ABC’s ‘This Week’ Looks at America’s Trans Movement ‘Tipping Point’ – VIDEO


With TIME magazine declaring in May that the U.S. had reaching a "trangender tipping point," ABC's "This Week" interviewed Laverne Cox about her role in helping bring greater visibility to trans issues.

The segment also featured a great panel discussion – with National Center for Transgender Equality's Mara Keisling and Rolling Stone's Sabrina Rubin Erdely bringing up some of the day-to-day struggles that trans folks continue to face in America today. 

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP

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  1. Derrick from Philly says

    It’s about time.

    I realize that there are some of you Gay folks who feel a separation and distance from Transgender folks. But there are those of us in the Gay world who do NOT feel this separation/distance. We grew up with Transgender folk–we hung out together as teenagers. Transgender folks are our sisters and brothers…for life.

  2. says

    We’re seeing it more and more in PFLAG meetings, too – more and more young people identifying (earlier) as Transgender – and the great news is how incredibly responsive their families are! It’s being talked about more, and thus understood more – and we are seeing great leaps in progress.

    Transphobia and Homophobia are so inexorably linked – as evidenced by this site’s self-hating trolls whose own anti-gay comments are laced with a sexist-misogyny that is akin to transphobia – the impotent and anonymous fury of perceived gender roles and expectations being subverted and demolished.

    but the world only spins forward. we’re seeing teens embracing their transitioning peers. we’re seeing young people identifying themselves as their inner gender at a younger age – and truly finding the peace and solace in themselves at a time when it’s so sorely needed. and in our non-LGBT Allies – we’re seeing more and more understanding and visible and vocal support.

    well said, Derrick. we are sisters and brothers for life.

    I saw Laverne speak at world pride in Toronto, and it was amazing how so much of her own story paralleled my own – our experiences as children, our fears, our hopes, the pressures put on us by a society – trying to implement rules and restrictions on us that we did not agree to.

  3. Leanne says

    Lool! Another mainstream media piece pushing the “tipping point” myth. It sure is nice that a tranny found work on a cable TV show, but that doesn’t mean that trannies are going to be seen as normal or likeable.

    In fact, there is an interesting difference b/t LGBs and Ts. For LGBs, surveys over many years have shown an overwhelming correlation b/t greater familiarity with LGBs and decreased homophobia. You can see that dramatically in the McClatchey survey released last week, which is discussed in a recent Towleroad post. The more people get to know LGBs, the more they understand that the negative stereotypes were untrue and the more they come to feel positively about LGBs and their rights.

    But there is no evidence whatsoever that greater exposure to trans people results in more positive feelings towards them. You see, greater exposure only produces positive feelings on the part of the general population when the real life interactions undermine negative stereotypes and/or are more positive than was anticipated. If the interaction confirms pre-existing beliefs or is otherwise negative, then greater exposure won’t act as a “tipping point.” With trannies, the more you get to know them, the less you like them.

  4. Demsbaby says

    @Leanne : I have never in my life met someone who is trans that I didn’t immediately like and who did not show great restraint and manners. Each and every time I was impressed by their behavior and conversation. Maybe I’ve just been lucky, I don’t know, but you couldn’t be more wrong from my experience.

  5. says

    @Demsbaby – “leanne” is a male, ironically enough, and is this site’s resident anonymous trolling coward. don’t worry – he never interacts with real people in the real world – venting his impotent fury, anonymously, on the internet is his only (daily) distraction from suicide.

    he doesn’t know trans people. he doesn’t even hang out with other gay people. he’s merely one of society’s unfortunates – who comes here to let everyone know how much he hates everyone else who lives in the sunlight.

  6. Tyler says

    Rick, what kind of wig do you wear when you post as Leanne? Is it the same wig you wear when you post as Enchantra? Maybe something more conservative?

  7. Leanne says

    Kiwi/Tyler/Feel – You don’t even try to individuate your sock puppetry. Pathetic.

    Rather funny that you would call me, an actual woman born woman with 2 lovely X chromosomes a man, while you call hulking dudes with fully functioning dongs women. Funny and sad.

    I actually know 3 “transwoman”. I don’t know any “FTMs,” but I did know one about 5 years ago. 3 of the 4 had criminal records. But my personal impression of them is not relevant to the claim being made in the media, which is that trannies have reached a societal tipping point. To determine whether that’s true, we need to look at broad statistical data, not anecdotes. And there are no data to show that increased exposure to or interaction with trannies makes people feel more positively about trannies. If people were to spend face to face time with crack addicts, the experience is not going to make them more favorably disposed to crack addicts. They would actually poll worse, not better. Ditto for trannies.

  8. says

    I call your bluff, “leanne” – you worthless trolling coward. Show yourself. Oh wait, you won’t. Because you can’t. Because you’re a textbook internet coward. Pathetic. the good news – folks like you remain anonymous meaningless voiceless presences for your entire wasted lives. so, good.

  9. Thedrdonna says

    Leanne, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence: if you have any data to back up your claims that just being near trans folks makes people hate trans folks, provide it. Otherwise, stop talking out of your ass.

  10. Randy says

    Still disappointed in how the reporters are insisting that transgender people necessarily are born one gender, and become another gender. That can happen, but that’s not the cases they’re talking about. These transgender people are simply demanding to be recognized for the gender they ARE (not “identify”).

  11. Jeremy Parlain says

    TheDrDonna, you obtuse doucheb@g, Leanne is the one with the burden of proof. This crappy actor and a bunch of trans activists are pushing the tipping point argument and they have the burden of showing that it is something real. Leanne was pointing out that the most pertinent evidence of a tipping point, which is polling, does not exist. Therefore, we have no reason to accept the tipping point lie that your fellow shemales are pushing on us.

  12. Jeremy Parlain says

    above should read Leanne is not the one with the burden of proof. everything else was accurate, esp. calling TheDrDonna a doucheb@g. No one likes you here.

  13. Liam says

    Calling people names is wrong. Its like coming here and commenting on all the fag stories.
    MaryM and Leanne et al call people trannies because they know it is hurtful. They are trying to be demeaning.
    What kind of bitter sad people would do this? As a gay man I find it disgusting to demean others just because you can. And doing it anonymously on line is particularly cowardly.
    What problem these 2 supposed women have with transexuals is beyond me. How exactly do they effect your life? Try going outside and being with people instead of staying inside and spewing vemon on the web.

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