Samson Brown
Samson Brown | via Gillette commercial

According to Dorothy Cummings McLean: Gillette ad pushes trans agenda with girl who thinks she’s male shaving her face. “They” are redefining the English language. I know that it is tedious and repetitive but the “trans agenda” is nothing more than being accorded Equal Protection under the law. I suppose you could include Peeing in Peace to the mission.

The young man in the ad is not a “girl who thinks she’s male.” He is a transgender man. The deliberate use of the wrong pronoun is just obnoxious. Doing so to uncritically defend the teachings of the Catholic Church is just stupid.

No one, and that includes priests I have known, believes all of the dogma. How did anti-LGBT bigotry become highlighted in yellow or provided in boldface type?

A new TV ad for Gillette features an older man showing a very masculine-looking youth, who hints at being a female, how to shave her face.

The novice shaver is Toronto-based trans activist Samson Bonkeabantu Brown, and the older man is the youngster’s father. According to Brown’s website, the professional performer believes she has been “gifted from birth with the gifts of necromancy, narcomancy and mediumship.”

He does say those things on his website. Mr. Brown is fair game for criticism as an occultist. The fact that he is transgender does not insulate him from that disparagement (although he is very young). Nor should it. But McLean is trying to discredit Brown’s transition:

“Transitioning has been a form of shapeshifting. At least that is how I understand it from the messages my ancestors have told me. I also see transitioning as a form of dying. The female me completely died when I began to medically transition and I had already grieved the female I never related to or identified with,” the actor continued.

“When I transitioned my family had to grieve the female they assigned me as. For some of them, it’s been the longest grieving/funeral process ever. For others, they had grieved along with me, long before I ever went under the knife. I think my mum is still grieving. She is just putting on a better show of being okay with having to grieve.”

What is the point?

Were Ms. McLean capable of some objective humanity she would realize that this is the story of a father and son celebrating a rite of passage into adulthood. I find it heartwarming. McLean and those like her cannot see beyond sexuality that the Church does not approve of.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.