Non-Binary Response

Over the course of the past few months, there have been a series of unpleasant exchanges regarding the status of nonbinary individuals in the transgender community. There have been claims that the Transgender National Alliance “hates nonbinary people,” and what follows is a response to that claim.

In Whipping Girl, Julia Serano states that the term transgender is useful as a political tool, but is simultaneously problematic in that it is “too vague of a word to imply much commonality between individual people’s identities, life, experiences, or understandings of gender” (2007:26). This loose and vague definition, sometimes experienced as one size fits none, is at the heart of all of these emotional exchanges.

At the intersection of queer, transgender, and feminist theories and politics, there are lively discussions happening about the gender binary. Should trans people strive to shatter the binary? For many, the answer to that question is a solid and resounding yes. This radical position is often valorized (through a practice that Serano refers to as “subversivism”), positioning those who want to exist within the binary as conservative – with all of the negative connotations that term can invoke. Neither of these positions should be valorized over the other. Neither is more or less deserving of protections under the law or access to healthcare, and the Transgender National Alliance is committed to providing aid to any transgender individual who requests services, binary or not. Nonetheless, it still holds that there are vast differences in the lives of various people who fit under the transgender umbrella, and sometimes their goals will be in opposition to one another. We believe there should be a safe and respectful community dialogue around these differences and apologize for not promoting that discussion properly.

Rather than simply focusing on the differences between us, we also recognize the issues all of us face. Binary and non-binary people alike face sexism, gender entitlement, and transphobia. They are the true driving force behind the opponents of HERO, not an individual’s presentation, and we are aware that simply promoting respectability politics will not put a stop to these issues. We are in agreement with the following strategy put forth by Julia Serano:

I argue that, rather than focusing on “shattering the gender binary” – a strategy that invariably pits gender-conforming and non-gender-conforming people against one another – we work to challenge all forms of gender entitlement (i.e. when a person privileges their own perceptions, interpretations, and evaluations of other people’s genders over the way those people understand themselves). After all, the one thing that all forms of sexism share – whether they target females, queers, transsexuals, or others – is that they all begin with placing assumptions and value judgments onto other people’s gendered bodies and behaviors. (2007:9)

We hope that you will also work to challenge all forms of gender entitlement with us.

 

Yours in Solidarity,

The TNA


METRO GLAM Fundraising Event

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***NEW GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET PRICES $25.00 (Includes Buffet & One drink Ticket)

Join the Transgender National Alliance for TNA’s METRO GLAM Gala-Petite, as we honor this years trailblazer in personal achievements with the inaugural #BeAmazing Award!

Honoring #HerStory Star and TransTech Founder
Angelica Ross!!

Watch the Her Story Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB9MQ7irjqw
Read More About Miss Ross: www.missross.com

Live Performance by Legendary Rocker PINK FLOYD & BLUE PEARL Band Member DURGA MCBROOM-HUDSON!

Durga is a legendary Goddess, singer, songwriter and actress that has starred in movie classics like FLASHDANCE & THE SMURFS and will perform Pink Floyd classics as well as new original music!

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Special Guest: Adrian Garcia

Event Chair: The Duchess Of Montrose, Justin D. Hellyer
Honorary Event Chair: Christina E. Martinez
Event Board: Veronika Simms, Nikki Araguz Loyd, Julian Hanes, Kennidi Bowsher, and Vancie Vega

Enjoy A Gourmet Dinner, Live Entertainment, DJ, Raffles, Auctions and Surprise Celebrity Guests!!

VIP Cocktail Hour with Celebrity Meet and Greet: 7-8pm
Dinner and Awards: 8-9:30pm
Party: 9:30-11:30pm

Attire: Metro Glam
What is METRO GLAM?? Metro Glam is a way of life, its the intersection of masculine rock and roll with feminine glamour.

*Each ticket includes a night of red carpet fun, champagne, gourmet buffet, and a swag bag along with a raffle ticket for amazing prizes valued at thousands of dollars!!

General Admission Tickets: $25.00
Tables of 10: $1500

VIP: $200
VIP Tables: $2500

TNA Has 1 Complimentary VIP Table For 10 of 0ur Community Guests Of Honor including Monica Roberts, Dee Dee Watters, Dylan Forbis, Ayden Rex and others, if you are interested in one of these coveted seats please email us your information!

Event Sponsorships available!

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832-278-1213

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Texas Judge Ordered By Superior Courts To Reinstate Widow’s Marriage to Fallen Firefighter

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Wharton county Judge receives an order Monday morning requiring him to reverse his 2011 ruling against transgender woman, Nikki Araguz Loyd, Friday, October 23rd 2015, Texas’ 13 th District Court Of Appeals ordered Wharton County Judge Randy Clapp to reverse his 2011 ruling following the Independence day 2010 death of firefighter Capt. Thomas Araguz that left his wife, transgender woman, Nikki Araguz Loyd, fighting for their marriage to be recognized and her entitlement to the spousal death benefits totaling more than $400,000.
Capt. Araguz answered a fire call in the final hours of July 3 rd, 2010, Araguz was the first to enter the building, within minutes the building collapsed, leaving crews unable to rescue or recover his body for more than 8 hours. His wife, Nikki Araguz, had been on the road heading to California, to amend her birth certificate, the evening he died. She returned to bury her husband and the day after his funeral, was served by Capt. Araguz’s first wife and mother, suing for death benefits and challenging her marriage, because she is transgender. Within months, Judge Clapp, without hearing, ruled against Araguz Loyd voiding the couple’s 2-year marriage. The case ultimately reached the Texas Supreme Court this year, who in September ruled in favor of the widow, sending the case back through the slow moving legal system, landing on the desk of Judge Clapp this morning, who has been ordered to reverse his ruling. In light of the historic Obergefell marriage equality rulings that happened over the summer in the United States Supreme Court, the petitioners no longer have standing for their case, and as a matter of law, the couples marriage must be recognized regardless of their consideration of her gender, ending a nearly 6 year-long battle for the transgender widow who says, “As long as he doesn’t pull a “Kim Davis”, I will celebrate. I can’t thank my amazing legal team, especially Alene Levy, and am relieved to finally have an opportunity for closure, my grief was delayed because of this absurd case, they hoped I’d give up, I don’t do that. What they did was make me stronger, I look forward to hearing Judge Clapp eat his, prejudicial, bigoted, dismissive words, and be forced to reverse his ruling. He will forever be “that guy” who attacked a widow in her darkest hour and thought it was okay to legally abuse and attack a transgender woman. I am thankful the children have been receiving their survivor benefits all along, and I want them to know that I love them, miss their father, and when they are ready, I have photos, videos and memories to share with them”

TNA Members Speak At Lone Star College

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Board Members Veronika Simms and Nikki Araguz Loyd speak at Genderly Speaking; a panel discussion put on by the Psychology Club at Lone Star College. The ladies had a great time and we can’t wait for more speaking engagements to educate others on gender issues.

Events like this and other speaking engagements are things we do to help educate people on the many types of people in the transgender community