To TRANNY or not to TRANNY?

After my involvement in a NYE queerphobic attack, I've been thinking about getting people together for an event that isn't political, sit down cabaret, sex or 'tops off' one. A sporadic club and performance night for anyone and everyone (like all my club events, I try to be inclusive. I don't dig segregation) celebrating all things transformative, however permanent or temporary called TRANNY.

This may sound like I'm vying for controversy, this is how my mind works and the last thing I want to do is offend anyone. I'm the first person to stand up against transphobia (see my last post) but I understand that there may be some people who might have a problem with calling a club night TRANNY. 

Tranny can be controversial. The marvelous Mz Kimberley received all manner of grief from the trans community for singing her signature song, a cover of Peggy Lee's 'I'm a Woman' as 'I'm a Tranny' (which baffles me, as a transwoman, she has the right to call herself whatever she wants to). I've received negativity about defining myself as the 'Tranny with a Fanny'. I'm reclaiming over the top camp femininity from drag queens and glorifying it. It's been almost ten years, I'm not going to change that now. Interestingly, I'm not aware of a negative reaction against the name of club night Trannyshack.

I'm not dictating and guessing the overtly politically correct might react unfavourably to this idea but I'm suggesting trans people reclaim the word tranny from negative connotations. Gay people took the all encompassing term queer from bigots as a term of empowerment, isn't it time the trans folk did the same with tranny?
It's a word that isn't going to go away, surely claiming and using it positively removes negative power from idiots, bullies and Daily Mail readers? The more queer and trans people have a strong, positive public presence, the better for everyone.

So, back to the club night idea. I'd like to call the night TRANNY not to shock, scandalise, sensationalise or ridicule but to celebrate. The only policy I'd enforce is that everyone respect each other. I'm not reinventing the wheel here but would like to have a fun night where trans people, queers, drag queens, club kids, gays, lesbians and even straight people can mix and mingle without judgement and be as inclusive as Wotever and T-Lounge in Copenhagen (which I've performed and DJed at many times).

The music, like all my nights would be fun, up and party (no banging generic gay house or naff pop remixes). The performances would be a mixed handbag. There would possibly be a changing area (not a dark room). It'll be fun...one hopes. Would you go to TRANNY?

This is still an idea and may not happen. It's already provoked both a positive and negative reaction on my facebook page, we'll see what happens.

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2 comments:

  1. Maybe opinion is divided over whether being trans is something you actually want to be? I am trans, but I don't want in any way to be defined that way. As far as I am concerned, I am a woman in need of some interventions to be put right in a few ways. I will always support trans people, I will always talk about it and explain, but it does not identify me. I therefore don't align with those who WANT to be thus identified, make a show of it and be noticeable. I wouldn't go within a mile of anything or anyone who wants to even think of me as "tranny" - it has only been abuse. It's one thing to be "out" and proud, but I think it's more fitting for a girl to hit back in a slut walk, or LGB people to be out and proud. I'm not proud of this birth difference, it stops me being everything I want to be. LGBs want to find each other, I only need other Ts to help guide me out of this. No-one else transitions, and transition means leaving something behind, including the names and abuse. Tranny is a noun; I am not a thing. For me the language will always be damaging for people like me.

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  2. Words are tools - a spanner is real bad when you hit someone with it, and real good when you're changing a tyre.. Although I figure its a real BAD thing to call someone who transitions by that name*, its a nice lightweight term for someone who just 'girls up' a bit (imho)

    The Q-word and the N-word have been retaken, quite joyously, even - and they've been words people seldom used to self-identify as, 'cos they were pretty bad/derogatory (again imho) - the difference HERE is, a LOT of people would self-identify with THIS word, but now we're not *allowed* to, as the 'important' people (TMW etc) tell us its 'bad' - and because they're 'important' (read a lot of books?) they think they can issue orders to the rank and file

    After being domestically abused by a TMW member, and physically threatened by the head of TransLondon, I resent ANY attempt by ANY authoritarian, to cut paste and edit my reality. With the greatest deference to them who find the word offensive - if you don't like it, don't attend the club - sounds like a great filter to keep the uptight poseurs out, who probably don't dance !

    *And yes I know Holestar is the exception that proves the rule ! No way SHE transitions quietly - but that's the whole point - 99% of TS's might transition out of the spotlight, but there needs to be room for EVERYONE here..?
    T..used as hatespeech=bad,
    T..used by us to joyously self-identfy=whats the problem?

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