Wednesday, April 2, 2014

An open letter from a unicorn to anyone accusing Rupaul, or Rupauls Drag Race as Transphobic.

I have held off addressing this bullshit lie of a story that the "trans community" is mad at Rupaul for making transphobic comments because addressing it almost gives it legitimacy but it actually makes me so angry I have to because Im sitting here at my desk muttering to myself in anger. So Im going to list the reasons why whoever these people are that made these comments are LYING and actually have totally selfish and ulterior motives and are using Rus good name and fame as a means of asserting themselves as force and a cohesive identity in a lowly and repulsive attempt to assimilate.
Sadly, what theyre doing by accusing Ru, of all people, of transphobia as an attempt to bring attention to their own agenda is actually just showing how cannibalistic and self hating the LGBT community is.
1. If you wanna go after someone, dont go after the drag queen. Drag queens have always been the ones with the biggest balls and taken the most risks and have LITERALLY taken more punches and slurs then any of us for the sake of recognition so please just stop that immediately...
2. If you wanna make changes I DARE YOU to confront the REAL THREATS. Go talk to teenagers, parents, a straight guy on the subway. The fact that you anonymously go for Rupaul ONLINE from the convenience of your own home while you sip on Chablis makes me hate you for being a total coward.
3. Stop pretending that this is about Ru or even transphobia. This is just about you trying to get some clarity and recognition as a "defined identity" and sadly youre doing it in the only way you know how, through negative means. I see through the bullshit and Im angered youre going after someone I respect who has done so much for SO MANY communities. You should be ashamed of yourself for lying AND accusing someone of a rotten "crime" for your own selfish gains.
4. Who the fuck are you to speak for "trans"? Did you define "trans", no you didn't. YOU ARE NOT THE AUTHORITY ON TRANS and this whole ruse is not about your "trans" identity but about you trying to assert yourself as a clear and specific identity and that is YOUR ISSUE, not ours. So stop trying to bring other people down in order to assert yourself and then masking it as though there is some form of aggressor and you are a victim.
5. As far as Im concerned IM TRANS. So dont you dare tell me that YOU are the authority on "trans" because you like to cross dress or have had your sex organs altered. "Trans" is a state of mind and its very very very open and THATS WHY I LOVE IT AND TAKE IT PERSONALLY WHEN YOU TRY AND MAKE IT YOURS! I cant say for sure because I dont know for sure but I want to say by LAW in the great state of New York that gender is defined by the person and up to the individual to decide. The openness of the concept is LAW so I suggest you apply this to yourself. (I could be wrong but Im pretty sure Im correct on this one)
6. Why am I trans?, because to me its an open state of mind and thats why I think its the best "identity" out there.
7. Oh, so you say its not a state of mind and you wanna get technical? OK! Im prepared. Im on more hormones then Amanda Lepore! Sure I may be a biological male and Im taking testosterone but thats still on hormones and in "transition". As I have written about many times before if you are on hormones it doesnt matter what direction youre going, towards "male" or towards "female", YOURE ON THE TRANNY HIGHWAY. m to M, m to f, f to F, f to m its trans and thats only a small aspect of "trans identity".
8. 7 shouldnt even matter because "trans" isn't bound by anything physical. Gender, sexual identity, plain old identity is a CONCEPT. So for you to say you are an authority because you are one thing and someone else is NOT an authority and therefore cannot say this or that because they are another thing is you simply taking the role of the aggressor youve been oppressed by your entire life and you of all people should be beyond that.
9. To me the wonderful thing about "trans" is that its so open and inclusive and what you are trying to do with this false accusation is to close the doors and make it yours. Um NO BITCH, go ahead and try and shut the door and I will kick it down in my thigh high boots and Thierry Mugler Haute Coutre, yes its Haute Couture so dont even try it with your Pret a Porte nonsense should you even be able to get your filthy hands on it.
10. Think BIGGER please. The gender and sexual aspect of "trans" identity is only a small part of it and in future years it wont even be a part because it wont even be an issue. I have no desire to be another gender personally, or part of a defined collective identity, I WANT TO BE A MAGICAL CREATURE?! When I dressed up like a unicorn the entire point was to open all of this pigeon holing up and say "All these ways that weve been told to define ourselves.. please take them lightly. If you're going to take them seriously at least have fun with them. Step outside of them, step outside of what you think you should be, what youve been told you are, or what you arent, and been free." Im shocked that of all people the "trans community" is who I have to address this message to now.
ps. I dont want to say the"trans community" because WTF is that really, I dont buy it and more than that I dont buy that its the "trans community" who started this thing. I think it was just one or two closed minded selfish people thinking that everyone is as hateful and self loathing as they are they were going to be able to stand up and make this a moment for themselves and nobody would stand up to them because they've never even done it themselves but now, now THEY were going to stand up to this BULLY, this THREAT, this Villain.... Rupaul.... ahahahahahhaha quit the Tryory, youre not the only one who took "gender studies" in college.

18 comments:

Bobo Butters said...

Very interesting and passionate rant and with conviction. It's funny how the oppressed assume the role of the oppressor within their own comfort zones and attack free thinkers who mock the boundaries that they have had imposed on them and the boundaries that they create for themselves. Rupauls drag race plays with language, pop and high culture, sex, gender and even humanity in a playful subversive and often downright daft way and that's it's major strength. Pity these keyboard warriors who probably have a huge amount of self loathing and dismay at their own existences and wish them well, Lord knows they need it. Best wishes and respect from the UK

Rico said...

Not that it anywhere close in importance, but Jerry Springer was attacked by the
Trans community, for using the verboten 'tranny' word, I guess they never heard of the movie Ticked Off Trannies with Knives. Jerry Springer shows everyone the same damn way, age, weight, gender, race, everyone. Trans not singled out. This was absurd and I did not know Tranny was a 'bad' word coming from me a triple minority. I am a Mexican call me a bean eater. I adore my frijoles. Yes I do and I am a bean eater, and loving it. I guess fat is bad and weight challenged is the correct term. I am going batty. You are so insightful again. I applaud you. I am also Arab, gay and sometimes carry more lbs than I want. At my age I am also trans because I am on the T and want ye ol male hormone. Andropause you know.

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David Mason said...

Dear Easton Von Zante I appreciate your time in writing your thoughts. I strongly disagree however...Tranny is not not "their" word?!?!?!? Ive been going to tranny clubs since I could fake an id and tranny meant NOT TYPICAL GENDER ROLE basically. It was for TRANSvestites, TRANSexuals, guys with eyemake up, goth queens, I feel Im responsible for looping steroid queens into it because I feel that is only fair and right, everyone at the club with an ANGLE basically was a tranny...and it was ALL A POSITIVE. I have been in "tranny culture" longer then youve been out of high school so please dont tell me about "trans and binary people" ITS NOT YOUR WORD, it belongs to anyone who wants it to be their word JUST LIKE THE CONCEPT OF GENDER ITSELF. .
My argument is the concept is far more broad then their idea and THEY are the ones who need to come up with a new word for themselves and they can tell us to use it. Im glad their community has outgrown the word! Now its their job to come up with a new one and not appropriate something from another time and tell me IM BAD. I dont use it as an insult personally, its part of my culture and my life and I happen to LOVE IT. HOW DARE THEY try to make this about themselves. IM DISGUSTED.

innocentlydevilish1 said...

I want start with saying that I have always been a fan of your tumblr, Slick it up, and you. I always enjoy reading your rants and looking at the eye candy you post. I am glad you are sticking up for Ru because she deserves it.

The only issue I have is you referring to yourself as trans. I have to agree with Easton. Your not trans. To me trans is short for transsexual, transgendered, transvestite. All of which you are not. I'm sorry but wearing hooker heels once in your life does not make you a transvestite. The fact that your on hormones doesn't make you trans. It makes you a bodybuilder. I agree that bodybuilders are in the same head space, but that doesn't make them the same. At most you are a gay man with a body modification kink/fetish with an interest in fashion and all things unique, which is great and I love that you are all those things. I also love that you feel a part of the trans community, but I feel that saying you are trans is just wrong.

Now for the main reason I logged on. Where is your Drag Race review?!?! I want to read it please

innocentlydevilish1 said...

I want start with saying that I have always been a fan of your tumblr, Slick it up, and you. I always enjoy reading your rants and looking at the eye candy you post. I am glad you are sticking up for Ru because she deserves it.

The only issue I have is you referring to yourself as trans. I have to agree with Easton. Your not trans. To me trans is short for transsexual, transgendered, transvestite. All of which you are not. I'm sorry but wearing hooker heels once in your life does not make you a transvestite. The fact that your on hormones doesn't make you trans. It makes you a bodybuilder. I agree that bodybuilders are in the same head space, but that doesn't make them the same. At most you are a gay man with a body modification kink/fetish with an interest in fashion and all things unique, which is great and I love that you are all those things. I also love that you feel a part of the trans community, but I feel that saying you are trans is just wrong.

Now for the main reason I logged on. Where is your Drag Race review?!?! I want to read it please

innocentlydevilish1 said...

I want start with saying that I have always been a fan of your tumblr, Slick it up, and you. I always enjoy reading your rants and looking at the eye candy you post. I am glad you are sticking up for Ru because she deserves it.

The only issue I have is you referring to yourself as trans. I have to agree with Easton. Your not trans. To me trans is short for transsexual, transgendered, transvestite. All of which you are not. I'm sorry but wearing hooker heels once in your life does not make you a transvestite. The fact that your on hormones doesn't make you trans. It makes you a bodybuilder. I agree that bodybuilders are in the same head space, but that doesn't make them the same. At most you are a gay man with a body modification kink/fetish with an interest in fashion and all things unique, which is great and I love that you are all those things. I also love that you feel a part of the trans community, but I feel that saying you are trans is just wrong.

Now for the main reason I logged on. Where is your Drag Race review?!?! I want to read it please

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David Mason said...

Innocently devilish. Thank you for your feedback, but its just wrong. You saying I cant call myself trans is no different then me hatefully saying to an f to M man the he cant call himself a man because in my opinion its not legitimate. Gender is a concept and that goes BOTH WAYS. That tranny highway I talked about is a CIRCLE. Its not your place to say what is and what isnt what. Please read my ten points again. Identity and gender especially is a CONCEPT. A concept is an IDEA and therefore its not 'REAL" so YOU cant say Im real or not real. Its a state of mind. Im really very very offended and angered that you think you have the right to tell me what I am and what im not. Like I said you are doing nothing different then what people ignorantly do to trans people all the time which is saying "Youre not this" by saying that a man on hormones is not trans even if he defines himself as trans. What youre saying is if I pic up a bottle of hormones and put it in my body and alter myself Im NOT trans if its in one direction but if it pick up another bottle of hormones and go another direction I AM trans. Thats RIDICULOUS BULLSHIT. Im very sorry but do you know anything about men taking male hormones, because I do and Ive written a lot about it and believe me ITS A BIG FUCKING CHANGE. You may as well say "You arent a woman if you look more butch but if you look more feminine you ARE a woman." Um I appreciate your kind words but try and open your mind and try not to be just like some close minded transphobic person because thats what youre being right now. Youre being the same thing, just on the opposite side of the coin.

innocentlydevilish1 said...

Hey David,

Thank you for the reply. Your right. If you feel that you are trans then it isn't my place to say no your not trans. It was just an initial reaction from someone that is also trans. What I am finding difficult to understand is why someone who was born male and is doing a lot to achieve a mans appearance would then identify with trans, which is the grey part of the spectrum between male and female.

Gender is not a concept. It is based on chromosomes and chemicals and all that biological stuff. It is a spectrum, but it is not a concept. Only gender identity is a concept. You are choosing to identify not as a man or a woman, but as a trans, Which I already said I don't have an issue with you can identify however you like, but why is your identity in contradiction to your appearance goals?

You feel that change can equal trans if the individual feels like it. I just feel that by your definition of trans your saying almost everyone on the planet is trans and that kind of feels like a slap in the face to all the trans that are actually transitioning from one gender to another. I could just imagine some woman getting breast implants and then calling herself trans because she feels that she is trans. Just because your going through a big change you suddenly get to be part of a group that has nothing to do with your change?

My father is an ex chemically assisted bodybuilder and I have a good friend that no longer has testicles due to cancer, so yes I know a little about men taking hormones and I know that neither one of them identifies as trans because neither one of them is trying to present a gender different from their biological one just like you, but yet you feel that you are trans.

I never meant to be little your hormone usage and the effects it has. When I said you were not trans I was saying that you are not changing genders. Your actions are in contradiction to your identity. I would have less of an issue if you identified as a unicorn rather than trans.

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Zachariah said...

I was going to comment earlier but didn't, but you're really getting a lot of disagreement about this post so I'm giving my opinion.


I agree with you, David. Gender identity/transition is a continuum, and certainly not a one way street. I know many people on hormones and steroids, both males and females. Some are trans and some identify as people who just wanna be on them. David is right, the change from steroids is stunning, and not just the anabolic part.


The bottom line here is that transgenderism requires a deliberate choice and deliberate action. I am not saying or trying to devalue or dismiss the fact that trans people have a "choice" in gender or anything like that. But we as human beings (which we all collectively ARE) DO have control over our bodies. How we, as individuals, self identify is what makes anybody trans. Actually, it's what makes anybody ANYTHING...


It is very unfair to tell someone they are not trans if they identify as so, AND CAN CLEARLY POINT OUT A RATIONALE AS TO WHY.

I can't speak for David because I do not know him, but forgive me, and let me assume that his decision to do what he wants with his SELF (Body, Art, Design, sex, etc or however he defines it) is a MARKED DECISION to amplify his Masculinity but also CHALLENGE conventions of masculinity and gender. His unicorn piece says it all people.


I think that our culture at large (and by culture i DONT mean the LGBT community i mean mainstream hetero, E!TV, GROCERY STORE MAGAZINE reading folks)... This culture has made a decision to polarize sexes, sexuality, and gender. Its easier to do so with things you don't directly understand or relate to. (One of the issues of this argument...)


For a long time I had difficulty and GUILT for not truly "understanding" the challenge of gender identity and being trans. I am not trans, I am a gay man, I enjoy the genitals I was born with and my masculinity (AS I PERCEIVE IT). I feel comfortable in my self awareness of my gender. But I was trying to put myself in the shoes of a gender confused person. I had a struggle understanding the contemplation and execution of such a RADICAL change a person is willing to undergo. And then I read some others points of view. I saw youtube videos of people in transition, and I have read David's views on the matter, which made sense. And it clicked for me.


I started looking at masculinity, femininity, gender, sexuality, and cultural expectation AS A GROUP. I realized these facets of a person's sense of self are not mutually exclusive. I realized that these aspects fall into a CONTINUUM. We are at large bound by cultural expectation. We have to fit into the group or make our own, this is how subcultures are born and die. that is human nature. we are also bound by our physical selves, genetics etc.


We are lucky enough to live in a world that, for the most part, allows us to do the things we want. We can change our bodies to match who we feel we are. We can put on luxurious couture and wigs and makeup and huge courage to be fierce fucking drag queens. We can choose our partners. But unfortunately we fall into BAD HABITS. we marginalize others who DONT FIT our own experiences. Prejudice is a symptom of the human condition. We tell someone who identifies as trans that they aren't because it doesn't fit our cultural expectation of what 'Trans' is and their experience doesn't match ours. We argue over definitions, and pigeonhole our identities into what culture expects of us. Gay people do it, straight, trans, everyone. The fact that I SELF IDENTIFIED PROVES THIS!


As for Ru Paul. She's a drag queen, THE drag queen if you ask me. From a fan's standpoint I see her as nothing but supportive of LGBT people (duh). Drag queens are fierce, they READ people! a big part of being a drag queen is shock value, so they are going to say and do BOLD BRAVE HILARIOUS THINGS. don't be offended. Ru Paul will fight for your rights.

Rico said...

and now you have to use LGBT&Q...... It is all too much. Now we have the T word like N word judgement squad on our cases.

Stanimal5 said...

The trans community is so marginalized and wields such little political power that their only means of expressing any kind of dissent is to lash out to those that are closest to them, like Dan Savage, Rupaul, et al. It's frustrating to watch a part of the community attack those who are slowly but surely destigmatizeing life for ALL of us. They're like frustrated and unruly teenagers rebelling against their parents.

Ethan said...

To make sure some of the commentators are clear: sex and gender are two separate concepts. The former biological and the second a social construct. Gender has nothing to do with "chromosomes" or "biology." That being said, I find it hard to sympathize with any movement that uses autonomous self-identification to both assert authority while at the same time discrediting another party.

JamTheCat said...

Wow, Dave, you kicked some balls, here. Fun discussion.

No question you're right about drag queens; they've had the biggest balls of anybody in the community, because they are out there, 100%. That alone is worthy of admiration, and them nit-picky queens need to take a step back and do a rethink.