TransGriot Note: Longtime transphobe Jim Fouratt has been trying to spin his divisive image in New York City and gay history recently by appearing on a 2009 episode of the Colbert Report. But Colbert or the writers trying to sanitize this image didn't ask him about this.
We folks with long memories in the trans community won't forget this transphobic email. It was his response to the NY Times magazine article entitled 'An Inconvenient Woman'.
It's as Dr Lynn Conway wrote about later, a classic example of the transphobia that runs rampant in the gay men from that time period.
Subj: ALERT: New York Times promotes sexual reasigment (sic) as a
solution to gender varinace (sic)
Date: Saturday, May 27, 2000 2:58:21
I am shocked to hear a member of the
Imperial Court endorsing this blatantly homophobic article written
by a gayman. Yes, this is a tragic story. Murdered because he was
perceived to be gay, Barry Winchell deserves all our grief and
anger. As do his loved ones including a gender variant gayman self
named Calpernia Sarah Addams, a professional gender
All around us we see these attacks on
gaymen who do not conform to some kind of Tom of Finland or Andrew
Sullivan image, What is new is we now see gay academics and pop
journalists embracing this new push to make gaymen and lesbians
straight by leading them to endure painful physical body
manipulation and dangerous hormonal injects to take on the
topography of the conventional definition of what is male and what
is female. Modern medicine is once again trying to cure us of our
desire for same sex love.
Our gender variant gay and lesbian
population is under intense pressure to deny their homosexuality
and to take all physical, hormonal and emotional steps in order to
be accepted into heterosexual society.
First we had Boys Don't Cry which told
the horrific story of a 19 year old baby butch lesbian who was
first raped and than murdered because she had the audacity to role
play and act on her desire to love and have sex with women. In
death Brandon Teen became the poster girl of the reparative
therapy movement (aka transgendered) for adult gender variant
gaymen and women and in this guise was deemed acceptable frirst to
Hollywood and than to a larger straight audience.
We are familuar with the smarmy tabloid
journalism of gaywriter David France. Who could forget his bizarre
book on Andrew Crispo? But does the New York Times need to sink to
the level of the National Inquirer doing a Talk-ish
sex/celebrity/death feature? I would hope not.
The Barry Winchell story needs to be
told. How homophobia both external and more importantly internally
puts at risk most homosexuals and lesbains and all gender variant
individuals, How the rush to gender reassign through the wonders
of modern medicine has ultimately failed ... where in the
sensational picture of a professional skin strutter was there any
reference to the 30 year John Hopkins study of sexual reassignment
and how ultimately it did not improve the self image or well being
of the subjects in their program. The results of this study caused
John Hopkins to cease sexual reassignment as a solution to gender
dysfunction. Or where is the information on how most transsexuals
who are not closeted have very few job options other than in the
adult entertainment and/or sex industry...Wendy Carlos and Dr.
Renee Richard's are the exceptions.
The Imperial Court can be a powerful
voice in confronting the solutions that are now being promoted by
mainstream publications like the New Times and by the toxic,
anti-gay/lesbian "queer" academics. Neither group is a friend of
the Cherry Grove and/or Court community, Why can't Calpernia Sarah
Addams dress, act and be himself as a gaymen, The Court sets a
powerful role model of how to be who ever you want to be and to be
true to your gay male identity. After all, this construction of
'women" is totally informed by gaymale sensibility and has little
in reality to do with the essence of being female.
Speak up. Help those gender variant
gaymen and women who are under siege to save their pennies to
mutilate their bodies to gain acceptance into the heterosexual
Would be most interesting in hearing each
of your response to this increasingly serious attack on who we are
and how we live.
Jim Fouratt >>