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Attended gathering outside the V&A to protest Stonewall being a bit crap on the T part of LGBT and especially for nominating Julie Bindel for journalist of the year. (Protip: if you are an LGBT organisation do not offer to give shiny prizes for writings that actually fit your own definition of transphobic.)

Did the usual pre-protest thing of angsting over whether to would be okay for me to go or not ie am not trans/queer etc, have not Done As Much For Feminism as ppl on the other side of the debate; am interloper/traitor/general badperson; should not be involving self in political discourse anyway as am madhead* and should never talk about anything ever except madheadery with other madheads.

Then I said LOL emo and got on the coach.

The turnout was nicely chunky, with about 150+ folks showing up on the protesty side. It was great that people focused on the S'onewall issue rather than falling into the trap of making it about Bindel herself and thus giving the anti-trans side more ammo. There were blogospheric mutterings of ONOES counterprotest, but in the event the other side of the debate barely scraped into double figures and went home early, taking their "Julie Bindel Fan Club" banner with them. And the Heroine of the Hour wouldn't even sign their glossy photos of her! Dawwww.




*Srsly. Don't know if this is largely a UK sort of thing but there is definately a largish camp which insists that unless one is a secular humanist one is plainly too irrational to have an opinion on anything and must SHUT UP. X-ref psychiatric diagnosis. I swear, I'll internalise anything.
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From: kerrickadrian
2008-11-07 06:05 pm (UTC)

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I love you and your madheadery and it is an important and valuable contribution to the Cause. The Cause being all things good. Thanks for working so hard on Stonewall, and you are welcome in any trans/queers club I ever start.
[User Picture]From: mordantcarnival
2008-11-07 10:15 pm (UTC)

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*hugs* Thanks, mate :D
[User Picture]From: plumsbitch
2008-11-08 01:06 am (UTC)

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Yeah. Totally What He Said.
[User Picture]From: ardaniel
2008-11-07 06:13 pm (UTC)

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Don't know if this is largely a UK sort of thing but there is definately a largish camp which insists that unless one is a secular humanist one is plainly too irrational to have an opinion on anything and must SHUT UP.

I've had the sort of week where "profound human experience of marriage" comes out through the LOL NOT SECULAR HUMANIST filter as "magical spiritual bond LOL STUPIDHEAD," so no, I don't think it's restricted to the UK.
[User Picture]From: mordantcarnival
2008-11-07 10:12 pm (UTC)

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What makes it even more frustrating is that on some level I do still think like a secular humanist; I tend to run my religious and spiritual stuff by that set of standards a lot, and refer back to it a lot more than I refer to my co-religionists. (Let's face it, if I listened to a lot of heathen groups I'd have been chucking bricks at both the trans rally AND the Stonewall attendees...)
[User Picture]From: friend_of_tofu
2008-11-13 10:56 pm (UTC)

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*nods* This. Nice meeting you there, btw.
[User Picture]From: abhasana
2008-11-07 07:49 pm (UTC)

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There's a local anti-prop 8 protest this evening that I'll be attending. I'll have an "Even Kittens Hate Prop 8" sign to wave along with the other deviants outside the LDS church offic buildings. I think later this month there's some transgender-related activism gathering type things that I'll be at, too.
[User Picture]From: mordantcarnival
2008-11-07 10:15 pm (UTC)

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Good show!
From: die_uberfrau
2008-11-07 09:15 pm (UTC)

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As a fellow madhead and gender-fluid person, I salute you.

Don't know if this is largely a UK sort of thing but there is definately a largish camp which insists that unless one is a secular humanist one is plainly too irrational to have an opinion on anything and must SHUT UP.

I think there's some of that in the US too, although perhaps not to the extent it is over there.
[User Picture]From: mordantcarnival
2008-11-07 10:14 pm (UTC)

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I guess it's a necessary downside of the otherwise good and laudable secularity of the UK that we get a bit more. Oh well. I'd rather put up with that than the Dominionists.
From: die_uberfrau
2008-11-07 10:28 pm (UTC)

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IAWTC. Dominionists are scary.
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[User Picture]From: mordantcarnival
2008-11-07 10:16 pm (UTC)

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I went as a Turncoat Pseudofeminist Who Doesn't Know They're Born.
[User Picture]From: gair
2008-11-10 12:53 pm (UTC)

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I want a Then I said LOL emo and got on the coach icon!

I haven't got on a coach in a while, mind you, so mordantcarnival, you are teh winner.

(choctaw_ridge, did you know your icon moves if you look at it out of the corner of your eye? It is spooky liek whoa.)
[User Picture]From: dolphinish
2008-11-08 01:53 am (UTC)

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Thank you.
[User Picture]From: mordantcarnival
2008-11-08 10:26 pm (UTC)

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I've benefitted greatly in recent years from the support and friendship of people from various places along the T spectrum. This was--literally--the least I could do.