San Francisco (cron) — two days after he was pulled from appearing on the main stage at this year’s Pride celebration in San Francisco — and after his song, “We Won’t Take It,” the festival’s unofficial cry has been canceled — Twisted Sister front man Dee Snyder Issue a response.
Little did I know that the transgender community expects loyalty and total agreement with all of their beliefs and any change or deviation is considered “transphobic,” he wrote. Snyder on Facebook mail.
“So my life supporting the transgender community’s right to decide what they want and honoring any changes they might make in how they present themselves to the world isn’t enough?” He continued, in a post titled, “So, I heard I’m transphobic. Really?”
Amidst the uproar with Pride is a tweet Snyder sent earlier this week, in which he expressed support for a statement from fellow rocker Paul Stanley of Kiss, which has been widely criticized for being anti-trans.
Stanley’s post read in part: “As many children without a real sense of gender or sexual experiences indulge in the ‘pleasure’ of using pronouns and saying what they are called, some adults mistakenly confuse teaching acceptance with normalization and encouragement of the situation. It has been a struggle.” to those really affected and turned it into a sad and dangerous heresy.”
The post led some to criticize the Kiss singer for mischaracterizing gender-affirmation sponsorships as a “kind of game”.
Snyder retweeted Stanley’s remarks, adding, “You know what? There was a time when I felt pretty too. Glad my parents didn’t jump to any rash conclusions.”
The tweet led to Pride dropping Snyder from its main stage where he was scheduled to perform Twisted Sister’s raucous rock anthem “We Won’t Take It”.
Dee has always been an outspoken supporter of LGBTQ+ rights“,” SF Pride said in a statement on the matter. However, when we were notified about tweet Where Dee expressed her support for Paul Stanley’s convert sack statement, we were saddened and angry. The message perpetuated by that tweet casts doubt on the ability of transgender youth to self-determine their gender.”
In his lengthy response to being shot down by Pride, Snyder attempted to explain his point, saying, “I mentioned recently that I don’t think young children are ready to make a decision about their gender assignment. I think their choices He should To be supported and accepted by their parents, but I don’t think children have the mental capacities to make rational, logical decisions about things of a magnitude that will affect them throughout their lives.”
Snyder goes on to describe himself as a “proud moderate” and heterosexual who proudly supports LBGTQIA+ rights. “
“The transgender community needs moderates who support their choices, even if we don’t agree with every single one of their ordinances,” Snyder continued. “For some (but not all) transgender people to accuse their supporters, like me, of being transphobic is not a good view of their cause.”
The singer, who signed his statement as “your cisgender ally,” said he would continue to support the transgender community and their right to choose, “even if they reject me.”
Snyder full statement It can be read on Facebook.
Meanwhile, Paul Stanley has since claimed that the wording of his initial post was not “clear”.
“Most importantly and above all else, I support those who struggle with their gender identity while enduring ongoing hostility and those whose path leads them to reassignment surgery,” Stanley books Thursday on social media. “It is difficult to understand the kind of conviction one must feel to take these steps.”
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