Wednesday, August 24, 2005

BAGLY Pushing "TransGeneration" Show on Teens

BAGLY ("Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth"; see entry below) is now targeting our teens with a new documentary series called "TransGeneration". The documentary, produced by the Sundance channel & Logo (the new queer TV network), premieres on TV September 20 at 9 p.m.

BAGLY is announcing a pre-screening of the show on Sept. 7. This organization is supposedly helping our troubled teens steer clear of suicidal thoughts (for which it receives Massachusetts tax dollars!). How will pushing this perversion help them? The flyer for the series states:

(x) Financial Aid
(x) Meal Plan
*SEX Change

This eight-part program charts one year in the lives of four college students undergoing gender transition.
Gabbie, Lucas, Raci and T. J. are confronting the challenges of school, campus life, family ... and changing their sex. TransGeneration joins them at four different schools across America as the quartet -- two transitioning from female to male and two transitioning from male to female -- define who they are and take control of their gender identity.

It seems that new recruits are needed in the sex-changed population. There aren't enough people who understand the diagram handed out to Massachusetts public school children at GLSEN's conference last April. Children who attend BAGLY's trans workshops hear about how Grace (BAGLY Executive Director), as a "trans male-to-female", discusses "her" sexuality with the men "she" has sex with. Gems from a trans discussion at the GLSEN conference:

Our language breaks down… What do you call a trans-man attracted to a woman? [and other combinations] This culture is not set up for trans people. Grace Stowell said she tells men right up front, "I'm a transgender woman." Most of the men she's been with were either gay men or bisexual men.

What if a son says, "Mom, Dad, I'm bringing home a man." vs. "Mom, Dad, I'm bringing home a trans man."?

Male-to-female participant said before she started going through the change, she was not perceived as a gay man. People would address him/her as a lady, even though she (?) still had facial hair…people "must have thought I was a butch femme."

Panelist Michelle: Since she's pre-op, she still has "...titties and a penis, so it's just more to play with."

Panelist Mike: Likes "bears" and his current friend is a bear. [Some of the audience members murmured in reaction to this. …A bear, or sometimes "teddy bear," is a slang term for a big, fat, hairy man.]

Lesbian female attendee said how she used to date another lesbian female, but that lesbian female transitioned to a male. However, she doesn't now consider herself to be straight; she claimed she is still a dyke. Panelist Mike affirmed this phenomenon, stating that "there are a lot of lesbian couples where one transitions."