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Title Houston Voice, No. 1182, June 20, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
  • Crain, Chris
Publisher Window Media
Date June 20, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houston voice.com JUNE 20, 2003 11 lOiltt GWEN SMITH I'm not a 'homosexual man' because I'm not a man and am primarily interested in women. I refuse to be reduced to a sexual fetish. Not a man, not a queen ..flRSTISAyiDO-^1, WENB0BSAYS1D0-/4" AND WE'RE MARRIEN TOCAiNADA ASSUME FOR A MINUTE THAT YOU have read yet another example of some straight guy telling the world exactly what you are. Imagine if his research into you and others like you is flawed, and really doesn't reflect what it means to be you. These depictions of you are so flawed that they reduce who you are to a sexual fetish, and erase important parts of your self-identity Now you know how I feel about the recently-published book "The Man Who Would Be Queen" by J. Michael Bailey. Bailey — "a single, heterosexual man" according to his text — seems to believe there are two types of male-to- female transsexuals in this world: the ones he classifies as homosexual men and those he classifies as autogy- nephilic men. The distinction between them seems to lie mainly in which ones turn him on and which ones don't. "Autogynephilia" is, for those who may not be familiar with the word, a person with a sexual fetish around body feminization, particularly in regard to having a vagina. It was coined by a doctor in Canada who has a bit of history in junk science and bizarre research. Bailey's subjects are largely from the club scene, and many do not fit the more-or-less accepted standards of transsexuality. At least one of his text subjects has come forth and claimed she was misrepresented in his text. MY VERY EXISTENCE INVALIDATES Bailey's rigid pigeonholes. I can't fit his "homosexual man" category, because I am bisexual, and.primarily interested in other women. I don't fit his "autogynephilic man" category because I have never been one to "fetishize" about having a female body. Never mind that I also don't fit the label "man" in most meanings of the term. He doesn't talk about female-to-male trans people in this book. Sadly, I have learned that Bailey is researching the topic, though he frames FTM individuals as "tomboys" in his call for participants. Bailey also has some views on homosexuals as well, which consist of stereotypes that I thought most people got over in 1972. Homophobic stereotypes of limp-wristed sissies are still the standard by which homosexuality exists in Bailey's word. . Bailey himself has started to tour some college campuses, with a presentation that comes off like a second-rate Jerry Springer show. What bothers me most about Bailey's book is that it was published on a national academic press and stands poised to make its way into curricula around the country. TRANS PEOPLE HAVE HAD TO WEA- ther similar situations before, most notably with the 1979 release of Janice Raymond's "The Transsexual Empire," the final nail in the coffin of 1970s-era transgender activism, and it took a decade before activists gained enough fortitude to respond. Raymond's text is still used today to attack transgendered people. Bailey's book could do more damage to transsexuals, and homosexuals, than a dozen Janice Raymonds, and I certainly ;ffiinfo: Gwen Smith is a San Francisco- based transgender activist and can be reached at r)^veri@gweiisii-iTji.com. Tie Mostly hfabims Stclal Life of ETHAN green bv Eric Orner B«e*k next w-r-Hr wrtUt -Mre on IHn **«J Pt*er.
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