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Jerry Springer Renounces The Use Of 'Tranny' On His Talk Show: VIDEO

Jerry_springerTrashy daytime talk show host Jerry Springer recently announced that he will stop using the derogatory word “tranny” in episode titles of The Jerry Springer Show.

The Advocate reports that past installments of Springer's show have used the word in episodes such as "Mom Don't Ruin My Tranny Wedding," "Tranny Take Downs," "You Got Me a Tranny Stripper!?" "Online Tranny Trap," "My Girlfriend is Leaving Me for a Tranny" and "Tranny Bomb!"

Springer told TMZ:

“The term tranny? I’ve just been educated. I won’t use that term. I mean I honestly had no idea that you’re not supposed to use that term so now we’ll find another term to use.

"Yeah, but I didn’t know that it was offensive to them (the transgender community) and I’m not interested in offending people. So obviously I’ll just change the term — there’s no argument there.”

Springer should also keep in mind though that Gays and Lesbians Allied Against Defamation (GLAAD) consider words like “she-male," "he-she," "it," "shim," and "gender-bender” to be just as defamatory and dehumanizing. Even if he uses the correct word "transgender," his show's depiction of trans people as outrageous spectacles will remain problematic.

In the recent past, celebrities such as Gabourey Sidibe, Lance Bass, Neil Patrick Harris and RuPaul have all been criticized for using the trans-slur.

Watch Springer renounce the word, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. RuPaul gets a pass, I'm sorry. The word tranny is widely used among drag queens and trans people in the "nightlife" or club scene.

    It's like the N word. Non-queer people may not use the word, and queer people really should only use it among themselves.

    Posted by: Qj201 | Mar 26, 2014 9:51:14 AM


  2. Why is this of any relevance to the LGB community.

    Time to drop the T.

    I support their struggle but their struggle is not our struggle and we need to separate from them.

    Posted by: MaryM | Mar 26, 2014 9:53:36 AM


  3. Jerry Springer still has a show?

    Posted by: Trev | Mar 26, 2014 9:55:52 AM


  4. Most trannies go around looking for something to get mad about, so dont waste too much time trying to placate them.

    Posted by: Jerry | Mar 26, 2014 9:58:23 AM


  5. QJ you are an idiot. Being queer doesn't give you license to use any slur at those in the LGBT community. You only get to use the ones that apply to you. Gays can use f*g. Lesbians can use d*ke. Trans individuals can use Tr***y. Just being queer doesn't give you full use of every queer slur.

    Posted by: Derrick | Mar 26, 2014 9:58:34 AM


  6. The "transgendered" are so full of it. Many of their members use that word, as well as work in adult entertainment as she-males.

    Posted by: freak | Mar 26, 2014 9:59:15 AM


  7. The "transgendered" are so full of it. Many of their members use that word, as well as work in adult entertainment as she-males.

    Posted by: freak | Mar 26, 2014 9:59:15 AM


  8. I agree with MARYM. The LGB has nothing to do with the T. The inclusion makes no sense to either group. The Trans community would be better served on their own and god knows they have nothing to do with our agenda.

    Posted by: JWL | Mar 26, 2014 10:00:52 AM


  9. I too had no idea. I thought it was a term they embraced. Clearly, I'm living in a hole.

    And BTW, Jerry has put on a few years since I last saw a photo of him. (It's been awhile.) I didn't recognize him. Glad he has opted for plastic surgery.

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Mar 26, 2014 10:20:01 AM


  10. That should have read has NOT opted for plastic...

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Mar 26, 2014 10:20:50 AM


  11. Get over it. RuPaul uses tranny and she-male. Tranny is not offensive, people are just looking for something to be offended by. As a gay man I am embarrassed by GLAAD and their PC police. People automatically assume all gays are prude and stuck up now. They're ruining our community.

    Posted by: John | Mar 26, 2014 10:24:43 AM


  12. RuPaul isn't trans. He's a gay man, and you'd think gay men would be more apt to recognize that "tradition" isn't a good reason to continue to use certain language.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Mar 26, 2014 10:38:12 AM


  13. Shim is a better term.

    Posted by: Perry | Mar 26, 2014 11:22:30 AM


  14. "Even if he uses the correct word "transgender," his show's depiction of trans people as outrageous spectacles will remain problematic."

    ...said no one who has ever watched the Jerry Springer Show.

    EVERY SINGLE GUEST is an outrageous spectacle. That's the point.

    Posted by: Rob | Mar 26, 2014 11:47:52 AM


  15. In related news, a guy who cleans out cess pits has decided to start using a brush.

    Posted by: jomicur | Mar 26, 2014 11:48:14 AM


  16. Can I call trans people "gender illusionists"? Or is that also considered politically incorrect?

    Posted by: will | Mar 26, 2014 12:20:06 PM


  17. MaryM, Freak, JWL (aka Rick) - You're a transphobic creep. But we already knew that. You had to use three usernames on one thread just to ensure your awful opinions were as visible as possible. You don't hate LGBT people as much as you like to hear yourself talk, but it's certainly close.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 26, 2014 12:20:25 PM


  18. As a transwoman, I love Jerry Springer. It's one of the few TV shows to show us as we really are. Is there a lot of craziness and dysfunction depicted? Absolutely, but that is very common in the trans community. The only thing they have shown that is unrealistic are the shows where transwomen fool male admirers or the audience. Although it is accurate that us transwomen wish we could deceive folks, believe me, 999 out of a 1000 cases, no one is going to be fooled.

    Posted by: Sharon | Mar 26, 2014 12:23:32 PM


  19. Why is it that not wanting Transgendered folks to hitch their wagon on the Gay and Lesbian cause considered "transphobic"?

    Transgendered people are born in the wrong body, regardless of sexual orientation. Some are gay. But most are straight males or females.

    Posted by: elwoodl | Mar 26, 2014 12:31:49 PM


  20. The other words listed are slurs, but I think banning 'tranny' is ridiculous. It's an abbreviation for many long ass words ('transsexual', 'transvestite' or 'transgendered') and as the article points out the slander is in the usage. You can be respectful or disrespectful with "transgendered" depending on the context in which you use it The same goes for "tranny" or "homosexual" or "homo" or "gay"

    Posted by: Anthony | Mar 26, 2014 12:40:39 PM


  21. Agree with the commenters pointing out that LGBT was a mistake. Inherently dishonest and has provided zero benefit to LGBs. We now find ourselves hitched to hundreds of weird and unpopular faddish ideas about gender, none of which have anything to do with gay and lesbian civil rights. We need to be big boys and girls, admit that a mistake was made and retire LGBT.

    Posted by: Sri | Mar 26, 2014 12:44:50 PM


  22. ElwoodL: Actually, surveys have shown that 2 in 3 trans folks are LGB.

    And, to the rest of you: gender nonconformity is a reality for a lot of LGB people. Femme guys, butch women, drag artists, etc. The fight to protect people based on how they present themselves to the world is one that spans the LGB and T communities. Advocating that trans folks go another way ignores that reality, and also ignores the history of the two communities, who have coexisted in the same spaces and the same circles for a long time.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Mar 26, 2014 12:53:37 PM


  23. *Sigh* I guess it is Trans 101 time again. We do NOT like to be called trannies.

    The preferred term for those transitioning to female is "he-she". "Shemale" and "lola" are acceptable alternatives.

    For those transitioning to male, the preferred term is "she-he".

    If you are talking about both he-shes and she-hes, it is best to use "shims." An increasingly popular alternative is "fivers" which refers to the continued placement of both he-shes and she-hes in the DSM-V.

    We expect LGBs, as trans allies, to follow the rules we set down regarding proper terminology. So please be careful to always use the terms set forth above.

    Posted by: TheDrDonna | Mar 26, 2014 12:58:48 PM


  24. I actually agree with MaryM...
    I don't think the transgender movement has anything to do with the gay rights movement. So, maybe it should be about time to drop the "T" from our name and just continue on as separate entities.
    Being transgendered is a medical problem; being LGB is not.

    Posted by: AJ | Mar 26, 2014 1:00:19 PM


  25. Thank you again, THEDRDONNA.

    I get the feeling that some of these anti-Transgender homosexuals have never been to a Gay Pride event or any Gay social venue...except maybe a sort of John Birch Society Gay club...with everybody wearing grey suits and bifocals.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 26, 2014 1:00:20 PM


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