SF Weekly dumps on transgender people, all of Tenderloin


Oh hey, isn't it funny to watch (possibly) transgender people get punched in the face and repost a video of it that calls them "trannies" insultingly, without comment? What a barrel of laughs to compare transgender people to "pickpocketing assholes and crooks who know a crime of opportunity better than they know anything else." Well hey, to SF Weekly online news director Erin Sherbert, it's "Just another day in the Tenderloin!"

In a post today on the Weekly's Snitch blog entitled "Crazy Tenderloin Fight Proves That Tenderloin Is Still Just the Tenderloin," Sherbert, who's actually called attention to inequality in the past, gives into her unfunny sterotyping and sensationalistic link-baiting impulses and posts a YouTube video recorded a week ago that shows three people fighting in the Tenderloin -- two of them possibly transgender (Sherbert offers no evidence of this) -- and many horrifying punches to the face. Just so we can LOL with privilege! Here's the full text of her post.  

Transgender fist-fights, pickpocketing assholes, and crooks who know a crime of opportunity better than they know anything else. That's just another day in the Tenderloin.

For those of you blind optimists out there who were trying hard, really hard, to believe the Tenderloin is on the up-and-up, SF Citizen is here to knock some sense in you via YouTube. The hyperlocal blog posted this recent not-so-eye-opening video, titled "When Trannys Attack! Tenderloin Craziness."

I can't even touch the ignorance of any of the above, so I'm just gonna adjust my wig and leave it all there on the dirt floor like the mess it is. I will point out, however, that this comes at a particularly tone-deaf time, when local trans leaders are launching an historic campaign for medical equality and benefits rights. I will also point out that the SF Weekly, in the past, has maintained a pretty impressive record of covering transgender issues -- and isn't really that hard up for web hits, either. I've contacted Sherbert for comment and will update when I hear from her.

UPDATE: I reached out to Erin again, asking her if she was planning to comment. Her response: "no"


I have routinely seen and heard "transgenderd people" refer to themselevs with that exact phrase.

There are a fair number of "incidents" involving TS/TV/CD people in and around that area and, while the author should not be egregiously disparaging in her use of language, it is perfectly reasonable to draw attention to these troubles and incidents.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 1:26 pm
Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 1:59 pm
Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

Here is a link to Huffpost and Glaad that should have a little more weight:


Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

almost anything.

I heard a black guy say a while back that "black" was offensive and that we should say "African American".

Nobody can keep track of the PC nonsense that gets put about but as long as trannies use that word, it's OK for the rest of us.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

There are people of African ancestry who do not like the term African American at all. Many of their ancestors left Africa in the 18th century. How long does it take before they just become Americans without any prefix? People whose ancestors left Ireland in 1790 are not identified as 'Irish Americans' today.

And for a sense of the changing tides of PCness, just listen to the tapes of Dr. King referring to members of his community as 'Negros'.

Posted by Troll on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

so you'd use the n word in the presence of black people? the f word to gay people? just because 1 or 2 use the word WITHIN a community doesn't give every idiot outside it leeway to do so.

Posted by Aura Hazel on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 5:30 am
Posted by anon on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 7:34 am

Oh, OK, . . . .but as has been "logically" pointed out, then there's nothing wrong with using the word "nigger" because, 'Iv'e seen and heard [black people] refer to themselves with exact same word.'

Posted by Guest on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 9:35 am

comfortable and confident about it. In my case, "nigger" feels awkward but "tranny" does not. You might feel differently.

Posted by anon on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 10:13 am

Oh gee, your form of bigotry is more socially acceptable than Stormfront's.

Good job.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

That was written by a trans person. Are you a trans person? I'm getting the impression you aren't. So maybe you shouldn't be telling people whether they can or can't say "tranny."

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

which words are reasonable to use and which not to use.

Posted by anon on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

Gosh well if people are using it to describe themselves it must be okay for others to use it too right? *has put literally zero thought into whether there are a million fucking examples of how this isn't at all true*

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

if others call you the same thing?

Sure, you can complain, but you cannot reasonably complain.

Here's a clue - set an example of the behavior you want to see in others.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

If you say offensive things, use oppressive terminology, and generally act like a douchebag—and then people call you out on it? You can't complain. At least, not reasonably. Just deal with it. Here's a clue: Don't be an asshole if you don't want to be called one.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 5:49 pm
Posted by anon on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

Yes trannies or tranny is insulting to most transgender people.

When writing about transgender people, please use "transgender," not "transgendered"--which is considered incorrect.

Incorrect: "Max is transgendered."

Correct: "Max is transgender," or, "Max is a transgender man."

Keep in mind that 'transgender' should always be used as an adjective, never as a noun. For

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

I don't do political correctness, but if trannies didn't use the word "trannies" themselves, then I might think it offensive. As it is, I do not.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

Obvious troll is obvious. And oblivious.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

By that logic you should be comfortable saying "nigger" too, then, yes?

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

no I would not use that word. Although Chris Rock has a pretty funny sketch about whites who don't like to use the N word.

But "tranny" doesn't cause me any issues in that way. It's the normal slang term that I hear being used, by trannies and non-trannies alike.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

yes some people try to reclaim words, it's their way to disempower them, a lovely theory but it doesn't work, have you ever had a knife held to your face by somebody using that word? I have so I DON'T USE IT AS I FIND IT TRIGGERING AND OFFENSIVE, tell you what, some people are dense.

Posted by Aura Hazel on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 5:35 am

...all about you. People who complain about how they "can't keep up" with what's politically correct just don't want to try, usually because they don't really care about other people very much.

Posted by Hortencia on Feb. 21, 2013 @ 7:46 am

It's that if someone is offended by something, that there is a reasonable basis for that, and therefore everyone else has to walk on tiptoes around them because of their sensitivity.

Well, I'm sorry, but I don't dance for anyone else. I hear lots of thigns I don't like and I eat it up - I don't whine about it and give you a long laundary list of things you cannot say.

You want censorship or 1st amendment rights of free speech?

Posted by Guest on Feb. 21, 2013 @ 8:11 am

yes there will always be people seeking to reclaim a word, that doesn't make its use any less of a problem, using that word is controversial within the community, a lot are opposed to using it there too, it's a freaking slur. Meaning a lotta people will hate seeing it used by people who are trans, if you have no understanding of the word in the context of having it used against you then you are in a position of PRIVILEGE, ergo YOU DO NOT GET TO DECIDE IF IT IS ACCEPTABLE TO USE.

Posted by Aura Hazel on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 5:22 am

It's time for the Examiner's SFBG blog to dump its new business partner SF Weekly.

Talk with your bosses at the Examiner and see what can be done.

Now that you and The Weekly have the same owner, aren't you worried that one of the littler blogs will sue you for collusion in setting advertising rates? The two of you now have a virtual monopoly in the shriking paper-weekly market.

Someone needs to take a page from Bruce's playbook and sue the bunch of you. And while you are at it, sue Bruce, too. Afterall, he sold his building to an evil for-profit company and cleared a cool million...right after he fired Sarah and other employees.

Posted by Troll the XIV on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

that offer two different viewpoints. There is nothing to fear from differences in politivcal viewpoint. Only leftist extremists want censorship and suppression of free speech.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

Aren't the SF Weekly and SFBG under common ownership now? This Erin Sherbert person you're criticizing could be in the cubicle next door...

Posted by The Commish on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

bought the SFExaminer. It was the other way about.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

It's just another day on the internet, which is full of crazy people doing crazy things, and far worse. If you clutch your pearls any tighter, you'll have to fetch them off the floor. Theeeeere there, there's a good boy. Just breathe.

Posted by Chromefields on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

The wording of 'when trannies attack'; came from the youtube video poster himself

I didn't actually use that wording when I first posted it on twitter and then got picked up by the Citizen


For me the tranny angle was beside the point because it was more important to show how, instead of people helping to stop it, which a few did, others took advantage of the situation and jacked a parked car right in the middle of it, and THAT is something that is too common in the TL

altho a previous comment here also pointed out that area, near Polk does have a lot of trannys and that kind of thing happens a lot, so it's not as tho the Citizen and SF Weekly took it upon themselves to single out trannys

that came from the Youtube poster...go talk to him

as far as I can tell, the only thing the Citizen was doing was repeating what the original youtube poster said...you know, like quoting that so often happens in, erm, newspapers?

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

as I said above, it was repeated without comment -- it is in fact the duty of a newspaper to call this kind of shit out and to not just repeat ignorant things -- or else to properly structure those things as quotes within a certain context, neither of which was done here because lazy linkbait blog journalism.

Posted by marke on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

Haha, oh man. Marke, please tell us more about the purpose of a newspaper! I mean, besides attempting to bring down PG&E.

Of all the squicky shit you could have called out SFW on -- and there is so much! -- you chose this. Amazing.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

Can't you two work this out by the water cooler instead of airing your dirty laundary in public?

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

Erin the opportunity to respond and I look forward to hearing what she has to say.

Posted by marke on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

"There are people acting stupid on the street who happen to possibly be transexual, so I blogged about it, the same way a Guardian employee might blog about drunk frat boys acting stupid at Bay to Breakers"

We really need a progressive written hand book here in SF so we can keep straight our outrages. I don't want to be caught un-PC by laughing at the wrong group of people going crazy. These rules you people want us to kive by are way too arbitrary.

I feel like I'm being disciplined a week after I peed on the rug.

Posted by matlock on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

When will SF Weekly finally have to submit any and all content to SFBG managing editor Marke Bieschke?????? He obviously is the only one qualified to determine when it is okay to link to certain videos or whether or not to quote the title of the video.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

and I can call them out on it. Stop power-trippin' duuuuuude.

Posted by marke on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

Haha, awesome. You are bad at your job and you don't really understand the term "power tripping." Cool. Very cool.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

If not you should quit claiming the use of "tranny" is a pejorative because, a lot of transsexuals use it themselves.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

Being precious and PC about TS/TV folks is patronizing and much more insulting than calling them by the word they use themselves.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

Pleb, it must be difficult living in your up is down, down is up black and white world with no gray area at all.

According to your "logic" pleb I guess we have to call people who have a very dark skin pigmentation "nigga"**** because calling them anything other than that is "precious" and "PC" and "patronizing" and "more insulting." Can you think of any other newspeak to pull from your loony black and white upside down world, pleb?

Too bad this site doesn't use sound effects, such as one for crazy.

Do try to respond before they turn off the lights and lap tops you have there in your ward, pleb.

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***** Pleb, some brothers refer to each other as "nigga" as a term of affection. Assuming you're not of a dark skin pigmentation, you try using the term and see what happens to you, pleb. Ignoramus.

Posted by International Troll Society Member #12360969212 on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 6:20 pm

does not mean that they should find it offensive nor that others should tiptoe around their sensibilities.

If you are going to use a term to describe yourself, then own that. And don't ask me for special treatment just because you can't decide what sex you want to be.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

I am a transsexual I said I objected to the use of that word and the videos content try checking people you are talking for aren't present next time you choose to speak for us. Because you have NO RIGHT to tell us what should not offend us.

Posted by Aura Hazel on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 5:41 am

someone, particularly if they have an axe to grind and an over-developed sensitivity, I most certainly can and will tell you what it is reasonable to be offended by, and what is not.

Posted by anon on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 7:36 am

Yeah, but you're a useless shithead who is too stupid to tie their own shoelaces.

You have no right to be offended by that.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

It's hard to find well-informed people about this subject, however, you sound like
you know what you're talking about! Thanks

Posted by replikasi cd on Sep. 11, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

Dunce, a lot of queer dudes use the word "faggot" among themselves---as a sexual term or a term of endearment---but they rightfully resent it being used by the haters. If you can't understand the distinction and context of usage (because it's part of your idiotic amateur troll act) then get off the forum, pleb.

International Troll Society Member #12360969212

Posted by International Troll Society Member #12360969212 on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

"faggots" cannot reasonably complain if others follow his example.

If you want to suppress use of a word, don't use it, or don't whine if you do.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

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