Six trans activists, who named themselves The Homomilitia once again glitterbombed gay advocate, sex columnist, and It gets Better founder Dan Savage in Canada for the third time in recent months with one of the attacks on Savage being potentially dangerous as a glass jar which was thrown at (and missed) his face.
In the latest attack on Savage, the trans activists appear to be focusing on the fact that not enough gay white males are focusing on trans equality
Queer activists have historically used glitter-bombing as a tactic against conservative politicians and high-profile anti-gay bigots, Vancouver protester Lavender Menace notes. Asked if she lumps Savage in with such people, she says people have different ways of contributing to oppressive systems.
“Savage is taking on being a speaker and leader in this movement. We have to take that into account,” she adds. “He’s part of a broader [group] of gay, white, cis-gendered, able-bodied gay men focused on gay-marriage priorities. We want to say those priorities are messed up.”
Now I LOVE my trans brothers and sisters. I really do. I’ve done many pro-trans post here and have covered trans news stories as much as I am able. But trans activist need to refocus their anger and use it where it’s really needed because:
Glitter bombing Dan Savage DOES NOT help garner support and move forward your cause.
Trashing the gay male community DOES NOT help garner support and move forward your cause.
Using cis-gendered as a slur DOES NOT help garner support and move forward your cause.
It just pisses people off.
Because in actuality trans activist are probably hurting their own cause now by alienating and pushing away those they actually NEED to support them instead of their TRUE enemies.
Savage himself has that these attacks against him spring from a time when he made comments and “didn’t have a firm understanding of the nuances of trans issues” and he has stopped because now he does.
What more do you want?
Move on and go after the people who are your real enemies. Tony Perkins, Peter LaBarbera, Matt Barber, the hate groups and the GOP politicians who demonize you and use you as a wedge against inclusive equality for all.
I will be the first to admit that the trans community has always gotten the short end of the stick. But you need to talk and work with the LGB community NOT ATTACK them. And you need to make up your mind. Many trans activists say they don’t want to be part of the LGB community but then they get angry that they are not a priority or the attention that they deserve.
The trans community and especially its activist need to focus on working together on IMPORTANT issues and with the LGB community, because in all honesty all you are doing right now is alienating the very people who have ever given you any support.
My 2 cents. Like it or not.
NOW, as much as I like the tactic I do think its time to move up from glitter because its way too light to throw which when you think about it is pretty stereotypical and back to pies. Something with some heft in it.
Could you imagine the visual of Santorums face after being hit with a chocolate pudding pie?
It was deja vu for Dan Savage who was doing a Q&A at the University of California Irvine for his upcoming MTV show Savage U last week when Savage was in the middle of answering a question from a female student who was wondering if her boyfriend was a freak because he watched porn featuring trans women once again got glitterbombed.
According to sources via Toby-Hill-Meyer at Billerico.com
“Savage suggested that her boyfriend was a freak, while freely using the terms “she-male” and “freaky tranny porn.” That is when two individuals ran up and threw glitter on him yelling “Transphobe!” Someone from the MTV tech crew muttered “Oh, not again!” Savage laughed it off and said that being gay he loves glitter.
Later, when another student was asking him about the incident, Savage answered, “I’m used to it.”
For those of you who aren’t aware, earlier this month Dan Savage was also glitterbombed while giving a Q&A at the University of Nike’s Ford Alumni Center in Eugene, Oregon this time by a group of trans-activist who called themselves the Dan Savage Welcoming Committee (DSWM)
Now I understand that the trans community has some major issues with Dan Savage, and rightfully so may I add.
But really, isn’t there a much better, more constructive way to deal with his language issue. Like talking with him maybe?
I’m not defending Savage by any means. But I’m not going to condone these infighting stunts either.
Trans community and Dan Savage TALK TO EACH OTHER AND WORK IT OUT.
And lets put the glitterbombing back where it belongs. Like in someone like Tony Perkin’s face, okay?
UPDATE: – via Joe My God
Savage just texted me to clarify that the words being objected to were actually used in a question he read from an audience member. In his response to the question, Savage noted that some folks “have trouble” with the terms. He laughed off the incident, adding that he finds the accusations against him and the act of glitter-bombing to be “ridiculous.”