TransRadical

News and commentary for the transgender, gender-nonconforming and allied community.

Posts tagged slurs

Mar 31
cliffchiang:

Forgot to post this earlier in the week, for Lady Gaga’s birthday. This is a strip I illustrated in 2010 for GQ’s End of the Year special, written by the GQ staff and art directed by Benjamin Bours, with lettering by Jared Fletcher. Enjoy!

[TW: Sh-word]
When this post originally appeared on Tumblr a couple days ago, it was uncensored (as was the version that appeared in GQ) and referred to Gaga as “the She-Male Pope” [sic]. I contacted Chiang about the use of the slur, and he responded quickly: 

To be honest, I had agreed to the job before seeing the final script, and there wasn’t much I could do at that point. But thank you for pointing it out, and I’ll do my best to educate others on that point in the future.

He also edited out the offending word, as seen above.
As an unrepentant comics nerd, I have been a fan of Chiang’s work for a while now. (Chiang is the currently the artist on Wonder Woman, his second work opposite writer Brian Azzarello. Their first work together Doctor Thirteen: Architecture and Morality is a wild, hilarious ride no comics fan should miss.)
As most people are all but ignorant of trans* issues (and the mainstream LGB(t) organizations has no intention of combating such ignorance), mistakes are bound to crop up from even the most well-meaning people. I would like to thank Mr. Chiang for his prompt action on the issue and the willingness he has shown to give transgender people respect.
GQ, on the other hand, is a sexist rag and they should have known better than to publish such as offensive word. How many editors did that word have to pass through, and none of them took pause? It’s hard to get too upset over an article that’s over a year old already, but really?! 
Then again, maybe they were just trying to present Lady Gaga accurately.

cliffchiang:

Forgot to post this earlier in the week, for Lady Gaga’s birthday. This is a strip I illustrated in 2010 for GQ’s End of the Year special, written by the GQ staff and art directed by Benjamin Bours, with lettering by Jared Fletcher. Enjoy!

[TW: Sh-word]

When this post originally appeared on Tumblr a couple days ago, it was uncensored (as was the version that appeared in GQ) and referred to Gaga as “the She-Male Pope” [sic]. I contacted Chiang about the use of the slur, and he responded quickly: 

To be honest, I had agreed to the job before seeing the final script, and there wasn’t much I could do at that point. But thank you for pointing it out, and I’ll do my best to educate others on that point in the future.

He also edited out the offending word, as seen above.

As an unrepentant comics nerd, I have been a fan of Chiang’s work for a while now. (Chiang is the currently the artist on Wonder Woman, his second work opposite writer Brian Azzarello. Their first work together Doctor Thirteen: Architecture and Morality is a wild, hilarious ride no comics fan should miss.)

As most people are all but ignorant of trans* issues (and the mainstream LGB(t) organizations has no intention of combating such ignorance), mistakes are bound to crop up from even the most well-meaning people. I would like to thank Mr. Chiang for his prompt action on the issue and the willingness he has shown to give transgender people respect.

GQ, on the other hand, is a sexist rag and they should have known better than to publish such as offensive word. How many editors did that word have to pass through, and none of them took pause? It’s hard to get too upset over an article that’s over a year old already, but really?! 

Then again, maybe they were just trying to present Lady Gaga accurately.


Mar 26

Mar 10

Feb 6

Jan 27

Openly gay entertainers Lance Bass and Neil Patrick Harris recently used the word while kidding around on television, and they subsequently apologized. Openly gay Project Runway star Christian Siriano teased people as “hot tranny messes” during the show’s fourth season in 2008. In a recent interview that appeared in the Huffington Post, drag entertainer RuPaul said “no one has ever said the word ‘tranny’ in a derogatory sense” then he went on to say that he wished Bass had told his critics “F-you, you tranny jerk!”

The T-word has a long history of being tossed around in both media and casual conversation, so people are wondering why it’s suddenly a slur. The truth is that the T-word has always been depreciative. It was coined by the porn industry to fetishize trans women and boost sales.

A Google search of “tranny” brings up 169,000,000 hits, the vast majority of which come from online porn that is also tied with the equally derogatory term “she-male.” When someone says “tranny,” they’re expressing a sexual fetish that degrades women who happen to be trans. So it’s not “suddenly” a slur. The difference today is that trans people are finally feeling empowered enough to stand up and demand that they be treated with dignity.

When gay celebrities use language that publicly ridicules trans people, it sends a clear message to our lesbian, gay and bisexual youth that, despite anti-bullying efforts to protect them, it’s still OK to bully those who identify as trans or who are otherwise gender variant. So it never gets better for trans youth while they are being bullied not only by their straight peers, but also by their LGB peers who simply mimick their adult role models.

Jake Finney, “The T-Word Hasn’t Changed, We Have

Jan 16