Background Radiation 4/7/2017

This is my weekly roundup of the background radiation I am exposed to. It’s usually the bad and ugly of how the world treats LGBT folks, with a heavier emphasis on the T’s. I like to leave the full links exposed because then you can see where the article is.

Today, this is my list of news items that hit “Fuck them” list.

Headline: Of course the NCAA sold out the transgender community

This article explains the issue with the NCAA and North Carolina well. It reflects my feelings. I, however, never expect a corporation with money on the line to care about anything but their bottom line. I’m not surprised at all. Professional sports is about making money, and not doing the right thing.

Headline: The Subtle Ways Landlords Keep Out Transgender Renters

I worry about this every time we move. We read as a gay couple to the uninitiated now, and I have my papers in order, but still. They set up the test with transgender folks, and similar non-transgender renters at the same rentals, and found that a lot of crap goes down. Showing less of the facility, talking badly about the neighborhood, or even quadrupling the security deposit.

Headline: Author: Trans people can become women for ‘frivolous’ reasons like ‘fashion or clothes’

This is personal for me. A few years after the Lives and Loves of a She Devil came out, I worked in a small used bookstore. I was handed this by one of our customers, who said as a young woman, I should read it, and I did.

It was not aimed at a trans guy, nor at a woman in my age group. It was written for my mothers demographic, and pointed out how screwed up it was to live in a world where a woman can be tossed aside as she aged, by a husband looking to get a younger trophy wife. I appreciated that, despite not being the target audience. It’s satire was on point.

It was probably one of the first books I ever read with a feminist bent, and I have a serious soft spot for the work.

Now, the author, Fay Weldon, has come out with a new book, where she takes aim at transgender women. . .

Here is a book review from the Guardian:

Just really? I mean, I guess I expected better from Fay Weldon. She had such satirical insight when she wrote the first book, but now she is just like any other TERF taking aim at transgender women. I’m not sure I can ever look at the first She Devil book the same, and accept it’s position in my mind as a feminist work. I’m not a fan of feminism that isn’t intersectional, or leaves women of color and transgender women out. This is so disappointing.

Headline: ‘Anti-transgender’ bus is met by protests in Boston

Remember that terrible anti-transgender bus? Apparently a lot of folks are unhappy with them. The articles below said it took all of 15 minutes before the bus was deluged by protestors.

Thank you to all the beautiful folks out there making transgender people a priority.

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