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Kelly Osbourne, Angie Zapata, and Why Words Matter

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Yesterday I wrote a post about Kelly Osbourne’s transphobic rant in the Glamour UK. There were many attacks on my character by the Kelly Osbourne Twitter Army, but one tweet questioned my use of Angie Zapata in criticizing Kelly. I told Osbourne that: @MissKellyO R U denying U used “chick w/ a dick” or tranny?…

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Love Ya! Mean It!

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Freak Of The Week: The Tabloid Media

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Give ’em an act with lots of flash in it And the reaction will be passionate Give ’em the old hocus pocus …. Give ’em the old three ring circus” — Richard Gere as Billy Flynn in the song “Razzle Dazzle” from the movie “Chicago” What the hell is up with being trans? Seriously, why…

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Who Needs Truth When There’s Revisionism?

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Just when you think you’ve heard it all …. Just a couple weeks ago, President George W. Bush let loose what we in Texas parlance (at least among polite company) term “a whopper” (no, not the hamburger). First he went on news saying how we needed to get more results from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri…

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Ok, Maybe I’m Just Cranky

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The headline from a recent Rex Wockner PrideSource  post screams “Transsexual becomes mayor of Cambridge”. What would you think of this headline: “Gay becomes mayor of Cambridge”? Now, I know that “Lesbian becomes mayor of Cambridge” does work, but that’s because being a lesbian denotes sex automatically. At the very least, I wish he’d have…

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What’s In A Word? Context, Ya Fag!

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I know I have this obsession with words. I’ve never particularly liked Queerty.com because it’s posts on transfolk generally border on bad taste/transphobia. The most recent edition sports this headline: When I think of the use of the word tranny, I think of the words of George Carlin: [kml_flashembed movie=”http://lads.myspace.com/videos/vplayer.swf” width=”430″ height=”346″ fvars=”m=598001949;type=video”/] The point…

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