But Will Morgan Meneses-Sheets Explain Which Protections She’s Decided Aren’t As Much Needed As Others? [UPDATED]

From Free State Just Us:

I encourage everyone to attend – and to ask LOTS of questions about what Maryland’s gays and lesbians did to trans people in 2001 and how they did it - because if the current batch of Maryland’s Marriage Derangement Syndrome sufferers aren’t willing to tell you the whole truth about Marylnd’s transphobic past, then its a pretty good bet that they’re being even more dishonest with you about what they are claiming is a trans-inclusive present.

[UPDATE]

Look at some of the reactions to the pimping of this event on Free State Just Us’s facebook page:

Oh is that last comment ever so sad.

What have these people done to show that they can be trusted?

As I’ve already written as a comment below: If the current incarnation of Free State Just Us is so innocent and so not what they appear to be (via Meneses-Sheets’ “incremental progress”-with-a-different-lexicon and the strong implication that sufficient employment equality for trans people is being able to work in sex shops) then they should be the first to fore in calling out the lies and deceit of 2001 as well as opening the books and shining the light on what happened then and precisely who did it.

And if doing so isn’t the first item on the agenda at these ‘working groups,’ then nudge the agenda in that direction - to exactly the same degree that gays and lesbians have ‘nudged’ the civil rights agenda away from what trans people (and most gays and lesbians) need to what the ultra-rich gays, the bourgeoisie dykes and the rest of the LGBs who have been infected with Marriage Derangement Syndrome want.

Demand answers from these people.

Its your history!

And if they claim its their history and you have no right to it, point out to them that that history of theirs is causing you to exist in Maryland as a third-class citizen in the present just as it has for almost a full decade.

You own that history!

They are keeping it from you.

Demand that they cough it up!

You own the real story of what they’re doing right now to ensure that no LGBT oxygen is left in the Maryland state house after gays get their marriage bill.

They are keeping it from you.

Demand that they cough it up!

7 Responses to But Will Morgan Meneses-Sheets Explain Which Protections She’s Decided Aren’t As Much Needed As Others? [UPDATED]

  1. Dana Beyer says:

    Kat, there is no one left at Equality Maryland who worked on that bill in 2001. FSJ folded, and EM was rebuilt by Dan Furmansky, who was, and is, a great ally of the trans community. I don’t see any point in revisiting 2001, Liz Seaton and the rest. It was a different time, and doesn’t impact today. Dan has been gone for two years. We have enough problems today that we don’t need more historical debate. Our problems lie far more with so-called “liberal” legislators than they do with EM. I will let Ms. LaRocca delve into all that.

    • Katrina Rose says:

      If the current incarnation of Free State Just Us is so innocent and so not what they appear to be (via Meneses-Sheets’ “incremental progress”-with-a-different-lexicon and the strong implication that sufficient employment equality for trans people is being able to work in sex shops) then they should be the first to fore in calling out the lies and deceit of 2001 as well as opening the books and shining the light on what happened then and precisely who did it.

      We have enough problems today that we don’t need more historical debate.

      If you want to live the rest of your life with our history being written in tomes by people like Dudley Clendenin and Adam Nagourney and in blogs by people like John Aravosis, there’s nothing I can do to stop you from sucking down that amontillado while their version of history seals you into your intellectual tomb.

      However, if you’re expecting me to shut up and let those who have committed political hate crimes against us – as well as their present-day apologists – get away with it now and let gay-primacy-addled historians get away with lionizing them in the future, that ain’t happening.

    • laughriotgirl says:

      Dana, EQMD has been more that happy to point out that a certain former Governor admitted that it was wrong to leave trans people out in 2001. Now, if a cis straight (I assume) guy who really only signed the paper that was handed to him can admit the mistake – why not ask about the group that lobbied, lied, and intentionally left us vulnerable?

      What I find oddly interesting is that they are willing to point him out, lay some blame his way all without even mentioning FSJ. The best they do is halfheartedly try to distance themselves.

      As far as Liz and Cathy etc. goes – I’m sure they used their gay-only victory in MD to grab national activist jobs, judicial benches, and positions in law firms. These are big girls with big careers – the kinds of careers that are largely dreams for most trans women (particularly trans women who transitioned young, without safety nets, and without access to job and public accommodations protections). If these were straight cis men, I think we would be calling for heads on pikes.

      • Katrina Rose says:

        If these were straight cis men, I think we would be calling for heads on pikes.

        Well, that’s what I am doing – figuratively of course. No physical violence need be involved – but Cathy Brennan, Shannon Avery, Liz Seaton and every duplicitous gay and lesbian in Maryland who had anything to do with creating third-class status for Maryland’s trans population in 2001 must be forced to pay a price for what they did to us.*

        Gays and lesbians have learned that they can do anything, say anything and then do and say the exact opposite when it counts where trans lives are concerned – and that there is absolutely no cost involved. They get all of the rights – and their paychecks on top of it – and they never have to answer for what they do.

        Those days must end.

        And if Morgan Meneses-Sheets wants any thinking trans person to believe that those times have ended in Maryland, then she and her organization should be yanking Brennan, Avery and Seaton into the dock to be forced to answer for their crimes – and she and her organization should be throwing wide open all of the organizational records regarding what they (and all others) did to subvert trans equality in Maryland before, during and after 2001.

        ———-

        *No, I’m not a Maryland resident – but I am a living American transsexual woman. I have the potential to set foot inside Maryland and, on a few occasions since 2001, I have – and when I do so, it is the Seaton-Brennan-Avery-consecrated third-class status that immediately envelops my being like a patina of shit.

        When I get off of an airplane at BWI, I know that I am legally unequal to the very people who conned that state’s legislature into making me unequal to them when I’m in that state.

        When I get off of the DC Metro at a stop in Maryland, I know that I am legally unequal to the very people who conned that state’s legislature into making me unequal to them when I’m in that state.

        Anyone who demands, asks or even suggests that I, or any other trans person, just shut up and move along and not worry about the history of the Maryland Gay-over-Trans Apartheid Statute of 2001, has taken sides with those who committed that anti-trans political hate crime.

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  4. Dana Beyer says:

    It sounds like you’re waiting for the trans revolution to take to the streets and bring back the guillotine. Good luck with that.

    There will never be an accounting with the past, because organizations rarely are willing to be that self-critical and introspective. We can’t even prosecute our own war criminals in this country — no one is calling for their heads — and Equality Maryland didn’t seek out Governor Glendening, he sought us out. Surprisingly, the same year, Congressman (R) Wayne Gilchrest gave an impassioned plea for the trans bill, because he had been educated by a soldier, if I remember correctly. He wasn’t asked, because since he was a Republican, no one even thought to ask. Our jaws dropped when he started speaking.

    If you want an accounting of the actions of Seaton and Brennan, I suggest you get a friendly reporter to do a little investigative history and see what comes out. I’d be interested; I was closeted then and have little idea of what went on. I do know that Free State Justice was hostile to the trans community in the 90′s, because I’ve interacted with those who were aggrieved. But that was then, and if those trans persons are not interested in an accounting, then neither am I.

    The point of my piece was to point out to you that the real problem lies with our “allies” in the legislature, who with their fear-mongering have created a very hostile environment for any bill. I’m not defending EM; I left, followed by the other trans woman and only African-American on the board, because of the overwhelming interest in marriage and the willingness of the organization to kowtow to political leadership. But if you just attack EM, you will further alienate those who will be voting on the bill as it exists. You want to make a difference? Lobby the Health and Government Operations committee members — maybe they just haven’t met enough of us yet.

    Or, if that kind of political action is not your preference, start up the Maryland equivalent of the new Chicago campaign, to highlight those public accommodations that are supportive of full civil rights. It wouldn’t hurt if we switched to the offense for a change.

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