An LGBT pride march in Scotland has banned “cis” drag queens from marching out of the fear that it could offend transgender people.
Free Pride Glasgow is scheduled to take place in August, and bills itself as an alternative to the city’s main Pride event, which has allegedly become too commercialized.
“It was felt by the group within the Trans/Non Binary Caucus that some drag performance, particularly cis drag, hinges on the social view of gender and making it into a joke, however transgender individuals do not feel as though their gender identity is a joke,” organizers said in a statement.
Initially, the policy was also going to ban transsexual drag queens, on the grounds that it would be inappropriate to ask individual queens whether they identified as transgender or not. But then that policy offended the transgender drag queens, who complained, leading to a new policy where trans drag queens are welcome but wicked cis queens are banned (“Cisgender” means a person who identifies with their actual, physical sex).
Drag is the new blackface. Divine is Al Jolson.
Oh gosh! I’m sorry.
A two-decade-old national drag pageant’s decision to update its rules extending participation by some transgender people — but excluding transgender people who have not yet had gender reassignment surgery from competing — in two categories has caused confusion among some and claims of discrimination by other fans, followers and performers online.
The National Entertainer of the Year (EOY) contest, founded in 1991, announced after its national pageant this weekend that state promoters had voted to allow some transgender persons to participate in its Mr. and Femme categories, traditionally reserved for cisgender men and women portraying men and women.
“During the promoter meeting for this year’s Entertainer of the Year it was decided to fully embrace the LGBT entertainment community,” a Monday release drafted by Arizona EOY promoter and Femme contest coordinator Richard Van Stone read. “Contestants who are transgender may now compete in the division in which they gender identify for both the Femme and Mr categories, provided they have had a complete surgical tranformation [sic].”
The release added, “Contestants must be post operative and live their life as the gender to which they identify.”
The rule, as explained in the pageant’s initial release, effectively means that transgender people who have not undergone complete gender reassignment surgery will be forbidden from participating in the contests’ Mr. and Femme categories.
The news was immediately met with questions from performers and fans on Facebook.
“Embracing only ‘post-op’ is not really ‘fully embracing the LGBT community,’” Terra Rhyzen commented Monday.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Terra Rhyzen no more his/her original name than her/his vagina/penis is his/her original equipment.
I say embrace your prejudices. Trannies hate drags, drags hate straights, post-ops hate pre-ops. If there’s one thing we all share, it’s revulsion with each other. If I may make just one more reference to the divine Divine (hateful to the transgender though she may be):
The once-unthinkable is now unremarkable. As the owner of the Bloodthirsty Puppy, I am more familiar with dog excrement than I am with sex reassignement surgery. But how could I be any more surprised to find merde du chien on the menu at Daniel Boulud’s new boîte than I am at the end of gender? It just takes getting used to.