This is my favorite response to the ongoing divisive argument about the use of the word “tranny” that I have seen thus far from Kylie Sonique Love:
This is all I’m saying today about this. Some people think Ru saying he has been a “Tranny” for 32 years is not correct…
"Tranny" doesn’t mean just transgendered or transexual, it also means Transvestite which RuPaul is. Trans means to change "tranny" is slag so we dont have to say the whole word. It’s not the noun that’s the issue it’s the adjective behind or in front of it. Drag Queens may not live as women but when they are dressed like the opposite sex for that moment they have transitioned into someone else. Before I was ever on hormones and living as a woman on the outside, I was considered transgendered, but the world saw me as a male. I was still TRANS, even when I was performing as a drag queen.
Although we may not all have the same lifestyle we are a minority in the same boat, so what makes one better than the other? Me being a transexual women having breast implants and FFS and living as female makes me superior of the word “Tranny” to a transvestite? No, they get beat up and called names and murdered by the same people. We are a team, not a pie so all this separating each other needs to stop. We need each other more than ever, I mean look at what we are becoming… so hateful over a short-cut word. I understand both sides of the fence, because I lived on both sides, but I think we are taking this just a little too far.
Also, I think the people attacking Carmen Carrera and Ru is messed up and wrong. They have a right to feel the way they do about this subject, its all a matter of opinion. If you don’t like the word, don’t use it, and if you do like it don’t abuse it. It’s really that simple. When you take something away and say it’s wrong it makes it much more tempting to bullies and haters to use. Please don’t give that word no more power than it deserves.
Love is the only thing worth fight for.
xo- Sonique Love