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Rupaul: Fuck You, You Silly Faggot!

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Even though RuPaul Andre Charles is a drag performer who lives his off-stage life as a man, he seems to think he can speak for the transgender community. In an interview with Michelangelo Signorile, Rupaul said of Lance Bass (apologizing for using the word tranny):

“It’s ridiculous! It’s ridiculous! I love the word “tranny” And I hate the fact that he’s apologized. I wish he would have said, ‘F-you, you tranny jerk!'”

As Monica Roberts of Transgriot (and a contributor here)  said in 2009:

“The gay media has a bad habit of referring to RuPaul as a transgender person when he’s not. The fact that he’s (allegedly) Black on the outside and has a penchant for dressing up in feminine attire doesn’t make him transgender. He’s also not highly regarded by many people in the SGL and transgender community for his unwavering support of a certain obese white gay man who does a blackface minstrel show.”

and

“So please stop calling on him as an ‘expert’ on what the Black transgender community or our community in general is thinking because there are others who are far more qualified to do so than this serial apologist for Chuck Knipp.”

Should white people be the arbiters  appropriateness in using the “n” word in reference to him?  Should we poll a straight men to see if it’s acceptable to call him faggot?  No. RuPaul is a gay man that shouldn’t have any say on who uses the “T” word.

Perez Hilton asked of Rupaul:

Do U think RuPaul has a point or should he be the next celeb apologizing for casually using the offesnive word?

I don’t think RuPaul will ever apologize, but he should. And if he doesn’t, he should be called what he is…

an insensitive bigot. Kelly Osbourne didn’t know any better. Neil Patrick Harris was careless. RuPaul’s statement is just arrogant, blatant bigotry.

“A bigot is a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices, especially one exhibiting intolerance, and animosity toward those of differing beliefs”  – Wikipedia

UPDATE- 5-23-2014

You just can’t make this up.  According to Mr Charles, when it comes to gay men, don’t you dare say faggot. But apparently trans people are bitches that “need to get stronger.” Remind me again why this proudly transphobic/misogynistic person is held up as anything other than that in the LGBT community?

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  • Yeah he didn’t speak for me and honestly just because he’s fine being a tranny doesn’t mean others do. I’m a MTF and I find it disgusting how people think he represents transgender people. Nothing against him personally he obviously entertains lots of people and they watch his shows but if you put me in his category you might as well put put pokemon with salsa.

  • all of you fusing over the use of the word, “tranny” are small minded! There is a bigger picture that everyone seems to miss. RuPul has done so much for the gay community. 

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  • Freya

    If Daniel GetEqual Cates is as much of a friend of the trans community as he claims, why on his Facebook page does he list
    Ticked-Off T******s With Knives
    as one of his favorite movies? Am I missing something or is it possible that Daniel GetEqual Cates is actually a transphobic hypocrite?

  • Between Ru Paul and Dan Savage we have two public figures the trans community can do without.

    “If he said that about a gay kid hearing the word faggot, can you imagine the hell storm?   But when directed at the trans community, it’s totally fine. ”

    Perfect. 
    I’ve said it before and I”ll say it again.
    We are one of the last groups that society considers it acceptable to insult.

  • Anonymous

    The lack of a formal or even commonly agreed to definition for
    transgender is the roadblock to success of a real transgender community. Rather
    than discuss the real hardships transgender and transsexual people must endure,
    the conversation is mired about how a male in female clothes and makeup, who
    who likes to be referred to  (and refers
    other like himself)  as ‘she’, is not
    transgender.  RuPaul’s love of the word
    tranny (and Lance Bass) speaks volumes on what gay society really thinks of
    transgender and transsexual people. This is why I, as a M2F transsexual, have
    found greater support and commonality in women’s rights groups.

  • I just want to add a sincere heart felt FUCK YOU to Andre Charles.  FUUUUUCK You rupalling asshole!!!

  • When did it become paramount to allow social policy and justice to be dictated by entertainment personalities?

  • When did it become paramount to allow social policy and justice to be dictated by entertainment personalities?

  • Of course, they’re best friends.  I couldn’t (and wouldn’t) do that with strangers.

  • im disappointed to have read such a bigoted article………
    what happened to EQUALITY FOR ALL REGARDLESS!!!
    note i have added no tags or labels………..
    people cannot expect to be treated with equality if they are not prepared to treat everyone else as an equal first.
    peace and love x

  • Danielscottcates

    The fact is that not all LGB folks should be lumped into this category. Are SOME LGB’s oppressive while playing the ally card? Absolutely! But that does not include all of us and when you use the “f” word you diminish ALL of us, including yourself. Anyone who advocates using an act of violence (and hate speech is an act of violence) to pay back an act of violence should be ashamed of themselves.
    I find much of this article offensive.. but not because of any WORD.. I am offended at the lack of basic love for others.

  • There is so much wrong with this blog, where does one begin?
    RuPaul does not make any claim to speak for the transgender community, so this statement by you: “he seems to think he can speak for the transgender community” makes no sense.

    Then you have to drop the F-bomb at RuPaul.
    I’ll say it..
    You’re childish and rude.  No one is being swayed to have a favorable impression of transgenders by this blog space.

  • Jennifer Finney Boylan

    I try to call people by the terms they would like to be called. ruPaul doesn’t have a problem with the T word, but LOTS of trans people do. Including me.

    • Christine Smith

      And LOTS of trans people don’t.

      But let’s proceed from the premise that it’s a slur: I assume you’re familiar with Gandhi’s edict “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. Is screaming slurs over the fence at each other the change you want to see?

      • Ann

        I’m sure Rick Santorum agrees with you. BTW – he also said his tactics wouldn’t work with all people, but it would with the Brittish. How do you assess it’s utility here? Can trand people say…have any kind of effective boycott of the products of transphobes? Highly unlikely.

        • Christine

          Your invocation of Santorum is a gratuitous smokescreen. Throwing out the name of a bigot is no justification for anything unless you accept their misdeeds as a template for your own behavior.

          You misunderstand Gandhi to embarrassing effect. “Be the change you wish to see in the world” is not a tactic, it is a principle. Although tactics change by necessity, principles are immortal. 

          • Ann

            You misunderstand – I’m not raising Santorum – I’m raising the concerted effort to slur him as an example of what’s not happening here. The post here uses the slur to try and jar people into understanding that what they’re doing by showing it in terms they can identify with. I don’t see you challenging the other rather long term slurring. I don’t even see you strongly challenging the slur that that printed this article.

            I see you blaming the victim. And you misunderstand the change I want – I want trans people to have some power. You want them to be saints. Perhaps both of those are unattainable goals. But I’m not going to blame us for what others do to us – you shouldn’t either.

          • Pinkbatmax

            Poppycock.

            Power to what end? The will to power is not in and of its self a means to the greater good. The ‘power’ to diminish others always diminishes ourselves. I want us to be ethical because only ethical direction molds power into positive change and creates something positive. Without that, power becomes destructive quickly and in the end consumes ourselves as well.

          • Ann

            Sophistry – you want us to be dependents and punching bags. You would deny us agency until we meet your standard of perfection – all the while not holding others to your standards in any proportional manner.

            Again – show where you’re spending as much effort taking on those slurring us as you do on us calling them on it.

            It’s always better when the disenfranchised gain some power, even if they’re as imperfect as those oppressing them. Waiting for our human perfectability prior to acting would prevent your even questioning this article.

  • Tranny was apparently coined by the Australian Transgender community many decades ago as a welcoming umbrella term to describe the interconnected transgender community. Which is why some transphobic transsexuals who are bigoted against Bi-Gender trans find it offensive. While others have allowed it to be demonised into a dirty word in America. Resulting in American trans people telling Australian ones not to use Our Word. Sorry but while the word can be used offensively like all words can not only is it not intrinsicly offensive but to support the word being offensive is itself both Transphobic and Culturally Imperialist. Ru-Paul might be possibly struggling with a mess of Internalised Transphobia and has said a lot of harmful rubbish but yes drag is still inherantly a part of trans with a key role in trans history and trans rights history.

    • Gothitek

      Actually, it was first coined by the Porn industry. To talk about “Chicks with Dicks” on their magazines. of course, it may have then been adopted by an official org. 

      Regaurdless of which came first however. The pornographic use is the one that really stuck and perpetuated the use. It was used to chalk trans women up as nothing but a fetish. Not “real woman” and that is where it got its steam as very. very negative term. It just sort of rolled on from there. 

      There are a lot of words that if you look back, are actually from pretty messed up roots and original meanings. Some that you wouldn’t expect. 

  • flow in

    this is the zeitgeist. time for trans people to reclaim their term.
    trans identification is pretty clear – you have an abiding desire to change to or belief that you are of a different gender to that of your birth.
    ie, born a man, think you are a woman (and probably do something about it).
    sexually fetishistic birth-gender identified activity is NOT trans.
    a male cross dresser is NOT trans, unless they also think they are female.
    EASY.

    the trans umbrella has been spread too wide.

  • Anonymous

    the same side lmao, I am tired of the gay ink telling us we are on the same side and we got you’re back. No you haven’t. We have our back. You dont speak for us and nor should you ever. Gay people everywhere, CHECK YOU’RE PRIVILEGE.
    you treat us like we have no say in regards to how we are treated. 

    Transphobia from gay men is worse then the garden variety of cis gendered bs because these clowns should know better. 

    The F Bomb is way over due if u ask me.

    trans/intersex activist Sydney Australia

  • Anonymous

    trans mysogyny is the playground of gay men

    I’m am tired off the Gay Inc and their lack of “get a clue”

    • Anonymous

      and of some radical lesbians too

  • Ann

    Cathy Brennan is confused. No dear – you’re a dick.

  • Kathleen

    Ah – his ratings must be in the toilett. Time to gin up some controversy!

    So – why do none of the gay guys writing about this consider whether Mr. Charles having a financial interest in portraying trans stereotypes that might influence his opinion of what others should find offensive? They do with a similar situations – say – Adam Sandler playing a gay stereotypes.

    But – this whole thing should be a non- issue. Even John Aravosis says “tranny” is offensive. He’s noted several times how he’s pointed that out to people when dining with them. Where’s the outrage at him for such a terrible thing?

  • Joney Harper

    I have heard RuPaul state he is not, so why does the media always attach him to it? I often hear Drag Queens call themselves “Tranny.” of course the only place it seems envogue is in the Gay Male Community.

    As for RuPaul, he is irrelevant to me where the gender variant community is concerned. As for the community, we have enough trouble defining who we are to the world, rather than fighting RuPaul in our issues with anything.

  • Christine

    “Two Wrongs Make A Right” is a petty, small, and cowardly creed. Shame on you.

    • Kathleen

      Indeed – so let’s try three. Be a bit more expansive.

  • By your same logic, as a gay man, I find your use of faggott to be incrediably bigoted. I am a gay man, and therefore, I own exclusive right to the word, just as you claim use over “trannies”.  This logic doesn’t work.

    By most definitions, RuPaul would be described as trans, since a word’s definition is not defined by one person or even a small community (you) but rather society as a whole. And since the world doesn’t yet (unfortunately) see the difference between transvestite and a transperson, trans fits the bill for RuPaul whether you want it to or not.

    And the origin of the word trans would probably be placed at transvestitite, not transsexual, since transsexual is a much newer word and might actually have been coined after the slang term trans was. And since then you might not actually be what trans is describing, perhaps you don’t have the right to say (by your logic) how it’s used.

    Notice that in this response, I do not once call you names. Please learn to do the same when responding to others’ opinions. That’s called civility and it’s how public discourse is done.

    • Nicole

      This has nothing to do with ‘word ownership’ [ my god that sounds silly ] – this has everything to do with extending a simple gesture of respect that you’re fighting tooth and nail not to extend. It’s only difficult for those who harbor some level of contempt for the receiving end. 

      The word ‘tranny’ isn’t an absolutely necessary word to use, and yet your protecting the use of it like a precious metal to me speaks volumes about you. It’s best to not use a word, not because you think it does or doesn’t ‘belong’ to you, rather because of the narrative you’re contributing to. The word tranny is a loaded and derogatory for too many people. It’s not a classy word to use, and that should be enough.

      • I don’t know about classy not good at class me
        I’m just the fucking tranny dyke, whose been out loud and proud since the seventies – how about you

  • By your same logic, as a gay man, I find your use of faggott to be incrediably bigoted. I am a gay man, and therefore, I own exclusive right to the word, just as you claim use over “trannies”.  This logic doesn’t work.

    By most definitions, RuPaul would be described as trans, since a word’s definition is not defined by one person or even a small community (you) but rather society as a whole. And since the world doesn’t yet (unfortunately) see the difference between transvestite and a transperson, trans fits the bill for RuPaul whether you want it to or not.

    And the origin of the word trans would probably be placed at transvestitite, not transsexual, since transsexual is a much newer word and might actually have been coined after the slang term trans was. And since then you might not actually be what trans is describing, perhaps you don’t have the right to say (by your logic) how it’s used.

    Notice that in this response, I do not once call you names. Please learn to do the same when responding to others’ opinions. That’s called civility and it’s how public discourse is done.

    • sorry mate but you have not a frigging clue what your speaking about. Gay in the context of meaning homo/bisexual  is much newer word than transexual which dates from the fifties along with transvestite. a whole different set of words were used in the 20/30’s e.g. congenital invert

      You probably think Gay only refers to men – when originally it meant what our communities  now mean by queer. you probably also believe bisexuals aren’t gay either

      I could be utterly wrong. I not in position to comment on the use of the word faggot, you are. But as a dyke and as a tranny, i believe in reclaiming the hate words that are used against us so that we remove the sting

      • Ann

        Actually – transsexual was coined by Magnus Hirschfeld back in the first decade of the 1900’s – if memory serves.

        • Ann

          Web search says….1923

      • Wilberforce

        I agree. And I think that’s the root of the misunderstanding.
        Gay men use all kinds of words, Mary, girl, faggot, flaming queen, wrist challenged, etc… But we use them with pride and affection. When we heard trans folk using the t word, we assumed that as family we could use it too.
        Maybe that was the mistake. Maybe trans people just don’t think of us as family, and never did.

        • Ann

          What’s interesting is that you don’t hear trans people using those words for gay men – nor do you hear them telling gay men they should just get over it when they complain about them being used by straight people or folks trying to make money off of using them. Pretty much everyone in the community had your back on that.

          If you disagree – point to some examples. Any important trans people out There saying the F word is fine to use? Any of us using it all the time on television ? No.
          Then why the strum and drang over this? It’s because you don’t hold yourselves to the same standards you demand of us.

          • Wilberforce

            Changing the subject again with irrelevance.
            Who was talking about straight people? It’s not about what they say. They’re not family. And we don’t mind if you use the work respectfully.
            Really, I can’t stand the circular misdirection. It’s the same game they play at Bilerico. And I shouldn’t even be here.

          • Ann

            Gotcha – you can’t back up your statements . So, rather than just admit such – you claim it’s got something to do with something someone did somewhere else. Slink away & hope no notices.

            You made claims – you couldn’t back them up. People here made claims – they could. I know I never heard a trans person in TV saying for months someone or thing was a hot f’y mess. But – I’ll bet if there was & other trans people on TV saw him or her being called out on it by GLAD, John Aravosis & Dan Savage – you wouldn’t see a bunch make the same mistake. And you wouldn’t see boatloads of us being apologists for their homophobic statements.

  • Nicole

    I’ve posted this at ‘Joemygod’ in response to the threads there that linked here at some point. I wanted to post it here as well.”As a transwoman myself ( +1 authority on the subject ) this thread is both hilarious and disturbing at the same time. Lets nock them down -    A) There is a SERIOUS double standard when talking about trans-issues when compared to gay issues.   Clearly the narrative here amounts to “If you get called a tranny, just shut up and be cool with it. Grow up and be mature.” However, when Transadvocate posts a response article titled “Fuck you, you silly faggot,” suddenly the message goes out the window, and we all hear cries of outrage toward Transadvocate. Those are cries of people who have completely missed the irony of the response article, and in a big way help prove the point of the author.   B) I would ask RuPaul to tell every transperson who has ever been bullied to death that “If you feel offended, well that’s your own damn fault. Stop being offended” If he said that about a gay kid hearing the word faggot, can you imagine the hell storm?   But when directed at the trans community, it’s totally fine. Seriously? That’s grade A, processed, blue ribbon bullshit. Transpeople aren’t allowed to be offended when trans-derogatory terms are thrown around now? When the trans community talks about transphobia in the gay community, they’re usually talking about basic ignorance, such as what this controversy seems to be about.    C) Finally, since when does someone who isn’t trans have the right to tell the trans community what should or shouldn’t offend them?   For clarification, when someone says “trans-person” they are usually talking about a ‘transexual’ person, not cross dressers. I’ve only ever heard a trans-person use the word “tranny” when they were trying to be ironic. Transexuals don’t go through hell to meet the destination of being a tranny. Transpeople who were male bodied are trying to be female bodied. The word tranny trivializes this process. Out of respect, it just isn’t worth using anymore.   At this point, I’m almost expecting to hear someone say ‘You’re a trans-person. What the hell do you know about this subject’. “

    • Anonymous

      To those of you (and those on twitter too) that question my use of the word faggot… read this comment 10000x times. #lgbt #transgender

    • Christine

      The ‘irony’s’ hardly subtle. People understand this post, they simply find it petty and mean.

      • megan

        In case you haven’t noticed, being kind and sensitive about asking the cis LG community to check their use of the word “tr*nny” hasn’t been working all that well. Sometimes being blunt is justified, and I think that this is one of those times.

        • Christine

          Countering hate speech with hate speech is always petty and mean, however you justify it.

          • Anonymous

            You apparently don’t understand how irony works. I was using his own words to prove him a bigot. Of course the usage of “faggot” is vulgar and homophobic. This isn’t tit-for-tat. I’m not calling him a faggot at all. I’m asking the question if we take him at his word and change the invective, is it still OK? 

          • Christine

            My grasp of irony is fine. You were echoing his words to justify the fleeting self-gratifying thrill of being just as nasty as he was. Pretending otherwise insults your readers and diminishes you.

          • this isn’t irony. its rude and hateful! 

          • megan

            Petty and mean? Maybe. Do you have any suggestions for a working alternative that will actually get the attention of the cis LGs that insist on continuing to use the t-bomb in a petty and mean way? We already know asking nicely doesn’t work.

          • EXACTLY! 

      • Nicole

        Because what RuPaul said wasn’t petty and mean. Gotcha.

        No, that’s bullshit. According to RuPaul, it would only be offensive if ‘you believed it,’ so we can call RuPaul a faggot, and any gay person a faggot without apology – it shouldn’t matter so long as you don’t see yourself that way. 

        Your reaction dictates that clearly it does matter. Look, it amounts to this: If trans-people shouldn’t be offended at the use of a derogatory word, then where do you come off saying we’re being ‘mean’ for using the word faggot?

        The truth is, you’re right. It’s is mean – it’s ugly, and it’s uncalled for – and it’s offensive and it’s a loaded word – but in the exact same ways the word ‘Tranny’ is as well. It SHOULDN’T be rocket science to figure out that being called a faggot and being called a tranny make you feel pretty much the same way for the same reasons. 

        There’s no good excuse to call someone a tranny – there just isn’t – and a black gay man trying to make this case is being a hypocrite no matter how you look at it.

        • Christine

          I’ve never taken much stock in “but he did it first” as an excuse for nasty behavior. I’m bewildered that you and so many others here believe it is.

          Do you think RuPaul took note of this? Do you think RuPaul has changed his mind because of this blog post? What was accomplished but exchanging hate for hate? Not a thing, we’re simply diminished in the act.

          • Smashing the privilege gay people have long had, a perceived superiority and ownership of transgender dichotomy ain’t’ pretty. Sometimes you just got to call it like u sees it.

          • Danielscottcates

            Kelli, as a leader in this community you should be ashamed of yourself. Exchanging an act of violence (and hate speech IS an act of violence) as payback for an act of violence only lets the oppressor win.

          • You’re absolutely right Daniel there was no need for this tit4tat name calling because the gay community crucifies their members who prey on transsexuals with defamatory language.Yeah, right.Well at least you give RuPaul what for when he, the Dallas Voice and all the gay media mafia  attacked me on planetransgender.Wait, you didn’t say anything.Cates we are sick and fucking tired of gay people using us for their commercial gains by defaming us.FUCK THAT. That’s not happening anymore.What really bothering you is that I I am saying faggot. That word is what people scream at you they are beating you, just like tranny.
            If you read my profile you will see I identify as a radical trans activist. It does not read gay it says transgender. So when a gay man like RuPaul defames us I will do the same as if I was attacked by a NeoCon.

          • oh ok.

            lmao

          • Christine

            Let’s be real: this is an act of preaching to the choir, and taking masturbatory gratification in saying ‘naughty words’.  Not a thing was smashed here but the writer’s dignity.

    • Anonymous

      yay get a clue Gay men

    •  Well said Nicole

  • Wotmt88

    just checking, but since when is a transvestite not covered under the blanket term ‘trans’, when transgendered and transsexual are included as well?  And if the author thinks that LGB are so different from T as to have no ground to speak for T, then why bother grouping LGBT together at all?  Either we’re a community or we’re not.  White people can’t speak for black racial issues because white people are not a part of the black community.  But gays are commonly branded as part of the larger LGBT community.  I can see why there’d be confusion.

    • Anonymous

      .@rupaul isn’t a transvestite. His Jimmy Choos are his work uniform, not his life.

    • Anonymous

      If you’re not a lesbian, try using the word dyke in the company of lesbians & get back to me.

      • I’M A TRANNY AND A DYKE
        and i’m sorry fo you that you allow others people hate words control you.
        when people tell me I’m a fucking dyke  I smile and wave
        same when a bunch of dykes call me a tranny
        i refused to be ashamed of who i am
        Oh and ru paul is a wonderful and proud member of the transgender community and were lucky to have someone so fearless

        next thing you’ll be telling me is that transexuals who are stealth or subtle/woodworking aren’t transgender

        • megan

          Actually, RuPaul has gone out of his way to make it clear that he doesn’t consider himself to be trans. In light of that, I can’t see how he’s part of the community, no matter how hard some people try to say otherwise.

      • I’ve done that very thing.  They smiled and said, “I resemble that remark!” lol

    • Anonymous

      Can Asians use the “n” word because they are people of color?  Of course not. Just because U R part of a larger group doesn’t mean u can use the smaller group’s slur.

      • Wotmt88

        I’m sorry, I don’t mean any offense, but COME ON, we are all clearly on the same side.  It just comes off as silly to attack people who very much support your rights and issues.  That’s why LGB people and allies feel comfortable saying tranny, because we assume that there’s no way you would think we are disparaging you.  Instead, this hypersensitivity is counterproductive and divisive.

        • Wilberforce

          I’m learning that we’re not part of the same community after all. For years I thought we were, and I didn’t mind if L, B, and Ts called me faggot. We’re family, and I assumed they were using the word from affection. The fact that Ts don’t allow us to use the t word says something. But even more, review the lies and venom that trans folk have thrown at gay men for the past year. That says it all. The gay community are still trying to be friends. But I for one have had enough.

          • Ann

            And that’s such a tragic loss to us all. It must be quite a burden for you, being asked not to use a slur. However do you cope? Was therapy involved?

          • Wilberforce

            I don’t use the t word, as you may have noticed from my post. And that wasn’t the main point of it anyway.
            Any other circular bull—- you want to draw me into?

          • Ann

            You don’t use it; presumably as you respect others consider it a slur; but you’re offended that others who do use it are asked to follow your example?

            I’m at a loss to understand the point you’re trying to make.

          • Wilberforce

            My point is that trans folk have shown contempt for gay men for the past year. The fact that everyone else in the community can use these words for each other but we can’t with you shows that you regard us as enemies.
            But that’s a minor point. You don’t like the word. So fine, we don’t use it.
            The real point is the hatred and lies that have been thrown at us for the last year by trans activists. Could I make it any plainer? Is there another way for you to ignore the issue?

          • Pinkbatmax

            You’re not wrong. Just keep in mind that the loudest voices aren’t necessarily delivering the majorityopinion.

          • Anonymous

            gay men are being ass clowns around trans woman.Dont tell us what offends us. gaystream =mainstream 

          • Ann

            Yes – you could. What lies ate being told here? Is every trans person responsible for everything you hear and don’t like?

            Personally – I think friends can use what language they want privately with each other . But if a trans person was using the f word and saying it’s OK for everyone to use it – it’s just fine for trans folk to make money off of it – and that non-lgbt folk can go right ahead and use it in the titles of movies & on television to refer to gay men; I’d call them out on it.

            And I wouldn’t blame gay men for being to damn sensitive & not letting me use a word.

            Sorry that you’ve got a chip on your shoulder over trans people calling gay guys out when they act like asses – not so sorry that I won’t knock it off – but hey – I didn’t put it there. It must have been difficult to balance for so long.

          • Anonymous

            me too, 16 years of transition and nothing but cheek from gay men and drags. A little over these plebs trying to mess our shit up. Yeah I’m angry. Makes me want to shout FAGGOT at the top of my voice to illustrate the hypocrisy
             of the gay inc.

          • Wotmt88

            and you know what, we fags won’t give a shit if you do shout faggot off the mountain tops.  grow up, sticks and stones, my tranny friend

          • Anonymous

            and some would hate it.

            therefore I dont do it

        • Anonymous

          Yes. Clearly. Well except in legislation in Massachusetts, New York, and soon to be Maryland.  Oh, and ENDA.  Shame on us hypersenstive trans people who expect to be treated as we treat others. Shame on us for wanting the same rights, and wanting gays and lesbians to stand beside us in our fight for equality. 

  • Kat

    “It’s ridiculous! It’s ridiculous!… I love the word ‘tranny’…”

    Well, Mr. Ru, I know a number of white people who “love” a certain word that begins with “n.”

    No…

    Not redneck KKK members and Rick Perry acolytes.  I mean a number of white people who are as gay and non-trans as you are.

    When next I see any of them, I’ll be sure to mention that loving a word atones for all sins connected to its usage – meaning that they now have your permission to use n-bombs with impunity.

    • I doubt he would care if you walked right up to him and called him a low down dirty, niggerfaggot…
      I’m sure he would find you to be an amusing little nuisance…instead of a reason to write an article and have a fit about how people don’t like him very much.
      RuPaul has been in the spotlight because of his own hard work, and I for one am proud of him as a human being who is working toward my own entrepreneurship. 
      If you’re unable to appreciate him for what he does and says, then don’t.
      Just don’t get your panties all bunched over the fact that there ARE people who are very interested in what this successful businessman has to say.

      • Ann

        Aahh…he’s a businessman, so we should love him. Isn’t that cute!

        Businessmen should never be questioned over what they do, not Tracy Morgan’s words, or Goldman Sachs, or frackers or BP. If it makes money – it’s good by defintion. Hell – even David Duke should be cut slack for what he said as he turned a pretty penny.

        If you’re unable to appreciate what David Duke has to say s & does than don’t. But don’t go sniffing panties in the meantime dlpkcw.

  • Anonymous

    No. Never acceptable. Unlike politicians, I don’t claim that I’ve been right my entire life. Sure the context is different (just as the n word is, when used by people of color), but I do think it was a mistake using that in a title.  Also I’d point out that the meaning and usage of words change. Words like “colored” and “retarded” and “cripple” used to be acceptable, but are now considered a slur.

    • actually speaking as a raspberry* myself those of us in the disabled community are reclaiming that word  to

      *raspberry = raspberry ripple i.e. rhyming slang for cripple  or crip

      so I guess I’m a fucking tranny dyke crip

      • Ann

        You can reclaim that word – I can not. This trivial point seems surprisingly difficult for some guys to grasp. At least – when it comes to us. It’s like they’re personally insulted that we have agency. That we have the temerity to say that we’re as good as you. Irony intended.

  • Anonymous

    No. Never acceptable. Unlike politicians, I don’t claim that I’ve been right my entire life. Sure the context is different (just as the n word is, when used by people of color), but I do think it was a mistake using that in a title.  Also I’d point out that the meaning and usage of words change. Words like “colored” and “retarded” and “cripple” used to be acceptable, but are now considered a slur.

  • Really?

    Right out of Orwell’s Animal Farm. All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.