Transgender stigma and marginalization, specifically in Black America, has been in the news recently in light of HOT 97 DJ Mister Cee admitting that he’s attracted to transgender women:
Have I lied about getting head in a car from a transsexual? Yes. I have been in denial about this for a very long time. Do I consider myself gay? No. I have gotten fellatio from transvestites. And that’s as far as it went. I never had actual sexual intercourse with another man. Or vice versa.
I know that I love women. But occasionally I get the urge to have fellatio with a transsexual, a man that looks like a woman.
In a gripping essay, writer and LGBTQ activist, Janet Mock, explains how transgender women are often othered in society, leaving them vulnerable to violence and exploitation.
This pervasive ideology says that trans women are shameful, that trans women are not worthy of being seen and that trans women must remain a secret — invisible and disposable. If a man dares to be seen with a trans woman, he will likely lose social capital so he must adamantly deny, vehemently demean, trash and/or exterminate the woman in question. He must do this to maintain his standing in our patriarchal society. For a man to be associated with a trans women, in effect, is to say that he is no longer a “real” man (as if such a thing exists) because he sleeps with “fake” women (as if such a thing exists).
Read Mock’s complete essay at JanetMock.com.