The Disconnect in Action

January 25, 2008

Over at Bilerico, Michael Crawford posted an item linking to  – and praising – a video clip by HRC’s HRC about preventing youth suicide.  This is his title to his post:

Hillary Clinton Talks About Preventing LGBT Youth Suicide

And, Crawford intros it like this:

Hillary Clinton took out some time to answer some questions from young voters sent in via email, Twitter, Facebook etc. including a question about preventing suicide among LGBT youth. The question and Clinton’s answer comes about 3:22 into the clip.

Well, HRC’s HRC does talk about youth suicide.  And, there are voices on the video which enumerate GLBT youth suicide.  HRC’s HRC, however, only says gay youth suicide.

However, as I commented:

“a question about preventing suicide among LGBT youth”

The *question* was about LGBT suicide.

The *answer* from HRC’s HRC only used the word “gay.”

And then there was the inserted clip from the guy who yammered about how well HRC’s HRC understands and works for LGBT people.

I heard no *T* (or B) from Hillary.

Crawford responded:

The solicitation of questions is part of Clinton’s outreach to young voters. That’s why Emily Hawkins, director of youth outreach for the Clinton campaign, was asking the questions.

Even if Clinton did not use “LGBT,” the person asking the question did.

Its a clip promoting Clinton’s candidacy, so “the guy who yammered about how well HRC’s HRC understands and works for LGBT people” fits.

So, what’s your point?

Well, my point is that HRC’s HRC is running for president.  Presumably, the person who asked the question is not – a point that, while seemingly lost on Crawford, was not lost on Becky Juro:

And I doubt you ever will, Kat. We just don’t represent enough money or votes to be on Clinton’s radar, nor will we ever.

Just take a look at her campaign staff, including Barney Frank, and her LGBT steering committee, with 3/4 of the HRC Executive Board, and you know the kind of “LGBT” politics she favors.

A trans woman saw the problem.  A gay man did not.

The disconnect continues.


News Flash: The Scampaign’s Communications Director Thinks The Scampaign is Just Nifty

January 24, 2008

From Queer Channel Media (naturally):

To the Editors: Re: “HRC supports the GLB, but not always the T” (letter to the editor from Mekah Gordon, Jan. 18)

Dr. Mekah Gordon claims that the Human Rights Campaign is unconcerned with the plight of the transgender community. In fact, HRC has proven its commitment to full equality for the entire gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community through the organization’s work on a variety of topics.

Per dictionary.com, definition of “fact“: (1) something that actually exists; reality; truth; (2) something known to exist or to have happened; (3) a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true ….

HRC’s Workplace Project has worked with the nation’s corporate leaders to encourage employer policies that not only refuse to discriminate against transgender workers, but that educate and raise awareness of the unique issues they face. The 2008 Corporate Equality Index reported a whopping 46 percent increase in the number of businesses that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and expression — the largest increase ever in one year.

HRC’s Religion and Faith Program has brought together a coalition of faith leaders from all 50 states united in their support for fully inclusive anti-discrimination and hate crimes legislation.

A new Family Project initiative called “All Children-All Families” is working to make adoption and foster care systems more understanding of and hospitable to GLBT families. And our Coming Out Project has released, in collaboration with the leading transgender advocacy groups, numerous publications including a coming out as transgender guide and a toolkit for transitioning in the workplace. 

The truth is that HRC has been, and continues to be, a major voice for all members of the GLBT community.

I guess I just got all the wrong schoolin’.  After all, I was heretofore unaware that blatant lying and years of political subversion by the Scampaign – things that are known to have happened – could somewhow constitute being a voice for those being lied to and subverted.

And, I thought that the definition of “major” was something like this: “greater in size, extent, or importance.”

How can people like Brad Luna sleep at night? 

Did he go to Dr. Schrang’s evil twin and have Ethics Reassignment Surgery?  Or, perhaps, merely an Ethicsectomy?

Inquiring minds – of people who aren’t included in ENDA – want to know.


Something Else That The John is Divorced From Reality About

January 24, 2008

Namely – The Dubya Bribes, Part II. 

According to The John:

 The Dems just gave away your stimulus check.

Uh huh.

(cue the Dead Kennedys’ ‘Kill the Poor’)

BTW – The emphasis is mine.  If that doesn’t forever telegraphs who his constituency is, then this should.

According to AP, congressional leaders have reached a deal on those economic stimulus checks. And rather than being geared towards helping the economy, they’re apparently geared towards redistributing wealth (that would be our wealth) to the poor.

Families with children would receive an additional $300 per child, subject to an overall cap of perhaps $1,200, according to a senior House aide who outlined the deal on condition of anonymity in advance of formal adoption of the whole package. Rebates would go to people earning below a certain income cap, likely individuals earning $75,000 or less and couples with incomes of $150,000 or less.

That means that if you make $75,000 or more a year, no check for you. Forget that fact that you live in NYC or DC or San Francisco, where prices from property to food are outrageous.

So…

We’re supposed to feel sorry for people making over 75K (which, from the tone of your I’m-craftily-trying-to-sound-like-a-reasonable-progressive-but-I’m-really-a-greedy-republishill whine – you did whine ‘our wealth’ after all – would appear to include you)?  Perhaps even supposed to have some empathy for you?  When you imply – with the force and subtlety of a shit-covered sledgehammer – that yuppies/guppies such as yourself are better suited to stimulate the economy than people who may not see 75K over the course of 3-5 years?

Go stimulate yourself on the streets of DC in the back seat of a red sports car – and then get thee to a Barney Frankery.

If you’re whining about life in DC or SF or NY, then why don’t you get the fuck away from big-coast-city life and go out and live in that Middle America whose purity of non-progressive essence you and your ilk like to invoke whenever (you think) it suits an anti-trans-inclusion argument?

I didn’t think it would be possible to find The John any more disgusting than I already did – but, unlike most in his world, I can admit when I’m wrong.


Foreman Sez ‘Buh-Bye’ to NGLTF

January 23, 2008

From Bilerico:

 Just in… Bilerico Project contributor and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force executive director, Matt Foreman, will step down in April to lead the Gay & Lesbian Program at the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. Foreman has led the Task Force for five years and helped propel the organization to national prominence as an outspoken and unwavering advocate of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

But, how effective was he really?  And how effective can he ever really be anywhere at anything? As head of NGLTF, he was often decried by gay transphobes as a hypocrite for advocating at the national level what he refused to do at the state (N.Y.) level: the only legitimate position on trans-inclusion – namely, trans-inclusion incivil rights legislation.  Its one of the few sub-points on which one has to agree with the gay transphobes in order to maintain any modicum of intellectual honesty.

Now the question becomes: Will any real trans person receive any real opportunity to ascend to the position he is vacating?

Alan Acosta, Task Force board co-chair, said a national search would begin immediately to find Foreman’s successor. Foreman will work with his senior executive staff in the interim to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership.

“We are blessed to have an extraordinarily strong and deep management team,” Acosta said.

How many of them will even consider putting their purportedly-trans-inclusive money where their collective mouth is when it comes to hiring Foreman’s replacement? 

In your heart, all of you know what the answer is.


Crain: Ain’t No Compromisin’ When it Comes to Gay Marriage-in’

January 20, 2008

I hate going after Lame Crain when it involves the only thing we have in common – distatste for the Human Right Scampaign.  However, his post entitled ‘With Friends Like These…’ mandates it.

It seems as though the Lame One is miffed at both Democratic Iowa Governor Chet Culver and the Scampaign.

Why?

The Iowa Supreme Court is also due to hand down soon its ruling in a lawsuit challenging the exclusion of same-sex couples from the institution of marriage.

The governor of Iowa, Democrat Chet Culver, has a moderate gay rights record, having signed an anti-discrimination measure into law. But he’s no moderate on marriage; not only is he in favor of “traditional marriage of one man and one woman,” he has vowed to defy any adverse court ruling by agreeing to a constitutional amendment.

“We’ll do whatever it takes to protect marriage between a man and a woman,” he has said, including a special legislative session if necessary.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I’m not defending Culver’s stated position on an anti-gay marriage amendment – for two reasons.  First: general principle.  Second: something that, not surprisingly, Lame Crain doesn’t address.  What?  The effect of such a possible amendment on existing – and longstanding (try 3 decades-plus) rights of transsexuals (you know: whether or not a constitutional amendment aimed specifically at limiting marriage to ‘traditional’ marriage – whatever the fuck that is – will wipe out transsexual marriages that Iowa has implicitly recognized via the 1976 statute that explicitly recognizes gender transition and might even wipe out that gender transition statute as well.)

And those rights are in addition to something else that Crain seems incapable of acknowledging: that “anti-discrimination measure” that apparently only makes Culver a moderate is trans-inclusive.

Them trans-inclusive-in-the-first-instance-statutes-in-mid-America just don’t fit the gay-is-good-trans-can-never-be-acceptable narrative that people such as Crain are addicted to, do they?

And where does the Scampaign come into all of this?

Lame Crain complains:

[Y]ou would search in vain for any evidence that the legions of staffers sent to Iowa by the Human Rights Campaign were at work lobbying the governor or legislators on the issue — even though we all know it may be upon us in a matter of weeks. No, they were too busy having fun with the presidential primary, even though HRC hasn’t endorsed anyone and the Democratic candidates are roughly equivalent — at least in terms of where they stand on gay rights.

Ironically, HRC has gone out of its way to brag about its influence on the Iowa Democratic Party and politics in that state, without ever once acknowledging (that I could find) the looming battle on gay marriage or one iota of effort to prepare for it.

Nothing like declaring victory and going home to Washington.

You mean like when all of official gay-dom got gay marriage in Massachusetts, then declared victory and then vanished into a puff of ‘if we leave fast enough, maybe no one will notice how we fucked the trannies yet again’?

Yet another memo to trannies: If it ain’t gay marriage, it don’t matter.


More Cheesy Transphobic Whine

January 18, 2008

From the Bay Area Reporter:

I am curious to know the connection between gender identity and sexual orientation and why they are considered to be one in the same? To me they are not only in separate universes but each camp should have its own decisive, powerful message to society and to our legislators that no one should be discriminated against, no matter what.

The emphasis on separate there is mine – but, in your heart, you know thats where it is at its origin. 

The gay community has a rich history of coming together for one another but the minute we start to muddy, even dilute, the waters of our message is when we spell trouble for our cause to be legally and socially treated as equals. 

Why then, if we take the trans community under our wings do we not include everyone living with physical and mental challenges? Obesity, anorexia, autism, and so on and so on – where does it stop? 

Nice to know that such strides have been made in genetic engineering.  Obviously, the author of this missive has had a germ-line genetic transplant from The John and it has taken hold.

In regards to the president of the Police Commission: she needs to grow up and stop trying to get publicity by staging such a show by bluntly returning her Human Rights Campaign award. HRC no longer represents equality? Is she serious when she says something so baseless and careless?

Uh…

What’s baseless and careless is to assert that the Scampaign represents anyone or anything other than rich white gay privelege – and it is insanity to assert that it has ever represented trans-anything.

Go get your own bandwagon, Ms. Sparks, if you are going to be spitting in the face of the very community that welcomed you.

LOGIC FLAW ALERT!

LOGIC FLAW ALERT!

LOGIC FLAW ALERT!

Your assertion of ‘spitting in the face’ of a community that ‘welcomed’ her doesn’t apply unless you’re referring to something that actually ‘welcomed’ her or any trans people

And the Scampaign is not such an entity.

Reality trumps transphobia any day of the week.


There Aren’t Enough Birdcages in America to Accommodate This

January 17, 2008

As if there weren’t enough reasons to hate Queer Channel Media:

Let’s unite behind Hillary

HRC’s HRC?

Why not just support Barney Frank, with Janice Raymond as running mate?


Frankrainvosis-Esque Transphobia Alive and Well at Queer Channel Media

January 17, 2008

From the Jan. 18th edition of the QCM rags:

Senate doesn’t care about ‘T’ in GLBT

Re: “Kennedy favors ’08 Senate vote on ENDA” (news, Jan. 4)

My guess is that the Senate doesn’t care one way or the other if they get a “T”-less ENDA bill or they don’t. If it comes to the floor, they can probably muster the 60 votes and pass it. If it gets shelved, then the conservative Democrats get a pass and they are even happier. My guess is that they are secretly cheering for the trans community to keep it bottled up.

I’m not sure when the “T” got tagged onto “LGB” but it isn’t it high time we admit that continued association with the transgender community is our biggest barrier to achieving legislative equality?

Geee….

I can’t imagine why anyone over at the DNC might want to use the Blade to line a bird cage.


Ignorance, Like a Cancer, Grows – And Covers Up Less Palatable Truths

January 17, 2008

Also from Bay Windows:

About 40 people, a mix of lawmakers, aides and LGBT advocates, turned out at the State House Jan. 16 for a legislative briefing on House Bill 1722, which would update the state’s non-discrimination and hate crimes laws to make them transgender-inclusive. The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), the lead organization in the coalition to pass the bill, presented lawmakers and their aides with a panel to explain the basics of transgender identity and anti-trans discrimination as well as personal stories from transgender people about their own experiences with employment issues. The briefing is part of MTPC’s run-up to the Judiciary Committee hearing on H.B. 1722 that is expected to take place sometime in the next two months.

Rep. Byron Rushing (D-Boston), one of the lead co-sponsors of the bill, said that when lawmakers passed the gay rights bill in 1989 they decided not to include protections based on gender identity and expression both for fear that transgender language would sink the bill and because lawmakers and gay and lesbian advocates were largely ignorant of transgender issues at that time.

“One of the reasons why transgender did not get introduced into the gay rights bill is that we thought it would make it too controversial. … But the other piece that I think is very important is that many of us who were advocates of the gay rights bill did not understand transgender, and I think that’s an important point to make here. … We learned a lot since then, and I think that knowledge that we have is so important and makes it actually imperative that we do what this bill says we should do,” said Rushing.

1989.

By my math – and I admit I am but a lawyer and a Ph.D. candidate in history – 1989 is 8 more than 1981.  Chronologically, 1989 is 8 years after 1981.

Pleae correct me if I’m wrong on that.

In 1981, the Massachusetts Legislature knew enough about at least transsexual issues to enact a transsexual birth certificate statute.

What happened over the next eight years?

Drinking?

Alzheimers?

That procedure that Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet underwent in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind?

What?

Something caused that ‘ignorance’ of eight years after enactment of the birth certificate statute – and, for some reason, I don’t think it was trans people.


Another white, rich, professional gay man is really really offended!

January 17, 2008

Over at Bay Windows, WRPGM Richard J. Rosendall — a frequent contributor to the bigoted David Horowitz‘s Front Page Magazine — is horrified by the “leftist” attack by Meredith Bacon on WRPGMs:

On the self-defeating side of the ledger is a December letter from Meredith Bacon, board chair of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Speaking for herself, she offered an over-the-top denunciation of the Human Rights Campaign: “NCTE will not work with HRC in the foreseeable future, until the current HRC leadership is completely purged …” She elaborated, “Not only is Joe Solmonese not to be trusted but neither are the second rank of HRC staff or its Board of Directors or Board of Governors. All of them would have to resign or be fired before we could even contemplate anything like cooperation. In short, NCTE is neither forgiving nor forgetting what HRC and Barney Frank have done to all of us.”

To underscore her complete divorce from reality, Bacon also stated, “As long as HRC is controlled by and is dependent upon white, rich, professional gay men, such collaboration may never occur. Getting stabbed in the back is a useful experience only once in a very great while.” This combines a tired and gratuitous leftist attack against leading funders of the gay rights movement with a repetition of the lie that disagreement over strategy is a betrayal.

[...]

Disparaging incrementalism and “white, rich, professional gay men” are non-starters. [...] Transgenders have a long, hard slog ahead. But centering your message on the arc of history bending toward justice is a damn sight more appealing than insulting your allies both in the LGBT community and in Congress.

Yeah, because it works so well to just sit back and trust the WRPGMs, doesn’t it? People like Barney, The John, Crain, and Rosendall are our allies, if only we’d accept their sage advice and never criticize them!

Meanwhile, here’s Rosendall in October 2007, declaring that there are these perpetually disaffected types out there:

We tend to take our civil order for granted. The grisly images following a terrorist attack on Benazir Bhutto’s motorcade in Karachi, Pakistan last week help put things into perspective. As misguided as I consider the all-or-nothing approach to ENDA, and as unfair as I think many of the accompanying attacks are, angry messages fall a good deal short of insurrection. Neither did Barney Frank hurl incendiary devices; he talked to his colleagues and called a press conference.

[...]

But as most of us move on, we should face the reality that some among us are by temperament perpetually disaffected. They are the sort of people who believe that complex conspiracy theories are the best explanations for every calamity, and are so mistrustful of their own allies that they readily believe the worst about them. These are people who refuse to take “yes” for an answer. Like the 1960s Black Power radical Stokely Carmichael (later Kwame Ture), they would rather remain protesting outsiders than join their colleagues who are taking responsibility and moving into governance. At some point, we have to let these self-exiled people go.

I quoted the first paragraph because it explains clearly what this conservative, bigot-embracing WRPGM is all about — “civil order.” Oh no, those awful trannies are upsetting the magical civil order that will work for them in some mysterious way, if only they’d sit back and let us WRPGM do our stuff!

And that stuff, of course, consists of screwing over transfolk (and anyone else who is not a WRPGM who can be easily excluded).

Let’s all just sit back and let Rosendall and others launch attacks on the “temperament” of justifiably angry trans-rights activists — including comparing them to that boogeyman of all Horowitz-following WRPGMs, the dreaded Black Power Movement Of The Sixties! — because then Rosendall will do his best for us, really!

Here’s Rosendall’s suggestion for a “step forward” after the ENDA vote:

The Human Rights Campaign, which had the sense not to ask representatives to vote against a gay rights bill, was slammed by the left for doing its best to navigate an impossible situation. HRC’s every tactical adjustment was treated as treachery by zealots who regard any change of mind as evidence of a lie.

The leftists’ repeated insistence that House passage is worthless because the bill has little chance of becoming law this term ignores the entire legislative process, as if all that mattered were the end result. But passage into law would never happen without arduous intermediate efforts. Refusing to take Congress’s yes for an answer because it is insufficiently comprehensive would do nothing but relegate LGBT advocates to the sidelines.

[...]

The endlessly repeated rhetoric about “throwing trannies under the bus” is not only unfair, it is particularly tasteless as we approach the Transgender Day of Remembrance commemorating victims of actual, savage, murderous attacks. To associate an honest disagreement over strategy with anti-trans violence is obscene.

Few of the self-righteous leftists will face up to the harm they are doing with their dogmatism; but the rest of us can limit the damage by refusing to pander to them. Working for the best bill we can achieve, while continuing to work toward a more comprehensive one, is not betrayal but the very definition of legislative effectiveness.

Oh no! LEFTISTS! Horrors!

See, he’s free to criticize (and namecall), but in a routine that will no doubt be familiar to our readers of color, trans activitists need to Know. Their. Place.

Just trust Rosendall and his ilk, you stupid angry queers, and the magic of right-wing WRPGMs will fix your problems. While preserving the civil order!


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