Crappy Activism? Or Creepy Convenience?

Bil the shill:

If you think that Dan Savage is the worst enemy of the trans community, you’re sadly mistaken.

Dan the Sham:

“If I’m an enemy of trans people,” he said, “then [the trans struggle for rights and recognition is] over; it’s lost.”

Derangement the Syndrome:

Marriage equality is the most winnable part of the civil rights are human rights struggle, and it will lead to the elimination of discrimination.

Proven the point:

The next speaker talked about how marriage equality should not be “the” goal of the community (who said it was?)

I’d like The John to volunteer to submit to a lie detector test to answer the following question: Have you really never heard any gay man or lesbian utter the phrase ‘Once we have marriage, nothing else will matter’ or some phrase substantively similar? Because I damn sure have

Context:

Dan Savage was glitter-bombed before his appearance at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver on Jan 21, the third such action against the high-profile sex columnist and political commentator in recent months.

A group of six activists, who named themselves The Homomilitia for the event, said they confronted Savage as he entered the theatre through a back-alley entrance.

In an interview with Xtra after the confrontation, activist Fister Limp Wrist accused Savage of “ableist, racist, transphobic, fat-phobic, sero-phobic and rape-apologist attitudes and views.” Activists handed audience members bright pink pamphlets outlining their accusations as they entered the theatre.

Fister Limp Wrist?

The Homomilitia?

Hmmmm…

Thus far I’ve seen opportunistic, gay primacy-centric ‘coverage’ of this on The John’s site, Bil the Shill’s site and – as its origin – Canada’s Xtra…

which says plenty.

7 Responses to Crappy Activism? Or Creepy Convenience?

  1. Kathleen says:

    There is nothing in that news story identifying the group as a trans group or ANY of the members as trans. They identify themselves as queer activists. So – one has to ask – exactly how many of that group of six people were trans & how many weren’t? Where in their list of concerns were trans issues placed?

    That said – it may very well turn out to be a trans only group – but until there’s some facts confirming that – people are jumping the gun. And the way SOME of them jumped the gun says something about their motivations.

    Not liking Dan Savage isn’t an insult to all gay guys – I couldn’t give a rats ass if say John hated Kate Bornstein.

    Not prioritizing marriage the same way other people prioritize marraige isn’t homophobic nor is it an attack on marriage rights. Hell – many, many gay guys make those comments. Many lgb & straight people who aren’t trans make the same comments about Dan that John cites and attributes to trans people as a group – you don’t see him attacking say – African American lesbians as a group.

    Different people think certain rights are more important and immediate than other people think. This is a very, very bad thing!!!

    And yes – “Homomilitia” and “Fister Limp Wrist” only sound trans to someone looking to see that.

    • Megan says:

      It’s pretty telling that neither the Bilerico nor the Xtra article address the other complaints that the Homomilitia group made – ableism, racism, fat-phobia, serophobia, or rape apologism in their race to trash trans people. I’m thinking it isn’t so much that they’re offended that this group dislikes Dan Savage – it’s that this incident just gives them an excuse to unleash their hatred of trans people.

  2. Kathleen says:

    “Glitter makes anything more joyous, celebratory and fabulous. The gentle ‘Glitter-Bombings’ we have seen recently are non-harmful, non-threatening, non-lethal and non-violent manifestations of immense fabulousness. Furthermore, it is an organic and heartfelt statement that increases the joy of all people endowed with a sense of humor. It also brings attention to the dearth of joy in the hearts of the offended parties. I hope we see more of it, for in these times we should share laughter more often, not less often, and I heartily look forward to any attempts by my critics to glitter-bomb me, so long as they also agree to share a drink with me. Fabulousness would be had by all.”

    -Dan Choi

    I await John, Andrew & Joe calling Mr. Choi out on supporting this tactic in an extended, multi-part angry rant…..but I don’t hold my breath.

    Again – don’t support it myself. And if someone winged a heavy object at Dan they should be prosecuted.

    • Katrina Rose says:

      Based on my reading, the heavy object in question – yes, prosecution worthy – occured at a previous event.

      I’m still awaiting some legit report about the Vancouver event which indicates that any trans people were involved.

      Maybe it was actually Dan Choi?

  3. Mercedes says:

    I don’t know the people involved, but I actually wouldn’t be surprised if those were the names they gave, and that more than a few are trans, with the rest genuinely trans-allied.

    One thing I’m encouraged to see and hear of developing in places like Vancouver is the emergence of youth trans and trans-allied groups who are not afraid to call out homophobia, yet still consider themselves LGBT allied overall. It’s like the “transsexual vs. transgender” debate: co-opted or bitterly separate don’t have to be the only choices.

    Although Kirkby’s questioned whether trans should be part of the LGB(?) equation in the past, I seriously doubt he’d make that part up.

    • Kathleen says:

      I’m not even suggesting he would make that up – I’m pointing out that it’s not anywhere in his article that these six people are trans or even any of them are. Or that trans issues were their main concern regardless of whether any were.

      People are going on tirades over their assumptions that they were trans when they read the article with no evidence to support that supposition who then complain about the tone of trans people’s statements Really tickles my funny bone.

      Not as much as people suggesting that trans people should think about what Dan Savage could do as a spokesperson for trans issues. Please keep that treasure all to yourselve. He’d fuck it up even if he were actually sincere. Scorpian, frog – it’s just his nature.

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