When I created my list of trans* douchebaggery to help educate and inform others about common trans* roles models and their bigotry, I got quite a few requests to make a list of influential trans* people - real role models, so to speak.
The following is an incomplete list of folks that I believe have proven to be reliable, non-oppressive members and advocates of the trans* community:
- Kate Bornstein
- Leslie Feinberg
- Stephen Ira
- Marsha P. Johnson
- Christine Jorgensen
- Isis King
- Jiz Lee
- Janet Mock
- Virginia Prince
- Sylvia Rivera
- Monica Roberts
- Ryan Sallans
- JD Samson
- Julia Serano
- Dean Spade
If a person I have listed has been proven to be problematic in some way, feel free to let me know (with sources, if possible). Also, if I am forgetting anyone that you think should be on this list, feel free to tell me someone who you feel should be here. To be added to this list, a person must identify under the trans* umbrella. (Please include their full name and why you think they should be added.)
Hopefully, I will have the post up by tomorrow night - including more folks and why they are a part of the list (i.e. achievements, activism, etc.)
Julia Serano is problematic in that she’s a white binary trans woman who does a very good job of analyzing oppressions which are within her personal experience … but also pretty much completely fails to consider any oppressions and intersectionalities outside her personal experience.
Her book Whipping Girl is an excellent analysis of the intersection of sexism and transphobia, but considers no other intersections whatsoever, and completely erases the existence of nonbinary and/or genderqueer trans people. She’s not an HBSer type as far as I’m aware, but her model of trans identities is pretty exclusively focused on the assumed norm of white binary trans people.
Overall, her work is something that I would feel comfortable pointing people to, but not without mentioning the caveats up front.
Actually, Seranno often says in Whipping Girl that nonbinary people are privileged in the community, and that “binarism” is the discrimination *against* binary identities