, asked to leave or told there would be no further discussion on the matter. Basically accused, convicted & sentenced all in the first 5 minutes of the conflict. 

 Two of incidents involved white people - both LGBTQ & straight. One of the incidents was among Queer people of color.  Two of the incidents were in front of a crowd of people and publicly humiliating. One incident was private leaving me unable to know whom I can or should trust.  For me the common thread among all three incidents has been the feeling/assumption/perception that Black men are predatory, dangerous, culprits, and cannot be trusted.  Simply put, the overall assumption was that I must have done what whether I am accused of   or  “ We need to take “preventive measures” because you know how Black men are.”

Or at least that is what I felt while the confrontations was happening.  It is what I feel now looking back.  That they/she/ is not really yelling at me.  I’m just a target for her/them to unleash their fear of Black men upon. We are strong, reliable, deserving targets for your displaced rage.    That it truly doesn’t matter how softly I speak, what I am wearing, “have no idea what you are talking about” because my accuser had already decided that the only way  to “handle me” is to yell, scream, block my path, or show me the door. 

Another common thread about these incidents is that it is assumed that this treatment will not hurt me.  Because Black men do not feel or must be immune to pain.  I will of course not be emotionally scarred nor could these incidents rip away at my self-esteem.  It is almost as if the mis-treatment is to be expected without protest or question.   In one of the incidents, I have even wondered if some of the people involved even saw me as human. 

For of course I am human, imperfect, and flawed in many ways. I know there are ways I could of handled each situation differently.  There are ways I am and am not a victim.  When I look back on each of incident, I replay each word; examine the politics and the motivating circumstances behind why it started and what lead to the escalation. One incident blew up,  when  I unsuccessfully tried to diffuse my accuser with  a joke.  Another incident started when I stopped to ask someone a simple question that led to someone else swooping in to save “THEIR LGBTQ youth of color” from danger.  The most recent incident, the most painful of all, calls into play whether or not people I thought knew me ever really knew me at all. Which might be the point, when people are socialized to not trust Black men.

Being a Black man is still new for me.  I was born female. or trans. or a word we do not yet have.  What I did know is that I did not want to grow to be/could not handle all the oppression that came with being a Black woman. So I transitioned.  I lived happily as a Butch/ Gender Non-conforming female-bodied person as long as I could and just was not that courageous enough to deal with all oppression that identity brings.  So I transitioned again, over the course of 13 years this time with hormones & surgeries.   Aiming to live and present as male as stealthly as possible.  Now I am legally, biologically, presenting in the world as male.  A Black male.

In 2010, I grew my out hair, locked it into dreads, stopped shaving off my facial hair in preparation to spend the next 3 years in graduate school for social work and non-profit management.  It was my way to affirm myself as I entered into a formal educational process that I  knew I would be isolating for me as a Black male, as a Trans and political person.  In 2 years, my dreads have grown thick and long and I think rather lovely. I love my beard. I love my look.   I am Caribbean man. I look like a Caribbean man.  This for me is naturally who I am.  

But  all this goes deeper than just  a cultural expression. In the social service profession, many men of color are clean-shaven, don carefully coiffed haircuts  & are tidily dressed. I wanted to show that an outwardly Afrocentric bearded Black man with dreadlocks, is and could be a kind, loving, and helpful man.  He could even be your therapist.    So for the last 2 years I have thrown on my guayabera shirts over my khakis and pull my hair back  & “Voila! Social Worker”.

There is so much more that could be said about being a Black male in a field where the majority of workers are  women, now heavily saturated with white women under 30.     The sexist, classist, racist charity-based paradigm that are the roots of the social work profession and the all ways it has evolved or not.  More could be said about what it means that all three of incidents involved social workers or people who connected to the social service field.

I believe that most of us walk around in the universe with both privileges and oppressions that may or not visible or invisible to others.  But I don’t want to intellectualize this or put my cultural competency trainer cap on right now.  I could also talk about the roots of oppression stemming from capitalist society that pits people against each other based on race, gender, age, sexuality, ability, class and other forms of oppression.   This is the reason that I fight and organize  is to one day stomp out all these inequalities.  But right now I’ve just been struggling not to allow these incidents to chip away at my dignity and humanity. I have been needing to heal these wounds in order to find the strength to fight all the ills that we endure under capitalism.

I do not pretend to think I have all the answers or know all that needs to be done.  It is as I get older, more hairier, more educated by life and formally, that I simply am trying to prepare myself. Accept the fact that it really doesn’t matter how I see myself, the work that I do, my actions, or my academic degrees – because there will always be people who will instantly react towards me with anger and fear.  So all I can do is stay grounded and hopeful that I continue to live my life as best as can, expansively as possible, in other words heal and grow. If this piece of writing serves only to release and let go of some of the pain and anger of these last 2 months, then that is a good thing.  Since again I am still new at this.

Black man out

7/15/2012

Imani Henry is a Caribbean transsexual male living in the Republic of Brooklyn, NY , marching in the streets with the Occupy Movement and doing social media activism for Occupy4Jobs Network.

modernistwitchery:

jtwiggjtwigg:

also, i just bought one of these beautiful Support CeCe posters and you should too! they were letterpressed by beck & diana and it’s a fundraiser for CeCe McDonald, who you should look up if you haven’t been following her case.

I bought one as well!
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modernistwitchery:

jtwiggjtwigg:

also, i just bought one of these beautiful Support CeCe posters and you should too! they were letterpressed by beck & diana and it’s a fundraiser for CeCe McDonald, who you should look up if you haven’t been following her case.

I bought one as well!

(Source: jendilemma)

missvoltairine:

curiouslycool:

omfgjo:

prettyqueer:

These photos are from Leslie Feinberg’s visit with CeCe last night.

;-;

In tears.
Oh CeCe, you are such a beautiful person.
FREE CECE!!!!!!

I see these photos on my dash a lot and they always get me, because even in her prison uniform, even behind that thick pane of bulletproof glass, her spirit just blasts through like a floodlight.
This is a woman who was forced to take a plea deal for defending herself in a life-or-death situation - and I mean there’s so much I could say about that, and how so many people would prefer that she had not survived so they could victim-blame about “well why didn’t she defend herself” because that’s what happens when a woman is attacked and/or killed but the instant a woman (especially a woman of colour, and especially a trans woman) stands up for herself and saves her own life she MUST be a psycho bitch - but in surviving she’s been locked up, vilified, isolated, etc, and she still looks like a fucking rock star.
What an amazing human being, for real.
missvoltairine:

curiouslycool:

omfgjo:

prettyqueer:

These photos are from Leslie Feinberg’s visit with CeCe last night.

;-;

In tears.
Oh CeCe, you are such a beautiful person.
FREE CECE!!!!!!

I see these photos on my dash a lot and they always get me, because even in her prison uniform, even behind that thick pane of bulletproof glass, her spirit just blasts through like a floodlight.
This is a woman who was forced to take a plea deal for defending herself in a life-or-death situation - and I mean there’s so much I could say about that, and how so many people would prefer that she had not survived so they could victim-blame about “well why didn’t she defend herself” because that’s what happens when a woman is attacked and/or killed but the instant a woman (especially a woman of colour, and especially a trans woman) stands up for herself and saves her own life she MUST be a psycho bitch - but in surviving she’s been locked up, vilified, isolated, etc, and she still looks like a fucking rock star.
What an amazing human being, for real.
missvoltairine:

curiouslycool:

omfgjo:

prettyqueer:

These photos are from Leslie Feinberg’s visit with CeCe last night.

;-;

In tears.
Oh CeCe, you are such a beautiful person.
FREE CECE!!!!!!

I see these photos on my dash a lot and they always get me, because even in her prison uniform, even behind that thick pane of bulletproof glass, her spirit just blasts through like a floodlight.
This is a woman who was forced to take a plea deal for defending herself in a life-or-death situation - and I mean there’s so much I could say about that, and how so many people would prefer that she had not survived so they could victim-blame about “well why didn’t she defend herself” because that’s what happens when a woman is attacked and/or killed but the instant a woman (especially a woman of colour, and especially a trans woman) stands up for herself and saves her own life she MUST be a psycho bitch - but in surviving she’s been locked up, vilified, isolated, etc, and she still looks like a fucking rock star.
What an amazing human being, for real.

missvoltairine:

curiouslycool:

omfgjo:

prettyqueer:

These photos are from Leslie Feinberg’s visit with CeCe last night.

;-;

In tears.

Oh CeCe, you are such a beautiful person.

FREE CECE!!!!!!

I see these photos on my dash a lot and they always get me, because even in her prison uniform, even behind that thick pane of bulletproof glass, her spirit just blasts through like a floodlight.

This is a woman who was forced to take a plea deal for defending herself in a life-or-death situation - and I mean there’s so much I could say about that, and how so many people would prefer that she had not survived so they could victim-blame about “well why didn’t she defend herself” because that’s what happens when a woman is attacked and/or killed but the instant a woman (especially a woman of colour, and especially a trans woman) stands up for herself and saves her own life she MUST be a psycho bitch - but in surviving she’s been locked up, vilified, isolated, etc, and she still looks like a fucking rock star.

What an amazing human being, for real.

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