tonight you can’t put me up on any shelf

20Nov08

I’m not feeling particularly well right now, but I’ve got something to say.

11/20 is the Transgender Day of Remembrance.  Because we need to remember the people who have lost their lives because of their gender identity.  Remembering means we do not let things slip by, that we commit ourselves even in the smallest of ways to ending the violence and bigotry.

piny’s post at Feministe brings up a very good point in regards to what went on at little light’s post, but I think I need to say it again to sort out my own thoughts: the TDoR is not about making trans* issues palatable to either the queer community or society at large.  There are other times and places to mainstream.  The TDoR is not about showing people ‘we’re just like you, it’s okay’.

The point is that trans* people are people, and because they are people, they should not have been murdered, did not deserve to be murdered, and justice should have been done for them in the same way as it would for any other person.  But it isn’t.  So don’t fucking get up in people’s faces about whitewashing the TDoR to ‘reach more people’.  Everyone should be reached by the fact that innocent people were murdered because they expressed their identity.  It’s fucking COMPASSION, for starters, and concern for the greater good of society, and that should touch every last person on the goddamned planet, regardless of what one thinks or believes about being trans*.

Tomorrow we can do TV shows and connections and whatever Jennifer Finney Boylan’s written lately, if that’s one’s activism path.  But not fucking today.  Don’t silence talking about the silenced.  That’s the worst kind of hypocrisy.



2 Responses to “tonight you can’t put me up on any shelf”

  1. Thanks. You put that beautifully.

  2. Thanks, Emily. I tried, anyhow. A moderate migraine has been beating me for days and I’m not entirely sure how coherent I am…


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