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Organizer Of San Francisco's 'Trannyshack' Party Drops 'Tranny' From Name

Amid the continued public flap about Ru-Paul’s use of the word “tranny”, Heklina Heklina — the organizer of San Francisco’s “Trannyshack” party — publicly announced that she would drop the word “tranny” from her party and re-brand it with a new name by 2015.

HeklinaIn a public Facebook post, Heklina said, “Whether I like it or not the very name of my legendary nightclub has become political.” She then explained why she originally chose the name and what compelled her to change it:

First, a little history about the name Trannyshack, and the club itself. When I started the club (waaaaaay back in 1996) the word “tranny” did not have the charged weight to it that it has today. Simply put, it was not (arguably) considered a slur word, and not even thought of on the same level as the words “dyke” or “faggot” (two words which, maybe ironically, have somehow become less charged and have been “reclaimed” to a certain degree-for instance, leading the Pride Parade in San Francisco every year are the Dykes On Bikes. I can’t imagine in this day, a contingent called Trannies On Bikes). There are people who might argue this, but I’m sorry it just was not a word thought of as a slur on the same level as today. It was just not. I considered the name transgressive, and cutting edge…

Every walk of life came to, and performed at, Trannyshack. Gay men, lesbians, drag kings, drag kings, M to F’s, F to M’s, Faux Queens, and yes, even straight people. It won every award for Best Drag show in SF every year, and is generally thought to have redefined drag on the West Coast. It didn’t matter (and still does not) what gender you were, or what you had between your legs, if you were a great performer you were welcome on the Trannyshack stage. It grew to mean a great deal to a great many people…

However. Increasingly, and in the past year especially, it’s become clear to me the meaning the word tranny has taken on. I’ve tried to avoid the issue because I’ve spent almost 20 years branding and promoting my club. But more and more, I am asked on the street, in interviews, and online about my thoughts on the word, and the name of my club. I’ve given the answer “Oh, my club is different, it means so much to so many people, it’s this it’s that, etc.”, but it’s been nagging at me.

I started to talk to people close to me about the need for a rebrand. What really was the clincher for me was a post I saw on Facebook by a performer at my club . I wasn’t tagged in the post, but came across it anyway. He said how excited he was to be performing at my club but, out of embarrassment, he couldn’t type the name of it, and something along the lines of “you all know where it is”. Ouch, OK. Time for a rebrand.

I am in the business of (hopefully) entertaining people. It’s never been my intention to hurt people. I am not another Shirley Q. Liquor, wanting to offend just for sake of it. Also, on a purely business level, I don’t want to be viewed as archaic, out of step with the times, like an ostrich with my head in the sand.

She added, "As I see it, there’s two ways we can deal with this. We can see this as progress and a step forward, or we can engage in fighting and divisiveness. Whichever one you choose I am going for progress, and away from hurt and anger." 

Until the 2015 rollout, Heklina has decided to use “T-Shack” as a temporary name while she researches a better one. She then refused to engage the matter further via Facebook, but invited people to talk with her about the old and new names face-to-face.


Singer Carnie Wilson Apologizes For Calling Donald Sterling's Girlfriend 'A Man'

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Former Wilson-Phillips frontwoman Carnie Wilson has apologized for calling disgraced former Clippers owner Donald Sterling's girlfriend V. Stiviano “a man” and “a he” during Wilson’s appearance on CBS’ The Talk.

During the show, Wilson said "There's a lot of plastic surgery, then she's like, 'I'm his right-hand man.'Man. Am I crazy to think that? OK. Whatever."

Wilson later apologized after her appearance via Twitter stating "Today on @TheTalk_CBS I made a comment that was misunderstood about Donald Sterling's assistant. I LOVE EVERYONE- gay, straight, trans," and later "My heart feels heavy thinking that I offended some ppl saying that V looked like a man. Plz know I meant nothing ill or derogatory. Truth."

When The Advocate’s trans issues writer Parker Marie Molloy pressed Wilson for clarification on Twitter, Wilson answered, "I was really referring / To what the over plastic surgery had done to [Stiviano’s] face. No way, shape or form trying to offend the transgender community." Wilson added, "I’ve been bullied and ridiculed my ENTIRE life. I wouldn't want 2 hurt anyone."

Molloy noted however, that many other Twitter users have also used the transphobic slur "tranny" when describing Stiviano’s appearance.


Australian Rugby Player Suspended for Anti-Gay Slur: VIDEO

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Mitchell Moses (right), a half-back for the NSW West Tigers Australian National Rugby League team, was given a two-match ban this week after calling Queensland forward Luke Bateman (above) a "f--king gay c--t".

MosesThe Sydney Morning Herald reports:

The comments were detected by referee Chris Sutton's microphone and were clearly audible on the television coverage of the match, which was watched by 103,000 viewers on Fox Sports.

Maroons officials spoke to Bateman after the match and the Canberra forward told them he was unfazed by the incident and did not want to make a complaint against the NSW player, whom he named.

They again checked on Bateman's welfare on Sunday morning and he said he was happy for the NRL to investigate the matter but did not intend to lodge an official complaint.

The offender was later identified as Moses.

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Gay Michigan Teen's Home Tagged with Homophobic Graffiti: VIDEO

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An openly gay teen in Vienna Township, Michigan, has been targeted with hate graffiti painted on his home, NBC25 reports. The home of 16-year-old Levi Peabody was tagged with an anti-gay slur and an arrow pointed to his bedroom and the family believes that Peabody's classmates are behind it.

“I want the kid that did this to get caught,” says Levi’s mother.

The Peabodys have even installed a security camera in their bedrooms to try and catch the culprits but more importantly to let people know, they will not stand for this.

“I mean it's disgusting,” adds Melanie Peabody.

The Genesee County Sheriff's department says they're working with Clio school officials to identify potential suspects through hand writing samples.

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Midwest Flyers Magazine Defends, Quietly Removes Use Of 'FAGS' In Safety Article

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The National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) has reached out to Midwest Flyers Magazine after the magazine published a safety article by Philip Mattison entitled “The Three FAGS Checklist of Floatplane Flying Could Save Your Life!"

FAGS in this case was an acronym for “Flaps, Airspeed, Gears and Seatbelts.” And the magazine’s editor Dave Weiman defended its use as such:

"We apologize if the acronym Mr. Mattison uses for his personal pre-landing checklist offended you in any way, but he created it as a tool so he would remember it. It was not used as a slang term to mean something else, nor in a derogatory sense…

"He is dead serious about the importance of using checklists, and his article was a public confession that he made a mistake that cost him his aircraft and nearly his life… We hope that the positive and constructive use of the acronym distracts from any negative connotation that may be associated with a similar slang term. The true definition of the word according to the dictionary supports the premise that even though checklists may be tedious, they are necessary."

Nevertheless, Steven Moore, Executive Director of the NGPA responded, “There is no difference in using this word than if you were to use any other derogatory remark to reference any other minority, and it is quite disturbing.”

Gays and Lesbians Allied Against Defamation’s Programs and Communications Fellow, Alexandra Bolles, added her thoughts on Mr. Weiman’s defense of the acronym:

“Attempting to reassign the word does not erase the harm it has caused and the power it holds for people who are LGBT. Dave's attempt to discredit and invalidate LGBT readers' responses to the article is reminiscent of the argument [that saying ‘fags’ is okay because it’s also a word for cigarettes or a bundle of sticks].”

The headline of the online article now reads "Flying On Floats or Wheels…. Checklists Could Save Your Life!" It does not include any mention of "FAGS."


'Cristiano Ronaldo is Gay', Maradona a 'Maricon' Say Homophobic T-Shirts Targeting Football Stars

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Just ahead of this summer's World Cup, which will take place in Brazil, an apparel company in that country has been selling homophobic t-shirts targeting some well-known soccer players.

Think Progress reports: Ronaldo

Though some of them are benign — one refers to Italian striker Mario Balotelli as a “loser” and another pokes fun at the French by reminding them that former star Zinedine Zidane is “over” — others are hardly so. One of the shirts says plainly that “C. Ronaldo is gay,” referring to Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo. Another calls Argentina legend Diego Maradona a “maricon,” a slang Portuguese and Spanish term for “faggot.”

The t-shirts have apparently been selling well. They're currently sold out.

According to Caught Off Side, the designer, Sergio K, has denied any claims of homophobia.

Sergio K has attempted to defend his clothing line saying his shirts are “misunderstood” and that “this collection is in the irreverent vein of our brand.” He has also rejected accusations of homophobia stating “It’s not homophobic to me, homophobia is another story. The t-shirts don’t say attack them, and they do not incite violence.”

An online petition asking Sergio K to stop producing the t-shirts has been making the rounds on the Internet.


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