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Sticks, Stones and Ticked off Trannies with Knives.

March 30, 2010 By: jaysays Category: Featured, Thought of the Gay

Ticked off Trannies with KnivesThe controversy over the Tribeca Film Festival’s decision to show the film “Ticked of Trannies with Knives” hasn’t stopped brewing. In fact, it’s resulted in several articles, blogs, new stories, emails and even a RuPaul-Intervention.  Most of the criticism, one must assume, comes from the use of the word “trannies” in the film title.  This seems to be the case as currently only sneak peaks/trailers are available for public viewing. Few calling for a boycott of the film have seen it.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has stepped in as well, indicating that the term “tranny” is offensive.  Further, Planettransgender.com has cried out indicating that the word “tranny” and the words “drag queen” should not be used as they degrade the transgender community – thus begging the question, “What should we call a drag show?” – My vote is for “Guys who dress up as women in order to lip-sync to selected tracks from Madonna, Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, Tori Amos and other iconic personas of queer culture,” but I doubt that would sell many tickets for the charity ball.

As a white, mostly cisgender, gay male my opinion on the subject isn’t authoritative, but I do have an opinion.  I have many “T” friends, some of whom are outraged at the word “tranny” but many of whom use the word to refer to themselves or even their friends.  It’s not a word in which I find any comfort; like “faggot” or “nigger” it leaves a sour taste in my mouth and burns my ears whenever it’s used.  Even when my self-described “tranny” friends use it, I cringe.

All that being said, I look to the great tragedies suffered by my “T” friends – the lost jobs, the lost homes, the lost friends, the lost families, the desperation to feel complete, and I ask myself, “How important is this low budget, B-rated movie that only about .01% of the population would have seen (or even heard of) had it not been for the controversy?”  I go further and ask myself what other films are being shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, and with deep regret my answer is, “I have to look it up.”

That’s right.  The only movie I have any knowledge of being shown at the Tribeca Film Festival is the movie, “Ticked Off Trannies with Knives.”  The only reason I know the movie is showing is because I’ve been slammed with emails and information about how horrifyingly demeaning it is to the “T” community – and other emails about how it really doesn’t matter.  It is controversy that further divides our communities and even pits members of the “T” community against each other.

So, I have a suggestion to my LGBT brothers and sisters.  It’s time we stop all this bickering, unite and fight back against the real enemy – the HRC – the anti-equality foes (NOM, AFA, etc.).  Together, we can pass an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, pass the Uniting American Families Act, repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.  Together, we can make change… divided, we’re just making noise.

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2 Comments to “Sticks, Stones and Ticked off Trannies with Knives.”


  1. While I agree with you, one can't overlook the fact that when you have people suggesting that a gay man is incapable of understanding trans issues or is at a deficit because he’s gay, then perhaps it’s time to reconsider the T in LGBT.

    Most of these people expressing outrage, by way of their transition, whether it be emotional, physical, whatever, no longer identify as gay or lesbian. They are, essentially, ex-gay.

    Do you want an ex-gay making decisions on your behalf? I know I don't.

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  2. I'm still withholding judgment about the film until AFTER I've seen the film and AFTER I've spoken with Israel Luna.

    Do I think only transgender people can understand transgender issues? Absolutely not. But, I can tell ya this much: if you're not transgender and you're trying to speak about transgender issues, you can bet your ass you'll piss off more than a few transgender people. The same is true if you're a white man speaking about racism and trying to be an ally to Black people. A lot of Black people won't give that white man a snowball's chance in Hell to be an ally. They'll criticize every word he speaks and take jabs at his sincerity at every turn.

    I often find myself wondering the same: Is it time to separate the T from LGBT? I mean, we can't seem to do right by the T segment of our community. And most of the time I've learned that no matter what you do to try to reach out to the T in our community, you'll get your arm bitten off more than half the time.

    I've learned a lot about the T community in the past year. I've learned:

    * What makes half the T community angry, the other half won't give two shits about.
    * Lots of transgender people are indeed gay (or queer, as many of them identify). I won't even tell ya how many GAY transmen I've met who used to identify as butch lesbians. I met A LOT in February at Creating Change in Dallas.

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