Transgender activists threw glitter on sex columnist and gay rights advocate Dan Savage over the weekend before his appearance at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, according to Xtra.
The six people who pulled off the stunt accused Savage of being “ableist, racist, transphobic, fat-phobic, sero-phobic and rape-apologist attitudes and views.”
“Savage is taking on being a speaker and leader in this movement. We have to take that into account,” one of the activists told Xtra. “He’s part of a broader [group] of gay, white, cis-gendered, able-bodied gay men focused on gay-marriage priorities. We want to say those priorities are messed up.”
In the beginning of November, Savage was showered with glitter during the taping of his MTV show Savage U at the University of Oregon. A few weeks later, transgenders activist glitter bombed him while he was delivering a speech at the University of California at Irvine.
“If I’m the enemy of trans people everywhere, trans people everywhere could use more enemies like me,” he said after the incident.
In an interview with The New Civil Right Movement’s David Badash nearly a month before the incident, Savage denied being transphobic but admitted he “had a journey in the last 20 years” concerning transgender issues.
“When I started writing Savage Love 20 years ago, and you can yank quotes 15, 18 years ago and flat them up today and say, ‘You know, that’s transphobic,’ I’d probably agree with you. Fifteen years ago I didn’t know as much as I know now — nor did anybody.”
The glitter stunt was inspired by activist Nick Espinosa, who previously glitter bombed Marcus Bachmann’s clinic and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. Although Gingrich at first brushed off the incident, he later told the New York Times that the act is “clearly an assault and should be treated as such.”