|Posted by Transgender Education Collaboration on June 14, 2012 at 4:00 PM|
A few times this week I have been left simply thinking, "Seriously?!" at some blatant Transphobia.
Our first story comes courtesy of Carmen Carrera. Carmen, who recently came out as transgender, and has been using her popularity to spread Transgender education, has taken part in a few TV shows, as a way to help educate. She was invited on Cake Boss (on TLC), and was told she would have a chance to educate people about being Transgender. However, once the edit was aired, it turned out that the producers had used her in a "that's a man" scenario similar to Jerry Springer. She was also called it by a cast member on twitter. Seriously? When did people forget about respecting the basic humanity of other people? No one should be called an it! And it makes me sick to think that this show took advantage of her like that.
Then today I stumbled upon this piece discussing an attack on the hearing for a Transgender Inclusive Employment Non Discrimination Law. These individuals, who claim to care so much for good morals apparently forgot the part about loving your neighbor. They perpetuate hate and ignorance under the guise of morals.
So you know what, we have our work cut out for us. Things are really messed up still. We all like to talk about how "this is the 21st century", but guess what? A major part of society is still horribly transphobic. Transgender and gender variant people are still seen as freaks. So folks, lets get fighting for common decency and respect.