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W. Kamau Bell @wkamaubell
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Until men fully accept who we are attracted to, until we encourage other men to do the same (w/o judging them) & until we learn how to engage w/ the people we are attracted to - in ways that are healthy & legal - we are putting the people we are attracted to in serious danger.
We all know that the fact that pro sports doesn't have any where near the percentage of openly gay men as the rest of society means that something seriously wrongheaded & backwards is going on in those spaces. Hopefully this Dwight Howard situation helps us address this too.
I'm not going to say I've never been transphobic. I've made the "jokes". There have been times when I've been attracted to a woman & later found out she was trans. & my response was "WAIT! WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?" Well, I've learned it means I find that person attractive. That's it.
Transphobia is literally killing people. Especially trans people of color. Hopefully this Dwight Howard situation can open up that discussion on a bigger level. Hopefully the TMZ-ness of this situation will quickly pass & the national discussion of #translivesmatter will remain.
FYI, judging people based on how you feel about their component parts has led to other bad things in addition to transphobia. Stuff like Nazi eugenics & American slavery. So if you are transphobic, at least you have a fun group of people to hang out with.
I don't mean to conflate being gay w/ being attracted to trans men or trans women. I recognize that they are all different. I'm still learning how to talk about this. & I know that in heteronormative, cisgender dudes brains (like mine) it is all connected. I am open to learning.
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