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NYC Drag Icon Lady Bunny Weighs In On The Word “Tranny”: “I’m sick of people thinking they can ban words.”

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In a recent interview with Paper Magazine, longtime drag personality and NYC icon Lady Bunny spoke on her new show Clown Syndrome and during the interview offered her opinions on the use of the word “tranny”.

And he pulled no punches:

Tranny is an abbreviation for transvestite and transsexual, so I’m free to use it since I fall with that category. Much as blacks can use the N-word. I know tranny from London, where they abbreviate everything — breakfast is brekkie, biscuit is biccie. Tranny is used affectionately on the club scene. Even transsexual advocates like Jayne County and Kate Bornstein have come out and said that these words aren’t necessarily slurs.[snip]

And I’m sick of people thinking they can ban words because they make them feel bad. Boo hoo for you! Any time we choose a different path in life, we’re going to get shit for it — whether you choose to be openly gay, trans or even a straight guy with tattoos all over his face. If you don’t have the balls to take s–t, then choose an easy path. And for huge gay organizations like GLAAD to join in to censor Ru or anyone else confuses me. “Gender bender” is on GLAAD’s list of banned words. That’s what Frank-n-Furter, David Bowie and Sylvester were–that’s not a slur except to the most precious, uptight goody two-shoes.

Ohhhhhhh guuuuurl. Shits about to get REAL!

 

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