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If You Support All of the LGBT+ Community, Stop Supporting These Women

In light of the world seemingly turning on its head in the last couple of months, people are curious as to how they can be better allies to the LGBT community. It’s great to see so many people actively trying to do something to better themselves to aid our community, but because of the fact that a lot of our allies aren’t as familiar with the politics and discourse that surround us, they might not be as familiar with the people who are harmful to us. Most people are ready to support any LGBT celebrity the moment they come out, mostly out of fear of being labeled as a homophobe if not doing so.

But while that’s a well-intended sentiment, a lot of allies don’t realize that, while these people aren’t doing anything wrong inherently just by coming out, they are, or have done, things that are harmful to people who identify as some aspect of LGBT (i.e. being lesbian and biphobic, gay and transphobic, etc).

Kate McKinnon

McKinnon is SNL’s first openly lesbian cast member, and while her Hilary Clinton and Justin Beiber impersonations are great liberal humor, it’s difficult to overlook her transphobic past. In 2007, McKinnon was in the sketch-comedy series The Big Gay Sketch Show on Logo. On the show, she portrayed the character Fitzwilliam, who was supposed to be a trans woman and constantly made jokes about how much Fitzwilliam wanted a vagina.

It is already bad enough that McKinnon is a cis woman portraying a trans woman, but to add insult to injury and portray the horrible stereotype that all trans women must have gender reassignment surgery to be considered “real women” is incredibly toxic and something that she has yet to apologize for.

Erika Moen 

 

Moen is most known for her weekly comic strip “Oh Joy Sex Toy” where she and her husband Matt review sex toys and give lessons on sex ed. While this initially sounds like a very well-intended idea, but Moen and her husband have taken so many left turns that it’s impossible to understand why she still has so much credibility and platform.

Last week Moen posted a comic on cuckolding, a kink (which isn’t really a kink but more of an unhealthy relationship dynamic) that focuses on adultery and infidelity in a relationship. This kink has very racist roots in slavery (cuck and bull being words slave masters would use to describe male slaves who would not bend easily to their will). This would later evolve into the race play kink where white couples would often seek out black males to fulfill this disgusting excuse of a kink and would eventually form into the cuckolding that Moen talks about in her comic.

As if that weren’t enough, Moen, who identifies herself as a lesbian but is married to a man, allows her husband to use the d*ke slur, a slur that was reclaimed by the lesbian community and is only meant for lesbian use. She also has an extensive history of fetishizing trans men and has referred to packers, a device used by trans men to resemble the look and feel of a real penis, as sex toys that are free for all to use.

Arielle Scarcella

If you’ve browsed YouTube for LGBT content creators, you’ve most likely stumbled upon Arielle Scarcella before. While she has created some very funny videos that revolve around lesbian culture, she has also made some glaring flaws throughout her career.

Most notably, Scarcella has stated that pre-transitioning trans men are the same as butch lesbians, said that there are only two genders, and made a video where she interviewed a lesbian trans woman but did so under the title “Would You Date A Lesbian With A Penis?” and continually used cissexist language throughout said interview.

Although Scarcella has since apologized for the comments about two genders, it is still important to take her videos with a grain of salt. Scarcella repeatedly spoke on trans issues when she has no right to as a cisgender woman, speaking over trans people and pushing them farther from the spotlight that they need and deserve to speak upon their experiences and lives.

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20 year old nonbinary lesbian living in Georgia. My main focuses are black lives matter, issues within the lgbt community, and fighting against racism (both on and offline).

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  1. Rael

    April 13, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Has your founder and editor-in-chief ever apologized for her racist comments? Do you believe she still has a place at this magazine knowing she has failed your impossibly high standards of perfection?

  2. Rael

    April 13, 2017 at 2:55 am

    Also, policing a woman for sporting a fake penis because it’s inconsistent with her gender identity is transphobic in of itself, no? I feel like you are so desperate to find something “problematic” about the person you’re whining about that you trip on yourself and do the same problematic thing you’re complaining about. I truly question the point of Affinity magazine because it seems that all you’re good for is fulfilling the worst stereotypes about SJWs.

  3. Amy

    April 14, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Why would it be wrong for a cis woman to portray a trans woman? Of course they should try to give role to a trans woman first but if there isn’t one what do you expect, a man to dress as a woman?

    • Anonymous

      April 23, 2017 at 7:14 am

      I completely support Amy’s comment

  4. Anonymous

    April 14, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Kate Mckinnon just did a sketch on SNL last week making fun of Italians… Guess that means she actually hates Italians… I mean, come on! It’s comedy! Comedy crosses boundaries, that’s the beauty of it! It’s intolerant and factless articles like this that are part of the problem..

  5. Atlas

    April 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Yikes at some of the other comments here. Thank you for writing this article. I didn’t know about some of these things.

  6. briar

    April 22, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Honestly if people could stop shitting on Kate McKinnon for something that happened ten (10) years ago that would be amazing. Yikes @ people for not realizing that people change. She was 23. There weren’t as many out trans stars to be educating the world as there are today. I’m not saying dismiss the comments she made/the dismiss her actions, but understand that Kate McKinnon is a human being like any of us. Who of us hasn’t made bad decision in their lives that they haven’t apologized for?

    And I’m saying this all as a queer, femme presenting, and gender non-conforming individual. Kate isn’t perfect, but she hasn’t made any comments to suggest she’s transphobic since the awful Fitzwilliam sketch. And no, she hasn’t apologized, but she’s someone who isn’t on social media publicly in any way shape or form. So with no one reaching out to ask her about said sketch, she’s no way to make an apology that will reach the masses that it has offended.

  7. ols

    April 22, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    kate being transphobic is wrong but people can change (shocking i know)????? is there anything recent about her being transphobic?

    • ols

      April 22, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      like are you gonna start hating on vegans for eating cheese 10 years ago?

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