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For anyone unfamiliar, Datalounge is a discussion board where snarky gay males of my generation (X) have hung out since 1995. It is unapologetically anti-trans, and surprise, surprise, seems to suffer from little other than occasional TRA trolling posts that are quickly and mercilessly put down.

I find it refreshing to read those threads because the comments are sensible, funny, unanimously opposed and so relaxed. They are relaxed, of course, because the threat represented by TRAs to gay men is not substantially worse in scope than anything else they've faced in the past, and they have had some success in keeping it out of their intimate space.

Women can't be relaxed like that, though Ovarit discussions are the closest thing I've experienced.

Anyway--was curious to know if anyone is aware of DDoS attacks, efforts to deplatform or other TRA actions against Datalounge. If not, it's a good comp to share with the 'just be kind' crowd when arguing TRA activism is just another form of misogyny.

For anyone unfamiliar, Datalounge is a discussion board where snarky gay males of my generation (X) have hung out since 1995. It is unapologetically anti-trans, and surprise, surprise, seems to suffer from little other than occasional TRA trolling posts that are quickly and mercilessly put down. I find it refreshing to read those threads because the comments are sensible, funny, unanimously opposed and so relaxed. They are relaxed, of course, because the threat represented by TRAs to gay men is not substantially worse in scope than anything else they've faced in the past, and they have had some success in keeping it out of their intimate space. Women can't be relaxed like that, though Ovarit discussions are the closest thing I've experienced. Anyway--was curious to know if anyone is aware of DDoS attacks, efforts to deplatform or other TRA actions against Datalounge. If not, it's a good comp to share with the 'just be kind' crowd when arguing TRA activism is just another form of misogyny.

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TRAs generally aren't direct or aggressive with men who are critical of them.

DL is fun. It can be a bit racist, though.

I’ve lurked on Datalounge for the good part of 15 years. It hasn’t had threats from TRAs, but there are attempts to disrail threads. It was the first attempt at “Lose the T” due to TRA activism about six years ago, but moderator (“Muriel”) constantly deleted such threads. Muriel in the past was TRA-sympathetic.

What were there however were very calculated Russian troll groups attempting to influence the 2016 election in favour of Trump. It was quite blatant and disconcerting.

Also there have been repeated TRA attempts recently to call gay men who don’t want to have sex with transmen transphobic. When the anonymous posters protest, they’re accused of being right wing, terfs, secret lesbians, “racists” etc.

I don't find datalounge to be anti trans at all. All trans critical post seem to be by women, and the gay men there dismiss the issue. They aren't pro trans but they also don't advocate against them either.