Pro-Trump Barry Humphries On Transgenderism: 'Terrible Rat-Buggery'

In a new interview with The Spectator, Barry Humphries, whose most famous incarnation is as the outrageous drag persona “Dame Edna Everage,” surprises by revealing he is anti-transgender people and praises Donald Trump for ‘stirring up politics.’

This from a man who became famous performing in drag.

In London to perform a three-week residency at the Barbican, Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret, Humphries told journalist Lloyd Evans that he feels the issue of transgender rights to be ‘terrible rat-baggery.’

He refers to transgenderism as ‘a fashion’ asking “How many kinds of lavatory can you have?”

“And it’s pretty evil when it’s preached to children by crazy teachers,” he added.

Humphries also called out the anger he aroused when he referred to gender confirmation surgery as “mutilation.”

In a 2016 interview with The Telegraph, Humphries agreed with derisive comments about “men who believe that they are women and have themselves castrated”.

“They had their genitalia chopped off and tucked in and whatever they had to do,” said the 84-year-old. “And that aroused a lot of indignation — probably among the people who’d spent a lot of money having it done.” 

Humphries tried to soften his position by adding, “But I don’t think I’m right to pontificate - I’m really an actor.”

On another topic, Evans asks if Humphries’ favorite onstage character, the sexist diplomat Sir Les Patterson, has been co-opted by Donald Trump. 

“Has the President stolen your act?” asks Evans. 

“No, I don’t think so,” replies Humphries. “I’m grateful to Trump for stirring up politics. And I won’t be joining any marches against him.”

(h/t The Spectator)

(photo: Eva Rinaldi/Flickr - CC license)

Rub And Tug To Be Dropped From Production!

Rub And Tug To Be Dropped From Production!

Scarlett Johansson Casting Controversy Leads To Flop!

Well, well, well. I told you so. The moment I heard the transgender community up in arms over the casting choice of Avengers: Infinity War Actress, Scarlett Johansson, as a transgender man: I knew the film would get pulled from production. In modern age, social media can lead you to get fired from your job, humiliated by society, and reputations destroyed. While the #MeToo movement has proved to be an incredibly positive influence in our culture, sometimes a movement can be damaging.

According to Pink News, the anger of Johansson being cast to play real-life transgender man, Dante "Tex" Gill, in the would-be film, Rub and Tug, has led to the film likely being pulled in it's entirety. Even after Johansson released a sincere apology to the transgender community. She even suggested the role be played by a transgender man - who

Okay, so: Obviously this was going to happen. But, at what cost? Was this uproar truly worth it, y'all? Did the transgender community win this battle since the role isn't going to be played by a heterosexual, cisgendered female? Now, the movie is more than likely not going to be made. Johansson's production company was set to produce the movie: It's likely not going to move forward after burying this woman who wanted to actually showcase a transgender story. I highly doubt she'll ever want to touch any subject matter regarding the transgender community again. Is this an appropriate time to add a reference to Nelson Muntz from The Simpsons saying "HA-HA!"?

So, in the end: Dante Gill's story likely won't get to be told. All because of social media outrage. I'm really disappointed. I'm sure the transgender community could've made a point and gotten much representation within the film in some type of way. Look at how much influence the phenomenal Janet Mock has had in FX's latest hit, Pose. This is so disappointing.

Do you believe this is a win for the transgender community - or should the film not have been made whatsoever if no transgender man was taking the reign? 

Writer's Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Contributor and does not reflect the views of my fellow Instinct Contributors or Instinct Magazine itself.

Scarlett Johansson Pulls Out Of Film After Backlash!

Scarlett Johansson Pulls Out Of Film After Backlash!

Uproars Over Casting Choice Leads To Exit!

#GROAN! Well, those who threw a fit over social media got their wish. We recently informed you about the controversial casting choice where Avengers Actress, Scarlett Johansson, would portray a transgender man in the upcoming film, Rub and Tug. I had a very unpopular opinion on why people shouldn’t be raging maniacs about the casting choice an foresaw the film being pulled. Well, it’s halfway there thanks to the uproar of negativity that came with the casting.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Johansson has removed herself from the acting role in a statement to Out magazine. She tells:

“In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project,” Johansson said in a statement Friday to Out magazine. “Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive. I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues. According to GLAAD, LGBTQ+ characters dropped 40 percent in 2017 from the previous year, with no representation of trans characters in any major studio release. While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person, and I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film. I believe that all artists should be considered equally and fairly. My production company, These Pictures, actively pursues projects that both entertain and push boundaries. We look forward to working with every community to bring these most poignant and important stories to audiences worldwide.”

I doubt we’ll even see this film come to light amid the controversy. I’m happy Johansson has made a statement in support of the transgender community, but is any of this really going to help? Rub and Tug could’ve been an interesting story to see unravel, but now it’s pretty much poisoned itself. Call it quits.

Writer’s Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Contributor and does not reflect the views of Instinct Magazine itself or the other contributing writers.

Is An Uproar Over Casting Choices Necessary?

Is An Uproar Over Casting Choices Necessary?

Weighing In On Scarlett Johansson Casting Controversy

By now you've probably heard Avengers Actress Scarlett Johansson has found herself in the middle of an uproar over a recent film's casting choices where she has been cast as massage parlor owner, Dante "Tex" Gill, a Transgender man, in the upcoming Rub & Tug. When asked about the casting choice and controversy, Johansson slickly refers to the casting choices of Jeffrey Tambor, Fecility Huffman, and Jared Leto who have all played Transgender characters in recent years, followed by much Academy success.

According to Buzzfeed, Transgender Actresses, Trace Lysette (Transparent) and Jamie Clayton (Sense 8), have vocalized  their disgust over the casting choice. Along with those two ladies of the silver screen, the “I-Always-Have-Something-To-Complain-About-Blogger” Jen Richards proposed The Hollywood Reporter should hold a panel with Transgender actors ... because apparently she's an actress now, too. Lysette, who is clearly jealous she didn’t get the role, went so far to tweet she "is so done" with ...acting(?) over the casting decision. Check out her confusing and salty tweet.




After thinking about this over and over, I formulated my opinion to be this. While it is extremely clear Rub & Tug will obviously tank amid controversy, I cannot help but feel it is for all for the wrong reasons. Yes, I understand Johansson accepted a role that whited wash an Asian character and now has accepted a role of a Transgender man, but should we really be directing our anger toward her? Would you not accept a check and a job ... and a role in a film?! I guarantee you anyone complaining absolutely would.

Lysette, in particular, cites not being able to be in the same room as Johansson or Jennifer Lawrence for acting roles: It's why she's so upset. Let's take a step back, shall we? Is Lysette a household name? No. Is Lysette on the level of talent such as two leading Hollywood Actresses? Not yet. So, Lysette, you shouldn't be in the same room as them because you have not yet proved to be on the radar of someone who has worked for years in this industry. I'll be the first to admit I think the aforementioned Clayton has loads of talent, but once again, I cannot see any of the Transgender Actresses complaining over the casting choice in any mainstream role at least in the upcoming year. Why? Because they have yet to pay their dues to the industry.

Example: Do you think Jennifer Aniston was complaining she wasn't in the same room with the Hollywood Hot List when she was in her early 20s and took a leading role in the B-Horror film, Leprechaun? Probably! But she wasn't crying over it. She moved forward!

Unfortunately, I cannot think of a Transgender Male Actor besides Chaz Bono; are all Transgender men's roles to be only directed to him? This is acting, which so many people are separating from real life. If you'd like to see incredible, literally, stunning acting from the Transgender community, I advise you to watch Ryan Murphy's Pose – which Lysette is a character on! - and is arguably the best Summer 2018 television.

In closing, the whole film should be scrapped because the complaints have absolutely ruined it. But, there shouldn't have been commotion from the peanut gallery in the first place. I understand Transgender Actors want the door to be opened for them to earn and have roles. However, I think people need to understand that acting is a job. This isn’t a film plot where someone gets picked up off the street. If you’re putting in the time and work to get roles, they will come to you.

Writer's Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Contributor and does not reflect the views of Instinct Magazine or it's other Contributors.

New Laws In NJ Make Changing Birth & Death Certificates Much Easier For Trans People

New Jersey took positive steps forward on Tuesday when Gov. Phil Murphy signed new legislation into law providing important rights and protections for members of the LGBTQ community.

The first bill, SB478, allows transgender residents to change birth certificates to reflect their gender identity. According to the new law, people may choose to identify as male, female or undesignated.

Until now, transgender people had to undergo gender confirmation surgery and provide proof from their physician in order to amend their birth certificate.

According to Garden State Equality, the LGBTQ organization which helped draft the bill, New Jersey is the 17th state to enact a law dropping the surgery requirement for amending a birth certificate and only the fourth, after California, Oregon and Washington, to allow for a third gender option on the document. 

Former Gov. Chris Christie had vetoed the bill twice while in office.

The second bill, SB493, allows a death certificate to reflect a person’s changed gender identity. 

The third bill, SB705, provides for the creation of a Transgender Equality Task Force meant to identify barriers for transgender people in areas of housing, health care and criminal justice.

“Allowing vital records to match gender identity is an important step forward that will allow transgender individuals to control the disclosure of their transgender status,” said Gov. Murphy in a statement. “And by creating a Transgender Equality Task Force, New Jersey can ensure that all residents receive the protections they deserve. New Jersey will continue to stand with our LGBTQ residents in the continued pursuit of similar rights nationwide.”

According to a report by the Williams Institute at the University of California, there are approximately 30,100 transgender people living in New Jersey and 1.4 million trans people in the United States.

Starbucks Consulted With Trans Experts To Provide Essential Healthcare Coverage

Since 2012, employee healthcare plans for coffee giant Starbucks has covered gender reassignment surgery for its transgender employees.

But now, the coffee giant has announced expanded coverage for trans employees including breast augmentation, breast reduction, facial feminization and hair transplants.

In exploring new options for trans employees, the coffee purveyor consulted with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Starbucks was the first company in the world to ask WPATH to help translate their recommended standards of care into a medical benefits policy, said Jamison Green, the immediate past president of WPATH, who worked with the company on the benefits package.

“Starbucks was not afraid to ask all the right questions and demand that people get the best possible care,” said Green. “We produced a list of the most crucial benefits and those that are deemed problematic to insurance companies, such as facial feminization and electrolysis.”

Many of the new procedures now available to Starbucks employees were considered ‘cosmetic’ by most insurance companies and therefore not covered. But for trans people, these are essential to trans people in their journey to be who they are.

With suicide rates much higher for transgender people versus the general population (4.6% versus 41%), having access to these procedures can literally be life-saving.

Contributing factors to the higher suicide rates for trans people include lack of insurance coverage, and an inability to afford necessary procedures.

Plus, trans people can often have trouble finding trans-friendly healthcare providers. To address those barriers, Starbucks has advocates trained to work with trans employees to help them navigate the healthcare systems, find the proper providers and help in making sure claims are covered.

Read more about Starbucks’ announcement here.

Angela Ponce Becomes First Trans Woman Crowned Miss Universe Spain

As Pride Month comes to a close, history was made in Spain Friday night as Angela Ponce won the Miss Universe Spain pageant to be her country's representative at this year’s Miss Universe competition.

She is the first transgender woman to win the crown in her country

The 25-year-old has previously competed in the 2015 Miss World Spain competition representing Cadiz but failed to take home the crown that year.

At the time, she told the Daily Mail she felt like a winner anyway saying, “I have the regional crown on my head and I will keep fighting to make us seen, to make us heard and to demonstrate that I am already a queen with my own crown.”

“Society is not educated for diversity and that is what has made me go public,” she added. “Here I am and I'm not weird, I just have a different story.”

The Miss Universe competition has allowed transgender contestants to compete since 2012.

Watch Ponce's winning moment below.



Derick Dillard Returns To Hate On Trans Reality Star Jazz Jennings

Transgender TLC reality star Jazz Jennings is recovering in the hospital after undergoing gender confirmation surgery this week.

The 17-year-old I Am Jazz star shared her first post-surgery photo to social media on Thursday, thanking fans for “all the love and support” and that she’s “doing great” following the operation.



i’m doing great, thanks for all of the love and support

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Earlier this month, Jazz shared with fans that her surgery was scheduled for Tuesday, June 26, in a YouTube video.

“I wanted to talk about my upcoming gender confirmation surgery,” Jennings said.

“It’s coming up so soon. June 26 is when I’m getting the surgery, so like a month away,” said Jazz. “That is insane. I am so looking forward to it. I’ve been ready for this my entire life.”

While most transgender folks tend to be more private about gender confirmation surgery, Jazz has been open with fans about her trans journey so far because she believes education is “super important.”

“If I put out this information for people to see, they won’t need to ask anymore questions. And also, it’s educational within the community as well. A lot of parents who have transgender kids are like, ‘What do I do? I don’t know much about this process.’ And seeing our show kind of helps them figure out what steps they could take to help their kids and what the journey might look like in the future.”

“It’s crazy to me. I’m going to have new genitalia. Like penis to vagina. That’s some serious s—, y’all. I can’t believe it, I’m going to have a vagina!”



Sadly, it seems there’s always a jerk crawling out to hate on someone’s parade. And Derick Dillard, formerly of TLC’s Counting On, was back to troll Jazz on Twitter.

Dillard wrote today, “This kind of thinking should not be encouraged by media. A system that allows this kind of child abuse is clearly broken.”


This isn’t the first time the douchebag has gone after Jazz. Late last year, Dillard was fired from his reality show for attacking his fellow TLC star.

Past attacks on Jazz include calling Jazz’s reality show an “oxymoron” because Dillard believes transgenderism is a myth:

He also shared that he felt "pity" for Jazz for being taken advantage of to promote an agenda:

Can someone please tell Mr. Dillard to sit down and shut up?

A Seattle Federal Court Blocked Trump's Transgender Ban

A federal court has blocked Trump’s transgender ban yet again.

This Friday, June 15, Lambda Legal and OutServce-SLDN represented two organizations, the Seattle based Gender Justice League and the Military Partner Association, in a lawsuit titled Karnoski v. Trump.

That lawsuit has now led to the blocking of Trump’s latest attempt to ban transgender service members in the U.S. military.

If left alone, the executive order would have blocked any transgender people from joining the military after January 2019. Any currently enlisted members, however, would have been allowed to stay on.

But, a Seattle federal court has decided to rule favor of Lambda Legal’s nine individual plaintiffs, three of whom who want to join the military and six who are currently enlisted, and against Trump’s ban.

Lambda Legal’s Senior Attorney Peter Renn had this to say about the decision:

“Yet again, the Trump Administration has tried to implement and expedite discrimination, and yet again, the court has said no.”

“You would think the administration would get tired of all the losing, and more importantly, would read the writing on the wall and abandon this discriminatory and harmful scheme to prevent brave and qualified transgender people from serving their country.”

“Tomorrow, I will put on the uniform of U.S. Army and do my duty, as I did today and yesterday, and have done for more than 13 years,’ said Staff Sergeant Cathrine (Katie) Schmid.”

“Being transgender has no impact on my ability to perform my duties. I’m grateful that the court to date has recognized the value in our service, and I look forward to the day when we can put this argument behind us and focus on what’s really important– the accomplishment of our mission, and the welfare of our service members.”

Now, we’ll wait and see how the Trump administration responds. In the meantime, you can read more about the lawsuit at Lamda Legal's website.

Japan's Government is Funding Gender Reaffirming Surgeries For Its Trans Citizens

Japan is doing something amazing for its LGBTQ citizens.

A couple days ago, it was reported that trans citizens are being given support by the Japanese government to go through affirming surgery.

Japan Today reports that, through social security, the government is aiding LGBTQ people in the surgery. Previously, trans people could update their names on health insurance cards and now it seems some are given financial support as well.

That said, it isn’t being offered to everyone. Only those who weren’t already on hormone therapy and don’t have preexisting conditions are allowed to have the funding for the surgery.

On top of that, there’s another catch. In order to undergo the surgery, one has to be sterilized and go through tests.

“The legal requirements for transgender people in Japan to obtain a GID (gender identity disorder) diagnosis, involve unnecessary, arbitrary, and burdensome tests,” said the Human Rights Watch.

“The mandatory psychiatric evaluation and the law’s requirement that applicants be unmarried, sterile and lacking any children under 20 are inherently discriminatory.”

It seems that with every step forward, there are a few steps back.

h/t: GayStarNews