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Marti Abernathey

Marti Abernathey has 371 articles published.

Marti Abernathey is the founder of the Transadvocate and the previous managing editor. Abernathey has worn many different hats, including that of podcaster, activist, and radiologic technologist. She's been a part of various internet radio ventures such as TSR Live!, The T-Party, and The Radical Trannies, TransFM, and Sodium Pentathol Sunday. As an advocate she's previously been involved with the Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance, Rock Indiana Campaign for Equality, and the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition. She's taken vital roles as a grass roots community organizer in The Indianapolis Tax Day Protest (2003), The Indy Pride HRC Protest (2004), Transgender Day of Remembrance (2004), Indiana's Witch Hunt (2005), and the Rally At The Statehouse (the largest ever GLBT protest in Indiana - 3/2005). In 2008 she was a delegate from Indiana to the Democratic National Convention and a member of Barack Obama's LGBT Steering and Policy Committee.

Transphobic Jokes, Context, and the Free Speech Canard

in Marti Abernathey/Opinion

Recently comedian Vicky Wagner posted this on social media: When criticized, she said: “I appreciate your opinion but Caitlyn had 65 years exp being a man in a man’s world. She had male privilege. Has nothing to do with respect. Has to do with jokes. No one is off limits and I can’t censor my…

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I’m Trans, and I Don’t Like or Use the Trans Flag

in Marti Abernathey/Opinion

Facebook recently came out with a way to “rainbowify” your Facebook icon to show support for the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality. Soon after, a way to “celebrate trans pride” was also released. Recently a friend of mine, Shadi Petosky, posted on Facebook something that expressed my feelings about the trans flag perfectly: “I’ll…

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In Case You Missed it, Hillary Clinton Can’t Say Transgender

in Marti Abernathey/Politics

I’m not sure why the Hillary Clinton campaign is sending me their LGBT related emails (I’ve never solicited this), but it seems as if I’ve been put on her press list. Today I received this: It’s an email from the Clinton campaign, reminding us that Clinton is the candidate best suited to tackle “LGBT” rights.…

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Is Criticism of Marriage Equality a Sign of Homophobia in the Trans Community?

in Marti Abernathey/Politics

On Facebook and Twitter, I’ve seen some criticism of the SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality from trans people.  The script may vary depending on the audience, but here’s an example. Rebecca Juro posited this on Facebook: “The LGBT civil rights movement as we know it just came to a screeching halt now that SCOTUS has…

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Media Supports Demonizing of Trans Children, Silent on Trans Reparative Therapy

in Fact Checking/Marti Abernathey/Opinion

The United Kingdom’s conservative weekly magazine, The Spectator, recently published a post written by Brendan O’Neill (Editor of Sp!ked).  The piece’s title gives you a hint to its tone:  Trans activists are effectively experimenting on children. Could there be anything crueler? Can you think of anything more cruel than telling a five-year-old boy who likes…

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McCarthyistic Trannies and Golden Cis Tears

in Marti Abernathey/Opinion

“Are you now or have you ever been a TERF?” screams the title of the latest missive from the NewStatesman. The implication of the headline is that trans people are silencing through McCarthyistic tactics. The definition of McCarthyism: 1. the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, especially of pro-Communist activity, in many instances unsupported by proof…

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