Rose McGowan Launches Anti-Transgender Verbal Attack

Rose McGowan has an Anti-Transgender "Breakdown"

Rose McGowan, who has a history of transmisogyny, homophobia, and racism, went on an anti-transgender tirade at a Barnes & Noble book reading on Thursday after Transgender Advocates for Revolution founder Andi Dier asked what she was doing to support transgender survivors of sexual abuse. Dier referenced McGowan’s transmisogynistic conversation with RuPaul in which McGowan claimed that transgender women didn’t truly live in the world as women, a statement reflective of McGowan’s belief that transgender women are not real women.

“Trans women are dying and you said that we, as trans women, are not like regular women,” Dier told McGowan. 2017 was the deadliest year for transgender people in American history, with at least 28 known murders of transgender individuals and likely hundreds still unknown. “We get raped more often. We go through domestic violence more often,” Dier continued. “There was a trans woman killed here a few blocks [away]. I have been followed home.”

McGowan responded with fury, telling Dier to “shut up,” getting Dier kicked out of the event. The crowd booed Dier as she was removed. McGowan then exploded on an anti-transgender tirade, demanding that transgender women be “fucking grateful” and denying the fact that transgender women face far higher rates of violence than cisgender women. McGowan then dismissed transmisogyny entirely, saying: “When you break it down, it is a much smaller population.”

“There’s not a network here devoted to your fucking death,” she continued, a disturbing statement given that a transgender person is murdered at least every 29 hours. “There’s not advertisers advertising tampons with a camera lovingly going up a girl’s body as she’s being lovingly raped and strangled. Piss off.” McGowan went on defining womanhood by genitalia, pushing the lie that transgender women are not real women because their biology is not the same as cisgender women. To make matters worse, McGowan once again displayed her ignorance on the subject of race: “I’m mad that you put shit on me because I have a fucking vagina and I’m white or I’m black or I’m yellow or I’m purple.”

The crowd encouraged McGowan, chanting and cheering for her. In essence, McGowan transformed her event into an anti-transgender rally. In the time since the incident, McGowan claims that she was “verbally assaulted” by Dier and that the transgender community and allies are being unfair. Many cisgender feminists have come to McGowan’s defense, with the Women’s March organizers receiving much hatred for their statement defending transgender women.

Dier spoke with transgender journalist Katelyn Burns in a them. interview about the incident. “Cis people keep pretending trans women are a third gender or something,” Dier told Burns. “That’s getting us killed. Trans issues are women’s issues. If we’re not fighting for trans women, we are not fighting for women.”

Dier, a survivor of sexual assault and rape herself, also spoke about how Barnes & Noble mistreatment her. Security misgendered Dier, and McGowan “said nothing to stop or correct them.” Dier was subsequently banned from Barnes & Noble for life.

Dier explained to Burns that anti-transgender harassment from cisgender feminists like McGowan is harmful to the mental health of transgender women: “She doesn’t have to worry about an army of TERFs that are most likely going to target me now for this and how that may lead to suicidal ideation.”

Finally, Dier requested that allies be better in the face of the anti-transgender sentiments flooding the left: “Please — stand up. Stop this passive bullshit about ‘resisting.’ Be loud, disrupt and revolt. All we have to do is try — literally try anything at all. And please just listen to people who have less privilege than you and know what they [are] talking about.”

Here are videos of the tirade posted by Pop Crave on Twitter:

Jordan Valerie is a cinephile, filmmaker, journalist, political activist, and proud queer woman of color dedicated to civil rights, civic engagement, diversity, and watching at least a movie a week.

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