âI donât support same sex marriage in Massachusetts,â announces trans activist, radio host and Massachusetts resident, Ethan St. Pierre who peppers his speech with self-revealing bombshells, that make the self-described radical guy sound surprisingly conservative. Founder of the Internet broadcasting network, , St. Pierre also sits on the board of a number of organizations including the International Foundation for Gender Education (ifge.org), Families United Against Hate (fuah.org) and the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition (ntac.org).
St. Pierre, identifies as a trans man but maintains, âI donât think that I was born in the wrong body. I just think that there are women with penises and men with vaginas.â
As coordinator of The International Transgender Day of Remembrance, St. Pierre developed a new Web site (transgenerdor.org), and updates the statistics of those who are murdered as a result of anti-transgender violence or hatred - work once done by Remember Our Dead founder Gwen Smith, whoâs been on hiatus. âI canât tell you enough about the work that [Gwen]âs done on our behalf; and what a difficult job it is. I work on that website for half a day and Iâm bawling my eyes out. These young people with all the promise in the world and their lives were just snuffed out for no other reason than they were trans or different.â
St. Pierre collaborated with hosts Nancy Nangeroni and on GenderTalk, the online, weekly radio program devoted to transgender issues; then developed his own show, Radical Trannies, before launching TransFM (transfm.org). Currently on summer vacation, the live show returns in September and reaches listeners in twenty countries. In the meantime, pod casts of the show are available online, as are postings from other pod casters.
For nearly a decade, St. Pierre has also been lobbying for the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition, which he describes as âa bunch of rabble rousersâŠtelling it like it is, saying the things other organizations are afraid to say and wonât say about whatâs actually happening in our community.â
In particular, NTAC has taken a strong stance on the Human Rights Campaignâs failure to support United ENDA. Personally, St. Pierre says, âI donât believe theyâre helping anybody. Never mind trans people, what theyâve done to us. It pains me to see them grab people out of our community that donât know the history. Itâs the people that know better, that I [really]âŠ.donât tolerate. This is our community, why would you do that to your own people?â
âWe got kicked to the curb in the â80s when the assimilationist movement started,â St. Pierre argues. âAnd rich, white, gay men decided this was their movement. [Now] weâre moving out of a place [of] shame. We deserve these rights and we deserve them now. We shouldnât have to wait for the crumbs that have been swept off the table. â
Still, St. Pierre doesnât support same sex marriage, except in states that have âalready taken care ofâŠthe [trans] community as far as employment, and hate crimes are concerned.â
Encouraged by a younger generation, that hasnât known âour community without the T,â St. Pierre proclaims, âItâs a wild time to be an activist. Thereâs so much going on right now. Weâre going to move forward and leave people behind that are stuck in that old assimilationist thing.â
âIâm really not that much of a radical guy,â St. Pierre insists. âI just want rights like everybody else. I want us all to have rights.â
Tune in to Portland, Oregonâs KBOO radio, August 26th 6-6:30 pm PST as trans writer Jacob Anderson-Minshall joins Trannywreck Radioâs Rebecca Nay to co-host the pilot episode of their new radio show, Gender Blender, streaming live at KBOO.fm.