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    December 14, 2007

    Twinkdom is safe at least for now

    Posted by: Chris

    Image003 I am happy to report that gay twinkdom is safe and sound, as Adam Dahl came out victorious in Metroweekly's annual Coverboy of the Year contest.  You may recall that the D.C. gay weekly's annual vote-fest, which usually pits a dozen twinks up against the occasional musclebear or leather boy, this year featured something else entirely. Amidst all the well-defined 20-somethings was "Alexander O.," a female-to-male transgender man who waxed on about his girlfriend and how much he loved "The L Word."

    Adamdahl Some transgender activists saw Alexander's candidacy as a chance to score some socio-political points and started drumming up support for him, even reportedly introducing him at a trans rights banquet. So I did my part, letting folks know that it was a bit odd to see a FTM trans man who identifies with lesbian culture and has a girlfriend as a contestant in a gay Coverboy contest. The predictable hilarity ensued, though if you take the time to weed through the usual vitriol, there is some interesting and provocative debate among the comments.

    Anyway, hats off to my ex-roomie and all around super guy Adam Dahl (who unveiled his full name on the cover of this week's issue). It couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Kudos also to Jeff Code for his amazing (as always) photos. (Pout for the camera, Adam baby, pout!)

    Adam, I expect a raspberry margarita with my name on it at the Diner upon my return to Washington in January!




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    1. david on Dec 14, 2007 2:44:11 PM:

      What a shame that a woman with a vagina who has a girlfriend and loves lesbian culture did not win a gay male contest. Could the tide finally be turning against this truly preposterous, selfish and infantile cultural appropriation? In my city a number of years ago, our local Bear culture collapsed when a women (a self-proclaimed "Ursula") used PC claptrap to bully her way to being a contestant in the Mr. Bear contest (let me in or I report you to the Human Rights Commission was her "inclusive" demand). Along with a posse of "transmen", she singlehandedly ruined the event for the hundreds of gay male bears who showed up as they had for the few years this cool new gay male event had existed to see cocks and balls and some raunchy and hot male on male fun. The PC-whipped gay male organizers thought they could use the Bear event as a PC awareness raising session for trans and women's issues -- all they did was freak out and alienate the men who came there in good faith (and who knew nothing about nor cared a rat's ass about "transmen" and their issues.) This once-fun men's event was killed dead by the forced presence of PC transpeople. The contest ended that year and has never been revived. The "bear community" split into the public face which is PC-whipped (5%) and the other 95% of gay bear men who simply went back to house parties and doing their own thing in a man-on-man only culture as we have done forever. So much for these women's silly and destructive games. All they achieved was the alienation of 90% of gay men in the "community". But with news of the woman who lost the twink contest, maybe gay men can now resume our culture without the hectoring of the Cultural Revolutionary Transmen's Grand Delusion that they are "gay men" because they say they are. I can say I am King of the Universe -- am I? Message to Transmen -- start your own bars, contests, magazines, baths, and pseudo "gay" culture -- base it on ours if you must -- but make it your own and stop crashing our party! Let us end this issue once and for all and simply have two separate (but equal) rights movements -- gay/lesbian rights and culture over here and trans/queer rights and culture over there. Thank you.

    1. Sean on Dec 14, 2007 5:28:59 PM:

      Adam Dahl is a twink? He's got a pretty muscular body if you ask me. The only thing twinkish about him is his boyish-looking face.

      I'm upset that a STRAIGHT trans male was allowed in to the contest. The contest was for GAY men.

      I have to agree with David about trans people creating their own culture. Gay people need to get out of the shadows of trans history. Many early gay historians in an effort to find people like themselves mistakenly categorized trans people as gay.

    1. david on Dec 14, 2007 7:07:10 PM:

      Sean -- I am so glad you agree with me that gay and trans are two different worlds and cultures. I'm happy that you concur that gay and trans are not the same thing and that indeed we have almost nothing to do with each other. I think most gays would also be prepared to apolgize to all trans for ripping off trans history. Maybe Chris or Andrew Sullivan or someone with a large forum can make the apology in public on behalf of all of gays. After this gesture of Trans Reparations, we can move forward, separate our organizations, fight our individual fights, live our unrelated lives and never have cause to think about each other again. Thanks for having these mediation talks. They were very successful. Y'all take care now. Bye-bye.

    1. Double T on Dec 14, 2007 7:28:10 PM:

      You have press contacts in D.C. Has anyone interviewed Alex O?

      I'd be interested in knowing what was going thru this person's mind. Was it just a joke, did someone put him/her up to it?

      Maybe it was the makings of a book, "My life as a gay poster(trannie)boi."

      I see it coming to LOGO soon.

    1. Dennis Chase on Dec 14, 2007 11:47:29 PM:

      Thanks Craig for bringing this hoax to the attention of your readers. I'm so sick and tired of trans/queer "culture". It has nothing to do us. They are a bunch of obnoxious, maladjusted freaks.

    1. anon on Dec 15, 2007 9:22:48 PM:

      "They are a bunch of obnoxious, maladjusted freaks." WOW. For a second, I thought Pat Robertson had invaded this blog, talking about gay people.

      CC -- gonna take this down like you've threatened toward other (admittedly obnoxious)trans posters? Or, are you going to let gay people call trans/queer people "maladjusted freaks?" Now that we're out of the DSM IV, I guess that gives us license to label others as pathological?

      If trans/queer culture has nothing to do with "us," I think I need a new "us."

    1. david on Dec 15, 2007 10:06:28 PM:

      Anon -- I agree with you that the term "freak" is offensive name calling that serves no purpose. In relation to your own need for a new "us", you have one: "queer". "Queer" means you are no longer associated with old-fashioned, binary, hegemonic (thus rightwing) gay (and lesbian) power and privilege with its exclusionary notions of same-sex identity, politics, community, etc. With "Queer", you join with the original 1960s freedom fighters for fluid gender roles and polymorphous sexualities. Being "queer" means that you didn't fight so that an elitist group of homosexual men can form their own little fag society and not only ignore the rest of the sexual "deviants", but actively throw them "under the bus". There's a "new us" for you.

      By the way, homosexuality was removed from the DSM (III at the time) in 1972 -- 35 years ago.

    1. Dennis Chase on Dec 16, 2007 7:45:23 PM:

      Have you sex changes and move on. Geez.....

    1. Allen on Dec 17, 2007 10:11:41 AM:

      Chris ... I'm just happy that our buddy won. He deserved it. Like I said to Adam, it proves to me that nice guys DO finish first.

    1. Inaudible Nonsense on Dec 18, 2007 5:58:04 PM:

      Perhaps this is a generational thing, but I've always thought that trans and gays have a very specific and important connection. We are talking about gender rolls. That's the root of our cultural debate. That's what people are talking about when they quip: adam and eve not adam and steve. Or use the word "queer" in a derogatory way. But you know? I came out at 15. And the first question my mother asked was: "why do you want to be a girl" and that pretty much sums up how "straight" america sees gay men. As gender bending non conformists.

      Our great success over the years has been in the acceptance of this continuum. That we are stronger in numbers. That this isn't just about G or L or B but also T. And always has been.

      Frankly, I'm more upset that another bland-looking white guy made the cover boy of the year. I'm sure he's probably super though. And I've just judged him on looks, which is exactly the problem, right?

    1. athbhreith on Oct 24, 2008 1:48:11 AM:

      Ah, yes. Hate comes in all flavors. Bitter queens are not exempt.

      I'm really ashamed of the transphobia I have read here. You are no better than the homophobes, the racists, the sexists... Clearly because you understand what it feels like to be a transsexual man, you are able to say with absolute certainty that trans men could never be "real gay men". (Wait, do I hear the faint echoes of het guys snarling, "You gay guys aren't 'real men'"?)

      I'm a transsexual man. I was born this way. My brain went male, my body female. It's not my fault. But, according to you, I should be treated as though I am at fault; I should tuck my tail, go live in a basement somewhere, and stop bothering your insecure little asses by asking to be a part of the gay culture that apparently you own. Well, guess what? I wouldn't dream of depriving you of my magnificence because of a little glitch in my mama's oven.

      I know it's hard for some of you to grasp this, but I'm like you (i.e. male brain wired to be attracted to other men), the difference is that my body developed differently; I am a biological variation or I have a "birth defect" of sorts. It's something that could have happened to you, too.

      Being gay in a straight world sucks a bait-and-switch cock, and I know you want to reclaim some of the power you feel has been stripped from you, but this isn't how to do it. Trying to control who participates in the gay community is futile and just looks, well, pathetic. You don't get to define "gay" any more than straight guys get to define "man".

      I wish people would realize how completely and utterly selfish and ignorant they look before posting this kind of shit. Not only does it make life more difficult for people, like transsexuals, with developmental issues to function as human beings, you further the negative attitudes and misconceptions about us.

      So, I'd like to kindly ask you to open your heart and mind or shut the fuck up.

    1. Monica on Dec 21, 2008 2:22:49 AM:

      I think Adam is hot and as a transwoman I say to you, isn't that what really matters haha

    1. Jason on Mar 10, 2010 11:15:56 PM:

      Is there anyway someone could contact Adam Dahl?

    1. Kris on Jul 7, 2010 9:21:15 AM:

      News flash: gender isn't the same as sexual orientation. Transmen can be gay. Transwomen can be lesbian. Many people don't differentiate between being effeminate or butch and being trans; thus, we're all subject to similar forms of gender discrimination. That means our communities, such as they are, overlap. They always have, and now it's just becoming more visible. Who was the first to throw a bottle at Stonewall? A transwoman, Sylvia Rivera. You think you can separate the queer/trans movement from the gay/lez movement? Nice try. It won't work, because we will always be grouped together by people on the outside, fused together by prejudice. Or do you intend to allow only manly men to be gay and femme women to be lesbian? Are you going to establish the Gender Expression Police?

      Deep down, I'll bet the most vitriolic commenters here just hate it that "gay," in common parlance, is synonymous with effeminate. And "lesbian" with "butch" or man-hating. And I'll bet the same commenters have a huge problem with transmen who are more masculine than they are themselves. But you know... your self-hatred is not our problem. Your hatred of us is not our problem. It's yours, and if I were you, I'd get a handle on it, because it's standing in the way of YOUR freedom, not ours.

      Know your history, and cut the crap. Cuz transfolk are speaking up.

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    1. Lily on Dec 15, 2010 8:47:56 PM:

      You see? How many times have I said that we (people born transsexual) have to separate from the homos?

    1. Monster Beats Sale on Nov 26, 2011 3:01:43 AM:

      have I said that we (people born transsexual) have to separate from the homos?

    1. D.jones on Dec 24, 2011 8:03:53 PM:

      I think this is really great I would just like to know how did he get rid of boobs I don't see any surgical lines, dude thumbs up! I'd love to look like this..

    1. D.jones on Dec 24, 2011 8:08:02 PM:

      I think this is really great! I'd love to look like this...thumbs up dude..I just wanna know how you get rid of the boobs I don't see any surgical lines..you rock!

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