For those of you who don't know her, Rosa Lee Klaneski is a transgender woman who has played in several poker tournaments (including ladies events). Her license / passport list her as a woman.
It was brought to my attention today that Wicked Chops Poker included a picture of her in their July 1 post about dbag men who played in the WSOP ladies event. (Rosa Lee is in the bottom left photo.)
On July 1, Jen Shahade alerted WCP via Twitter to the fact that Rosa Lee identifies as a woman, and WCP responded via Twitter to thank Jen for the tip. No change was made to the WCP website at that time.
On July 2, Rise Poker (which has affiliations with Wicked Chops Poker) used that same picture of her in their "Cap-tion This" contest under the "eyebrow-raise-inducing" category.
A firestorm erupted over Twitter from multiple members of the poker community who disagreed with those posts.
Approximately 5 hours ago, Rise Poker removed the photo of Rosa Lee from their "Cap-tion This" contest and included the following statement: "Note: the original photo we had in this post was intended to draw humorous responses regarding pearl necklaces and cleavage -- and NOT to poke fun at any transgendered people. To avoid that issue we've changed the photo."
(IMO, that disclaimer is total BS CYA.)
Approximately 30 minutes ago, Wicked Chops Poker removed the photo of Rosa Lee from their dbags post with no statement or apology about its inclusion.
While I am happy to see that both sites removed the photos of Rosa Lee as used in that manner, I still found it very disheartening that those sites (1) included her in the category of dbag men who played in the ladies event and (2) effectively made (or asked other people to make) a mockery of her.
IMO, there is still a lot of misunderstanding / hatred toward our GLBT friends that needs to stop.
(Mods feel free to move to another forum if inappropriate for TWSS, but IMO the TWSS community has been more receptive to our GLBT friends than other forums may be.)