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Tranny Slur

'Trannygate'

Heklina | Posted 06.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Heklina

In the past year I've increasingly been made aware of the growing meaning the word "tranny" has taken on for members of the transgender community. For the most part I have gotten a pass because of what Trannyshack is, but still it nagged at me. What was really the catalyst for me deciding that I had to consider a change was when I came across a post on Facebook.

In a Word: 'Tranny'

Alexandra Billings | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Alexandra Billings

I would like to propose that when we see each other, when we greet each other, when we congratulate or debate each other, we do it all with great kindness; that no matter what we believe to be true or not true about words and the meanings behind them, we refuse to use any form of language that might be even remotely jarring to someone's spirit.

The Tidal Wave of Gay Portrayals of the Trans Experience

Dana Beyer | Posted 06.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

So we have one more example of gay men performing drag for major audiences and misconstruing for the masses what it means to be transgender.

Does 'Tranny' Matter to a Slave?

R. Kyle Alagood | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
R. Kyle Alagood

While LGBT Internet activists and news sites cover the great "tranny" debate, news from Louisiana is that a trans woman was found on the side of the road last week after allegedly having been held in slavery for months.

Hypocrisy of the Pro-Slur Crybabies

Larry Womack | Posted 05.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Larry Womack

When someone says that they find a label hurtful, the natural, reasonable response is to just stop using it. Instead, a mob of mostly older, mostly urban, mostly privileged gay men has chosen to stomp their feet, cry and plead oppression.

I Guess I Should Stop Letting People Call Me 'Tranny'

Malek Mouzon | Posted 06.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Malek Mouzon

There's a tendency among my friends and others who see me in my element to refer to me as a "tranny," one of the words that have recently been banished from the gay lexicon. Personally, I've always regarded being called a "tranny" not as a slur but as a term of endearment.

Anti-Trans Slurs and Drag: Who Exactly Is Transgender, and Does It Matter?

Dana Beyer | Posted 05.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

It might help for someone to talk with RuPaul and explain how many trans women really don't want to overcome their distaste for the slurs "tranny" and "shemale." As one who was slurred as a cover girl for the extremist Traditional Values Coalition back in 2008, I join in asking for simple respect and civility.

I'm Not Angry With Gabourey Sidibe -- I'm Grateful To Her

Jean-Marie Navetta | Posted 04.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Jean-Marie Navetta

I am cisgender and identify as gay. These are not things that I chose. But I do choose to be an ally to my trans friends and colleagues because I want everyone I know to be treated as they want to be treated.

Gay Dudes, Can You Just Not?

Parker Marie Molloy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Parker Marie Molloy

I'm not thrilled when someone calls a trans woman a "tranny." Nor am I thrilled that this term, which has been thrown at me on several occasions, is legitimized in the public eye through use by drag queens and cisgender gay men (which most drag queens are).

The 'T' Word

Jennifer Finney Boylan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Finney Boylan

Can we have a conversation about the word "tranny"? It's a word that is generally considered dehumanizing and offensive when referring to transgender people. But there it was in headlines last week in the story about DJ Mister Cee. There it was in a Daily Beast interview with Jared Leto.

Words

Gretchen Peters | Posted 06.20.2012 | Gay Voices
Gretchen Peters

I was startled by an acquaintance's recent use of the word "tranny." This was not a close friend, not someone who knew my son's story. It was a misguided attempt at humor, not a hateful rant. And yet. I longed to find some way to tell her how painful this word is to so many people.

Should the LGBT Community Use Words Like 'Faggot' and 'Tranny'? No, They Hurt People

Mara Keisling | Posted 05.06.2012 | Gay Voices
Mara Keisling

Words like "tranny," "faggot," "dyke," "illegal," "retard," and "lame" are often used to stereotype and marginalize people. Some people who are the targets feel that they are hateful, cruel words. That's enough for me.