Update: Media attention to White House protester Jennicet Gutiérrez

As opposed to a view shared by some people that Jennicet Gutiérrez should not have reacted the way she did at the White House, I share the opinion of many people out there, especially queer/trans activists of colour, that she did exactly the right thing, the most appropriate thing, and there was no better place for her outburst. She brought to attention a number of issues that the establishment is abjectly unwilling to address, in the most influential chef-lieu of executive power, in front of the most powerful man in the world. The latter’s reaction to Jennicet is deeply suggestive of his real face, that he is all but a mouthpiece for a white hetero-patriarchal establishment. His very articulation ‘you’re in my house’, is suggestive of an urge to demonstrate that he is in authority, whereas in reality, he is not the real person in charge. He could only say such a thing to a Transwoman of colour, who is also un-documented and therefore at the margins of society. Here’s a list of some worthwhile reading, as a follow-up to Jennicet’s white house outburst:

Jennicet herself has written a piece explaining why she did what she did, published in the Washington Blade.

The International Business Times covered the incident and Jennicet’s work, in an article available here.

For coverage in the #not1more campaign website, click here.

Further coverage on the outburst and the sorry sort of queer immigrants, especially in detention contexts: click here.


Another piece on Jennicet’s rationale for the white house  protest, published in Colorlines.

‘How the White House ‘heckler’ exposed a rift in the gay-rights community’, published by Fusion.

‘Obama heckler has a name, Jennicet Gutiérrez, and she’s a trans woman’, – published in reported.ly.

The twitter hashtag #morethanmarriage provides further links and discussions on vital issues facing LGBTQ-I people that the political establishment as well as a powerful segment of the gay community (the types that booed Jennicet at the White House) are unwilling to address. Get Equal, a Facebook group that campaigns for such issues, published this poster:

source: Get Equal

source: Get Equal

3rd update: 26 June 2015 3.30 pm

A well-written piece, penned by Allyson Dylan Robinson, a Transgender woman and Trans rights advocate. In this article, Robinson raises the issue of the politics of politeness, highlighting that they [politeness politics]

blossom wherever the privilege of whiteness or wealth or power encounters the anger of the oppressed as it pours out into the streets. Politeness politics shakes its finger at the protesters in New York and Baltimore…

Click the link about to read on. This is one of the most thoughtful contributions I have so far come across about this issue.

Click here for another great piece, with statistical information on deportations and  highlighting the magnitude of the problems Jennicet raised at the white house reception, by Jamilah King.

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