I HOPE THIS OPENS A DIALOGUE ABOUT TRANSPHOBIA WITHIN THE GAY COMMUNITY. BECAUSE IT IS VERY WIDE SPREAD AND ACCEPTED. BUT AS NEIL PATRICK HARRIS IS THE GOLDEN BOY FOR THE GAYS AND HIS SHIT DOES NOT STINK I PRESUME IT WILL BE IGNORED.
Neil Patrick Harris apologized today for using the word “tranny” during a segment of Thursday’s Live With Kelly. “Truly sorry for saying the word ‘tranny’ on Live this week. Twice!” tweeted Harris. “Should have been more thoughtful. Didn’t at all mean to offend.”
Guest-host Harris and Ripa had inhaled some sulfur hexafluoride, “helium’s evil twin,” during a science experiment that made their voices lower. Recognizing that he sounded very similar to Buffalo Bill, the killer from Silence of the Lambs, Harris drew laughs when he said, “Put the lotion in the basket.”
When the gas expired, Harris said, “I’ve never sounded more like a tranny in my life.”
HERE IS WHAT SHE SAID.
AND THE APOLOGY………..
I’d first like to make it clear that no one asked me to write this. After reaching out to GLAAD for advice and clarification, I thought it was imperative to explain and amend my wrong. I gained a lot of knowledge, and I now feel the urgency to speak out and teach others. As unfortunate as this incident was, I assure you it was taken out of context, but I cannot deny the words; they did come out of my mouth.
As a lifelong LGBT ally and friend, I feel it is my duty to not only apologize for my wrong but to also correct it. The word “tr*nny” is a derogatory and hurtful word. I was completely ignorant to this and soon came to realize most of my peers and LGBT friends are too. This is a word I will no longer use or allow. It wasn’t until I googled it after speaking with GLAAD that I found out just how unbelievably offensive it was. When friends jokingly called me that in the past, I took it as a compliment or a joke, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Due to the fact that it is Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, I would like to raise awareness to this injustice in society. It is a day to remember those who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender violence and speak out against the fact that transgender people face disproportionate amounts of discrimination and harassment every day. The lack of knowledge about transgender people contributes to the unparalleled number of violent acts against them every day.
NASTY SHIT. FROM TOWELROAD……
Two more incidents (a non-fatal shooting, and the homicide of an unidentified individual found in make-up and heels) in Washington D.C. concerning violence against transgender individuals prompted police to call a news conference on Monday afternoon, the Washington Blade reports:
A transgender woman suffered a non-fatal gunshot wound to the neck about 2 a.m. Monday on the 2300 block of Savannah Street, S.E., D.C. police said. The incident was the fourth reported shooting of a transgender person in D.C. since July. The latest case prompted police officials to call a news conference Monday afternoon to discuss this and other transgender related cases.
Transgender activists Earline Budd and Ruby Corado, who spoke at the news conference, said the latest shooting was among more than a dozen violent attacks against transgender women in D.C. this year.
“The transgender community is now in crisis,” Corado said.
The AP adds:
The first shooting occurred July 20 when 23-year-old transgender woman Myles Mclean, also known to friends as Lashai, was killed while walking in the city’s Northeast early one morning. Less than two weeks later – and in the same neighborhood – a suspect pulled a gun out and fired without hitting a person after asking for change. Last month, police say, an off-duty D.C. police officer on medical leave got into a fight with several transgender people and fired shots into a car. The officer, Kenneth Furr, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.
The man who died early Saturday is believed to have been between 20 and 35 years old. He was found unconscious and later pronounced dead. Police said the man, who appeared to be of Hispanic or possibly Middle Eastern descent, had makeup on his face and was carrying light-colored heels. Police said they didn’t know the man’s name and didn’t have suspects in the death. It wasn’t immediately clear if he was either gay or transgender, or whether there was any evidence of a bias-crime.
Newsham also said the person’s identity remained unknown, which was why the police released a photo of the deceased (inset image above, as released by Metropolitan Police Department) to the press in the hope that someone in the community might be able to identify the victim.
In the briefing, Newsham described the victim as a ”Hispanic or Middle Eastern male; approximately between the ages of 25 and 30; 5 foot, 8 inches with dark, wavy hair about 3 inches long,” prompting a raised eyebrow from transgender activist Ruby Corado, who was standing next to him. Newsham said police didn’t have enough information to classify the dead individual as transgender.