A Drunk Gay Man Calls a Transsexual Woman a Drag Queen and then Attacks Her – And We’re Supposed to Believe it Wasn’t a Hate Crime?

August 25, 2009

From the Arizona Daily Star:

A Tucson man was convicted of assault and disorderly conduct Monday for attacking a transsexual Vietnam veteran, who testified that her assailant mocked her before the attack.
Defendant Richard Ray Young denied the name-calling but was sentenced to 30 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and three years’ probation for the assault last October at Tucson Greyhound Park.
The victim, Janey Kay, who was born male and had surgery early last year to become female, sustained a cut lip and had two handfuls of hair ripped from her scalp in the incident.
Kay, 60, testified she was withdrawing money from an ATM at the dog-racing track when Young, a man she’d never met, came up and asked if she was a “drag queen.”
When she said she wasn’t, Young delivered an expletive-laced, anti-gay slur and tore her hair out, she said.
While waiting for police to arrive, she said, Young broke away from security staffers who were restraining him and struck her in the face.
While Kay described the attack as a “hate crime” — Young, 49, characterized it as a “misunderstanding.”
Young, who is gay, said he may have made a remark to Kay about his own sexuality, which she misinterpreted. “I let her know that I was one of the family, that I was homosexual,” said Young, who makes his living glazing and firing ceramic tile.
Questioned by defense attorney Richard Bock, Young said Kay grabbed at his face and that he may have reacted to stop her.
Prosecutor Patrick Moran noted that, according to witnesses, Young was the only person who was physically aggressive that night.

Now – here’s the money shot:

Young said he is a supporter of local groups such as Wingspan, which supports gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people, and said he wouldn’t target someone over gender issues.

First: Does he “support” organizations – locally or nationally – that would view the attack on Kay as ‘not a gay issue’?

Second: Define “supporter” in general, particularly with respect to his “support” of Wingspan.

Third: Being a “supporter” is now supposed to insulate gay men – or anyone for that matter – who gets tanked to such an extent that the person’s transphobia becomes uncontainable?

Now, to be fair:

There were no witnesses when the attack began, [Alison Davison of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance] noted, so it’s hard to know for sure exactly what was said.

Juries get to weigh the credibility of all who are involved.

Doubts should be resolved in favor of the non-shitfaced.

Luckily, this time it appears as though they were.


From The Onion…NOT!

August 24, 2009

C&L points the way to insanity’s Red Plate Special:

Now the Birthers are demanding to know: Was Obama circumcised?

No – not from the Onion.

But would you believe…from Free Republic?

I knew you could.


An Open Letter to Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban, the Crips, the Bloods, the Banditos, the Hells Angels, and Fred Phelps

August 23, 2009

You hereby have my permission to unleash yourselves on Redmond, Washington – and anything and everything that has any connection to Windows Vista.


Still Sewage After All These Years

August 23, 2009

Janice Raymond?

Close.

Try Germaine Greer.

Nowadays we are all likely to meet people who think they are women, have women’s names, and feminine clothes and lots of eyeshadow, who seem to us to be some kind of ghastly parody, though it isn’t polite to say so. We pretend that all the people passing for female really are. Other delusions may be challenged, but not a man’s delusion that he is female.

A couple of commenters to Germaine’s festering pool of Greer that the Guardian saw fit to spread over the landscape of trans women’s lives actually seems to echo my previous item about Hannah Mah-Money-Used-to-be-Your-Parents’-Money.  ‘CaressOfSteel’ wrote:

Even though we know that a Y chromosome is only an X that has lost a leg

If that is an example of what you know, I’d give up on the journalism now.

To which ‘Clunie’ replied:

CaressOfSteel: I’d say that level of scientific knowledge probably qualifies her perfectly for journalism, which is depressing and rather alarming.

Actually, it qualifies her for a tenured position in ‘all things trans’ at Northwestern University.


Why Journalism is a Joke These Days

August 23, 2009

Granted, this is entertainment ‘journalism’, but I offer this as evidence of my assertion.  This is from CNN.com (and PLEASE don’t ask me why I actually found myself on that particular page):

It looks like Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are more than just friendly costars.

Last Wednesday, as Cyrus bid Australian actor Liam Hemsworth goodbye at the Nashville airport, the two kissed — and were “full-on making out,” says Alex Emanuel, a New York actor who was a few feet away from the couple and saw Cyrus, 16, act “as giddy as a schoolgirl.”

She’s SIXTEEN!!!!

If not for the Disney corporate shlock factory she would be just “a schoolgirl” (and that’s beside the fact that, but for Bill Hicks never having had the opportunity to bring his reality TV show to fruition, Daughter O’ Humunculous would never have come into being.)

So what if the quote came from some other showbiz-oid?  Just because someone has a plastic smile, a plastic personality and a diseased urge to be used by every corporate money-sucking enterprise in existence (and, no, I’ve never heard of Alex Emanuel – but what actor who could manage to be a few feet away from Hannah Mah-Money-Used-to-be-Your-Parents’-Money would not be part of the global corporate shlocktainment factory in some fashion?) you don’t have to print his babbling verbatim!


Australia, Not Texas (Pt. 2)

August 22, 2009

From the decision of the State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia in the case of AB & AH v. Gender Reassignment Board of Western Australia:

Is surgery required by the GR Act

114 The GR Act is clear that a reassignment procedure:

    • … means a medical or surgical procedure (or a combination of such procedures) to alter the genitals and other gender characteristics … . (Emphasis added)

115 The language is plain: a reassignment procedure may be effected by surgery but surgery is not mandated by the legislation. In this respect, the language of the GR Act mirrors that of the Sexual Reassignment Act 1988 (SA) which defines a reassignment procedure in identical terms but refers to ‘sexual characteristics’ rather than ‘gender characteristics. We do not think there is a significant distinction for present purposes. ‘Sexual characteristics’ has the same meaning as ‘gender characteristics’ in s 3 of the GR Act.

Major apologies for the funkiness of the fonts, but hopefully you get the idea.


Australia, Not Texas

August 22, 2009

From the Indian Express:

 Two Australian transsexuals have won legal recognition as men despite the duo still having female reproductive organs.The pair was previously denied legal recognition of their sex change by West Australian state government, as the government argued that until they had hysterectomies done they could not be considered men under the Gender Reassignment Act.

They then appealed against the ruling.

The State Administrative Tribunal upheld the appeal after it found the legislation did not specify reproductive surgery as a requirement so the pair could be legally considered men even with female reproductive organs.

Reacting to the decision, one of them , whose identity is legally suppressed, said “The decision will open up lots of opportunities for me and other people who till now never tried to get their sex legally changed because they didn’t think they’d be able to,” the ABC reported.

This will get the HBS-ers in an uproar – and I take no position here as to whether such uproar would be appropriate.  However, if, in fact, the statue in question did not specify a particular type of surgery, the decision is appropriate.

Perhaps Thomas Beatie should have himself retroactively born in Western Australia.


Would Someone Please Tell the New York Times that Alice Dreger is not an ‘Expert’ on Anything?

August 22, 2009

Strangely, the NY Times thinks that Alice ‘Defender of the Discredited’ Dreger has more to say about gender ambiguity than any transsexual or intersexed person.

Why is it that the most unethical garbage related to sex and gender come from people who manage to attach ‘ethics’ to their CV?

Alice Dreger is professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University…

Who is the judge of her ethical prowess? 

J. Michael Bailey?


Gayle Haggard Decides to Make a Buck off of Being Too Stupid to Leave Her Gay, Meth-Head Husband

August 22, 2009

From MSNBC:

Gayle Haggard, wife of disgraced pastor [Kat's addition of the other appropriate modifiers: gay, meth-head] Ted Haggard, plans to write a memoir titled, “Why I Stayed,” according to Tyndale House Publishers.

“This is my story of choosing to love my husband through some of the most difficult challenges any marriage could face,” Gayle Haggard said in a statement.

Sadly, there will be people stupid enough to buy the thing.


Marriage Derangement Syndrome Mutates

August 21, 2009

From Gay City News – no, really, this is not from The Onion; its from Gay City News:

The attorney representing two gay men who sued in state court and now in federal court in southern California to win the right to marry hopes the case will spawn a political movement that will result in residents there voting by ballot initiative to divide the state in two.

We’re hoping to use the case in court as a springboard to get a proposition on the ballot that will break up California into two states,” said Richard C. Gilbert, a partner at Gilbert & Marlowe, a law firm with two offices in California. “We think if we can get this proposition on the ballot, we think we’ll win.”

Gilbert said the ideal result would be that all the counties north of Los Angeles would become New California while the southern counties would remain California.

Now, don’t get me wrong.

I’m not from California and I’ve never lived there – and you don’t have to be either to have heard people from California speak of how NoCal and SoCal at times seem like two different states.

But think about what Gilbert is up to.

First: using a gay marriage case as a springboard to transforming that perception of duality into legal reality.

Second: Someone needs to find out where this character was during the ENDA fiasco two years ago.  And what about his clients – the ones whose Marriage Derangement Syndrome he is clearly exploiting?  Were they living in reality?  Or were they Aravosisists? 

You know – an Aravosisist…

One of those life forms who railed and wailed and whines and huffed and puffed and snorted and contorted about how standing firm for trans-inclusion would sacrifice the rights of so many (no numnbers here; it often changed in the Aravosisist rants) millions of fine, upstanding – fine and upstanding because they aren’t trans – gays.

Well what would bifurcating California sacrifice?

In and of itself, nothing.

But how many reality-based individuals believe that things like gay rights laws (much less trans-inclusive ones) and a law recognizing the reality of transsexualism would be long for a world state whose political axis would consist of San Diego, Orange County, Fresno and Bakersfield? 

But, I guess the existing political and economic rights of gays and trans people in SoCal are a regrettable but necessary potential sacrifice in order for the Marriage Derangement Syndrome sufferers of NoCal to be able to scratch their itch.

You know…

The way that transsexual recognition rights have been sacrificable everywhere?


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