Bathroom Policies and Planet Fitness
This episode airs live Friday March 20th, 2015 at 6-8pm on KBBF 89.1 FM, replayed on Tuesday night on KBBF 89.1 FM, replayed on Wednesday night at 6-8pm on KWTF 88.1 FM, and on YouTube here:
This we’re dedicating two solid hours to anti-trans bathroom policies and news from around the world concerning trans issues.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts’ Wellesley College has revised its admissions policy to formally allow applications from transgender women, making it the latest all-women’s colleges to do so.
The elite school outside Boston has never explicitly banned transgender women, but said in a statement on its website Thursday it felt compelled to clarify its policies “in an era of a changing understanding of gender identity.”
According to WNEM, a Planet Fitness gym in Midland, Michigan revoked the membership of a woman who complained that the trans woman she was sharing a locker room with looked too much like a man.
Yvette Cormier said that she was in the women’s locker room at the aggressively open-minded Planet Fitness — its slogan bills it as “A Judgment-Free Zone” — when she encountered a trans woman who “stunned and shocked her.”
Once again the media has catapulted a new and clueless, recently transitioned celebrity into national attention, allowing her, in her profound ignorance of trans history, politics, law and medicine, to provide aid and comfort at a time when many lives are still at risk. Great progress on civil rights continues to be made, which is why we see yet another trans celebrity providing analysis, but why is someone’s inexperience and utter lack of credentials so blatantly ignored by those who give out these platforms? And why is Zoey Tur, recently known as “Chopper Bob,” so resistant to learning enough to get the facts straight?
A conservative video blogger presents his opinions about the planet Fitness trans woman controversy.
It is always good to watch transphobia shrivel and die. Like Count Dracula, turning to dust at the first ray of sunshine, a great deal of transphobia is only waiting the light of common sense to send it on its way.
Or in this case, one photo, and two simple words – ‘trans man’ – are all that is needed to show how bills supposed to protect women will make their lives infinitely more dangerous.
For years, some mainstream gay activists said to the transgender community, “Just wait—first we’ll get our rights, and then you’ll get yours.”
As offensive and patronizing as that was, what has come to pass is far worse. The anti-LGBT backlash is here, and transgender populations are suffering the most—even though they hadn’t won that many legal victories in the first place. They’re getting the backlash before winning anything to lash back against.
We, the undersigned trans women and trans-feminine individuals, are appalled at recent attacks on trans woman journalist Parker Marie Molloy published by Calpernia Addams and Andrea James on The Huffington Post and Boing Boing, respectively. Addams’ and James’ hit pieces exhibit a pervasive hostility to young, queer trans women, and indeed any trans woman who is uncomfortable with the use of transmisogynist slurs by cisgender drag queens like RuPaul. They display homophobia, transphobia, ignorance, dishonesty, and hatred throughout.