December 10th, 2004

Tatari-kun

Friday questions

I was looking back through some of my posts from a long time ago in this community and I realize just how much I've changed even within the last year or so. So I'm posting questions that'll let me update some of my answers.

1. What is your overall opinion of yourself? When you examine yourself do you find more flaws or more good things?

2. What are some specific things you really like about yourself? What are things you'd want to change?

3. Who do you admire? What about them do you admire? Do you try to emulate things you like in other people?

4. What is something you like about a member of this community?

5. How do you think you've changed over the past [insert appropriate period of time here]?
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rawk

the FBI, hate crimes, and the transgendered

Hi all,
A friend posted this to me, I am not sure of the original source, but the facts check out--see Gaypride.com's and the Washington Blade's coverage of the hate crimes stats.

"According to the enclosed press release, there were 21 transgendered people murdered in hate crimes this past year, followed by 6 people murdered for their sexual orientation, followed by 4 race-bias murders. Yet the FBI only tracks race, religion, and sexual orientation, and does not track the single largest category of hate murders.

If you'd like to contact the FBI to express concern about this situation, you can find contact information at http://www.fbi.gov/ by clicking on the "Contact Us" tab.


If anyone knows the source from which this comes, let me know and I'll edit to link them and the mysterious press release too. I suspect it was from HRC? but I don't think this call to action is theirs.

And let's hope the FBI is in a more respectful mood than ABC about hate crimes, grrr.
Tday 08

we're here we're trans we do drag

I find it amazing that in the 26 comment long thread in reaction to our show http://www.livejournal.com/community/postqueer/229053.html, where several of the folx commenting either know or know of me and my performances and trajectory from butch-king-ftm AND (how shocking) transking -- there was an unbelievable amount of disrespect and feigned lack of understanding of the simple fact that performing gender does not equal day-to-day gender ID. conflating the 2 and assuming my girlfriend cannot be a queen as a femme and that i can't king as a transman is the kind of ignorance i'd expect anywhere but on this community.

it's called acting, ladies and gentlemen. & in our case we actually really sing and play our instruments. how faux is that? guess if we don't lip-sync we forfeit the right to use the term as well? even tho i've been kinging for longer than the term even existed.

i'm saddened esp. by the people who know me & other ftm kings, femme queens and mtf kings or are themselves drag performers who either commented or are lurking.

Speaking of conflaters of performativity. One of my songs specifically addresses Judith Halberstam who used me when I went by a female name as an example of performing masculinity in both the Drag King Book and Female Masculinity in an offensive and objectifying tho 'favorable' fashion. she never consulted me about it before publication. i did however have the balls to speak directly to her about it, unlike the posters here who never even try asking southernfemme, the poster who happens to be my partner Bebe Gunn about our show. now who's sexist? I promoted this event in several communities and no one took (however passive-aggressively) issue w/ me. I do agree that the femme pretender chapter in Female Masculinity was offensive also, tho how it has ANYTHING to do with our show i don't fathom.

you all need to get out more --- how about coming out to the show. I'd be happy to discuss this further in person and out of drag.

sexism disguised as gender theory posturing and transphobia masquerading as academic sophistication sure don't fit my definition of postqueer.

more like pre-gay.

from the community guidelines:

* Their identity is their identity. Your identity is your identity. Try to use your "I" statements, kids, and let's all be respectful of where eachother might be coming from.


-anderson toone aka buck shot aka frankie tenderloin
transking, get used to it.
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Halberstam's Work Offensive?

This is drift from a couple other discussions...a couple people mentioned finding aspects of Judith* Halberstam's work offensive or problematic. Now I read "Female Masculinity" a while ago. Or should I say I started reading and then skimmed the rest as it gave me a low-grade overall feeling of irritation. I couldn't put my finger on what irritated me, so I'm curious what others have taken exception to. Halberstam has a new book coming out that looks interesting, also, and I plan on reading it but if there are any grains of salt I ought to employ, I'd be much obliged if you'd fill me in about that.

Thoughts? Anyone?

*This is the name on the book I have read, but I have heard "Jack" tossed around too...is that a drag name, or has Halberstam transitioned, or both/neither of the above?
ocelot

Where did Hal Fuller go?

I regularly listen to the GenderTalk radio show (www.gendertalk.com), which as far as I know is the only radio show committed to trans issues.

So Hal Fuller wasn't on when I listed this week. He usually does this bit called "Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News." I find it quite funny. No one said anything about why he wasn't on the show this week, why his section wasn't on the show, and for that matter, why the first 20 minutes of the show was missing. (Go to: http://www.gendertalk.com/real/450/gt488.shtml to listen to this week's show)

This week Nancy Nangeroni (who leads the show), posted a letter on the website with this rather cryptic part:
I missed Hal on GenderTalk last night. He's been with the program from the very beginning, and whatever his shortcomings, he was always someone that I could count on. Looking back across my years, I can't really say that about very many people. Leaving out romantic partners, the number dwindles to a precious few. Thanks, Hal. Great memories. I'll miss your voice.

Which begs the question: What happened? Where did Hal go? Why did he go? Why didn't he say goodbye, especially after being there since 1996?

Does anyone know what the scoop is? I respect that things go wrong behind the scenes, but usually even when someone is sacked, they are allowed to leave with some dignity, like saying they are moving on to new things and very exited, yhadda, yhadda, yhadda...Personally I'd like to have an opportunity to let him know I enjoyed his bits.