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Dan Savage Reportedly Glitterbombed by Trans Activists

Trans activists glitterbombed Dan Savage at an appearance in Oregon:

SavageDan Savage is a transphobic and generally oppressive rich white cis gay man who came to Eugene, OR on Halloween weekend. The Dan Savage Welcoming Committee let him know that he can't be a douche with impunity.

On November 1st, 2011, an operative of the Dan Savage Welcoming Committee (DSWM) glitterbombed Dan while he was giving a Q&A at the University of Nike's Ford Alumni Center in Eugene, Oregon. During this session, the operative leapt to the stage and poured glitter over Dan's head as they shouted, "Dan Savage is a transphobe!" As they turned tail, they added, "Glitterbomb courtesy of the Dan Savage Welcoming Committee," and just before they got out the door, "He's a racist and misogynist and a rape-apologist, too!" The operative then fled the scene.

The DSWC is a memberless organization, and the only point of unity is that we have a problem with Dan Savage for anti-oppressive reasons. We encourage others who share our sentiments to let him know exactly how they feel wherever he goes. He has a huge voice due to his fame; we have to be creative to get heard over the din.

The HuffPost says that Savage has faced allegations of transphobia in the past, though it's not clear what the activists here were reacting too, though I believe this is the first incident of LGBT on LGBT glitterbombing.

Savage has not commented on the alleged incident.

(via jmg)

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  1. What specifically has Dan Savage said or written that these people object to? The article doesn't explain that. All I know about him is what I've read in his columns and I've never seen anything against transgender people in those.

    Posted by: Tommy | Nov 2, 2011 1:34:20 PM

  2. THIS JUST IN! Transgender speaker glitterbombed by an ASEXUAL Activist shouting "Our voices will be heard, and don't look at me in a sexual way!"

    Film at 11.

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Nov 2, 2011 1:36:16 PM

  3. Quit trying to make cis happen!

    Posted by: endo | Nov 2, 2011 1:41:19 PM

  4. With all of the people out there doing actual damage to the rights of LGBTQ people, is attacking someone who has made an actual difference really worth the energy right now?

    Posted by: Larry | Nov 2, 2011 1:43:08 PM

  5. Just another example of the overly-PC universe surrounding "GLBT-correctness". Personally I think that the "transgender"-issue has no rational connection to "gay, lesbian, bisexual" other than being another and different minority group. GLB is an issue of sexual-orientation and how and who one relates to. Transgenderism is one of personal sexual self-identification along with intersexualism and hermaphroditism. Transvestism is a fashion choice.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Nov 2, 2011 1:43:27 PM

  6. It is high time for gay people to disavow completely and disassociate themselves from gender-confused individuals who are not homosexaul.

    We have no more in common with them than heterosexuals do and their problems are not our problems.

    Moreover, they are dragging our movement down, their embarrassing flamboyance destroying our credibility with the social mainstream.

    Time to draw the line and drop the "T" from LGBT once and for all. In fact, that change is long, long overdue and this incident just underscores that.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 2, 2011 1:43:43 PM

  7. Some moron hijacks something "kinda" cool like glitter bombing, and succeeds only in making all of us look as confused as the GOP.

    Why are some people so stupid?

    Posted by: Geoff M | Nov 2, 2011 1:43:56 PM

  8. ugh. I usually dislike Dan Savage ("It Gets Better" was a step in the right direction, but he says other things that just bug the crap out of me), but come on. I said stupid transphobic things when I was younger too, and have since learned that that's not the right thing to do. And I Agree with Larry- this infighting is a waste of energy and it gets us nowhere.

    Posted by: Andrew | Nov 2, 2011 1:46:14 PM

  9. @Rick - I'd like to put forth a resolution to disassociate you from the human race.

    Posted by: He She | Nov 2, 2011 1:52:18 PM

  10. Rick I have never read a more ignorant comment on all of Towleroad. Your lack of compassion for and active discrimination of transgendered people is an insult to the people out there working hard for equality in all its forms, including yours.

    Posted by: Kristofer | Nov 2, 2011 1:52:27 PM

  11. I dont see transgendered as part of our community, I dont see it at all. If they want to go off and be their own group then we should certainly support that.

    Posted by: JWL | Nov 2, 2011 1:53:24 PM

  12. Me thinks Rick doth protest too much. I wonder what gender issues are hiding in her closet?

    Posted by: Pierre | Nov 2, 2011 1:55:32 PM

  13. The truth is finally coming out. The "T's" hate gay people, except when they take our money.

    Posted by: ynot | Nov 2, 2011 1:58:44 PM

  14. Does this attack really represent the entire "Trans" citizenry? I hope not. I don't think it does.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Nov 2, 2011 2:02:25 PM

  15. Rick, I got your back. I don't see the connection between gay/lesbian issues and trangender issues. Never have.

    Posted by: Moses | Nov 2, 2011 2:08:02 PM

  16. From the fierce drag queens (many of whom later identified as trans women and transitioned) airbrushed out of history at the Stonewall Riots, to this. Things haven't gotten any better for trans people since then, and, wow, so much hate now from the privileged gays when the trans* stand up for ourselves.

    If glitter is the worst thing that happens to you, consider yourself lucky - the murder rate for trans women in the US is something like 1 in 7.

    Posted by: Rachel | Nov 2, 2011 2:09:26 PM

  17. What cowards! There are many targets that are much more deserving of this treatment than DS is. Go fight someone who really hates you. Idiots.

    Posted by: lewlew | Nov 2, 2011 2:09:43 PM

  18. Transgender folks invented "Gay" during the 20th Century so that by the 1970s the rest of you homosexuals could come out of the closet.

    Gay history courses for Gays should be mandatory before you're allowed to give or receive blow jobs.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 2, 2011 2:13:35 PM

  19. Agree with Rick, as well. Transgender is not about sexual orientation.

    Posted by: jim | Nov 2, 2011 2:15:07 PM

  20. "Transgender folks invented "Gay" during the 20th Century so that by the 1970s the rest of you homosexuals could come out of the closet."

    *citation needed

    Posted by: endo | Nov 2, 2011 2:20:18 PM

  21. OK now, let's not get our knickers in a twist; it gets better.

    Posted by: Hotter Perry | Nov 2, 2011 2:22:23 PM

  22. Wow, Trans issues are entirely gay issues, also what kind of MONSTER would disavow a group that is fighting with you for equality?
    So lets get this straight, you are for gay rights, but not for equality? Nice position, can you see how it is just as bad as bigoted people?

    Now on to the "activists", good god pick your damn battles, Dan Savage is a polarizing figure, just because you hate him doesn't mean he hates you. Grow up.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 2, 2011 2:35:07 PM

  23. I got your back, Rick. There is no connection between gays, lesbians, and bisexuals and trans. We're truly as connected to them as we are to a bus-drivers union, or a co-op farm. They just sort of came along for the ride because the gay underground was a convenient place to relax, of a time ago. And as for the idiot with the comment that trans invented "gay", go back to school. "Gay" as an adjective had picked up sexual overtones by the late 17th century, meaning as time progressed, adulterers, prostitutes, hedonists, and finally arriving at homosexuals. Dan Savage is not transphobic: I have never heard him ever say anything like that. I can't believe some douches glitterbombed him, I guess they have nothing better to do, certainly not enough time to offer proof of his "Crimes". Of course, this "memberless" organization doesn't speak for all trans people. But, I've long thought, and still think that trans people need to get their own movement and stop bumming off of the gays.

    Posted by: Un-PC & Proud | Nov 2, 2011 2:36:19 PM

  24. Looks like IT GETS BITTER, too.

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Nov 2, 2011 2:39:26 PM

  25. Gay people are Transgender people! There is a connection between us and Transsexual folk, and it's obvious. Denial won't change the truth. I do not approve of glitter-bombing, but it's about time Dan Savage faced the consequences of shooting his ignorant mouth off in public too many times. He isn't a "sexpert", his sex advice is bizarre! He isn't a "community spokesman", either. Dude ain't nothing but played-out. This incident was the beginning of the end of his undeserved popularity.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Nov 2, 2011 2:44:20 PM

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