Growing Outrage at Amazon’s Allowance of Transphobic Doll

By Sabrina Samone

Update 9-10-2017, The company Blue Tree has ceased production of the Tr*** Love Doll. Items sold are by individual sellers that are allowed to sell transphobic material by Amazon.

Hip hop artist, rapper and advocate Nicki Andro¹ first brought the attention of an outrageously offensive item being sold on Amazon by a the company BlueTree Shop². TMP has tried to reach out to the company but was left with a voice message that they are closed until Tuesday due to whether.

There’s many reasons why this is offensive to the trans community. The term, Tranny, originally slang within the community, has been extremely tarnished due to it being adopted by the sex industry, and has since become viewed as degrading by the majority of trans community.

What’s worse than the name is the actual item, a sex doll. It reinforces to young men that it’s ok to sexually objectify transgender women, which is also a leading cause in the constant murders of trans women of color.

Activist Latisha McDaniel has also reached out to the company, and told the company no longer produces this item.³ A degrading item, among many the company has produced including ‘the mini-midget sex doll’ and “the Loving Lamb love doll’. It’s obvious the intent when looking at the other similar products made of it’s views of the bodies of transgender women.

Many are asking Amazon to remove the offensive item.


  1. Nicki Andro is a South Florida rapper, activist and music producer.
  2. Blue Tree is a novelty company at1283 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128 (212) 369-2583
  3. Transphobic Doll on Amazon
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Jiovani Carcione

By TMPlanetThere’s another name in our community to familiar yourself with, Jiovani Carcione, but just call him Jio. He’s the all around guy, that’s down for his family, friends, and community. A man meant to be in a uniform, be it his work uniform as an exterminator or as paramedic student, or just modeling some. His Instagram/modeling page has become one of the guys in the transborhood to watch and follow. A face and humble charm that’s catching the eyes of modeling scouts. Yet, that’s just the awesomeness on the surface.

Jio, another Chicago native on our list, is a proud single parent, who made the conscious decision to enjoy the gift of life just before beginning his transition, two years ago. On if being a single parent of a three-year old and transitioning is more difficult? Jio says,

I feel it’s the same as any single parent. Because honestly. She doesn’t know any better and my family knows not to say anything unless I tell her myself. Outsiders don’t know the difference of what’s in my pants and so I keep it that ways. I’m just the adorable dad that does his job and makes sure his daughter is loved and cared for, how she’s suppose to be. She Is my life. I waited to transition for her. I wanted a mini me in this world and frankly I wouldn’t have changed it for anything.

Jio  is open on his views of revealing trans status. On living undetected he says,

All my past gfs knew… even this recent one she knew after the first date because I told her. If I didn’t think the date was gonna go anywhere, I wouldn’t have told her.. so when I first meet or talk to people they don’t know anything unless I tell them. And majority of people don’t know unless they knew me before.

He  aspires to be more involved with in the community and continue speaking on a transgender person’s right to disclosure, and continue the education as an EMT, that he began in Savannah GA.

He is a TMP Role Model, for being an example to youth everywhere that you can have a fulfilling life as a trans person, who embraces the joys of being a parent, and despite the obstacles of single parent hood he is beating the odds. Get to know him, and you will see the joy and love between him and his beautiful daughter. He keeps a positive and hopeful outlook for the future and his passion of being a chef with his own restaurant.

 

We have dreams, we have a right to those dreams and we have the right to pursue those dreams. Jio is an inspiring example of that truth.

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Bathroom Insanity as Trans Man Forced to Show his Privates

By The TMPlanet

 

A Hudson County, New Jersey, transgender man says he was forced  to show his prosthetic penis to a security officer at a New Jersey store after he was accused of shoplifting earlier this year, a lawsuit claims.

“I need to see what’s in your pants,” the security officer said during the May 12 incident, as reported by Daily Voice, at Food Fair on Market Street in Paterson.

The man begged for help and felt scared, humiliated, intimidated and abused, according to the report. He sought help from a cashier but got nowhere – in fact, the cashier was called to do an inspection.
“Shockingly, rather than wait for a female police officer to arrive, a female cashier was called to conduct an invasive inspection,” Daily Voice quoted the suit.

The lawsuit seeks a jury trial, compensatory damages, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees, according to nj.com. The officer, identified as “John Doe” and wearing an Essex County sheriff’s uniform, was working security when he approached the man about 10 p.m. and allegedly made the demands.

The officer told the man and the store manager he would call a female officer to inspect the transgender man’s pants, the suit claims. The trans-man tried to leave, even though the officer insisted he allegedly needed to inspect his pants.

“During this inspection, the plaintiff showed the cashier the prosthetic penis and his vagina,” according to the report. As the man walked out of the restroom crying, the officer said, “I am so sorry,” the lawsuit states.


*Originals reports of this story by New Jersey media outlets mis-gendered, and incorrectly acknowledged the difference between a trans man and trans woman, by stating a trans-woman with a prosthetic. It’s been re-written to give the respect our community deserves.

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Nicki Andro: Straight Out of Stonewall

By Sabrina Samone

They say, that time heals all wounds. Sometimes that can take years, but here we are. Though we have come a long way as a trans community in the last ten or so years, we are also aware we have much more progress to make. Fifty-five years ago, within some one’s lifetime, black and white were still segregated, gay and lesbian’s still hid behind fake marriages and congregated in secret locations. Those days during the Motown sound, there were very little mentioning of interracial dating, and there were only occasional mentions of people changing genders, like Christine Jorgensen .

It would be another twenty years before the urban sounds of Motown morphed from disco to the hip hop beats of Afrika Bambaataa, known now as the father of hip hop. The industry became quickly synonymous with aggressive male masculinity, street gangs, prison and day to day hardships of life in urban slums. It would be in this patriarchal system’s climate, that women like MC Lyte, Salt n Pepa and Queen Latifah struggled to emerge. They struggled, yet successfully changed the face of hip hop with out compromising themselves as women, unlike some of the top female artist of today, that use sexuality to gain attention. These women were tough, in your face and was not about to degrade themselves or other women to have their voice be heard. I could go on about how I admire those early female pioneers of hip hop, but this is not a story about them, but about the potential new face of hip hop.

Over the years hip hop has become commercialized and embedded into nearly every aspect of American pop culture. It’s now universal among most cultures, religions, etc., yet remains extremely homophobic and transphobic. Many TBLG hip hop artist have tried making their name in music, just as those like P-diddy and Snoop-dog once did, but denied. This attitude from the hip hop industry may have gone unchecked or addressed until recent supporters like Macklemore demonstrated in the hit song ‘Same Love‘ , a time of change is needed.

Now with artist like Azealia Banks, Cazwell, Fly Young Red & gender queer and trans artist like Mykki Blanco, Katastrophe, & Katey Red, the walls are being broken down, one rhyme at a time.

Artist like Katey Red and Katastrophe may have taken the “shock” out of transgender rappers within the hip hop industry, but it’s newest crop of transgender hip hop artist are demanding it’s respect and claiming it along the way. Nicki Andro, is among a new genderation of hip hop artist, with lyrics and rhyme the founding fathers of hip hip would stand and take notice. I have been extremely impressed by her voice and message and it’s time my TMP readers get to know the new face of hip hop, Nicki Andro.

1. TransMusePlanet: Representation of Trans people in the media has been a long, and hard road. Recently we have established our presence in news, the fashion industry, film, art, television, and in literature. How ready, do you feel, is the need for the Trans voice in hip hop music?

Nicki Andro: I think Hip Hop is ready and is welcoming us with open arms, but we aren’t executing the best methods to approach it. There are many transgender rappers that posses a lyrical arsenal that cannot be denied by true hip hop fans, but who don’t have the connections to be heard, and many of us don’t get support from our own community, that could be crucial in elevating us to a higher spotlight. Many of the trans rappers that do have a spotlight get a bit too graphic on their trans experiences, and although there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, we must understand that hip hop is known to be a transphobic and homophobic culture for the most part. It would take a lot for them to respect us, and the best way to do so is to make them listen to us, not  make them turn our songs off because we are sayi8ng things they aren’t used to hearing in a rap song. We should start off with music that appeals to many groups as opposed to only one group. We must earn their respect first, then anything goes.

 

2. TMP: The hip hop industry has been labeled for years as a misogynistic genre of music. It has been hard for it’s cis-gender women to find acceptance. What are some of the prejudices you’ve experienced?

N.A.: There have been many experiences I can bring up. Many men have been interested in making
music with me, while thinking that I am a cis-gender woman, then completely back out when I tell them I am transgender. I have also lost many rap battles because I am transgender. I haven’t experienced any negativity from anyone within the hip hop culture while they thought I was cis-gender, which has made me believe that the misogyny aura has been reduced. I will say, however, that although I have only experienced such prejudice from the straight women and men of the world, cis-gender people have also been the biggest supporters of my music.

3.  TMP:  Being Trans can be difficult in any culture, but it can be harder in some more than other, due to religious beliefs among others. What is your experience been like, coming out Trans, in a Haitian Catholic community?

N.A.: My experience has been horrible. Being in a Haitian/Catholic family, I had been taught at a very young age to hate the LGBT community before I even understood I was part of it. So, growing  up, I often had thoughts of wanting to be a woman, and felt guilt, disgust, and self-hatred every time those thoughts crossed my mind. That self-hatred also lead me to numerous suicide attempts. For 30 years, I thought I was a weird man with homosexual tendencies, but I had no idea that I’m transgender, mainly because I didn’t feel comfortable allowing my mind to explore that possibility. Many Haitian people see me as the worst thing anyone could ever be. My ex fiancée, a Haitian woman, had told me that if we had a son, she would kill him if he was gay, but would let him live if he was a serial killer. Also, I have been constantly blamed for being the cause of many people’s sorrows, and my truth has caused my mom to get ridiculed often by other Haitian people. But I would say, but I would say that the most difficult part of it all is knowing that my truth would cause me to lose connections with family members. My love for them is too immense.4. TMP:  In 2014, you were about to be married and your truth was still unknown to family. You ended the marriage and came out as transgender. What were some of the challenges you’ve had to overcome with family?

N.A.:  I face challenges such as having to prove my sanity to my family. My story is unusual, in the sense that I was a very manly man through my entire life. Nobody saw anything in me that would make them think I was not a straight man. I was a good actor, but nobody could see the torment I was fighting inside, the constant feeling of existing but not living. So when I called off the wedding, nobody understood why at first, since my ex-fiancee and I seemed to be in good terms. A month later, I announced that I was transgender, and from then I have been labeled as crazy by many family members, even to this day. I think my revelation wouldn’t have been as bad if I had been known as a gay or feminine guy and then came out as trans. This belief that I have lost my mind created an environment of family members praying and hoping, and also trying to insult or shame me, thinki8ng that such actions will make me “snap” out of it. It’s painful to witness. It’s almost as if I had died when I came out, and am forced to constantly see my family mourn my death, wasting too much time desperately trying to resuscitate the old me, not being able to accept that he is gone. The old me is gone for good.

 

5. TMP:  One of your recent songs, ‘Distant Hearts’, deals with the death of transgender people. You state, that the death of Leelah Alcorn and the countless murders of trans women of color were your inspiration. Why is this an important message for a hip hop audience, in your opinion?

N.A.: I felt that this message was important not just for a hip hop music audience, but for everyone that doesn’t know much about us. All that people see is the “end result” but not the journey. Many people assumed that Leelah Alcorn was oversensitive because they only saw the outside, but every transgender person can relate with what she was dealing with on the inside. When Leelah left, I was very touched by her story, how she had un-accepting, religious parents like me. How her parents would still not refer to her as a female even after her departure. I was emotional when I got on my laptop, and all of the words to that song just started coming to me non-stop. Many parents believe that we trans women, can take their mental abuse because we have other “people like us”, as my mom often telss me, that uplift us. But they don’t know the common lack of support in the trans community. On the song, I spoke about ,my experiences of how my own black and transgender communities seem to harm me more than those outside, and how we working together, can make all of us become stronger. I feel that bigots support each other with hate more than we support each other with love. I wanted to contribute to a positive change, just as Leelah wanted. She said her “death needs to mean something,” and I am glad to see that many of us have shown her that she means a lot to us.

6. TMP:  How important do you feel it is for the other persecuted minority groups, such as African American’s, Latino’s and Women, to stand in solidarity with the Trans Community?

 

N.A.: I feel that this is extremely important. Latinos, African Americans, and Women, all face discrimination, and if they took the time to get to know our transgender community, as they ask of themselves, they would also see that we are likely to face the same discrimination. Women have fought for years for equality, and that in itself should make them want to support us, to help us thrive in our own fight for equality. The African Americans and Latinos are a minority group in this country. They are singling out people within their own community because of gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, gang affiliation, or other things. I believe this make those communities, or any community, weaker. Unity is strength.

7. TMP: Do you feel that the growing number of transgender rappers can change that perception through music?

 

N.A.: Yes, I believe so. Music is very influential. It can persuade someone to do good or bad thing, or to have positive or negative feelings toward any person or thing. Once transgender people are common in mainstream hip hop, our influence will be extreme. All it takes is for some of us to be cosigned by someone who is well respected in hip hop, and that will suddenly ,ake people want to hear what we have to say, they will pay attention, because a respected member of hip hop noticed us. When those days come, we will have a very powerful platform to raise awareness.

8. TMP:  What are some of the other issues you address in your lyrics?

N.A.: I address the corruption of real hip hop, how the poetry side of rap is no longer appreciated the way it used to be. Also, I address how  what we as trans people go through can make someone change for the worse, and how we must try our best to not let that happen. I often address transgender stereotypes in either serious or joking manners. I address the petty competition found within the trans community. All in all, my songs are created from real feelings, and there are many more issues I plan to rap about once I create the right beats for those subjects.

 

N.A.: Nicki Andro is someone who is very loving, caring, and giving, because bringing a smile to someone’s face brings her joy. She has no issue taking shine away from herself to share if with someone. She isn’t selfish, and when she makes it, she will continue supporting everyone, especially her trans sisters and brothers.

These days, Trans culture has penetrated every genre of our society; govt., pop music, movies, fashion, literature, television, and now, along with a new crop of transgender rappers like Amirra Daye Smith, who Nicki often collaborate, they are among a new wave that will change the face of hip hop. It’s time…that the hip hop industry’s long standing reputation of transphobia and homophobia be abolished. Until then, it will be continually fueling the anger of a new genderation of hip hop artist, not like the ones that longed to be ‘Straight Out of Compton’, a place of poverty, but by the anger of those forced, ridiculed, labeled and disenfranchised like no culture in the human race has had to endure. A voice of anger to be accepted by the hip hop industry is screaming, ‘Straight Out Of Stonewall.’, and it will no be silent.


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Australian Anti-LGBT Group Creates “Transgender Marriage” Fear Tactics

By TMPlanet

In America, so far, the battle for marriage equality ‘seems’ to have been won. That of course depends on the current Fascist state of Government we find ourselves in now. There are still leading nations, that continue that fight, one being Australia.

The Turnbull government (a coalition of the center-right Liberal Party and slightly further-right-but-mostly-rural National Party) have been debating marriage equality and have launched something called a postal-plebiscite. Why is this a Big Complicated Deal? Unlike in the U.S., the devil lies in the details.

Before 2004, the Marriage Act (1961) of Australia did not take note of gender when establishing the federal definition of marriage. In 2004, long term Liberal Prime Minister John Howard passed the amendment to the Marriage Act with the express purpose of ‘[ensuring] that same sex marriages are not recognized as marriage in Australia’. At the time, no major Australian political party endorsed marriage equality, and no party blocked passage of the bill.

Federally, there have been no major attempts to revisit the issue until this year, despite growing popular support. In 2011, the Australian Capital Territory legislated marriage equality but a year later, the Australian High Court found the Territory’s law inconsistent with Federal law, therefore unconstitutional. The couples that had been married in the Territory had their marriages annulled, though the Territory later passed a Civil Unions Act. In 2012, the state Australian Capital Territory legislated marriage equality but a year later, the Australian High Court found the Territory’s law inconsistent with Federal law, therefore unconstitutional. The couples that had been married in the Territory had their marriages annulled, though the Territory later passed a Civil Unions Act. In 2012, the state of Tasmania (the little one down the bottom) passed a bill in its lower house to legalize marriage equality, but it was rejected by the upper house. Between 2004 and the present, the political and social ground has shifted immensely.

Now the Australian Family Association and the National Civic Council attacks, as Australia carries out its postal survey on same-sex marriage. The fear tactic of a “transgender marriage” has been raised by some anti-LGBTI groups, as well as former Labor leader Mark Latham. which are very much opposed to same-sex marriage, have warned against allowing any two consenting adults to marry, claiming it will lead to changes in other laws.¹

Meanwhile, according to Buzzfeed: Latham wrote an opinion piece in The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday saying he supports marriage for straight and gay couples, but will vote “no” in a survey that would allow it for everyone. So, will a “yes” vote in the postal survey allow all Australian couples to marry, or not? Here’s some information: The question Australian’s will tick “yes” or “no” to in the postal survey later this year is: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” But a “yes” vote won’t automatically change the law — the parliament still needs to pass a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. And it’s the wording of this bill that will determine who can and can’t marry in Australia, not the postal survey itself.

On Australia’s ABC TV’s Q&A on Monday night, attorney-general George Brandis said there were several possible models for that bill — the “most high profile” being senator Dean Smith’s, released ahead of the Liberal party room meeting that brought us the postal survey earlier this month. Smith’s bill, and the one released by Brandis in conjunction with the plebiscite legislation last year, both propose changing the Marriage Act in the same way: replacing the words “a man and a woman” with “two people”.

This would change the definition of marriage in the act to: “Marriage means the union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”. This would mean any two consenting adults in Australia would have the right to marry. It might be a straight man and woman; a bisexual woman and a lesbian woman; two gay men; a transgender woman and a straight man; a non-binary person and a lesbian woman. And so on.

And while it’s not guaranteed that any legislation passed by the Australian parliament in the event of a “yes” vote will be worded in the exact same way, it is fairly likely that the “two people” approach will prevail. Why? Because every bill put to the parliament in the past 10 years has taken this approach, plus earlier this year a bipartisan Senate committee found it was the most appropriate wording.

So, that’s what we know so far. The rest is up to their parliament, in the event of a “yes” vote.
But some groups  already in opposition to same-sex marriage have wielded the notion of “transgender marriage” as a tool in the debate.

A few days after the postal survey was announced earlier this month, the Australian Family Association sent out an email to supporters titled, “It’s not same-sex marriage, it’s transgender marriage”.

The email makes the case that the “two people” change to the Marriage Act is not “same-sex marriage”, but “transgender marriage”. According to the AFA, amending the Marriage Act to read “two people” would mean transgender sex and relationships education would be enforced in Australian schools. (There is no legal basis for this claim.)²

The email also referenced a list of gender identities on blogging site Tumblr.

Confused? That’s pretty much the tactic of the anti-lgbt groups. How will this affect Australian transgender couples? A couple who has been married for four decades, may be forced to divorce because Australia’s marriage laws, because the law won’t recognize that the husband is transgender.

A transgender woman who has been married to her wife for 30 years, will now have to get a divorce if she wants to change her gender on her birth certificate. Janet and Penny Whetton, who met and fell in love when they were students, lived as assigned male and wife for the first 12 years of their marriage.
But after two children together, Penny was finally able to reveal to her wife that she was transgender and started the transition.

Some people are aware that transgender individuals are often able to enter into a heterosexual marriage after undergoing sex-reassignment. What may be less well-known, however, is that a transgender person may also be married to a person of the same sex. That situation arises, for example, when one of the spouses in a heterosexual marriage comes out as transsexual and transitions within the marriage. If the couple chooses to stay together, as many do, the result is a legal marriage in which both spouses are male or female. This would complicate matters even further with the wording of the law if passed with a no vote.

Outrage and protest have risen, and rivaled the political divisions we have witnessed here in America. That climate has led to a viral video, led by world-wide celebrities asking for re-tweets of an outspoken, next generation, human rights advocate.

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This viral video was originally found by TMPlanet @ Oprah Winfrey 215K

‏ @oprah_winfrey01 Aug 27  @Asotaholic with source appearing to be STOP-Homophobia.com @WipeHomophobia and Stephen Amell@StephenAmell ³


  1. Buzzfeed: An Anti-LGBTI Group Is Asking People To Email McDonald’s About “Transgender Marriage”
  2. A Brief History of the Marriage Equality Debate in Australia
  3. Stephen Amell @StephenAmell
  4. USA: Transgender People and Marriage: The Importance of Legal Planning
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