Elliot Page’s coming out as transgender on Tuesday prompted media outlets and LGBTQ organizations to consider the inappropriateness of using a trans individual’s former name.“Reminder: there is NEVER a reason to publish someone’s deadname,” the Transgender Journalist Association said in a statement on Twitter. “We are delighted @TheElliotPage, star of Juno & The Umbrella Academy, loves being trans & is sharing that part of himself. We urge journalists and media outlets to treat Elliot with respect & not deadname them.”To many trans people, using a former or birth name misgenders the person and dismisses their identity expression. While many transgender people legally change their name, it can be difficult (and, in some states, costly) to do so and some people end up going by a different name than the one on their legal documents.“There’s never any reason for journalists to deadname a trans person in their coverage,” said Oliver-Ash Kleine, a founding member of the TJA. “This is extremely disrespectful and dehumanizing. It undermines the person’s autonomy, gender and identity.”Also Read: Elliot Page, 'Juno' and 'Umbrella Academy' Star, Comes Out as TransgenderLambda Legal, a group that works on behalf of the LGBT community and people with HIV, has said that even in cases where a subject’s gender identity is integral to the story, “it serves no purpose of integrity to publish a transgender person’s ‘deadname,’ or former name.” The group had criticized the New York Times’ May obituary of Aimee Stephens, a woman at the center of a Supreme Court case about workplace discrimination against transgender people, that had initially included her birth name (it was subsequently removed).The LGBTQ advocacy organization GLAAD takes a slightly different approach: In a style guide sent to media on Tuesday, the group encouraged journalists to avoid referring to trans people “by their former name” but noted: “Since Elliot Page was known to the public by their prior name, it may be necessary initially to say ‘Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page, …’ However, once the public has learned Page’s new name, do not continually refer to it in future stories.”After Page’s announcement — which noted that the actor can be identified by masculine pronouns as well as gender-neutral ones like they — outlets like USA Today and the New York Times were praised for headlines that didn’t use Page’s birth name. Others, like NBC News’ Out, were called out for including Page’s previous name in their headlines. TMZ was similarly called out — TMZ didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.“Since Elliot Page was so widely known by his former name, we’re using it in our 1st tweet/article ONLY. This decision also abides by GLAAD’s guidance when referring to celebrities who come out as trans,” Out said in a subsequent statement.Also Read: 'The Prom' Film Review: Ryan Murphy Revisits a Midwest High School for a Musical Lesson in ToleranceTJA member and writer Jo Yurcaba acknowledged on Twitter that newsrooms might be “scrambling” to find ways to responsibly identify the actor, but this discussion has surfaced repeatedly since Caitlyn Jenner became one of the most prominent celebrities to share their trans identitiy in 2015.Kleine urged journalists to focus on an individual’s work, rather than their previous name, to identify them. “When reporting on a public figure or someone high profile who has publicly shared that they’re trans, journalists should reference the work that person is best known for rather than use their deadname to convey who the person is to their audiences,” Kleine said.Writer Megan Lasher provided a tip on how to identify Page without using his prior moniker: “It’s really easy to use Elliot’s projects like ‘Umbrella Academy’ and ‘Juno’ to identify him to fans instead of deadnaming him in your articles.”Also Read: Laverne Cox Says She Was Attacked in LA's Griffith Park: World Is 'Not Safe If You're a Trans Person' (Video)In his own coming-out statement Tuesday, Page highlighted concerns about violence against trans people, especially trans people of color, and the impact misnaming can have on the mental health of members of the community.In 2018, actress Laverne Cox addressed the practice of deadnaming in a Twitter post responding to a trend of police departments using trans victims’ deadnames when releasing information on murder investigations. She spoke openly about her past consideration of suicide to raise awareness of the mental toll taken on her and fellow transgender individuals by “cultural and structural violence” such as deadnaming.“Being misgendered and deadnamed in my death felt like it would be the ultimate insult to the pathological and emotional injuries I was experiencing daily as a black trans woman in New York City, the injuries that made me want to take my own life,” Cox wrote. “I have been saying for years that misgendering a trans person is an act of violence. When I say that I am referring to cultural and structural violence. The police misgendering and deadnaming trans murder victims as a matter of policy feels like a really good example of that cultural and structural violence.”Read original story LGBTQ Organizations Urge Media to Stop ‘Deadnaming’ Transgender Stars After Elliot Page Comes Out At TheWrap
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Eric Trump unwittingly suggested he’s “part of” the LGBT community in an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning, but the LGBTQ community isn’t exactly embracing Donald Trump’s son as one if its own (even it it wasn’t a slip of the tongue).“The LGBT community, they are incredible. And you should see how they come out in full force for my father every single day. I’m part of that community, and we love the man,” Eric Trump said on the Fox News morning show.Trump has been married to wife, Lara, since 2014. To many viewers, he appeared to be trying to quote an anonymous member of the Trump-supporting LGBT community — but his misspeak nonetheless garnered many responses from that community online.LGBT advocate Rob Gill wrote, “Go away Eric trump we don’t want you.”Echoed journalist Erica Lenti, “We, the gay committee, have had an emergency meeting and we have rejected Eric Trump’s application.”Also Read: Real-Life Couple Ben Lewis, Blake Lee to Star in Lifetime's First-Ever Gay Romance Christmas MovieQueer writer/actor Michael Cyril Creighton posted: “I don’t think Eric Trump came out as gay. I think he came out as someone who doesn’t know how to structure a sentence.”Gay singer Simon Curtis added, “Eric Trump coming out on Fox News is not what I expected from the timeline this morning…”At least one group, LGBTPuertoRico, welcomed Trump with open arms, tweeting “Congrats to Eric!”Watch Trump’s interview below:Eric Trump: "The LGBT community, they are incredible. And you should see how they come out in full force for my father every single day. I'm part of that community, and we love the man." pic.twitter.com/hl51ftW8l2— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) September 29, 2020Read original story Eric Trump Unwittingly Suggests He’s ‘Part of’ LGBT Community – But LGBTQ People Say No Thanks At TheWrap
Eddie Redmayne defended J.K. Rowling after the author was slammed in recent months following her comments about transgender people, but he added that he disagreed with her on the issue.In an interview with the Daily Mail in support of his latest film, Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” the Oscar winner was asked about his thoughts on the “Harry Potter” author’s comments against trans individuals. Rowling was condemned by trans activists after she voiced concern over trans women being allowed access to single-sex spaces earlier this year and faced a new wave of backlash this month after her latest book, “Troubled Blood,” based its plot around a doctor believed to have been murdered by a cross-dressing man.Also Read: JK Rowling, Fareed Zakaria, Wynton Marsalis Decry Rising 'Intolerance of Opposing Views' In Public LetterRedmayne said that he strongly disagreed with Rowling’s views, saying that trans people are “having their human rights challenged around the world and facing discrimination on a daily basis.” However, he also called the “vitriol” against Rowling “absolutely disgusting” and said he sent out a personal note of support to her.“There continues to be a hideous torrent of abuse towards trans people online and out in the world that is devastating,” Redmayne said.After winning an Oscar for his performance as Dr. Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” Redmayne earned his second Oscar nomination for his work in “The Danish Girl” as Lili Elbe, a trans painter who in 1930 became one of the first people ever to have sex reassignment surgery. While his performance was praised by many cis critics, trans critics and groups condemned the film, with trans writer Carol Grant describing it in an IndieWire review as a film that is “regressive, reductive, and contributes to harmful stereotypes.”Also Read: Daniel Radcliffe Voices Support for Trans Rights After Latest JK Rowling ControversyWhile “Fantastic Beasts 3” has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic for six months, production resumed this past week as Warner Bros. currently plans to release the film in November 2021. Redmayne plays the series’ protagonist, magical biologist Newt Scamander, while Rowling is credited as a screenwriter for the film, which is intended to be the third in a series of five films that serve in part as a prequel series to the “Harry Potter” saga.The first “Fantastic Beasts” film grossed $812 million back in 2016, but its 2018 sequel, “The Crimes of Grindelwald,” saw a near 20% with a $654.8 million global gross, well below the box office totals of any of the “Potter” films.Read original story Eddie Redmayne Calls Out ‘Vitriol’ Against JK Rowling After Author’s Transgender Comments: ‘Absolutely Disgusting’ At TheWrap
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Randy Rainbow, a comedian and performer best known for musical theater parodies critical of President Donald Trump, has apologized following the surfacing of numerous old tweets that feature racial stereotypes and slurs referencing transgender people.“Twitter has recently reminded me about 10 years ago, in my maiden quest to be funny, I tweeted some jokes that were completely offensive and insensitive to look back on them now, especially with no context or nuance and through the prism of where we are in 2020 with racial inequality and the fight for social justice, which I’m proudly a part of,” Rainbow, who is openly gay, told The Advocate in an interview published Thursday. “In light of issues that are now at the forefront, which I’m passionate about and have spoken up about over the years, these tweets just sound racist and awful. I’m embarrassed by them. They make me sick to my stomach, in fact, and I deeply apologize to anyone I offended.”The tweets in question, some of which have been deleted, were posted from 2010 to 2011 and surfaced earlier this week, published by outlets like LGBTQ Nation and Queerty, which have screenshots of the posts. Rainbow’s tweets include jokes about Mexicans demonstrating “laziness” and stealing phones and a “large Black man” character who sells crystal meth. Other tweets shared by the outlets show Rainbow repeatedly using slurs to describe transgender people.Also Read: Randy Rainbow Under Fire for Old Tweets With Racial Stereotypes, Transgender Slurs“The comedy landscape was completely different back then,” Rainbow told The Advocate, referring to when he wrote the tweets while creating the “character” he’s become famous for. “This kind of edgy shock comedy was not only acceptable but a prevalent style. I was an aspiring comedian in my 20s working the stages in gay nightclubs where we said the most outlandish, raunchy things we could think of. I was searching for my comedy voice, my persona, and I was emulating styles and jokes of people that I was seeing in the mainstream.”He continued: “I am incredibly sorry. I would never intentionally do anything to hurt anyone. I learned many years ago, over the last decade, that there are things that you must be sensitive about. There are issues that I was not aware of back then. In 2010, we weren’t anywhere near where we are now. Right now, systemic racism is killing people, anti-Semitism is on the rise, Black trans women are being murdered at a horrifying rate. And the insensitive words of those actually in power are actually killing people. I continue to educate myself, I continue to listen and learn.”“I am in no way a racist. I am in no way transphobic,” Rainbow added. “I’m a gay Jew who was brought up in a very open, accepting family. There is not a racist or intolerant bone in my body. When I say that I have evolved with the times, I mean that my comedy has. I did not need to be taught not to be racist or transphobic because I never was.”Also Read: Randy Rainbow Triumphantly Parodies 'Camelot' in Honor of 'Kamala'According to The Advocate, Rainbow — whose most recent parody tune was in celebration of Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate pick, Sen. Kamala Harris — says that he’s been “politically targeted” and there is an “ongoing investigation” into the situation.“I’m being threatened. I’m being harassed,” Rainbow said. “It’s no coincidence that it’s happening in the midst of a very contentious election because I use my platform every day to speak truth to power and shine a light on inequities and injustices of the world, and expose truly intolerant and racist people. There are nefarious people out there who want to silence me because they don’t like what I really have to say.”Read original story Randy Rainbow ‘Deeply’ Apologizes for ‘Racist and Awful’ Old Tweets: ‘They Make Me Sick to My Stomach’ At TheWrap
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