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Statement on Buck Angel and “Trans Men Fight Back”

By, Kitty Stryker

UK

On July 23rd, a letter was posted titled “Trans Men Fight Back”. Hosted by the Gender Dysphoria Alliance Canada and cosigned by TRans Educational Voices, it was signed by GDAC founder Aaron Kimberly, alongside TReVoices founder Scott Newgent, Buck Angel, Ken Pirie, Aaron Terell, and “those who don’t wish to be named”. In the letter, a series of wild, vague accusations were leveled at unnamed trans women, who the signatories claim they have been silenced by.

We, the undersigned, speak against this letter, and the ongoing campaigns by these trans men to undermine and discredit current trans activism, particularly the activism done by trans women. We feel “Trans Men Fight Back” is a group of trans men presenting a convoluted regurgitation of the same anti-science rhetoric championed by fundamentalist Christians, alt-right grifters, and regressive “feminists” disguising their transmisogyny in the phrase “gender critical”. The language of “Trans Men Fight Back” repeatedly uses “LGB” to erase trans contributions to queer liberation and distance themselves from “gender identity”, something they picked up from “gender critical feminists”. We stand in solidarity with trans women, who are repeatedly misgendered in this letter.

We challenge the claims made in this post, and assert:

Autogynephilia theory has been widely disproven by science [Autogynephilia in women, Moser (2009), Autogynephilia: A scientific review, feminist analysis, and alternative ‘embodiment fantasies’ model, Serano (2020), Making Sense of Autogynephilia Debates, Serano (2019)]
Trans women are women, period.
Conversion therapy is not simply psychotherapy and is in fact a harmful practice, both for trans people [The Lies and Dangers of Efforts to Change Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity, Human Rights Campaign (2019)] and for gay, lesbian, and bisexual people [LGB people who have undergone conversion therapy almost twice as likely to attempt suicide, UCLA School of Law (2020)]
Trans people are diverse in their orientation [Injustice at Every Turn, National Center for Transgender Equality (2012), Autogynephilia, Ad Hoc Hypotheses, and Handwaving, Serano (2020)]

Many of us have been part of or adjacent to the sex-positive, sex education and/or the feminist/queer porn communities, who claim to be supportive of our diversity and who say they stand with trans women. We are frustrated, therefore, that these communities have platformed Buck Angel without critique for too long and have stayed silent, enabling his misinformation campaign. Some of us have spoken up about his transmisogyny, transmedicalism, and mockery of nonbinary identities for over 10 years, but as individuals, we have been shut down as “divisive” (with trans women in particular shut down as self-serving).
Now, we come together, all across the gender and orientation spectrum, to stand with all those who bear the impact of transmisogyny and say: No More.

There is a wider context of transphobia that this letter completely ignores. Anti-trans violence is on the rise in the United States. At a protest down in Southern California, two people were stabbed when the right-wing fabricated a story about a predatory trans woman at a spa and proceeded to protest the spa. Various transphobic bills are being introduced all over the States under the guise of “protecting children”.

Many Americans claiming to be “gender critical” find open arms in the United Kingdom, where the head of media for Stonewall UK just stepped down, citing “a tsunami of transphobia”, adding “I’m tired of the abuse”. The media and the government both have ramped up their vocal transphobia over the years, leading to cases like this one, where under 16s were found by a judge to be “unlikely to be able to give informed consent” when it comes to puberty blockers. J.K. Rowling has found celebrity status again, this time as a famous transphobe. Despite finding that changes to gender recognition laws would be beneficial to many, the Tory government shut down any such reform.

Ignoring this problem or whispered support behind closed doors is not enough. It never was.

We call upon the sex-positive, sex education and/or the feminist/queer porn communities to stand with us in condemning transmisogyny, and transphobia more widely, by not platforming Buck Angel while he promotes these theories. This means not selling his merchandise, not inviting him to speak at their conferences or on their podcasts, not collaborating with him on videos or essays, until such a time as he has made a full, public apology acknowledging the harm he has caused to trans people by repeatedly spreading false scientific claims. We would also like to see a public apology from Buck Angel for repeatedly dismissing critiques as “divisive” and “homophobic”. We do not believe anyone is disposable, but we also feel that any attempts to reach out and address this behavior have been met with, at best, silence, and at worst, bullying, for over 10 years.
Enough is enough.

If you would like to add your support for this statement, please sign here
If you are a trans man, you can also sign this letter by Evan Tess Murray

Signed:
Kitty Stryker, California, USA, editor of “Ask: Building Consent Culture”
Chrissy Holman, New York, USA, Div44CNM/NCSF/Asexuality educator
Roz Kaveney, England, UK, Author of Tiny Pieces Of Skull
Semona Baston (Dirty Lola), Brooklyn, USA, Sex Educator
Kaelea Kae, Delaware, USA, Trans educator & LGBTQ+ non-profit treasurer
Dr. Liz Powell, Pennsylvania, USA, Sex therapist, author, speaker, coach
Dr. Kiera Anderson, England, UK, Private individual
Matthias Rand, Georgia, USA, Owner of Rand Leather
Christopher Argyros, California, USA, Owner of Boone’s Red Onions
Lilly Delvaux, Connecticut, USA, Former blogger
Chris Hall, California, USA, Writer/Editor
Nix Ortenberg, California, USA, Private Individual
Gwen Snyder, Pennsylvania, USA, Organizer
Evan Tess Murray, Maine, USA, Organizer
Zach Budd, Texas, USA, Sex Educator, MSW student, Sex-Positive Activist
Shafiq, Edinburgh, Scotland, Private Individual
Heather Newhouse, Colorado, USA, Sex Education & Somatic Practitioner
Leslee Petersen, New Hampshire, USA, LGBTQ+ activist in the Libertarian Party
Jessie Anderson, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Owner of Big Bro’s Barbershop
Sunny Megatron, USA, Certified Sex Educator & Coach
Patrick Califia, Oregon, USA, Author and Trans Activist
Nyx Taylor, California, USA, Private Individual
Merril Doty, Illinois, USA, Sex Educator
Emma McGowan, California, USA, Sex Educator
Tammy Cravit, Arizona, USA, Private Individual
Mahx Capacity, NYC, USA, Creative Director of AORTA films
Dax Skratch, California, USA, Private Individual
Jesse Murray, Nonbinary Activist for Sex Education
Raven Malouf-Renning, California, USA, SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts
Jenny Wilson, Yorkshire, UK, Founder International Day of Consent #IDoConsent
Bax J Ferguson, Oaxaca, Mexico, Journalist
Maggie McMuffin, New York, USA, Reproductive Health Instructor, Sex Educator
Hannah Harris-Sutro, unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory aka “montréal”, Somatics Practitioner & Trauma Therapist
Jaclyn Friedman, Massachusetts, USA, Feminist Activist and Author
Edison Reid-McLaughlin, California, USA, Private Individual
Erin Kennedy, Illinois, USA, Teacher, Sex Educator, Writer, Advocate
B.M. Watson, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Private Individual
Rory Abel, New York, USA, Private Individual
Tristan Crane, California, Ohlone Land, Photographer
Charlie Gray, California, USA, Performer and Educator
Jeremy Tidwell, California, USA, Private Individual
Roz Kieran Canaan, USA, Writer, Artist, Founder of West Central PA LGBTQ+
Shane Burley, Oregon, USA, IWW
Gwendolyn Ann Smith, California, USA, Columnist for the Bay Area Reporter
Mack Frankwich, Florida, USA, Private Individual
Daria Phoebe Brashear, Rhode Island, USA, Private Individual
Jaymie Wagner, Minnesota, USA, Chair of 3M Pride ERN
Harris O’Malley, Writer/Educator
Rin, California, USA, FemmeDomme
Justin Fisher, Massachusetts, USA, Private Individual
Casey Morrissey, New York, USA, Bookseller
Zev Hoffman, California, USA, Formerly Ran a Nonprofit
Mathew R, Private Individual
Denali Winter, California, USA, Adult Performer, Gender-Affirming Trans Hairstylist
Angel Adeyoha, California, USA, Executive Director, Folsom Street
Ren Grabert, Illinois, USA, Sex Educator
Thiago Silva, New York, USA, Sex Educator
Caz Killjoy, Co-Founder of the Disability and Sexuality Access Network
Noah Adams, Toronto, Canada, Leadership of the Transgender Professional Association for Transgender Health
Susi Beck, Louisiana, Activist
MK Anderson, Georgia, Private Individual
Lydia Rogue, USA, Nonbinary Author
L M deLeon, California, USA, Private Individual
Liv Magnotta, New York, USA, Private Individual
Izebel V., Massachusetts, USA, Friendlytherapy.info
Sam Schmitt, Minnesota, USA, Sexual Violence Advocate and Professor of Gender Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Augsburg University
Teresa M. Theophano, New York, USA, Therapist, author, and activist
Trystan Reese, Oregon, USA, Collaborate Consulting, LLC
Aida Manduley, Massachusetts, USA, Licensed Social Worker, Therapist, and Sexuality Educator
Aaron Seaboch, Delaware, USA, Private Individual
Jamila Dawson, LMFT, Nevada, USA, Trauma-Informed Sex Therapist
Tara Darcy, Florida, USA, Private Individual
Luke Stavrand, First Saturday Trans Gathering
Luisa Ramírez Lartigue, Mexico, Coach, Sex Educator, and Trans Rights Activist
Kerry Recht, New York, USA, Private Individual
Molly Stratton, DC, USA, Sew Queer DC
Chris T, New York, USA, transfemme
Chase Douglas Michael Onhasey, Vancouver, BC, Canada, transgender man
Ev Evnen, Colorado, USA, Director of MaeBright Group
Ela Maxine Bambust, Belgium, Private Individual
Shelley Arellano, California, USA, Private Individual
Angelo Duncan, Oregon, USA, Nonprofit
Valerie Pfister, Kentucky, USA, MSSW
Cam DiNardo, Massachusetts, USA, Private Individual
Jeni Grant, North Carolina, USA, Transmasculine individual
Allison Landry, Texas, USA, Private Individual
Lacey Field, California, USA, Private Individual
Gwen Warman, Maryland, USA, Private individual, former Our Whole Lives facilitator
Heather Flescher, California, USA, Playwright, Spoken Word Artist, Trans Activist
Gary Smith, Winnipeg, Canada, Private Individual
Djaz, New York, USA, Nonbinary Librarian
Faye Hermine, Massachusetts, USA, Sex Educator
Laura Zeman, Kentucky, USA, Private Individual
Melody Pond, New York, USA, Recording Engineer
Claire Roche-Sabatino, New York, USA, Owner of Violet Leather Co
Tiana No, Oregon, USA, Civilian Queer with Activist Tendencies
Renée Ishlove, Canada, Private Individual
Taran Hayes, Colorado, USA, Private Individual
Avery Genetti, Michigan, USA, Private Individual
Scott Beccard, New Zealand (Aotearoa), Private individual
Laurie Penny, Melbourne, Australia, Author and journalist
Rachael, California, USA, Concerned Citizen
Mia Fine, Marriage and Family Therapist
Crista Anne, North Carolina, USA, Sex Educator, Writer & Advocate
Jamison Wagner, New Mexico, USA, Private Individual
Richard Larsen, NSW Australia, Believer in Equal Rights
Cal Light, California, USA, Calibration Fitness
Katherine Rossiter, Oregon, USA, Sex Educator, Trans Woman
Anna Schibrowsky, Illinois, USA, Community Activist
Meghan Krause, California, USA, Private Individual
Gabrielle Dalphonse, California, USA, Private Individual
Whitten Steele, Colorado, USA, Sexuality Education Facilitator, GSA co-sponsor
Colt Seidman, Oregon, USA, Musician
Rowan Pierce, UK, Trans Activist/Organiser
Emily A, Kentucky, Private Individual
Alessandra Mondin, UK, LGBT+ Community Worke
Rachel Y, Ontario, Canada, Activist, Consultant, Educator, Library worker
Somhairle Kelly, UK, Artist
Ariel Berman, USA, Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology
Ian Clark, Ontario, Canada, Private Individual
Jacq Jones, Maryland, USA, Sex Educator, Store Owner, & Graduate Student in Counseling Psychology
Colin Smith, California, USA, Lay Minister Member of the Leather Community
Chris Maxwell Rose, New York, USA, Founder of PleasureMechanics.com
Nadia West, New York, USA, Former Blogger
Indie Cusack, New York, USA, MSW
Lars Dabalsa, New York, USA, Private Individual
Arlo Dennis, Florida, USA, Adult Educator and Transgender Activist
b0ihazard, New York, USA, BDSM Educator
Cassandra Corrado, Florida, USA, Sex Educator Behind @FeministSexEd
L Sugrue, North America, Private Individual
Sal Creber, England, UK, Private Individual
Alice little, Nevada, USA, Sex Worker, Sex Educator
Andy Inkster, Ontario, Canada, Student
Robin Lynn, LGBTQIAA Educator
Emily Judd, California, USA, Peer Counselor
Dee Glickman, Maryland, USA, Nonbinary Attorney who Trains on Trans Competency
Rachel B Randig, Oregon, USA, Trans Woman/Private Individual
Jaki Griot, Ohio, USA, Creator of Perverts of Color
Sunny Kahn, California, USA, Private Individual
Augustin Kendall, Minnesota, Therapist
Emily Norwood, California, USA, Private Individual
Bryan Ellicott, New York, USA, Program Coordinator — Princess Janae Place
Rev. KC Slack, California, USA, Unitarian Universalist Minister, Sex Educator
Rosa Zamora, New Mexico, USA, Private Individual
romham pàdraig gallacher, Vancouver, BC, Private Individual
Lyndzi Miller, Wisconsin, USA, Sex Educator at The T