Thursday, May 1, 2014

A most uneasy discussion on Transgenderism in Jamaica......stigmatizing terms repeatedly used

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A BIG thanks to the co-founder of Aphrodite's PRIDE Jamaica of which I am part for saving this shaky attempt to have a discussion on transgenderism in Jamaica as Satiba from her first words in the interview helped the obviously nervous folks involved.

Dangerous words such as "She-male" as recently used on Rupaul's drag race and that landed her in some backlash from fans, transgender activists and sexual health experts as well and the erroneous adding of the "ed" at the end of transgender. While I appreciate the attempt it was clear the research was not done by the hosts and the discussion seems to commodify the issue, at one point one of the host described the matter as a lifestyle. Even the guest described as some doctor made the error repeatedly through the discussion.

see: 5 Things It's Important To Consider Regarding Transphobia and 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

Then also the clear lack of understanding of sex and sexuality issues but I won't fault them altogether I do wish though that Satiba and Tiana must insist the the word "transgender" is an adjective and NOT a verb hence no need 

Tiana Miller 

Other guests were a student from some university and Tiana Miller who was also involved with APJ's recent project on Entrepreneurship Training.

The rest of the lengthy exchange however was ok in some sense although the theological intervention did not make much sense to me as the speaker was not having a full grasp of what transgenderism is and thought it was an anomaly towards sex change against God's word. The speaker representing the Christian perspective obviously conflates cosmetic surgery or ses change as fun more so than a needed activity for transgender persons to fulfill their cisgender imperative.

I was pleased at the point where the host wanted to get the gender description correct for Satiba in asking is she should be addressed as "she" which was a good pointer in the show.

The learning curve on this is happening but late as when the visibility issue was a cause for concern it was not addressed by the likes JFLAG and now when it matters in terms on public knowledge especially owing to the legal matters of a buggery review/conscience vote suggested or promised by the Prime Minister person ought to have been on the up and up on these issues.

also hear Satiba on her recent appearance on BBC where she spoke to the Indian Supreme Court decision to name transgender as a third sex. CLICK HERE and also on a radio program Everywoman on Nationwide Radio 90FM March 20th 2014 with Dr Karen Carpenter as stand-in host with a transgender activist and co-founder of Aphrodite's P.R.I.D.E Jamaica and a gender non conforming/lesbian guest as well on the matters of identity, sex reassignment surgery and transexuality.

CLICK HERE for a recording of the show.

also see previous contributed posts and appearances by Satiba/Laura:


Transgender/transexual discourse ...... Open Mic Open Soul 22.06.11

Coming Out for a Transgender person

Share the information folks.

Peace and tolerance



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