New release: "The Pink Community – The Facts" - Second Edition! Back in 2009 when I was in full swing of my human rights advocacy and running two LGBT rights groups (SA GLAAD and ECGLA), I put together an online information resource which mainly consisted of useful quotes and links to articles online.
As an activist who campaigned a lot on social media against bigotry in form of homophobia and transphobia, these links came in handy to post as replies to enraged bigots, rather than typing out lengthy replies each time! Instead, the link would manifest with a reference to a useful scientific or medical article that would invalidate the bigot's viewpoint, and they would be left there, seething, embarrassed, with egg on their faces!
Why is it that when people who use a word like 'tranny' to describe transgender people are told, by a transgender person, that the word is derogatory and offensive towards transgender people, they rally and insist that it isn't? Then, while claiming in their defense there are gay people who use the term as well, they miss the point that no gay person who respects a transgender person will call them 'a tranny'. Yes, there are bigots in the LGBT collective as well. ...then comes the obligatory claim that they 'have loads of trans friends' who clearly don't mind being called 'trannies'.
Have you ever ASKED them?
Or did you argue with them about what a fantastic cisgender ally you are just for putting up with them, as you just have to me? Using terms like 'tranny', 'trassie', 'moffie', 'queer', 'poofter', 'faggot' (and any number of others) is tantamount to using the 'k,word' when referring to black people. To deny this in the face of someone who is on the receiving end of this abuse - and who has just informed you that it is offensive - only adds to and compounds the abuse. Then, to claim that a transgender person is 'over reacting' when insulting terms are used against trans people, and then insist that a cisgender person is easily capable of understanding life from a transgender perspective... While making facetious statements like 'just because you're confused about your gender...' adds injury to insult.
You clearly do NOT understand, and you've just proved it.
To crown it all, saying in your defense that you're 'not transphobic' because you watch fucking 'tranny porn' does NOT make you a fucking cis-ally! It makes you a perverted and closeted hypocrite and a bigot!
If you are really an ally to transgender people, you won't do to us what our enemies do.
If you want to be an ally to transgender people, then fight alongside us for our equality - without attacking us with your self-entitled cisgender expectations that we should 'get over ourselves' when you join in the abuse - and suggest we should fall on our knees before you in gratitude for just not being an asshole and treating us like decent fellow human beings. Get over yourselves. You're not all that and a bag of chips.
I can't understand how a majority of Americans - supposedly the most forward-thinking people on the planet - could vote "Trump". It's mindblowingly disappointing. It's awful. Simply awful. This is a dark day for human rights, not just in America, but everywhere.
Considering the orange monkey's appalling campaign promises, there will be human rights violations and civil rights losses in abundance as Trump faces pressure from his rabid supporters to live up to his election promises - build the wall, strip LGBT rights, enact racist laws, deport all immigrants, hack the constitution, make Christianity the state religion. As if the rise in violent hate crimes in the build-up to this election farce wasn't bad enough, all those equality-gains for critically persecuted minorities made over the past decade will be lost - and the right wing wave of sheer mindless hatred unleashed by the GOP by the name of "Trump", the lunatic fringe of hate-filled racists, religious fundamentalists, homophobes and transphobes - who are now the proven majority of Americans, will not simply be reigned in now.
(Before I get into an explanation of what I mean, I would like to emphasize that my stories are not just "all about LGBT people" or intended to rub straight reader's noses in a rainbow flag and sprinkle glitter all over their cornflakes!)
You see, I've been asked a rather difficult question as a writer, and that is "What exactly is my intended market?"
At first glance, anyone who looks at my books might think they are ordinary sci-fi stories - but nothing could be further from the truth!
This morning I found an item in my mailbox from Andre' Bekker, a representative of "New Living Way Ministry" - an 'ex-gay' group in South Africa. It was headed "An Open Letter to the Gay Community and Activists", and its content can be read right at the bottom of this article. I have no idea who else has received a copy of this letter, but since it was headed 'an open letter', I presume it was meant for the whole LGBT community in South Africa, and of course activists such as myself.
I don't often reply to provocative letters from organizations of that caliber. It's not normally worth the aggravation. It's obvious though, that Mr. Bekker wanted a response of some sort, so I sat at my PC a little longer than I really wanted to, and read through the whole thing. Suitably provoked after a time, I typed out my reply, included below:
Most in the South African Vampyre community who have done a little research into the history will know that this community’s recorded history began in May 2010 with the foundation of House Valur. Most will know that the community only began growing and taking form with the founding of the South African Vampyre Alliance (SAVA) in June 2011, but little if anything is known about the community in the time before that.
Sometimes though, one finds little gems that shine a new light on what we already know. This being the case, we examine the recollections of one of the community’s earliest builders from before 2010. Also, we will examine the initial overlap of Vampyre culture with other subcultures and societies at the time – in this case, South African Pagan culture. We will also examine the role played by vampyric Pagans in laying the groundwork for the growth and formation of the VC independently of the Pagan community in SA – and the important role these events played in the subsequent relationship between the Pagan and Vampyre communities. First, a little background.