Miss Vera on TRANNY

Miss Vera's Academy students and friends on location for Candy, the first transversal style magazine, 10/2014.

Miss Vera’s Academy students and friends on location for Candy, the first transversal style magazine, 10/2013.

Note: I created Miss Vera’s Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls, the world’s first transgender academy, 22 years ago.Prior to that I interviewed people and wrote articles about all aspects of human sexuality including many people who self-identified as transvestites, transexuals, crossdressers, transgender, drag queens, shemales. A word in common usage was “tranny.”

Reality: The word tranny has its origins within trans culture and from people who themselves identified in some way as trans, or were the allies of trans people. These were the people who fought the real battles, who came out of the closet. They stood on the side of tolerance and freedom. These people are owed respect for their efforts and their courage.

Reality: The origin of the word “tranny” was not used as a prejorative. It has been turned into a prejorative mainly by people within the trans movement who choose to see it as one.

Reality: Censoring language censors history. In this case, the history for whom the word “tranny” was and is a unifying word and a step up. Turning “tranny” into a prejorative is an insult to those who stood for the rights of trans people to be seen and heard.

Reality: the real enemies of trans people did not use the word tranny because they did not acknowledge trans persons or trans culture. The enemies of trans people used and still use words like “pervert”.

Reality: The word “tranny” is being used less and less even by those who once used it to self-identify. It is becoming out-dated, not because of the anger and divisiveness of the language police, but because of actions of those with the courage to claim they are not simply trans, but also women and men, or  both,  not the genders the outside world assigned them, but the genders they know from within. They are not a perversion of humanity, but humanity’s essence.

Reality: Humanity is messy and chaotic and can be dangerous. It is something all human beings share no matter how we identify. We need plenty of love and compassion and understanding – we need unity- to get us through not only this moment in time, but those moments to come. For the times, they are a-changin’.

With thanks to the students of Miss Vera’s Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls and to Kate Bornstein, RuPaul, Mariette Pathy Allen, Annie Sprinkle, Calpurnia Adams, Jane County, Jamison Green, Johnny Science, Angie Extravaganza, Ariadne Kane, LaVerne Cox, Janet Mock,  Diane Torr, Jill Monroe, and so many more, plus Bob Dylan…

Note: These thoughts will be included in a larger article soon to appear in the New York Observer.

 

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About veronicavera

Veronica Vera’s: Author, educator, Doctor of Human Sexuality. VV's multi-faceted career began with several years on Wall Street. Then she decided to earn an honest living as a sex journalist, porn star, erotic model, prostitutes’ rights activist. Her collaborations with artists include Robert Mapplethorpe. Veronica testified in Washington for freedom of expression. In 1992 she created the world’s first crossdressing academy, Miss Vera’s Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls and wrote the book of the same name. Her second book is Miss Vera’s Crossdress for Success. Her most recent book is Miss Vera's Cross Gender Fun For All (2016). She continues to offer classes in higher heeled education at her NY academy and college campuses, fields offers from reality show producers and works on her memoir.
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2 Responses to Miss Vera on TRANNY

  1. Reality: she male and tranny/trannies has been made a pejorative by the porn industry. i dont blame any of my sisters in that industry, but when most people today hear that word, porn is what they think of. it is NOT a new usage, as it has been around since the 90’s as porn, and if it originated in the 70 or 80’s it has been a pejorative longer than it stood for anything good.

    as a trans woman, one in repression since the late 70’s as a child, i dont have that history, nor do the majority of others in todays culture, we know the insult of that word, the hate behind it, or the expectation that you want to drop to your knees for a “real man”, or we all still have our penis’s and get a thrill using them on men, sometimes reluctantly. again i have no issue with those of us who DO feel that way, but they are the minority and that word is NOT one i want associated with me or any of my friends. Like other words, queer, faggot and nigger, it should NEVER be used about someone you dont know. if you have an “understanding” dont use it in front of strangers as it gives the term legitimacy for use, as many people say that blacks using it should mean we all should use it.

    i keep hearing references to the stonewall riots, and in some places i see that the first protesters were Trans women, some say transsexuals, some just say trans, most dont mention trans at all, just gays. so which is it? it does seem that the gay community uses the trans part as a bartering tool, such as ENDA, where the trans part got pushed under the bus, so the gay part can get the protections, leaving us in the cold. yes real good community. i dont blame gays in general, but the leadership, the activists. my nephew, my best friend for years are both gay, I am a bisexual trans woman just getting ready to go 24/7. i appreciate what has been done in the past, but some people can ONLY live in the past, not the present or the future.

  2. veronicavera says:

    Thank you very much for your comment, Teresa Landreth.

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