‘Support freedom of speech’, says Tranny Bingo counter-petition
May13

‘Support freedom of speech’, says Tranny Bingo counter-petition

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 13 May 2014 17:06 Written by // Reg Domingo

Organisers of Tranny Bingo have launched counter-petition calling on people to support their right to continue using the word ‘tranny’.

The Change.org petition by Penny Traition states: “Support the freedom of speech in Australia allowing us to call our event Tranny Bingo. As part of the extended Trans* community we do not use this word as a slur and reject your claims that we do.”

A supporting statement for the petition added: “We do not use the word Tranny as a slur.  We are concerned by the dangers of over policing Language.  We want to be able to continue to use the word tranny when naming our event Tranny Bingo.  This argument relates to the usage of the word in Australia and not overseas”.

The petition is addressed Indiana Kelly Edwards, the trans activist who launched a petition last month calling on Tranny Bingo to change its name.

Edwards claims the term ‘tranny’ is a slur and its use sends the message that it is okay for people to devalue trans people.  

Instead, Edwards is calling on Tranny Bingo to use “non hateful and or derogative language/words to describe their events that don’t directly impact the trans community”.

Tranny Bingo founder Penny Traition has steadfastly defended the name, saying its use in this context actually breaks down the barriers by bringing transvestite, or drag, culture to mainstream venues.

“As a transvestite, it’s my word to use,” Penny wrote on social media. “And I use it with no negativity; in fact, by using the word I am taking the negativity out of it.

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Reg Domingo is the editor of SX.

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