Much of it Thanks to You Barney

May 18, 2011

Someone from the sockpuppet’s neck of the woods encountered St. Barney on a campaign junket:

ENDA won’t pass for several years, according to Frank. He talked about the need for more lobbying from the transgender community specifically, “People may not like to hear this, but there is still a lot of transphobia.”

Gee, Barn – a decade-and-a-half of you hyping the ‘trans woman penis panic’ wouldn’t have anything to do with that, now would it?


So Remind Us Again as to Why a Trans-Inclusive ENDA Wasn’t Used as an “Organizing Effort” From Jan. 1995 to Jan. 2007?

March 28, 2011

You do realize that ‘Equality’ Maryland has been Barney Frank’s farm team this spring, right?  To gauge just what sort of transphobic kool-aid language that just enough trans people will drink in order for him to act as though he’s introducing a trans-inclusive ENDA when he really isn’t?

Well, the end game is near on the anti-trans HB 235 – which means a new ENDA is afoot:

METRO WEEKLY: Are you going to be introducing ENDA this week?

REP. BARNEY FRANK: Yeah, we’re definitely going introduce it, [although the specifics regarding timing are still being worked out.]

MW: What do you expect to accomplish this year with ENDA?

FRANK: It’s an organizing tool. Obviously, with the Republicans in power, you’re not going to get the bill even considered. But, we have work still to do and we have overwhelming – over 90 percent – support on the Democratic side for ENDA based on sexual orientation and we had, in the last Congress, about 30 Republicans that way. Unfortunately, there’s a drop-off from that number to transgender, and this is a chance to work hard to sway those who are committed to ENDA to support the full transgender inclusion as well.

This is an organizing effort. I’m going to be urging people to spend their time talking to those who have voted in the past for ENDA and are supportive of ENDA but where we’re not certain they’re still with us on the transgender issue. So, that’s what – having a bill before you makes it easier to organize people to do that.

I get that ENDA is DOA in the curent Congress.

So, yes, believe it or not that means I’m in agreement with St. Barney on something.

But if the 2011-13 Congress is an “organizing effort,” then what were the Republican-controlled House sessions from Jan. 1995 to Jan. 2007? 

Drag shows? 

BDSM parties?

Ronald Reagan film festivals?

Before anyone says it: Yes, in and of itself, asking why a trans-inclusive ENDA was never used as an “organizing effort” from Jan. 1995 to Jan. 2007 (or, for that matter, why it wasn’t openly used as a real bargaining chip to actually pass the type of gay-only ENDA that we all actually know that St. Barney actually wants) isn’t going to accomplish the goal of getting a trans-inclusive ENDA passed. 

But it should give people pause when hearing St. Barney announce what he claims is his strategy – not simply about whether he’s telling the truth but also about the competence behind such a strategy even if he is telling the truth.

MW: What do you say to the people who say this job should have been done in the 111th Congress?

FRANK: I would say to them: We got hate crimes done, and we got “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repealed, and you can’t do everything at once. And that, in fact, the problem was what I just said to you: There was a fall-off – a significant one on the Republican side and some on the Democratic side – because the votes may not be there for an inclusive ENDA.

Or maybe he’s just using the leftover dog whistle from Annapolis.


How Many People Currently Involved With Trying to Get Gay Marriage in Maryland Expressed an Opinion on (or were Otherwise Involved in) The Fight Against Prop 8 in California?

March 23, 2011

And, of those, how many are seething over us unwashed, non-Maryland-pure scum offering our analysis of the ‘Equality’ Maryland-consecrated, anti-trans HB 235?

I’m just curious.

Really – I’m just curious:  Why is it okay for gays and lesbians (and their supporters) from all across the country to fight against a law that established a ceiling on the civil legal status of same-sex relationsips in California but it is not okay for trans people from all across the country to fight against a proposal that, far from making trans people equal to gays and lesbians in Maryland, would establish not a floor for trans civil rights but a ceiling and act not merely as yet another form of gay-mandated ‘incremental progress’ in Maryland but as a limitation template for future trans civil rights proposals in other states and at the federal level?

I’m just askin’.

Amendment 2 in Colorado was a disease that had to be stopped – and it was stopped (by the Supreme Court, but stopped nevertheless.)

Anti-gay marriage amendments are a disease – but, of course, gays and lesbians haven’t yet figured out that the only way to stop them is to stop provoking them into existence.

Trans-othering proposals masquerading as civil rights bills whose purpose is to bring trans people up the point where gays and lesbians threw us out of a moving car are anything but what official gays and lesbians are representing them to be.  Oh, to be sure, the car that threw us out is headed back toward us – but with pedal to the medal, all brake lines severed and no intent whatsoever to actually stop to let us get in.  Maryland’s HB 235 is a petri dish for Barney Frank’s wettest anti-trans wet dream, the final politico-rhetorical excuse to never actually enact any form of inclusive ENDA and to only propose ones that are even more monstrously transphobic than either HB 235 or the only-released-to-trans-quislings-who-are-reliable-liars revised language of last session’s ENDA – because if even Maryland can’t pass what ‘those people’ want, Congress certainly can’t be bothered with actually thinking about the issue.


And Now, Back to The John’s Regularly-Scheduled Gay-Marriage-Primacy Hypocrisy

March 3, 2011

Yes, I agreed with him re: Sarah, Queen of DOMA.

Here, no so much:

Maryland Delegate Sam Arora backstabs gay community & Dem donors because his church got to him

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that many of the 1,200 donors to Sam Arora’s campaign, a lot of whom are my friends, didn’t realize that they were actually giving their money to a religious right bigot.

Arora promised to vote for marriage equality during the campaign, and even sponsored the bill. Now he’s claiming privately that he never intended to vote for it at all. That he’s a born-again and believes in the sanctity of marriage, blah blah blah.

Liar.  And we have the paper to prove it.  He signed the Equality Maryland candidates’ questionnaire on marriage.  He even cosponsored the freaking marriage equality bill

Gee…

Going back on support for a bill that you’ve co-sponsored means that you’ve “backstab[bed]” the people who would be negatively affected by that bill not passing?

Hmmmmmmm….

Whole lotta back-stabbin’ goin’ on, eh?

Not that I’ve ever characterized it any differently, of course…

I just find it heartening that The John now agrees with me (but does this mean that The John is backstabbing Chris Crain, Stephen Clark and Robin Tyler????  Is he really Laurel Ramseyer?  Is he really Dominic Holden?  Is he really Ralph the Wonder Tortoise? Tune in for the answer to these and other mind-twisting questions on the next episode of As the Money-Drenched Gay Hypocrisy Turns!)


How the Disease of St. Barney’s Dance Has Dumbed-Down Anti-Discrimination Discourse

February 18, 2011

From Facebook:

Now, Tom is just pointing to a stealth-obnoxious piece in the Boston Herald about Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s recent trans executive order.

The fact that its author, Hillary Chabot, saw fit to allow this spin gem says plenty:

“If this indeed is a bathroom bill, if it is there’s no doubt that it will impact the public schools,” said Kris Mineau, a longtime opponent of the bill.

Except, of course, that it is a state-level executive order.

State-level public universities? 

Well, I’d hope it would affect them.

But I posted that scrensnap because of the comment to Tom’s posting.  In part:

Tom, I am not sure if I would feel comfortable using the ladies room if a guy was standing there using a urinal….

Think about that.

Now especially think about that in relation to the use of women’s restrooms by transsexual women!

And think about that in relation to the use of women’s restrooms by transsexual women irrespective of whether they meet any particular activist’s definition of transsexual woman.

The only ladies’ room (not unisex restroom, but specifically-designated ladies’ room) I’ve ever seen with urinals was the one on the third floor of the old Architecture Building at Texas A&M – which was converted over from an all-male-A&M-era men’s room in the 1980s when someone finally got the idea that having no women’s rooms above the first floor of the building wasn’t such a good idea.

Even then, the urinal only remained there for a few days after the sex designation of the facility changed.

Anyone out there interested in doing a dissertation focusing on the dumbing down of discourse?  Start with St. Barney’s obsession with pre-op trans women’s penises and follow the trail to that comment.  If I have my Ph.D. and am on staff somewhere by the time you’re done, I’d be happy to serve as an adjunct advisor.


Come to Think of it, I’ve Never Seen Morgan Meneses-Sheets and Cathy Brennan in the Same Room at the Same Time

February 17, 2011

Good news: The person that Free State Just Us was trying to turn into a Trans Jemima for the nefarious purpose of creating a public perception of having an understanding of the reality of trans people’s lives, has realized that she was being used.

Sandy Rawls the director of Trans-United announced on her facebook profile that her group has withdrawn its support of Equality Maryland’s transgender ‘equality’ bill minus public accommodations.

Brava!

Now, of course, comes what everyone with years of experience dealing with duplicitous, greed-addled Marriage Derangement Syndrome sufferers – in Maryland and elsewhere – should have known was coming all along:

Morgan Meneses-Sheets executive director of Equality Maryland which was instrumental in getting HB235 written without public accommodations quickly commented on Trans-United withdrawal of support.

Well, apparently Morgan Meneses-Sheets has taken some advance coursework in saying “incrmental progress” without actually uttering the words “incremental progress.”

Isn’t that special?

Of course it is.

About as special as the reality being illuminated by Laura Hart, a former trans board member of Free State Just Us, er.., Inequality, er…, Equality Maryland.  As quoted at planetransgender, Hart paints an interesting picture of Free State Just Us’s claim that trans people actually signed off on this year’s public accommodations-free trans bill:

There was a statement I read early on in this controversy which stated that the trans community was consulted and agreed to dropping public accommodations. I was on that phonecon and I can tell you they took the phonecon out of context. The call took place within days of the end of the legislative session in 2009. We were told that if we did not remove public accommodations, the bill was dead. If we did, we had a fighting but only outside chance of getting it to move. We were told that if it died in 2009 then 2010 will be an election year, 2011 will be all about marriage equality and they would not come back for GI anti-discrimination until 2012, 2013, maybe even 2015. In the hope of getting something done in 2009, we agreed. I doubt the decision would be the same if we had any idea that accepting this, under short term duress, would result in a permanent ceiling on what we would ever fight to enact.

That’s even less incremental than I’d been presuming the real plan was…

which brings it all back to 2001…

In deference to Kathleen, who pointed me to these nuggets of recent-ness from one of the conjoined twins of Maryland Transphobia of 2001, I’ll fully repost her references (as text, in case the images don’t show up well) to these that she posted as a comment elsewhere:

Cathy Brennan: Why did Equality Maryland fail to endorse Hector Torres, a strong supporter of marriage equality? Because of the trans bill? Have you asked Hector Torres where he stands on that bill?
September 3, 2010 at 10:12am

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O’Malley – once again – is confused as to what “equality” means. “Equality” does not mean some separate and maybe kind of not as equal system (Mr. Governor, you may recall a case called Plessy v. Ferguson being overturned by a little case called Brown v. Board of Education when you were in law school…). Equal means equal. You are either for gay marriage and equality, or you are in favor of discrimination – you can take your civil union and stick it with the Plessy decision. You cannot have it both ways. Own your view, Mr. Governor, and live with the consequences, but enough of the smarmy double-talk – we are not all dumb enough to believe you.

Oh, and gay shillers for O’Malley – bite me, I don’t respect what you have to say.

Posted by: Cathy Brennan | September 17, 2010 4:02 PM

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/local/politics/2010/09/omalley_returns_to_kitchen_ehr.html

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I guess that separate and lesser equality thing is just fine – so long as it only applies to trans people.

That last line, BTW, was from Kathleen, not Cathy of Maryland Marriage Derangement Syndrome Land.

Oh wait…

Maybe, for her, its (at the risk of being labeled an anti-dentite) DDS: Divorce Derangement Syndrome?

Now that same-sex couples can legally marry in the District, a new issue is popping up: gay divorce.While some couples say “I do,” others are bidding each other “adieu” — and courts and laws are struggling to keep up.

Cathy Brennan says she “hopefully” wants to “get a divorce.”

These gays want everything, no?

Brennan and her soon-to-be-ex wife tied the knot in Vermont several years ago. They now live in Maryland. When their relationship soured, they could not divorce because their home state did not recognize same sex marriage.

“Courts have been reluctant to grant divorces because they didn’t know what to do with a gay marriage,” Brennan said.

And yet, a decade ago Brennan seemed soooooooooooooooooooooooooo confident that Maryland courts would know exactly what to do with trans anti-discrimination cases brought in non-trans-inclusive-law Maryland.  Why?  Because of a handful of trial court and administrative law opinions from the outlying parts of Maryland…

you know, Connecticut and Massachusetts. 

I guess they stopped teaching geography in Maryland schools back when Spiro Agnew was governor, eh?  But I digress…

I wonder how eager courts in Maryland have been over the last ten years to find that Connecticut (North Maryland?)  state decisions on Connecticut (North Maryland?) sex discrimination law are binding – or even have the slightest bit of relevance – in Maryland.

I wonder if all of the people who have decided to march in lockstep adherence to what Free State Just Us has in mind for 2011 are aware that ten years ago Cathy Brennan (1) declared that if a person or organization that “opposes the Antidiscrimination Act, it has taken an anti-gay position” even if that position was based on that bill’s trans-discriminatory shortcomings, yet (2) somehow took issue with the converse position which held that opposing trans-inclusion was anti-trans.

One wonders how many of those who are, at this very moment, drinking the vintage 2011 Free State Just Us kool-aid are aware that people like Brennan declared a decade ago – whilst demanding oaths of fealty to the gay-only bill – that:

one cannot argue with a person or group of people who insist on believing one thing about this legislation that is not in fact true (i.e. that this bill won’t help certain folks – and that Price Waterhouse and its progeny, as well as the state law prohibiting gender discrimination, are not helpful to folks).

and yet have apparently never come forward with even the slightest bit of evidence to show that her theory bore fruit – or even germinated.

In response to someone who had the temerity to accurately assert that “it is disingenuous to claim that TG protections already exist,” Brennan said:

What we have said, repeatedly, is that we should litigate cases under sex/gender discrimination to see if we can do it. We think we can. We need folks to step up to do that.

That is what Price Waterhouse is about – sex stereotyping. There have been successful cases using this theory.

But, of course, none to that point had been under Maryland state law – which, of course, was what was under consideration at the Maryland Legislature that year (and this.)

On March 17, 2001, Brennan pimped the In re John/Jane Doe declaratory ruling
of November 9, 2000….

a ruling from the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights

On March 19, 2001, in response to being told that that, and other decisions she had pointed to “[we]re limited to Massachusetts and Connecticut,” she responded:

That is true. However, lawyers use cases from other jurisdictions when there is no controlling precedent in the state

which begs the question of why Maryland gays and lesbians such as herself weren’t content on using cases like Oncale v. Sundonwer and, while we’re at it, Price Waterhouse, to try and weave some sort of rudimentary gay-ish protections that, of course, would not result in any overt postings in employment offices saying that sexual orientation was a protected classification.

Upon having, yet again, a reality pointed out to get, namely: “Those states have their own sex discrimination statutes. Depending on how a state’s statute is written, gender may or may not fall under it,” Brennan responded:

This is not entirely accurate. Title VII which says sex covers sex stereotyping, which is what discrimination against transgendered folks is. Sex and gender are used interchangebaly in most statutes and include sex sterotyping. The distinctions some folks make (gender identity, expression) are sociological, not legal.

I wonder if she have given that as firm legal advice for a paying client to rely on?

The distinctions some folks make

Yeh…

Some folks like judges.

Which makes me wonder how much her malpractice insurance would have gone up shortly thereafter?

When confronted with: “A good legal defense is just that. It is not explicit legal protection. While we should be encouraged by the New England news and consider using those approaches, it is no substitute for crafting laws that protect us all. Cases proceed one by one under each circumstance, and even the federal verdict only guarentees the right for students to expres themselves, not to deny a transexual employment. Only the Connecticut case talked about employment, and there it would be VERY diffiuclt to mount a case regarding hiring practices vs. firing practices,” Brennan again couldn’t be bothered with the reality of the legal regime that would be created by the law that she and the others in Maryland’s gay and lesbian elite wanted:

Litigation is often stronger than statutory protections

Again, when confronted with “If MD’s law is sex based and not gender based, then we probably have no protections under current law,” a reality actually borne out by other state law decisions, Brennan again went for the crackpipe and demanded that the sober people defer to her delusions:

This is an inaccurate reading of what sex has been interpreted to mean by many courts. Again, you are confusing sociological terms with legal ones.

I refer thee to:

Maffei v. Kolaeton Indus., Inc., 626 N.Y.S. 2d 391 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 1995) (holding that city ordinance prohibiting “gender” discrimination protects transsexuals)

If you follow the link, you’ll find a list of cases – many of which are state law, yet none of which are from Maryland!

As for the Maffei opinion? It involved a transsexual – and the judge wrote:

The crucial issue presented herein is whether harassment against a transsexual is included within the purview of the aforequoted statutes. In setting forth his position, plaintiff does not argue that the Federal law is applicable, but rather appears to principally rely upon the provision of the City law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.

I find that this City provision, however, does not aid plaintiff. Subdivision (20) of section 8-102 of the Administrative Code defines “sexual orientation” to mean “heterosexuality, homosexuality or bisexuality”. The term is thus dealing with sexual preferences and practices, i.e., the sex of a person’s sexual partner, with heterosexuals being persons sexually attracted to members of the opposite sex, homosexuals being those attracted to members of the same sex, and bisexuals attracted to both sexes. There is no claim that the harassment alleged herein is the result of any sexual preferences expressed by plaintiff.

So much for the theory that a gay-only law does squat for trans folks, eh? Yet, the trans man prevailed.

Why?

In examining the City statute, it is noted that as originally enacted by Local Laws, 1965, No. 97 of the City of New York it referred to discrimination based on “sex”. However, subsequently the term “gender” was substituted for the word “sex”. While the reason for this change is not apparent, one court ( Dobre v National R. R. Passenger Corp., supra), which determined that transsexuals are not covered by the word “sex” in title VII, observed that the result would be different if instead the term “gender” had been used, stating: “The term ‘sex’ in Title VII refers to an individual’s distinguishing biological or anatomical characteristics, whereas the term ‘gender’ refers to an individual’s sexual identity. Holloway, 566 F.2d at 662-63.” (850 F Supp, at 286, supra.)

Maryland anti-discrimination law?

§ 20-602. State policy

It is the policy of the State, in the exercise of its police power for the protection of the public safety, public health, and general welfare, for the maintenance of business and good government, and for the promotion of the State’s trade, commerce, and manufacturers:

(1) to assure all persons equal opportunity in receiving employment and in all labor management-union relations, regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability unrelated in nature and extent so as to reasonably preclude the performance of the employment; and

(2) to that end, to prohibit discrimination in employment by any person.

At any point after 2001 did Cathy Brennan or Shannon Avery or Liz Seaton or Free State Just Us or GLCCB or any gay or lesbian person in Maryland currently making marriage wants a higher priority than trans employment needs make any effort to get the Maryland Legislature to effectuate that sort of change to Maryland statutory law?

Again I ask: Does Cathy Brennan’s employer – and that employer’s clients – know about the blatantly disingenuous, dishonest and deceiftul – and, if none of those, then incompetent – garbage that she was shovelling around back in 2001?

How about a little more of the history of Maryland as written by Cathy Brennan and Judge Shannon Avery perhaps now don’t want people to remember, eh?

Lets look at a sequence of events from roughly nine years and eleven months ago.

The introduction (BTW, I unearthed this from one of Phyllis Frye’s Phyllabuster mass e-mails) comes from Maryland attorney Alyson Meiselman, a trans woman who, when last I checked, has one trans-specific appearance before Maryland’s high court more than any of the transphobic mouthpieces of that decade or this (and, given that Alyson’s count is one – in the In re Helig case, which wasn’t discrimination-related – that should say much about the ever-so-expert-on-trans-discrimination-law spewing that is to come in this exchange, spewing which emanates from Der Brennanista).

On March 28, 2001, Alyson wrote:

The following is part of the exchange regarding the Maryland 2001 Anti-discrimination Bill, which will be sent to Governor Glendening upon passage by the Maryland House at the end of this week. Governor Glendening is the National Lesbian & Gay Law Association (NLGLA) 2000 “Allies of Justice” Award recipient. Quoting from the Baltimore Sun, Wednesday, March 28, 2001, “It should be quite clear that here in Maryland, we do not discriminate against anyone for any reason anywhere in the state,” Glendening said Tuesday.” Based on that statement, I suppose I’m not “anyone,” or even human. And, while it is true that, “This is a very important day for fairness, justice and inclusion,” Glendening said. “We’ll have a fairer state as a result of this.” (Washington Post, Wednesday, March 28, 2001), I feel betrayed and totally excluded.

Now let us proceed to a positively wet press release from March 27, 2001:

GLCCB
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:
Cathy Brennan
1-443-254-2500
Shannon Avery
1-443-804-6876

GLCCB Applauds Senate Movement on Civil Rights Bill Maryland Poised to Join 11 Other States, D.C. In Banning Sexual Orientation Discrimination Annapolis, MD (March 27, 2001): The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland applauded the decision early this morning by the Maryland Senate to give approval on second reader to a bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

By a significant margin, the Maryland Senate voted early this morning to approve Senate Bill 205. Final approval of the measure is expected later this week. Information on today’s vote is available at http://mlis.state.md.us/2001rs/billfile/sb0205.htm

SB 205 will prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. The bill – which exempts religious organizations – would provide statewide protections. Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Hawaii, California, New Jersey, Minnesota, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Nevada and the District of Columbia already prohibit sexual orientation discrimination.

Currently, 48.5 percent of Maryland’s population live in the four jurisdictions that ban this type of discrimination at the local level – Baltimore City, Montgomery County, Howard County and Prince George’s County. The remaining 51.5 percent of the State’s population lack this protection, said Shannon Avery, chair of the Center’s Committee for Legislative and Political Action.

“Whether or not one faces discrimination should not be an accident of geography,” Avery said. “In giving initial approval to this bill, the Senate is respecting the will of a majority of Marylanders who favor this legislation.”

The bill faces full Senate approval later this week. The House of Delegates approved a similar measure in 1999 by a wide majority. Governor Parris N. Glendening, a strong champion of the legislation, will sign the bill if it passes out of the General Assembly.

The GLCCB is Maryland’s only community center serving the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities. The Center is located at 241 West Chase Street in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore City. Programs and services conducted by the Center are made possible by the efforts of more than 150 volunteers and the generosity of financial donors. For additional information, please visit our website at http://www.glccb.org/

Alyson responded to this PR:

Discrimination, in any form, against any individual, should not be tolerated in a progressive society. The GLCCB failure to support inclusion of “gender identity” in the SB205 and HB307 is indicative of systemic bigotry in the gay and lesbian community within the State of Maryland. And, while the transgendered community has NEVER acted or behaved toward those in the LGB community in such a manner, the politically correct NIMBY attitude expressed by this press release is disappointing, if not disgusting. The LGB community should be ashamed of its actions.

Cathy Brennan’s response to that?

Your insistence on misrepresenting the position of the GLCCB is both harmful and sad. You well know that the GLCCB – like other groups across the country – supports a litigation strategy to protect individual on the based of gender. You m[a]y disagree with that strategy, but you cannot honestly state that the GLCCB opposes exclusion [Kat’s 2011 note: “cannot honestly state that [GLCCB] opposes exclusion” would appear to be a typo, but if Brennan actually typed it that way I think it would be the irony of karma, no?  Or perhaps the karma of irony?] for anyone. Your anti-gay rhetoric is divisive and does not further the cause you seek to promote. To see you on the same side as the Family Protection Lobby is disturbing. I find it deeply troubling that you and other transgendered individuals have not only worked against the bill, but have engaged in individual and organizational character assassination. But again, I am confident that almost all members of the community are aware of your misrepresentations.

Alyson’s recounting of history thereafter in a separate response to a different person:

I appreciate your thoughts. However, please consider the following:

First, “gender identity” was included in the 1999 version of the bill. It was Liz Seaton, speaking on behalf of Free State Justice and the gay and lesbian community, who stated that it was OK to delete that language from the bill.

Second, this year when asked to merely mention that the transgender community should be included in the legislation, while they were testifying in favor of LGB protections in the statute, every gay and lesbian organization refused. That is WRONG, unsupportive, and in fact signaling that it is OK to discriminate against the transgendered citizens of Maryland.

I cannot and will not accept bigotry, no matter how you sugar coat it, from those who claim to support the “T” in LGBTI! And yes, next year we’ll be looking to see if the LGB folks will be lobbying for us. I doubt they will even show up. Yet, I hope your crystal ball proves me wrong.

Game, set, match – Alyson’s crystal ball.  Even based on the self-serving rhetoric of the current incarnation of Free State Just Us, none of the incrementalists (or, more accurately, their successors in political interest) made any attempt to go back to Annapolis to deal with trans anything, even to ‘educate’ until 2007 – and by then, Marriage Derangement Syndrome had set in.

Now, lets look at something that preceded the above exhange by a few weeks.  First, another missive from Cathy Brennan that I hope her employer (and its clients) become aware of:

I had to reformat it to fit in this blog post, but that is the entirety of a letter that Der Brennanista got Queer Channel Media to run just as the Maryland Legislature was convening in 2001.

One thing, though…

Did you notice how she started out the letter?  Slamming Queer Channel Media for – in her view – being biased? 

Now, as readers should be well aware, I’m no fan of Queer Channel Media – and in the years after the Maryland political hate crime of 2001, it become insidiously anti-trans under the control of Chris ‘Hewp! Hewp! I’m being wepwessed by trans people who don’t want to be repressed!’ Crain.

However, the article that Brennan refers to was from Dec. 15, 2000…

and here it is (unfortunately, all I have is an old web printout of it, and I formatted the text of it from that; the URL was http://www.washblade.com/local/001215b.htm, but I wasn’t able to find it in the WayBackMachine):

Sorry Cathy, but if there’s any ‘bias’ issue with that piece (and I’m not asserting that it was bias – even though I think the matter of what certain people who should have known – and likely did know – better regarding the inteplay of ‘transgender’ and ‘disability’ should have been explored more in depth) it was in favor of the Brennan-Avery-Seaton pro-delusion side by offering the quotes of both Henry Ford and Liz Seaton in favor of the trans-exclusion while only giving Alyson Meiselman’s voice in opposition (and even part of the quote from her was about the DSM in general, and not the substance of why blanket declarations that trans people are included under “disability” were, in 2000 – as opposed to 1973 or even 1985 – incompetent at best, and flat out fraudulent at worst.)

But I’ve never been one to accuse Maryland’s gays and lesbians of letting facts get in the way of a good fit of transphobia.

Two weeks after the Brennan letter of Jan. 5, her greek chorus appeared in those same pages.  First, Cheryl Cort:

No indication that she has any basis for claiming that Der Brennanista actually is “realistic,” but it gets run anyway.

Oh, but wait, there’s more…

That is the beginning of an extended hissy-fit from now-judge Shannon Avery.

…their sole strategy is to include transgender in the definition of sexual orientation in the anti-discrimination legislation.

Oddly enough, at that time including sexual orientation in the definition of sexual orientation in the anti-discrimination legislationwas the only strategy of transphobes such as Avery.

Their effort is meaningless and they know it.

I gots nine years and eleven months that say she owes trans people in Maryland (and every other jurisdiction that copied her diseased strategy) an apology.

I wonder what sort of kum-bah-yah trans inclusivity there was when those gay-only local ordinances were ramrodded through, eh?

Perhaps the same sort of non-kum, non-bah, non-yah that there was in Minnesota back in the mid 1970s – you know (You obviously do, right? You’re quoting from that NGLTF book which spoke of Minnesota trans history, aren’t ya?), where trans people were left out of the Minneapolis ordinance in 1974 at the behest of a man who went on to help found the Human Rights Campaign Fund (I know, you’re shocked!) but not before he tried to ramrod that same anti-trans (Hey, I’m only following the lead of you civil rights icons.  If you oppose an gay rights bill for any reason, you’re anti-gay; so, if you oppose trans rights for any reason, you must be anti-trans, right?  I hope that trans people who now find themselves faced with having their rights adjudicated by Judge Shannon Avery are aware of this.  No, I’m not trying to get anyone thrown off the bench.  I’m just sayin’….) language through the state legislature – only to have the effort backfire and have the dirty, scummy, scary trans people befriended by a Republican legislator who would do what the ‘liberal’ Democrats would not, namely stand up for trans rights.  And we’re still talking about Minnesota, right?  Where that entire gay rights bill of 1975 died not because of the spat over trans-inclusivity but because of the specter of gay teachers?

Who do you want to believe? Yourself?  Or Endean’s own organization? (Or, how about the next gay rights bill introduced in Minnesota, 1977 H.F. 1176, which didn’t have pro-trans language but did have explicit proto-Briggs anti-gay-teacher language, you know…

A continuing contract may be terminated, effective at the close of the school year, upon any of the following grounds:

(e) Advocacy r promotion in a learning environment of a preference for engaging in sexual relations with persons of a particular gender.

like that?)  And how about these little factoids:

  • Because of that skirmish at the Legislature in 1975, the Minneapolis Ordinance was amended to be trans-inclusive before any further attempts were made to go after state legislation.
  • The other gay rights law in Minnesota at that time, St. Paul’s, was wiped out by Anita Bryant’s minions in 1978.
  • When St. Paul re-enacted an ordinance it was trans-inclusive.
  • When Minnesota finally enacted statewide legislation in 1993, all (well, both) of its city ordinances were already trans-inclusive.

Don’t worry, Shannon.  There’s always a spin-cycle chair available for you at FOX.  But I have no faith that people like Brennan and Avery will ever meet the fate that they deserve (no, not violence – just something equivalent to what trans people in Maryland have faced for the last ten years…you know, like ten years of unemployment.)  After all, Brennan has slithered into the caliber of law practice that I have grave doubts that any trans person (well, any trans woman) would ever even be considered for.  As for Avery?  Well, I’d trust Alyson Meiselman to be a judge – but its Avery that has managed to grab a gavel…

even after being exposed as sophistry-addled, transphobic slimemonger by Alyson in that very same Jan. 19, 2001 edition of Queer Channel Media:

Oh…

and did I mention that, unlike in the Dec. 15 piece that Der Brennanista claimed was biased against her position, Alyson was not the only pro-reality voice in the LTE pages of Queer Channel Media on Jan. 19?

Now, I have my issues with GLAD.  To the best of my knowledge it still has never hired any trans women.  And, even though – as Jennifer points out – it does pro-trans casework (often successfully), it also is as responsible as anyone or anything for ensuring that gay marriage has steamrolled all other substantive concerns of LGBs (not to mention Ts) over the last decade.

Jennifer was too diplomatic to phrase it this way, but her argument can be summed up thusly: Brennan was full of shit and she either knows it or should know it.

Likewise, Alyson will never phrase the overall situation in such a manner, but I will: It all boils down to gay greed.

It did in 2001.

And it does now.

The diseased deceit exhibited by Brennan and Avery in their tag-team transphobia a decade ago should, by now, have thoroughly disqualified them from any employment even remotely connected to law or policy – yet one of them has a law position that, doubtlessly, no trans person (and certainly no trans woman) was ever even considered for and the other is in the position to pass judgment on people who may be in legal trouble via ‘criminal’ activity that they may only have been involved in because they were legally excludable from employment in Maryland because of the law that she helped con the state into passing (now, I actually don’t know if she’s on the criminal bench, but as an assistant A.G. she represented the state in its efforts to try to keep people from accessing DNA evidence that could possibly exonerate them). 

Matt Foreman, though, got a nice promotion after he shepherded New York’s copy of Maryland’s anti-trans law into existence back in 2002.

What sort of position will Morgan Meneses-Sheets manage to elevate to after she accomplishes the touchy-feely 2011 equivalent of the con that Brennan and Avery pulled off a decade ago?

Well, I’m sure that Pee Wee Solmonese one day will grow tired of his champagne-in-the-membrane, designer executroid leisure lifestyle of energetically having to effectuate a different plastic smile each time he  finds himself unable to avoid explaining away a caviar-stained foobar that the Rhode Island Avenue Cesspool passes off, to the working-class public that neither he nor his organization really cares about, as epic plans of gay Napoleonic stature that are worthy of a perpetual series of – or at least thirty-five – ‘thank you may I have another’s from the useless-except-for-one-thing masses.

Some will say that cream rises to the top.

I point out that turds float in punch bowls.

A lot of people who should have known better (and probably did) drank a lot of crab-flavored kool-aid in 2001.

The same organization that served up plenty of it back then is serving it up again – just with a bit of different food coloring.

This time its violet instead of purple – yet the active ingredient, of course, is neither the coloring nor the flavoring.

Lies are still lies.

Bullshit is still bullshit.

Transphobia is still transphobia.

And gay greed is still gay greed.

Gay marriage in Maryland – without the stain of trans equality having to be borne by the gay millionaires in D.C.’s Maryland suburbs – will punch Morgan Meneses-Sheets’ ticket to the big house on Rhode Island Avenue.  I think its time for those of us who bought Liz Seaton’s ticket to HRC, who bought Cathy Brennan’s ticket fake legitimacy, and who bought Shannon Avery’s ticket to the bench – you know, us people who bought those characters’ tickets with ten years of third-class legal status – to punch back.

No, not physically – either with violence or our own gift of purple kool-aid punch (after all, what I’ve pointed to here are the inconveniencies of the reality of history – things which, by their consistent refusal to stand up and face the music for what they did ten years ago, the Brennans and the Averys and the other gay-primacy con artists of Maryland and other states have no use for.)

No, we punch back by refusing to shut up.

To quote that ever-popular, umm…, champion, umm…, of trans-inclusion…

John Aravosis:

 We didn’t get the DADT legislation passed by being nice.

We wouldn’t want to disappoint The John, now would we?

So, if you’re inclined to be nice regarding what the Neo-2001 crowd in Maryland is trying to pull? Don’t.

If you’re currently being nice regarding what the Neo-2001 crowd in Maryland is trying to pull? Stop.

These people fucked us ten years ago – and what they did then was immediately copied by New York and subsequently used by St. Barney to try to erect national anti-trans apartheid in 2007.

If we let them fuck us now, if New York ever bothers to deal with trans-inclusion you can bet that it will be even worse than what Maryland is trying now – and you can bet that in 2033 when 93-year-old St. Barney gets around to proposing a bill to rectify the situation he created by signing off on the gay-only ENDA that got passed in 2017, it will be even more meaningless than anything that the Brennans, the Seatons, the Averys and the Meneses-Sheetses could have come up with in their wettest, greediest, gay-primacy dreams.

We didn’t get the DADT legislation passed by being nice.

If the John says it, it must be true – and it must be obeyed!


Barney Frank Has Been in Congress Longer Than Hosni Mubarak Has Been President of Egypt

February 3, 2011

Why is that relevant?

Representative Barney Frank announced this morning he will run for re-election in 2012, ending months of speculation that the 70-year-old from Newton was ready to retire.Frank said in an interview his top priority is to defend the financial regulatory overhaul from Republican attempts to water it down or repeal it. The overhaul law passed last year was co-authored by Frank when he served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.

By announcing he is not stepping down, Frank puts pressure on Massachusetts lawmakers charged with re-drawing the state’s 10 congressional districts. If none of the other nine US House members voluntarily bow out, two will be forced to run against each other in 2012 because Massachusetts lost a seat due to population decline.

Mubarak became Egypt’s president in September of 1981.  St. Barney had already ascended to Capitol Hill in January of that year.

If Egyptians can force out Mubarak, hopefully Massachusetts politicos can push the unwilling St. Barney out by putting him up against another congresscritter in 2012.

There will never be an ENDA – much less a trans-inclusive one – as long as St. Barney is in Congress.

Moreover, forget the fact that he’s been sucking at the federal teat for over 30 years, that came after basking in the non-reality of the Massachusetts Legislature for eight years prior to that – meaning that not only has he never had to look for a ‘job’ in the real world as an openly gay man (kinda making it a bit ironic that he has anything whatsoever to say about ENDA, no?), he hasn’t had to look for a ‘job’ in the real world under any circumstances since I was in the third grade.

Of course, one can always just sit back and hope that the actuarial tables kick in a la Scoop Jackson.


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