lover of beauty, words, ideas, art & flesh, in a state of aporia http://smartassjen.com/


SmartAssJen

lover of beauty, words, ideas, art & flesh, in a state of aporia http://smartassjen.com/


One of my favorite things is when awesome trans people are awesome in non-trans stuff.

Like Tiq Milan looking at the cultural misappropriation of Iggy Azalea and responses to it.

Or Paris Lees being deliciously rude in this explicit list of what’s great about getting nasty for Vice.

And most exciting of all, the announcement that Janet Mock is joining Marie Claire Magazine as a contributing editor.

This is the future.

I think switching from coffee to tea has been more challenging to my identity than going from male to female.

Like, gender is a weird amalgamation of biology and culture and was I ever really a guy anyways and all that, but I AM a coffee drinker.

Taking Care of Transgender Elders - COLORLINES

Important

(Source: legalizetrans)

Laverne Cox is a woman—and publishing transphobia is a disgrace to us all

"Williamson’s grasp of “the biological facts of life” is no different than pointing to the rising and setting of the sun as as clear evidence that the earth is the center of the universe. Transgender people aren’t lies in the face of facts; we’re facts that widen the truth. Williamson’s audacity to determine what Cox’s body means is a worse sin, and the consequences of an attitude so thoroughly rooted in self-serving prejudice are far darker. His essay eerily echoes centuries of white men telling black women what they are. All who value human agency and self-determination should be deeply disturbed by such ideas.”

http://smartassjen.tumblr.com/post/85823372363/smartassjen-there-was-a-post-going-around-this

transcatharsis:

smartassjen:

There was a post going around this morning that originally claimed there were over 1,000 murders of trans women last year, based on the 2013 NCAVP report.

In fact, according to the report there were 13 such homicides in 2012.

The poster made an edit, but still maintained…

One thing to keep in mind, from the “Limitations of the Findings” section of the report:

The vast majority of this report contains information from LGBTQ and HIV-affected-identified individuals who experienced hate violence and sought support from NCAVP member programs. Local member organizations then submitted data to NCAVP, which NCAVP compiled and analyzed for national trends. Since NCAVP only measures data collected from individuals who self-reported and from other public sources, it is unlikely that these numbers represent all incidents of violence against LGBTQ and HIV-affected people in the United States. NCAVP’s data may particularly omit populations such as incarcerated people, people in rural communities, people who may not know about their local anti-violence program (AVP), people living where the closest AVP is too far away to reach, people who are not out, people who are uncomfortable with reporting violence, and people who face other barriers to accessing services or reporting. While the information contained in this report provides a detailed picture of the individual survivors and victims; it cannot and should not be extrapolated to represent the prevalence of hate violence against LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities in the United States.

Which isn’t to invalidate anything said above, but to give an important bit of context to the report itself.

The report can be viewed in full here: http://www.avp.org/storage/documents/ncavp_2012_hvreport_final.pdf

More important context. Thanks.

smartassjen:

There was a post going around this morning that originally claimed there were over 1,000 murders of trans women last year, based on the 2013 NCAVP report.

In fact, according to the report there were 13 such homicides in 2012.

The poster made an edit, but still maintained that there were “1018 hate crimes last year against trans women.”

In fact, according to the same report, transgender people represented 10.5% of the total number of survivors and victims of reported anti-LGBT incidents of violence, or about 200.

The original post never mentions that 73% of the homicide victims were people of color, though the report goes to great lengths to details the impact of race and gender. The poster wrote to me that:

Half of the people who were murdered for being queer were transgender people. 100% of them were women, 98% of them were white.

This is wrong, both factually and morally.

Violence against trans women is real, but if you fail to take into account race, economic inequality, or sex work (which the report does not mention), you are complicit in the very system of ignorance, discrimination, and violence you intend to fight.

Do not inflate numbers, use them incorrectly, remove their context, or fail to mention the intersections of race and class. And if you are a white, middle class trans person who is misusing this reality to paint yourself or all trans people as equally susceptible to violence, you are not helping, but rather hurting our efforts.

Take care with numbers and always remember what they represent: real people.

Also, trans women aren’t killed for “being queer”. They’re killed because men are ashamed of their desire for us. And there are deeper reasons yet for that.