1/19/14

Cece McDonald tells MHP "Jail wanted me to hate myself as a trans woman"


In her first interview after being released from prison for defending herself in a transphobic and racial attack Cece talks about what it was like to be incarcerated in a male prison.






Sports page "Grantland" outing of a trans woman results in her killing herself

GRANTLAND lurker Caleb Hannan's article about a revolutionary putter seemed at first,a good job of investigative reporting. Hannan a self described golfing enthusiast received one of DR. V's Oracle putters as a gift. Despite realizing statistically his putting didn't improve he was still enthusiastic about the Oracle.

I then went to a public course to try the Oracle on some actual greens. I didn’t make every putt — far from it. But I did seem to sink more than usual. And like McCord, the more I used the putter the more I became its unofficial pitchman. I began to look forward to the “oohs” and “ahhs” from strangers when they would first see me use the club to pick the ball out of the hole. I enjoyed telling the wild story behind the putter’s invention. It turned a normal round of golf into an act of seduction. And it was all because Dr. V’s club had me putting with a lot more confidence.

I was ready to proclaim her an unknown genius with an idea that could revolutionize golf. All that was left to do was make sure the stories about engineering accolades and top-secret defense projects were legit. It was, I thought, just a formality.

Perhaps in hopes of cashing in on a new golfing craze Hannan became a advocate for its new design until...he discovered DR. V was transgender and not a MIT scientist who worked on stealth fighters as she had claimed..

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Caleb, apparently in a fit of transphobic rage forgot his promises of confidentiality, the cornerstone of investigative reporting, and outed Ms.V a transgender woman which resulted in her committing suicide. The story would have barely made a ripple without outing her, a fact Grantland was well aware of.

Hannan reveling in the attention tweeted



How about if you said you are sorry for purposely inflicting such unnecessary pain on a fellow human? It would be appropriate if Grantland editors fired you, then you could say, got a job for a lurker? But no, Grantland posted this horrific picture of the Oracle putter in a trash can the same as Hannan did with Mrs. V's life.



Grantland posted this picture to facebook making sure all who read it know how they feel about trans people. In the trash.

The top two comments on the Grantland facebook page sum it up pretty well.

  • James Saliba Words fail the callousness and lack of ethics that Hannan displays in the writing and pursuit of this story. A disgusting dismissal of a trans person's personal struggle that the author exploited for cheap hits. And to treat her suicide as a result of his bullying as an oddity? A "weird story?" Positively disgusting.
  • Reuben Poling A journalist's fidelity to the truth should not come before a human's responsibility to respect another human. An article on Dr. V could have been written that discussed her dodgy business practices and falsified credentials WITHOUT ONCE mentioning her sexuality and trans* background. It was irrelevant to the story. Instead, Hannan broke his promise to " focus on the science and not the scientist," engaged in bigoted rubbernecking and hounded a mentally-ill woman from an at-risk population to suicide.

    But hey, HELLA PAGE VIEWS. You got mine this time, just like every day for a while. You won't be getting them anymore.

You can still go to DR. V's YAR website  and customize a putter with a inscription if you wish..

 R.I.P. Dr. V.




Indigent Ukranian protests against Russian style anti LGBT laws erupts into violence

Breaking: Ukrainian protesters demanding a end to new Russian oppresion and LGBT propaganda laws. #euromaidan #ukraine #Kyiv Transgender and the rest of the LGB community in Ukraine lives rest on the outcome of these protests after the goverment sold out to Gazprom, Russia's tool for oppression and imprisonment of bordering countries.

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potatogedoRT @zaytsev_eng More photo by #kommersant from the center of #Kiev after 30000 people opposition rally (#Ukraine) http://t.co/A5yjuhkAwm


lyalyaHorskyRT @MaximEristavi The crowd at the standoff looks bigger than the protest inside the barricaded #EuroMaidan pic via @euromaidanhttp://t.c…


lterrenesRT @RKacinskas News: #Ukraines police use tear gas against #euromaidan protesters who demand to revoke harsh anti-protest laws. http://t.…


tora3xRT @BuzzFeedNews Protesters, police clash in Ukraines capitalhttp://t.co/fELFdHG8ey http://t.co/x00sLKGROp


FroodyWiscoRT @BSpringnote Foto of #euromaidan. All those ppl are in contempt of Yaniks new assembly and protest law. Jail? Lets c Yanik try http:/…


JozeBiscakRT @ChristopherJM Remnants of smoke canister thrown by police at protesters. #kyiv #ukraine #euromaidan http://t.co/FGRVqV7VkE


enrsamaRT @electionista Opposition leader @Klitschko sprayed with a powder fire extinguisher during #Kiev rally http://t.co/sE7mcfz8EM http://t.c…


d_poRT @gkates A better shot of the police bus on fire from @radiosvobodafeed http://t.co/Lk0XDCgPZ4 #euromaidan http://t.co/n29rImIqyS


CrispyPuppetRT @RT_com PHOTO: Riot police bus engulfed in flames in #Kiev via @lb_ua http://t.co/nf9yBH0gN0 LATEST UPDATES:http://t.co/dtNPO4j5os


newsgonPHOTO / Fires in central #Kiev break out as buses are set alight and protesters clash with riot police. #Ukraine http://t.co/EACElVP40J


dhdfisherRT @MaximEristavi A police bus on fire, in 600 meters from #Ukraines parliament pic by @aronets http://t.co/OKTJQDLtwJ #Euromaidan


Neferure1RT @RFERL A police bus set on fire in standoff near gov. quarterhttp://t.co/ByiXBLEly7 #euromaidan http://t.co/9uc6P5sxfX


mclayfieldRT @markmackinnon Photo of Ukraine opposition leader Vitali @Klitschko after he was reportedly sprayed with a fire extinguisher: http://t.…


PzFeed: Ukraine opposition leader Vitali @Klitschko after he was reportedly sprayed with a fire extinguisher. Via @nycjim http://t.co/8R8c1dDvqs


Asher_WolfRT @ChristopherJM Protesters, police clashing on Hrushevskoho. 20+ smoke bombs thrown by police. Protesters throwing objects. #ukraine htt…


grace8mingRT @ChristopherJM Protesters have taken over at least 3 police buses, one is burning. Clashes continue. #euromaidan #ukraine http://t.co/G…


EastOfBrusselsRT @VitaliiSediuk gas, stones and bus on fire #Euromaidanhttps://t.co/UeiDiGoFRp


2021RT @maxseddon Protesters in Kiev set a police bus on fire, reportedly with Molotov cocktails. Pic via @lb_ua http://t.co/H0kSWnPkzM


IndyradmamaRT @Yaro_RT Firecrackers thrown at the police in Kievhttp://t.co/DNdQceyMLL via @lb_ua


joshuafoustRT @RFERL From livestream of Kyiv standoff between police and protesters now #euromaidan http://t.co/ZnqX2QoVF1http://t.co/vdmPtL4Da3


Andriy_KhomaRT @MaximEristavi Flairs, gas everywhere. Some are chanting Revolution! #Euromaidan #Kyiv http://t.co/3JobAW2ul0


kaatje36RT @nycjim Dramatic live stream of #Ukraine protesters clashing with riot police in #Kievhttp://t.co/x7CvyJo1P6 http://t.co/QFS99VdmdB


katalin_potaRT @RT_com PHOTO: Protesters clash with police in Kiev after 10k took to streets for anti-govt rally http://t.co/dtNPO4j5os http://t.co/3D…



Against Me! Laura Jane Grace on being a trans roll model looks for the same from us. That's Punk.

Laura Jane Grace interviewed by Radio.com talks about the experience of breaking away from the security of recording under a major label to produce their own music again freely.

"We did our last two records on a major label and that experience towards the end felt like very stifling in that there were too many cooks in the kitchen trying to tell you how to do your art. So we really wanted the opposite experience with this record, having complete freedom to do what ever we wanted."

"It's been liberating in that sense but it's scary."

Via jillian clark photo.tumblr
As a transgender journalist I of course focus on Laura Jane Grace's transition. It huge in the punk world but the reality is if Against Me! is to thrive there has to be more to the story.

Laura explains For years people focused on their recording with a major label calling Against Me! sell outs. Laura Jane explains "there will always be people like that, now the focus is on something else (for instance her trans identity)

On $10,000 dollars of her most precious guitars being stolen by a moving company "Theirs a special place in hell reserved for guitar thief's. Maybe one of us will earn a place in heaven if we find one of her guitars.



The video I recorded of Against Me! in 2012 3ft from the stage at The Dallas House of Blues. I had never been to a punk concert before that. The word "Punk" just carried too much negative baggage for me to even consider. But I've learned through Laura's transition is that Punk is transsexulism personified in sound in that the commonality we share with cisgender people searching for the same personal truths. Punk easily bridges our differences. Its Punk.