Adam Polaski

Comment of the Week: A Call for Civility

Filed By Adam Polaski | January 29, 2012 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: Dan Savage, Drew Cordes, glitterbomb, infighting, trans activist

comment-of-week.jpgUnless you weren't online on Monday, you probably heard that Dan Savage was glitterbombed for the third time in the past six months. Bil wrote a post about the incident ("Trans Mafia: Savage Glitterbombed Again"), asserting that Savage is not the enemy and that this behavior actually works to stifle cooperation within the LGBT community. The post sparked lots of comments about in-fighting, whether it's necessary, and whether it helps progress the community at all.

Drew Cordes sounded off on the post:

For the record: I'm trans. I'm pretty outspoken about it and our cause. And I support Dan Savage. And Bil. Instead of flipping out and just yelling shit like, "You don't get it!" making wild accusations and glitterbombing people, how about taking the time to discuss the subtleties of your position and feelings. Do you really think people like Dan and Bil want to oppress trans people? That's insane. I realize an appeal to the virtues of patience, subtlety and civil discourse in an Internet comments section is pretty much dead on arrival, but come on people. This is friendly fire.

Update: This post has been updated since its original posting because the original inaccurately stated that a trans activist was behind the glitterbombing. The reporting on the incident only states that a queer activist was behind the glitterbombing, not a trans activist specifically.

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