I dream in digital and live in neon.
David Augsburger (via psych-facts)
T-Shack: Hey it's 2013 in Seattle and we're having an awesome show!
Trans Organization: Since you're visiting our town you should know the local context that we've had a ton of recent community discussion about the use of the t-word and your show might stir up a lot of controversy you don't actually want to be dealing with.
T-Shack: Hey thanks, that's good to know. We'll do a different show with a different name and it'll be fine.
Performer: I'm super excited to be in the show, but I'm embarrassed to say the name out loud.
T-Shack: That's a really bad outcome, both financially and politically. We'll have to work on a solution.
T-Shack: We're back now that it's 2014 and we've renamed our show for while we're here, but still have the old name on the poster
Trans Organization: That's awesome, we really appreciate that. But you might want to reconsider the old name on posters. Because if they are going to be put up all around town it could still raise some problems. Also, did you realize you scheduled the show to be at the same time as Trans Pride?
T-Shack: Oops, give us a moment to confer.
Cis Gay Bystander: Oh my god you guys are terrible, stop being word police! Stop censoring everyone! I love the word 'tranny'. Tranny, tranny, tranny! Trannyshack folks, please don't give in to this pressure.
Trans Woman Bystander: Are you trying to upset folks on purpose, this was a productive conversation.
Cis Gay Bystander: I don't understand you trans women. You think that being a keyboard warrior will win you everything but you're just alienating your allies.
Trans Woman Bystander: Fuck you if you think you're my ally. With allies like you, who needs enemies!
Cis Gay Bystander #2: *Pulls out popcorn* I love to watch trans women freak out and get super emotional.
T-Shack: Hey guys, that's not helpful. Also, we've decided to permanently change our name and keep the t-word off our posters and we'd like to make this show a benefit for Trans Pride!
Trans Organization: That's awesome! You guys really are the best! We're going to promote your show and please stop by Trans Pride we want to give you an award for allyship!
Cis Gay News: Why do trans women hate drag queens? Yet again local trans women are creating drama. These radical activists are strong-arming our beloved Trannyshack into changing their name. They just whine and make a fuss until they get their way. They are giving our community a bad name. This is exactly they kind of infighting that we need to put an end to.
T-Shack: Hey that's not exactly what happened, here's my open statement about why we thought changing the name was a good idea and were appreciative of the help and feedback I got in that process.
Jack Halberstam: This story about over-emotional trans women throwing tantrums and claiming to be triggered by a single word is a great example for my work on the Neo-Liberal Rhetoric of Harm. They really should lighten up. We need to put an end to finger snapping moralism like that.
Note: The above is obviously all paraphrased since the actual account was 30-50 pages long. Actual wording or phrases were used when possible. Mainly I wanted to share this because it's super tiring to have everything you say framed within the box of "trans women are over-emotional, over-reactive, shrieking, and behavior policing" no matter how much what we're doing differs from that.