Lance Bass Didn’t Get the Ix-nay on the Anny-Tray Memo Either (Video)
Lance Bass, who may or may not have mailed me a necklace with his own name on it when I was 16 years old after making nice on AOL (Hi, Lance!), could stand to brush up on what is considered transphobic these days.
The singer, who may or may not have also mailed me a poster of himself with chapsticked lip prints on his own mouth, dropped the T word on a recent episode of Access Hollywood, starting a tranny snowball which resulted in the word being tossed around no less than six times.
Co-host Kit Hoover – who we’re supposed to be very, very cross with – instead made us straight up coo with her background blabbering, “Trannies are GREAT. What’s the new name? Is there a new name? Is there a new name? What are we s’pose-ta?“
Guest Billy Eichner’s suggestion that we instead call transgender women “really, really gay” failed to elicit the same involuntarily warm response though.
Look, it’s certainly unbecoming of these three to giggle like children as they continue to repeat the naughty word that they have just learned they shouldn’t be saying. But perhaps in lieu of death threats or cutting Bass’ gay card up like an expired American Express UB readers could kindly just tweet Lance this infographic about transphobic words and terminology.
Unicorn Booty is the most followed gay blog in the world these days, and we’re still the first to admit that the attitude towards the T-word is changing faster than many people are able to keep up with. I once described this video as having an epic tranny voiceover on Facebook, and was repeatedly accused of…sigh…being an enemy of the LGBT community.
That I’ve dedicated my life to bringing the LGBT community’s stories and march toward equality into pop culture instead of stagnating in gay blog world meant nothing suddenly because of one word. One “tranny” and you’re out. Dan Savage and Neil Patrick Harris have experience similar gaffes this year, and similar accusations of transphobia.
The T-word is an offensive pejorative, yes, but right now most people don’t realize this. When a celebrity like Bass fumbles in public like this, yes, it is frustrating. But might we suggest killing him with kindness before actually killing him?
If you’re using the T-word, stop. Yes, only three years ago Christian Siriano and SNL used the word every chance they had like they were getting paid to. Those days are dunzo. Yes, I know you think it’s cute and endearing, but you’re walking a slippery slope. This word is to our transgender brothers and sisters what faggot is to gay men. And I don’t know about you, but even typing that word sends a chill down my spine.
“Tranny” wasn’t cute to the 19-year-old transgender woman who was found burned alive and decapitated on the side of a Detroit highway. “Tranny” wasn’t used endearingly when a 22-year-old transgender woman was beaten into a seizure for using the “wrong” McDonald’s restroom. “Tranny” didn’t make these two transgender students giggle when they were banned from using their public high school’s restrooms, and suspended for having to pee. And “tranny” isn’t respectful to Owen Middleton, the 18-year-old transgender man who has been brave enough to share his transitioning story with the world on YouTube.
If you’re using the T-word, just STOP. Today’s the day.