Last updated November 9, 2010
There have been a few people thinking about starting up a Menace group in different areas and since the main Menace site doesn't cover this topic, I thought I'd share the info I got when I decided to start the Toronto group. The only thing that is needed to start a Transsexual Menace is wanting to start a Transsexual Menace. As long as it's not-for-profit and pro-trans you can use the name, the drippy letters logo, etc. You can start a group, make up some t-shirts or just create a website. That's all Toronto's Transsexual Menace is now. But if anyone wants to start a Menace group in Toronto, please let me know and I'll post all the info. Since I posted this info, the Transsexual Menace International Website now has the original Menace Charter!
I've got some information about the beginnings of the Menace from Denise
Norris co-founder of the first Menace.
She states "Riki Anne Wilchins and I founded the Menace in 94 to provide a show of force for activism. One of the early projects was Stonewall 25. I came up with the original dripping letters for Menace, while Riki supplied the actual name. The name is a play on words from a similarly name group from the women's movement of the 70s.
About a year later, Riki and I split over political agenda differences. The Mence actually had a charter which I believe has gone to the pile of forgotten efforts, but I might be able to find a copy on some diskette somewhere.
So, despite rumors, the Menace was not founded to sell t-shirts... But I still have my black silk starter jacket embroidered with the original Menace logo."
I've also been told that Laura Potter deGrey was also one of the founders
of Menace. She is currently involved with a transsexual housing co-operative
in New York State.
In Toronto, the Menace is primarily this website which has been up and running for close to ten years now. There are a number of transsexual groups and individuals in Toronto doing fine work in the community and the city at large. If anyone is interested in creating a Transsexual Menace Action Group or wants to help in any way with this website, please send an email to mailto:email@example.com
You can contact mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
with contributions to this site, questions or comments.
The Main Transsexual Menace in New York City also has a nice bit about the whole Menace thing.
Press Release from the Transexual Menace - NYC - 1994. This represents the first major victory for the Menace and the first time the newborn TG community and the LGB community got together on a national level, the birth of LGBT, if you will.
Stonewall 25 Re-evaluates Policy on Gender Community
New York, NY - The Transexual Menace and Stonewall 25 have reached an agreement on promoting inclusion of the Gender community (people of Transgender, Transsexual, Transvestites or Drag experience, or anyone who identifies as having issues about gender identity or role) in all Stonewall 25 events.
On April, 8th, members from The Transexual Menace met with representatives of the Stonewall 25 Executive Committee to discuss the concerns and needs of the Gender community. As a result of this meeting, Stonewall 25 agreed to become more proactive in their inclusion of the Gender community. Specifically -
1. Seek the participation of all people
from the Gender community.
2. Denounce discrimination or exclusion of the Gender segment of the Queer community.
3. Increase visibility of the Gender community's role in the Stonewall riots.
4. Provide sensitivity training for Staff/Police on gender issues.
5. Adequate representation of Gender community speakers at the Rally
6. Representation among the Uncommon Heros honored for their contributions to the Queer community.
7. Add a 'Transgender' preference on housing forms.
8. Make minor corrections to the Demands on the UN.
The Transexual Menace urges all of the Gender community to welcome Stonewall 25's new policy.
"We're very encouraged by Stonewall 25's recognition of Gender involvement at the Stonewall Riots and it's place in the celebration 25 years later. My community has been excluded from the Queer movement in the past despite the fact that we were there on the very first night of the riots. We were kept invisible in the 70's and 80's, but we're back and out for the 90's!" said Denise Norris, a member of The Transexual Menace's Stonewall 25 Outreach Team.
"I'm calling for my community to GET INVOLVED! They've opened the door for us, now we've got to show them our support. Stonewall 25 need volunteers and money to make this event happen. It's not just their party, it's our party, too. We need to give either time or cash. Our right to be free is in danger and Stonewall 25 is now fighting for all of us," said Monica Pedone, another Menace member.
The Transsexual Menace recognizes that some members of the Gender community feel that Stonewall 25 should adopt a more inclusive title for the march on the UN by adding the words "Transgender" and/or "Drag." While The Transexual Menace believes in inclusive titles, too, it would prefer a single umbrella term, rather than a long list of descriptive names. The Transexual Menace also believes that it's more important that an organization be proactively inclusive of the Gender community then to have a name included in an event's or organization's title as an empty gesture.
The Transexual Menace would like to thank and praise the Women's Caucus and the Youth Caucus of the Stonewall 25 Steering Committee for their support of the Gender community's causes at Stonewall 25.
The Transexual Menace is an educational/outreach and direct action group organized in a purpose and manner similar to ACT UP and Queer Nation. In addition to initating actions against individuals and organizations whose policies and/or opinions are discriminatory to the Gender community, it sponsors outreach and educational events for the Queer and non-Queer communities. The Transexual Menace follows a policy of 'Confront with Love'. Membership in The Transexual Menace is open to all people who believe inclusiveness builds community, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.