Thursday, July 19, 2012

Does Celebrity Trans-Kids Help Our Profile?

There is no doubt that when the transgender children of famous celebrities come out, so does the media, but is the added attention helpful?  

Most recently, Stephen Ira Beatty, the trans-son of Warren Beatty and Annette Benning, recently made news with the release of a new video clip.  It's always good when the media promotes transpeople speaking candidly, to provide an insight to who they are, how they feel and so on, and Stephen does that in a very honest and revealing way -- if not dizzyingly rapid speed..

And yes, this is the same Stephan that blasted Chaz Bono (the trans-son of Sonny and Cher) in the media eight months ago: "Chaz is a misogynist ... This man doesn't represent our community. He especially does not represent  those of us who are non-binary, non-op, or feminist men. Chaz needs to do some hard thinking about what it means to appoint oneself representative of a whole group without considering the desires of all the group's members," going on to say that "he seems like a good guy, and from what I could see really good at the Cha-Cha."

The question becomes whether this sort of in-fighting helps or hurts our cause; does it further confuse the mainstream that still asks us "Why do you want to be someone else?"

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