The Cis Gay Community and Tiwonge

1 06 2010

ATTN: cis LGB community and “allies”

I’ve got a bone to pick with you.

As much as you’d like to ignore this fact, Tiwonge Chimbalanga is a woman. She is not a pawn you can use to further your agenda and she is not there so you can exercise your race/class privilege.

If you have been living under a rock, with no internet access at all, you could maybe be excused for misgendering her once. But, when you are informed and called on it, you apologise and correct yourself. You do not get mad at the people calling you out.

If you are cis, you don’t get to whine about people being mean, you don’t get to complain that it’s all people will talk about and you absolutely do not get to tell those correcting you to calm down.

So, when you’re writing your blog posts, and ranting on twitter, please keep in mind that you are directly contributing to the harm and erasure of a human being.

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