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“I F*cking Hate @RuPaul”

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http://boingboing.net/2014/04/04/rupaul.html

This article is a rather dense and heavy article regarding the split between transgenders and drags. Trans-activist Andrea James talks about her viewpoint on drag culture and the use of taboo words in the trans culture. The article is really about hating slurs/behaviors that are offensive to transgender people rather than about RuPaul who is an American drag queen, actor, and author. In fact, the author explicitly claims, "For the record, I don't fucking hate @RuPaul. I've respected and admired Ru for a quarter century."

What I found more interesting, however, was the response of other transgender women to Jame's article: Open Letter: 350+ Trans Women and Transfeminine People Stand Against Calpernia Addams and Andrea James found here: http://freethoughtblogs.com/zinniajones/2014/04/open-letter-100-trans-women-stand-against-calpernia-addams-and-andrea-james/

Here, trans women stand up and express their discontent of being represented in a way they don't agree with. They state on the letter that they were "appalled at recent attacks on trans woman journalist Parker Marie Molloy published by Calpernia Addams and Andrea James on the Huffington Post and Boing Boing."The trans women who signed this letter have been offended by James' oversimplification of their sexualities and personalities. They conclude with their wishes that Calpernia Addams (who is also a transgender activist) and Andrea discontinue "publishing further columns exhibiting this variety of homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, misgendering, ageism, and unwarranted hostility toward other trans women" and that publications do not offer them opportunities/spaces to do so. They close with the powerful line: "We reject Calpernia Addams and Andrea James as voices of our community."