TransGriot Note: Interesting article from one of the people I had the pleasure of meeting during OUT on the Hill last year, Anti-Intellect, concerning the ignorance bubbling up once again in the Black gossip blogosphere concerning this recent photo Chad Johnson took with girl like us Amiyah Scott
The guest post at Funky Dineva is entitled 'What Chad Johnson and Amiyah Scott Can Teach Us About Respecting Transgender Women'.
It's a call for the Black community to chill with the ignorance and disrespect aimed at trans women and start understanding and respecting the ones in their midst.
I agree. And it needed to happen like yesterday.
I also got a little love in the post, too.
And yeah, ignorance alert in the comment threads.
Here's a taste of it:
I look forward to the day when a straight man taking a picture with a
trans woman is not an issue. If social media is any indication, we have a
while to go before that vision becomes a reality. Over the weekend, a
picture surfaced of former NFL player and reality star, Chad Johnson,
posing with Amiyah Scott, a trans woman. Judging by the number of
ignorant comments leveled at both Johnson and Scott, you would have
thought that the two had committed a serious crime, and in a sense, they
had. In our transphobic world, a straight man taking a picture with a
trans woman is seen as a “crime”. What is the crime, you ask? The crime
is respecting a transgender woman.
Media representation has the potential to make us comfortable with
people from different walks of life, but it also has the potential to
make us see a community in a monolithic way. Trans women have all too
often only been seen as predators and/or comic relief. I am here to tell
you, however, that the lives of trans woman are diverse and
multifaceted. Yes, there are trans women who have not revealed their
gender identity, often for good reason, but there are many who live
there lives with honesty and openness. Trans women come from all walks
of life, and it is long overdue that we start to recognize their
diversity within their community. We need to look beyond the stereotypes
to see the trans women who are enrolled in college and trade schools,
the trans women who are journalists, motivational speakers, doctors,
executive directors, hairstylists, actresses, wives, mothers, and almost
any other role imaginable.
You can read the rest of it by clicking this link.