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How Not To Be An Ally To Trans People Based On Piers Morgan’s Behavior Towards Janet Mock

Piers Morgan, You're Doing It Wrong
Janet Mock Q&A
Frisky Q&A: Janet Mock, Author Of Redefining Realness
Janet Mock speaks to us about being a transgender woman of color. Read More »

Last night, Piers Morgan had trans advocate and author Janet Mock back on his show for a followup “interview” after her appearance the night before ignited controversy on Twitter and across the blogosphere. The first interview, which aired Tuesday night, featured a chyron at the bottom of the screen which misgendered Mock as having been a boy for 18 years; Morgan also misgendered Mock a few times during the interview, and repeatedly asked questions that focused on Mock’s surgery as when she became “a real woman.” To quote Avital Norman Nathman in her post on the subject yesterday, “That is not only incredibly reductive regarding gender, but missed the entire point of Mock’s new memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path To Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More about her road to girlhood, which began far earlier than one moment in Thailand at age 18.”

After the pre-taped interview aired, Mock tweeted a few criticisms about the segment and where it went wrong. Her supporters and fellow trans people also tweeted their complaints to Morgan’s attention, but instead of engaging with that criticism in a thoughtful manner, recognizing his mistakes and apologizing for misgendering Mock, Morgan was dismissive of criticism because, in his view, all it means to be an ally is saying you’re one.
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Jared Leto Heckled For Transgender Role In “Dallas Buyers Club”

  • Last night, Jared Leto received an award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival for his role as a transgender woman in “Dallas Buyers Club,” but had to contend with a heckler in the audience — reportedly a trans woman — who shouted, “Trans-misogyny does not deserve an award. You’re a man. You shouldn’t play a transgendered role!” Find out how Leto handled the interruption at the link. [Celebuzz]
  • Whoa, did Elizabeth Hurley have an affair with Bill Clinton back in the late-’90s? That’s what one British newspaper is claiming. [The Gloss]
  • Former “Girl Next Door” Holly Madison’s was rear-ended this week and she posted a photo to Instagram of the resulting damage. Don’t worry, all that gunk on her face is just a smoothie, not chunky, purple blood. [Celebuzz] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Piers Morgan, It Shouldn’t Be So Hard For You To Interview Janet Mock

CNN Chyron: "Was A Boy Until Age 18"
Janet Mock Q&A
Frisky Q&A: Janet Mock, Author Of Redefining Realness
Janet Mock speaks to us about being a transgender woman of color. Read More »

If there was one thing Piers Morgan got right in his interview with writer Janet Mock last night, it was when he called her, “brave, frank, and honest” about coming out as transgender. Sadly, the interview sort of falls apart after that.

From almost the start of the interview, the header “Was a boy until age 18” ran across the screen, insinuating that Mock wasn’t truly a girl or woman until she had genital reconstruction surgery. That is not only incredibly reductive regarding gender, but missed the entire point of Mock’s new memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path To Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More about her road to girlhood, which began far earlier than one moment in Thailand at age 18.

Instead of treating the topic of disclosure with the nuance and sensitivity that it deserves, Morgan went straight for the sensational, wanting to know how the various men Mock has dated have reacted when she finally told them about being trans. He treated Mock, her body, and her past as a spectacle, rather than with respect as befitting the lived experiences of a fellow human being. (You can read the transcript here, although Morgan’s responses on Twitter are a better illustration of his blowhard behavior.) Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Janet Mock, Author Of Redefining Realness

Frisky Q&A: Janet Mock, Author Of Redefining Realness

After being the subject of a 2011 Marie Claire profile, writer and activist Janet Mock decided to tell her story in her own words. And what a story it is. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, is out this week. It’s a brave, honest and gripping memoir detailing Mock’s turbulent childhood and experiences as a young trans woman finding herself.

Despite digging deep and sharing intimate details of her past, Mock still manages to pepper her book with vital LGBT statistics and snippets of important history regarding trans women. While her debut book is most certainly a memoir, it also provides a carefully crafted way to begin discussing the very real issues and challenges many trans women and men face on a daily basis. After quickly devouring the book, I had the pleasure of speaking with the author herself. Keep reading »

Gabourey Sidibe Under Fire For Using The Word “Tranny”

Olivia's "Tranny" Comment
Variety's 3rd Annual Power Of Women Luncheon - Arrivals
Olivia Wilde said dark lipstick makes her look like "a tranny." Read More »
Blake's "Trannies" Comment
Blake Lively said she hopes her sons are "trannies." Read More »
Chloe's "Tranny" Remark
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Chloe Sevigny calls it "ridiculous" that she can't say "tranny." Read More »
Gabourey Sidibe

“American Horror Story: Coven” star Gabourey Sidibe is the latest celebrity to use a verboten transphobic slur — although in Gabby’s case, she used it while speaking out about police profiling and harassment against transgender folks. Keep reading »

Watch This: Trans Woman Quotes The Bible, Dares Christian Politician To Stone Her To Death

Pamela Raintree Bible Quote
"I Brought The First Stone, Mr. Webb."

Last month, the city council of Shreveport, Louisiana passed a law to end discrimination based on sexual preference or gender identity. The Fairness Ordinance passed with a 6-1 vote. The only dissenter was a bible-thumping councilman named Ron Webb, who promptly introduced his own ordinance to overturn the new law. While the council considered Webb’s “Unfairness Ordinance,” a trans woman named Pamela Raintree stepped up to the microphone to share her story. She ended her remarks by quoting Leviticus 20:13, which states “If a man lie also with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death.” Then Raintree picked up a large rock and offered it to the unamused politician. “I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb,” she said, “in case your bible talk isn’t just a smokescreen for personal prejudices.” BOOM. Webb declined to take Raintree up on her generous offer, but he did withdraw his proposal. Shreveport’s Fairness Ordinance is here to stay. [KMSS]

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