Alright, People of the Internet, I gotta get something off my chest. If you’re going to write about queer community, especially if you’re trying to call out bullshit happening within it, I implore you to CHECK YOUR SELECTION BIAS. There isn’t one vast, nation-wide Queer Community or Culture. It does not exist. There are a plethora of queer communities and cultures, many of them geographically-based.
So when you say something like trans men have an hegemony over trans women or that they carry more cachet in the community than any other group, I’m going to need to stop you right there and ask, “Which queer community?” or “Where do you happen to live?” I’m not doubting what you say, nor trying to derail the conversation. This shit is important to talk about. But we (I’m including myself in this because I still do it too) need to remember that the issues the queer communities here in Austin need to deal with are not the same as the ones in, say, San Francisco or Chicago, There are inevitably issues many communities are struggling with, generally issues that are reflections of bullshit from the dominant cultures. Talking about how that shit plays out in our various communities and what we can do to make it better is important.
But it seems like some people base their assertions about QUEER COMMUNITY on the relatively small group of queer people they happen to see at events or interact with online most frequently. People saying and doing shitty things is, in fact, shitty. More specifically, it’s shitty that some people seem to only know trans guys who aren’t really stand-up people. But please stop generalizing about all trans men from that small-ish number of people. Trans people – non-binary, genderqueer, women, men – all of us deal with bullshit, even if it’s not the same bullshit in the same ways.
Basically this: by all means, call out people in your community that need to be called out, but please check your selection bias before invoking The Queer Community.