The Maryland LGB (and that’s what it is; sorry Autumn and Yusef, but unless someone is hiding something, there are no T members of the Maryland Legislature) caucus is trying to pull a fast one. Apparently, they’ve managed to bully the Rules Committee into
aiding Morgan Meneses-Sheets’ last-ditch attempt to save her job disgorging HB235:
According to Equality Maryland executive director Morgan Meneses-Sheets, the gender identity nondiscrimination bill has made it out of the Rules Committee. “It got sent out of the Rules Committee, so it will go to the Judicial Proceedings Committee. Certainly the leadership and the support of the LGBT caucus members has absolutely made a difference this entire week that we’ve been working on this,” she says, “and we certainly are very thankful that they made that public statement.”
Meneses-Sheets also commends the work of Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery) and, out gay Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery).
“We’ve literally had thousands of emails and hundreds of calls made to get it out of Rules…,” she adds, “
And I wonder how many of those calls and e-mails have been soaked to the core with the disinformation and lies that ‘Equality’ Maryland has employed in order for the bill to get this far?
- FACT: Ten years ago gays lied to the Maryland Legislature, claiming that trans people were already covered under Maryland state sex discrimination law.
- FACT: Trans people in Maryland are no more covered under Maryland state sex discrimination law today than they were in 2001.
- FACT: HB 235 does NOT unequivocally cover homeless shelters.
- FACT: The unofficial opinion of one member of any administrative body – even the one that administers anti-discrimination law - cannot trump the plain language of a statute or strong persuasive judicial authority holdings which are in direct opposition to the unofficial opinion of that individual member of that administrative body.
- FACT: Not even ‘Equality’ Maryland will claim that any coverage of homeless shelters that might be judicially found to exist under HB235 (via the case-by-case analysis that would be necessary to ever judicially find any such coverage) would include trans women being treated as women and trans men being treated as men.
- FACT: The claim that ‘HB235 is better than ENDA, so why the fuss over public accommodations?’ is mental dry-humping of sub-ambulance-chaser shyster proportions.
- FACT: ‘Equality’ Maryland has engaged in massive deception and disgustingly childish (not to mention privilege-infected) censorship in order to con people who might genuinely care about trans people that HB235 will not in the long run harm trans people.
- FACT: The 2001 Maryland gay-only rights law established a legal regime under which gays and lesbians possess the legal right to discriminate against trans people.
- FACT: One of the loudest, most obnoxious mouths to support that 2001 political hate crime – via a hydra of lies (trans people were already covered; anyone who took a principled, pro-trans stand against the separate-and-unequal bill was “anti-gay”; having the temerity to recount her history of political transphobia amounts to stacking the deck against her) – is also one of the loudest, most obnoxious mouths in support of HB235.
- FACT: Unless they’ve moved recently, pro-HB235 shills Autumn Sandeen nor Laurel Ramseyer do not live in Maryland.
- FACT: “Public accommodations” – and their use-by-deletion as a tool by gays (as well as trans people who feel as though they’re too pretty and/or too privileged to ever have to worry about being de-gendered on the fly in a place of public access) to further politically other all trans people – even moreso than employment and housing is the issue that non-Marylander trans people have not simply a right but a duty to speak out on.
- QUESTION: How many of the “thousands” who called and e-mailed
to aid Morgan Meneses-Sheets’ last-ditch attempt to save her jobin support of HB235 were trans people?
- QUESTION: And how many of the “thousands” who called and e-mailed
to aid Morgan Meneses-Sheets’ last-ditch attempt to save her jobin support of HB235 were gays and lesbians who will in no way be adversely affected by the further entrenchment of Barney Frank’s hatred of trans people – particularly trans women – into law?
- QUESTION: How many supported Maryland’s gay-only rights law in 2001?
- QUESTION: How many supported Barney Frank’s anti-trans ENDA 3685 in 2007?
- QUESTION: How many came to the conclusion to support HB235 based on unadulterated, unscrubbed, non-deceptive information about how HB235 came to be and what it actually will and will not do?
- QUESTION: How many came to the conclusion to support HB235 after forgetting – conveniently or genuinely – the circus surrounding what actually was ‘Equality’ Maryland’s top priority – the gay marriage bill?
A BIGGER QUESTION: If a Maryland organization can’t engage in honest dialogue either about what a bill that it is the primary pusher of will and will not do or the history of how the Maryland legal landscape has come to find itself with that organization’s signature cannister of legal nerve gas perched deceptively on the village green and ticking toward detonation, why should anyone be willing to believe that organization’s core narrative about its only remaining 2011 legislative weaopn: that the gas in the cannister was cunningly designed so as not to harm trans people – either in Maryland or downwind therefrom – by people who actually give a damn about whether trans people live or die?