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Dan Savage, The Last of the ‘Tranny’ Lovers

I am not biphobic or transphobic. One my best friends is trans. People accuse me of being biphobic when all I am doing is articulating that a lot of bisexuality has certain issues and problems. Many people did identify as bisexual when they were coming out and it was a lie. That is just true. It is not crazy when you meet a bi person to wonder if they are really bi. It isn’t disrespectful. It is rational. Many bi people end up in an opposite-sex relationship so they are not in the same boat with us as gays and lesbians. … I joke about trans stuff. We are not allowed to say tranny anymore. There’s the T word and the F word, there is every letter of the alphabet word. … I still use the word “faggot” all the time in my column. Every time that I am on chat shows on cable I make a point of using fag in reference to myself because I don’t think it is a dirty word. I don’t think we should be stupid about it.

—Dan Savage, rebuffing attempts to label him transphobic [via; photo via]