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Signatures for ‘Drop The T’ counter-petition surpass original

Michelle O'Toole November 12, 2015

The counter-petition now has twice as many signatures than the original ‘Drop the T’.

‘We stand with trans people – Reject Drop the T’ now has 4,261 signatures at the time of reporting whilst ‘Drop The T’ has 1,940.

The counter-petition was published on Change.org one day after the original – which urged people to support dropping ‘T’ from ‘LGBT’.

The counter-petition was authored by Jonathan Boniface, a freelance writer, who argues that the original petition “does not speak in our name.”

The petition states that “We find the petition by ‘Drop the T’ to be insulting, inaccurate and transphobic and we want to make it clear that this narrow group of people do not speak for the LGBTQ+ community as a whole.”

The anonymous ‘Drop The T’ author argued that “the ideology of the trans community is at odds with or actively hostile to that of women and gay men,” and that the petition was a response to the “vilification and harassment of women and gay men/lesbian individuals who openly express disagreement with the trans ideology.”

Recently the author of ‘Drop The T’ spoke to the federalist, explaining that the controversy over Roland Emmerich’s adaptation of the Stonewall riots played “a very important role” in motivating him to start the petition.

“The majority of rioters were young, gay white men,” he said.

“with a handful of black and Latino men, some lesbians and a few drag queens.

“When the brouhaha over the film ‘Stonewall’ first ignited, I was stunned to see the transgender crowd taking sole credit for it.”

Thousands of LGBT activists had vowed to boycott the film when it was first unveiled.

More: drop the t, LGBT, petition, Trans, US

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