And right on cue, I was advised by a longtime reader about this problematic anti-trans Change.org petition.
This anonymous coward calling themselves Drop The T started a Change.org petition that has at the time I am writing this post 647 signatures. It seeks to have trans people dropped from the community they helped jump start with their human rights activism.
We are a group of gay/bisexual men and women who have come to the conclusion that the transgender community needs to be disassociated from the larger LGB community; in essence, we ask that organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, Lambda Legal and media outlets such as The Advocate, Out, Huff Post Gay Voices, etc., stop representing the transgender community as we feel their ideology is not only completely different from that promoted by the LGB community (LGB is about sexual orientation, trans is about gender identity), but is ultimately regressive and actually hostile to the goals of women and gay men.
To the ignorant person who started this petition, that seeks to have the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, Lambda Legal, and media outlets like The Advocate, OUT and Huff Po Gay Voices to stop representing the trans community, trans people are also part of the bi, lesbian and gay communities as well as pink, white and blue flag waving members of the trans community.
While you claim to not be advocating intolerance or hatred against transgender people, that is exactly what you are doing by advocating the separation of the trans community from the LGB wing. I also find it interesting to note that if you actually felt you weren’t advocating anti-trans hatred, your azz would have proudly stuck your name on it.
I was tempted to sign it so I could find out who the 647 current transphobes are who willingly signed it. But one thing is certain. This anti-trans Change.org petition needs to die.