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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.

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  1. You can not generalize, never. But I was always amazed about how homophobic some (I emphasize SOME) trans people become one they have reached THAT level where they feel completely part of whatever gender they longed for. Specially when referring to gays, as for some of them there is no place in their mind for a man to man or woman to woman thingy. In those specific cases you see how they consider gays some kind of an error that doesn’t want to be fixed, some deviation of the purportedly binary natural order or female/male pairing that doesn’t bother to adopt the forms. That’s why I accord with those sexologists that sustain that trans people are straight people, at least in their minds, therefore some of them can’t understand us. I guess that for some of them, being homophobic is the ultimate token of being a whole straight person. And all of the above was about the association of trans with the LGB.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Nov 2, 2011 2:49:17 PM

  2. @Un-PC, And how exactly does our movement work? When is it finished? When did it start? How does it succeed?

    How do trans people take away from our movement?

    What do they add? Oh, let me answer this, they add humanity and legitimacy to our fight. We are fighting the same damn thing in the same damn way!
    To deny them makes us WEAK, PETTY and UNWORTHY of the change we fight for. What do you say to the person who WILL NOT accept corollaries between black rights and gay rights? They are wrong in their stubbornness and you are too.

    Also, THIS HAS ALREADY HAPPENED, the GSA and GAA had a falling out over helping the Black Panthers, "it's not our fight" "we have to focus on ourselves" They have their own movement". Man screw that, solidarity gets things done, exclusive civil rights movements are like GOProud, a bomb dressed as a civil rights organization, it can only hurt others.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 2, 2011 2:53:43 PM

  3. Reading these comments make really sad. It's like every man for themselves, there are no teammates. Hate within the community is toxic.

    Posted by: Monsieur R | Nov 2, 2011 2:58:19 PM

  4. I haven't read anything transphobic by Savage (I'm a casual, not an avid reader of his column), but there was something in there recently where he apologized for less-evolved and potentially transphobic comments he made earlier in his career. Perhaps not for me to do, but apology accepted as far as I'm concerned.

    Let me try to join, without seeming too obnoxious, the chorus who feel trans people are NOT the same minority as homosexuals, and should NOT be part of our particular movement for civil and human rights ... except insofar as our struggle naturally and quite wonderfully seeks human rights and dignity for all people - but for trans people no more or less than for people of color, native peoples, women and every other disadvantaged and discriminated-against group on the planet earth.

    But, yes, I'd prefer the T be dropped from the LGBQ, etc. I frankly feel the idea that gender identity being akin to homosexuality is archaic and any continuance of that link in modern times is insulting to me as a gay man. (That homosexuality is linked to gender identity should, I believe, also be insulting to trans people).

    Posted by: Zlick | Nov 2, 2011 2:58:57 PM

  5. However, I bet Dan Savage looked FABULOUS covered in glitter and I hope he made the most of it.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Nov 2, 2011 3:00:37 PM

  6. That'll show 'im!

    There's a whole nest of sexual sub groups that are thrown into the trans label, like those that want to amputate limbs, or transform themselves into other species. There are also a bunch that have been excluded from the gay groups, such as the polygamists, bestiality crowd, necrophiliacs and pedophiles. Despite the labels, though, non of these groups really work together. Heck, lesbians and gays rarely work together in practice.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 2, 2011 3:02:30 PM

  7. @Fenrox I don't know how removed from the social mainstream you have to be to type something as delusional as you just did. You seriously believe that mainstream society believes our cause is MORE legitimate when a bunch of men who dress up like Diana Ross parade around and purport to "represent" us?

    Do you think that makes straight society more willing to embrace us? Really? What planet do you live on?

    Whenever our opponents want to score PR points against us, the very first thing they do is provide photos of drag queens parading around at Pride, because they know how effective it is in damaging our image.

    And the majority of us are no longer going to tolerate having the success of our movement imperiled by people like you and your non-gay gender-confused friends.

    Go start your own movement and make your case if you want to and stop trying to piggyback on ours--of course the reason you do the latter and not the former is that you know that society will NEVER grant you the acceptance that it will grant us.

    And that is too bad for you, but, again, it is not our problem....

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 2, 2011 3:04:50 PM

  8. UN-PC & PROUD,

    It would take an idiot not to know that "Gay" is more than just it's literal meaning & history as a slang term. It is now used to refer to the sub-culture that existed in metropolitan areas throughout the world where what we now call OPENLY Gay people used to congregate to be themselves. Maybe your IDIOT MOTHER should have taught you that. Then again, only a Drag Mother may have the knowledge needed to educate a stupid, small-minded, wannabe macho homo dork.


    You want citations? Start with Quintin Crisp's "The Naked Civil Servant" a biography of a Transgender Gay person who refused to be in the closet in the early part of the 20th Century until his death over 90 years later.

    You might want to check out "Storyville" by Al Rose. He briefly mentions the famous New Orleans Drag Queens of the 1890s.

    Maybe the 1968 film "The Queen".

    These were people who couldn't be in any closet. They created a sub-culture that some people called "The Life", some called the "Demi MOnde" and later it became the "Gay Life".

    Hey Un-PC & Proud,

    go out at night in your city's red-light district and call a Drag Queen an idiot. You'll get a straight razor across your idiot throat. And that's where Gay and Transgender will come together for you, hon.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 2, 2011 3:06:27 PM

  9. I'm pretty sure that (1) these glitterbombers don't represent the views of trans people in general; and (2) ignorant jackasses like Rick and some of his fellow commenters here don't represent the views of gay and lesbian people in general either. Thank FSM on both counts.

    I think the reason for the inclusion of the "T" in LGBT is clear and it is the right thing to do to right for their rights as well. We are all hated by society because we refuse to conform to its gender norms, just in different ways and to different degrees. The "let's close the door behind us" attitude of some of the commenters here is nauseating, but like I say, I think they represent a tiny minority of the gay/lesbian community.

    Posted by: Glenn | Nov 2, 2011 3:21:48 PM

  10. It Gets Better?

    Not better than this.

    Dan Savage being pelted for sex issues? I can't stop laughing. This is profound entertainment.

    Gentle Readers...

    Posted by: uffda | Nov 2, 2011 3:24:55 PM

  11. So Chaz Bono (in a heterosexual relationship) adds humanity and legitimacy to the fight of gay men/lesbians?

    Posted by: Inside | Nov 2, 2011 3:28:43 PM

  12. @Glenn
    "We are all hated by society because we refuse to conform to its gender norms, just in different ways and to different degrees."

    LGBT people aren't the only ones who are hated because they refuse to conform to gender norms, so the LGBT thing makes no sense. Trans people are closer to feminists in this regard, and sexual orientation is a separate thing.

    Posted by: Eugene | Nov 2, 2011 3:35:32 PM

  13. glitter bombing is retarded

    and trans people belong in our colition for equality and justice

    nuff said

    Posted by: gomez | Nov 2, 2011 3:39:58 PM

  14. "You'll get a straight razor across your idiot throat"

    You can take the brutha out o' the 'hood, but you ain't nevuh gonn take the 'hood out o' the brutha.


    Posted by: Rick | Nov 2, 2011 3:42:15 PM

  15. Even before we get to should the "T" be dropped or not... Let's get down to the key issue: DID DAN SAVAGE DESERVE THIS???

    And I vote NO

    Posted by: REX | Nov 2, 2011 3:44:31 PM

  16. What is 'cis'?

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Nov 2, 2011 3:46:54 PM

  17. I can't believe what I'm reading in all of these comments! How dare people suggest we "remove the T"! And how dare we get upset that the trans community is offended by transphobia committed by the mainstream LGB movements. Ugg its times like this when I realize we have so far to go.... I do believe we should be talking to each other instead of throwing glitter at each other. There need to be more high profile conversations that include the more "radical" lgbt viewpoints, especially ones that include the trans community. Clearly the trans community has something to be angry about. These comments are disgusting.

    Posted by: Andrew | Nov 2, 2011 3:48:44 PM

  18. Wow. I mean wow.

    First of all- one of the few things I believe I've seen on "Glee" that actually proved to be poignant political commentary was their little stint with Mr. Shoe-whatever "glitter-bombing" Jane Lynch's character. The scene made a very good point: that "glitter-bombing" fails in it's intended purpose and does nothing but garner support for those who were attacked. It almost becomes a badge of honor to those you intend to harm- or worse- makes you look like a tool for doing something so ridiculously juvenile and Gay-Stereotypical.

    In other words: Glitter-Bombing has to go. It's useless, stupid, and silly. Protesting is one thing. "Glitter-bombing" is too easily poked-fun at or used against us.

    Second: Dan Savage is not Transphobic. Even if he were at one point in his life- like those out there claiming he is "bi-phobic"- he has since grown out of those opinions and I've seen nothing but him championing the Bi and Trans causes in years and years. He is not our enemy and it is pathetic to see such diluted idiots coming from our side.

    I guess it just goes to show morons and psychos are a part of every group of people. And it means we need to make sure we actively fight against those crazies- whether they are in our own group or that of another. Because from all angles they are nothing but a drag on society.

    Posted by: Aedan | Nov 2, 2011 3:54:12 PM

  19. I've got into it with people who accuse Dan of being transphobic online.For those wondering what these people have against Savage it basically boils down to this...

    The main thrust of Dan Savage's activism is not specifically trans activism so Dan Savage must be transphobic.

    Dan Savage sometimes advises trans people not to automatically dismiss people who are attracted to trans people as potential partners.

    Dan Savage sometimes advises trans people to disclose to people they are dating fairly early that thay are trans (because who would want to be with someone who had a problem with it?).

    Seriously...that's it.

    Posted by: Ben Weldon | Nov 2, 2011 3:54:37 PM

  20. What a coward that "activist" is. Dan is a REAL activist and a advocate for LGB AND T (even tho gender and sexual attraction arent even related). What a way to endear trannies to gays (eyeroll) some people can find a way to be a victim in any circumstance

    Posted by: andy | Nov 2, 2011 3:54:46 PM

  21. You self-centered idiots. Our differences are petty compared to our similarities.

    Teavangelicals, Mormons, Catholics, Muslims, Conservatives, Seniors, and various 'minority ethnicities' are busy trying to vilify US so that they're not the low-minority on the totem pole.

    There's strength and safety in numbers. If we don't stand together we're gonna get crushed under the boot-heel of the majority.

    The only difference between GLB and T as far as I care is we want to be 'out&accepted' and T's would rather 'pass' than be 'out'. Honestly, considering how we treat them, I can't blame them.

    Posted by: Jexer | Nov 2, 2011 3:55:05 PM

  22. @Derrick: Citing historic queens doesn't prove that trans folks invented gay culture.

    I'll see your Quentin Crisp, and raise you Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, E.M. Forster, and Noel Coward. Your call.

    Posted by: endo | Nov 2, 2011 4:07:58 PM

  23. A couple of months ago I got an email from someone pushing pansexuality and got down on me for being gay, tried to educate me that by being gay I was a hater and homosexuality was an illness and hatred. However, they excluded heterosexuality from the classification, since they apparently viewed heterosexuality as the norm. I guess they only wanted pansexuality to applied only to the LGBT grouping. Of two other transpeople I encountered in an online forum one identified himself as androphile and also classified homosexuality as undesirable and also viewed feminism as a problem. The other also identified as straight and while he was a big Obama supporter, (reminded him of his father) his favorite politicians were up and coming young white male Republicans and he was extremely snarky whenever any gay issues were brought up.

    Posted by: RC | Nov 2, 2011 4:09:08 PM

  24. Whatever Savage feels about transfolk, he deserved this. Oh he deserved this. He is a horrible representative for our community in so many ways, and It Gets Better fails to redeem him. He is puerile and crass and I will rejoice when his 15 minutes expire away.

    Posted by: Kanga | Nov 2, 2011 4:16:40 PM

  25. Regardless of any views of Savage--I have mixed feelings on him--I find glitterbombing rather immature, to be totally honest, and while calling him out on transphobia is a good thing (provided he is actually transphobic; I don't read him often enough to know), completely going against someone who is helping civil rights that can help open the door for MORE civil rights is counterintuitive.

    Create a dialogue; don't just insult.

    Posted by: Yuki | Nov 2, 2011 4:18:43 PM

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