The writer absolutely silenced LGBTQ voices by hiding our responses and blocking us when we criticized her story.

We’re the ones who know what it feels like to be made fun of and threatened. It ISN’T funny. I don’t care whether you think it is or not.

The Catfish trope she built her story on is a HUGE problem for transgender women. It’s repeated over and over all over the Net and in real life as if it were true.

It isn’t.

Yet real transgender women are killed for it.

I don’t blame her for not knowing that before she posted the story. I DO blame her for not listening to us when we explained the problem. As alto of Crossin(G)enres points out, this piece is very similar to minstrel show type entertainment.

It derives its value from exaggerated characteristics and stereotypical untruths. It’s not funny. It’s not appropriate, and it’s not right that it’s featured on the pages of The Junction.

You should ask yourself WHY so many LGBTQ people are up in arms about this piece. And you should think very, very, very hard about the answer.

If you start to say we’re over oversensitive or overreacting, STOP. Think again.

Because that isn’t the answer.

Stephen M. Tomic Gwen Saoirse Eric Griggs Gloria Bates BFoundAPen

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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