“Don't know where you are getting your numbers but seems way off! GASS read 275 names of murdered trans people from all around the world a t2011's TDOR. Dozens of whom were in the US.
It might be getting better for some but not for trans people. Very few of the murders are solved much less investigated at all.”
“Thank you Jane Carlin for hosting the art exhibit, T-Town: Transgender Neighbors at the UPS library. Bring the message of acceptance and diversity to the public is part of the Gender Alliance of the South Sound's mission of education. Not only educating cis-gender folks about trans issues but teaching trans people about each other.
There is an infinite manner in which to express the beautiful gender spectrum. Thanks again for all you do to help our community.
Victoria Quaintance, GASS Board Chairperson http://southsoundgender.com/”
I do not mean to attack anyone. I mean to raise awareness about how we use our language. "Gay Voices" denotes a specific segment of LGBT. Perhaps a more encompassing moniker such as Q Voices or Rainbow Voices.
In my town, Tacoma, there is a group of LGBT folks that gather monthly called the Q Collective. They could have called it the Gay Collective. They chose their name to send a message: all Queer people are welcome! They want to create dialog.
I do not pick a fight with Michelangelo, I do not know him, and he has inherited the name of the blog. I am asking him to consider renaming this to facilitate conversation. Make it so all feel welcome. If I feel unwelcome others may also.
If anti-LBGT posts are tolerated here, as reported in many other posts in this very thread, then surely allies should be made to feel welcome. I would like to hear from the editor as the reasoning behind the name "Gay Voices". Thanks for reading.”
Bonnie Half-Elven on Nov 23, 2011 at 19:11:49
“Some people find the word "queer" offensive. There's no pleasing everyone.”
“To Michelangelo Signorile.
Congratulations on becoming the Gay Voices editor at HufPost. Who is the Trans Voices editor? Did you know they are not the same thing? Many trans people are gay, straight, lez, bi, NON.
Who at HufPost is in charge of reporting on trans issues?
You define this blog as "a gay space". Excellent. . . for your readers interested in gay issues. The language you use makes a difference. I suggest renaming the blog if you do not wish to continue to marginalize trans issues and people. Are you part of the solution? Do you even want a dialog?
“Victoria, if you want to pick a fight, I suggest you learn more about who you're arguing with. GAY has been and probably will be for some time, used in a most generic and all-inclusive term. Like it or not, the alphabet soup of the lgbtqia community gets stuck in our throats sometimes. I assure you, Michelangelo is a voice for ALL in the community, so find someone who truly doesn't give a damn about you and stop beating up your allies.”