Demanding That We Forget is STILL Transphobia

February 12, 2012

Has it been a year already?

Actually, its only been 10 1/2 months or so – for this, anyway (for others, well…) – but let us go there nevertheless…

A comment by laughriotgirl on one of the threads at PHB wherein refusing to bend over and take gay transphobia is branded as homophobia:

What bothers me Is that we are expected to just forget things happened

That was in response to yet another attempt to exercise control over what trans people are allowed to remember in polite company:

What has John Aravosis said recently that is offensive? If you can show me….

Why hasn’t there been anything 2007-ish from The Mouth of The John of late?

Well, one possibility is that he’s actually changed.

So much for that, eh?

Demanding that we forget about 2007 was transphobia last year – and it is now.

Demanding that we forget about New York and 2002 was transphobia last year – and it is now.

Demanding that we forget about Maryland and 2001 was transphobia last year – and it is now.

Demanding that we ignore not only whatever might have been the goal in misrepresenting the reportage about whatever might have happened in Vancouver on Jan. 21 but also the unwillingness lift a finger in opposition to what the misrepresentation of the reportage about whatever might have happened in Vancouver on Jan. 21 unleashed was transphobia last week – and it is now.


Remember…

February 2, 2012

This comes from the wing of transphobic gay purity that chastises uppity trans scum for not accepting the revealed wisdom which holds inter alia that Dan Savage is an unquestionable ally of trans people:

I will not support Barack Obama with my money, my time, or my vote until he decides that I am a full equal and endorses marriage equality. Period.

And, John, you’re going to get blasted for correctly observing that “it probably wouldn’t be a [gay-rights] disaster” if Romney were elected. We’re not allowed to step out of hyper-partisan homo-orthodoxy and give a realistic assessment. We’re not to question the Democratic Party’s perpetual tactic of hysterically fear-mongering us into endorsing and subsidizing our own Dem-declared inferiority. We’re supposed to sit in our closets–trembling in fear of GOP concentration camps–and slide checks out to the Dems while they loudly declare us second-class citizens and prepare Rick Warren for his next inaugural performance.

Six of Rick Warren, yet a half-dozen of:

Perhaps I’m a transphobic bigot, but I honestly think waiting a measly 36 months to cut your dick is a sacrifice any father should be willing to make for his 15-year-old son. Call me old-fashioned.

Unfortunately, your ex wasn’t willing to make that sacrifice (selfish tranny!), or it never occurred to him to make that sacrifice (stupid tranny!).

…and the all-gay-marriage-all-the-time stormtroopers goosestep onward.

Let me ask you one question.
Is your money that goood?

Don’t bother answering.

I know what the answer is; the problem is that AmericaBlockHeads think that they do.


This is Not America

January 27, 2012

No, I’m not referring to the song.

Rather…

Wow…

Someone pointed out how claiming that “trans activists” were responsible for the alleged glitterbombing in Vancouver was, at the very least, an error in reportage…

And the party making the claim actually followed up and acknowledged that the claim was inaccurate and – perhaps most importantly – did not thereafter claim that it was still okay to brand trans people as being responsible for the alleged incident.

That was Xtra – from Canada.

This, however, was Queerty:

Canadian gay paper Xtra reports that six members of a group calling itself Homomilitia were behind the rainbow raid. Activist Fister Limp Wrist accused Savage of “ableist, racist, transphobic, fat-phobic, sero-phobic and rape-apologist attitudes and views.”

Hmmm…

That actually seems to be accurate reportage of what Xtra had originally had to say.

However, this appeared a few lines above that quote:

Dan Savage got glitter-bombed by trans activists at an appearance in Vancouver.

WTF?

Oh…

Silly me.  There is much more anti-trans hatred among gays that needs to be whipped up:

  • Amen. I’m so tired of trannies trying to crucify people who actually aren’t their enemies. It’s foolishness and they’re only further isolating themselves
  • [T]he REAL people who demonize the trans community seem to get off glitter free by the trans commnity activist
  • glitter bomb the trannies
  • Now u have gone and done it… this thread will be up to 100 responses in an hour or two… The Trans community will be typing like crazy
  • After listening to a year’s contempt of trans people for gay culture and gay leaders, I’m done. If I had my way, we would remove the trans protections from enda. That was probably what destroyed it last time it was considered. And the trans community don’t deserve any more help from us
  • Sometimes it seems its easier for trans activist to glitter Savage than actually fight for the passage of ENDA
  • Radical trans activists are some of the most anti-gay human beings I’ve ever seen. They demand that we stop pushing our own agenda, drop everything, and rush to aid them in their pathetic little war on the heteronormative cisgender patriarchy. Any gay male who dares to speak up and tell them, “no, fuck off, it’s not our job to fight your battles for you” is immediately attacked and bombarded by a barrage of buzzwords like “ABLE-BODIED WHITE MALE PRIVILEGED CISSEXIST!” It’s sickening. Adding the T to the acronym was the dumbest, most politically suicidal decision gay activists ever made
  • Someone explain why T is even included in GLBT?
  • what a buncha hormonal bitches

This is just serving to convince me that the Democrats’ October (or whenever) surprise to shore up gay support going into the election is going to be a push for a gay-only ENDA.  These (now) five major American gay blogs that have – in the process adding glaring trans-specificity and trans-exclusivity that in no way is factually supported by the text of the original report – amplified that original Xtra piece with such complete disregard for facts that they have to be an advance move to manufacture a faux-gay-populist uprising against trans-inclusion.

50,000,000 Elvis fans can’t be wrong….

and (now) five major gay blogs can’t be this wrong without any expressed remorse (remember: The John not only isn’t concerned about being wrong; he tried to justify it and to justify maintaining his factually inaccurate phraseology) over being wrong without some organized objective underlying it. 

Maybe its not a push for a gay-only ENDA.

Maybe its just to thoroughly undermine any possibility of any gay energy being expended on Maryland’s trans bill until (years after) Maryland gets gay marriage to go along with its existing gay-only rights law.

Or, maybe, its because, when it comes to entrenched, organized gay transphobia…

it really doesn’t get better.


Pot…Kettle…Black…Game Over

January 27, 2012

This morning I heard something about the surviving members of Monty Python getting back together to work on a new project.

Silly me…

I presumed it would be a movie.

Apparently, they’re actually just scripting the dialogue at a transphobic gay male website:

I hope that’s the main feature, because if its just the neo-Crimson Permanent Assurance, I think that the laughter ensuing from whatever is the main feature will cause me to perpetually hemorrhage.

That’s what I think she meant, but it’s not what she said.

And folks warned her about it, so she knew what she was doing.

And folks have warned him about this, yet he refuses to conform it to reality.

Pot…

Kettle…

Black…

Truth?

Truth?

Not so much.

Game over.


A History Lesson

January 26, 2012

If the goal is to decrease tensions between the two communities rather than fomenting a civil war, then we need to be able to talk about this stuff, recognize it, and address it.

Does the author of that have any awareness (or even care) that the politico-economic, slaveholding elites who actually fomented rebellion and then fired on Fort Sumter to start the American Civil War – and their descendants and their apologists – refer to the American Civil War as the War of Northern Aggression.


John Aravosis Makes the Case That it is the Responsibility of Gays and Lesbians to Add Trans People to Existing Gay-Only Rights Laws and to Prevent Any New Gay-Only Rights Laws From Coming into Existence

January 26, 2012

Unintentionally, of course.

From a comment in which The John further attempts to arrogate to himself an unfettered right to completely disregard facts per se (as well as allegations as reported) in his desire to demonize people who he increasingly seems to believe are to gay politics what white supremacists believe miscegenation is to racial integrity:

Every attack until now has been done by trans people, and the attacks are happening because the trans community decided to demonize Dan and make him public enemy number one.  So, yes, if you are responsible for motivating the people who attacked him, and they’re doing it in your name, and the previous attacks were done by you, then yes you are responsible for putting a stop to it.

So…

If you’re responsible for motivating legislatures to pass laws that leave trans people unprotected from discrimination by people whose attitude toward trans people is reflected in the above-quoted paragraph (as well as the other comments at your blog, and those at Bilerico and Joe.My.God and Towleroad), and that motivation is done in the name of gays, and previous motivation to pass gay-only rights laws was done by you,  then yes you are responsible for putting a stop to the passage of gay-only rights laws.

Trans people will help, of course. 

We always have been there to help (its just that gayrights organizations have seemingly had either a ‘no trans people need apply’ policy or a hard quota of one trans employee and no more than one trans employee under any circumstances, so we have to earn a living in the real world and then play the political games that gays and lesbians of your atitudinal disposition have rigged against trans people.)

But, clearly, its your job.

you are responsible for putting a stop to it.

I look forward to The John’s first column in which he acknowledges that his years of defending the politically psychotic and morally bankrupt strategy of ‘incremental progress’ on ENDA were, well, politically psychotic and morally bankrupt.


Shit (Still More) Gays Make Up Out of Thin Air

January 26, 2012

Alas, how could I have forgotten the fourth font of anti-trans foment?

Now, to be fair to Towleroad, the title of its piece accurately reflects that trans concerns were not the only thing that the alleged glitterbombers were allegedly concerned about at the alleged glitterbombing of Dan Savage that allegedly occured in Vancouver this week.

That’s a good thing.

But, lets remind ourselves of the Xtra item that Towleroad was parroting:

Okay…

Well, “variety of ‘isms'” might seem at first glance be read to equate to “among other things, support of marriage equality.”

But remember the actual quote:

He’s part of a broader [group] of gay, white, cis-gendered, able-bodied gay men focused on gay-marriage priorities. We want to say those priorities are messed up.

I don’t see anyone criticizing Savage merely for supporting marriage equality.

You don’t see me criticizing Savage merely for supporting marriage equality (if he’s angry about the crypto-fascist Harper government in Canada possibly erasing his Canadian marriage, he’s right to be; if he’s drumming up support for marriage in the state of Washington, I’m cool with that because the state of Washington took a reality-based approach and first addressed the basic economic and societial equality needs of all LGBT people and then turned its attention to the subset thereof that want to get married.)

You don’t see me criticizing anyone for merely supporting marriage equality.

What you do see – whether or not Towleroad saw it or wanted to see it is a different matter – in Xtra is someone expliclty only expressing dismay over gay marriage prioritization.

What you don’t can’t see is that someone – or any of the “Homomilitia” – being identified as trans-anything, in the title or anywhere else in the Xtra piece…

because such an identification is not there.

Are any of them trans?  I have no idea – but if, as it certainly appears to be, the Xtra item is the only source that Bil Browning, Joe Jervis, The John and Andy Towle are utilizing to pontificate about the alleged Vancouver glitterbombing, then neither Bil Browning nor Joe Jervis nor The John nor Andy Towle know either.

But why let (a lack of) facts get in the way of an opportunity to whip up more anti-trans hatred, eh?

  • Can we glitter bomb the trans activists, please? They are really getting on my nerves.
  • These glitter-bombing idiots are just working against themselves and the cause. I don’t get why they are g-bombing Savage for SUPPORTING marriage equality?
  • Im getting tired of “Trans Activists”, you are either 100% with them or 100% against them and they seem to have no middle ground. They are apparently not interested in working together, and neither am I really. Marriage is important to a lot of Gay and Lesbian and Bisexual couples, so that is our focus. We have made a grave mistake in this alphabet soup business. LGB is more than enough to handle. T and Q can handle their own business.
  • I think it’s a bit selfish of trans activists to be angry about him supporting marriage equality.
  • I don’t know their language or their problems. It is time to let them take the reigns on their own issues.
  • T can take care of themselves. Their issues are incongruous and their behavior is demonstrably against what we are attempting to fight for.
  • [W]here does a group like this get off dissing and denigrating people based on skin color, sexual orientation, or ability–even if Dan is white, gay, and able-bodied? Does that somehow make him “less” of a person to these activists? Isn’t that also a form of intolerance, hatred, and discrimination?)
  • The people are annoying.
  • So trans activists, are you happy now that you’ve alienated a big % of your natural allies?
  • Professional ‘victims’ attacking an ally with their made-up BS is seriously as destructive as our enemies at FRC AFA etc. GET A CLUE ‘activists’. Want to protest someone? Pick a target that ACTUALLY wants you dead, stupid!
  • So, this trans fringe that opposes marriage equality reminds me of women who oppose rights for women, cuz women are so beaten down.
  • I think those “activist” are crazy and act like a sect, just conviced of their cause just because is sounds logical to them and them only without listening no one else. Sadly their attitued will taint those trans people who don’t think like them, the crazy mini group.
    And by the way, that’s what we gays/lesbians get for mixing with a lot of groups that don’t exactly have the same claims
  • These trans political kooks do not speak for me
  • These activists need to back up and look at this irrational pursuit of Dan Savage–the facts just don’t back up their claim….

Oh the irony…

Why indeed should Andy Towle let facts – or the lack thereof – get in the way of an opportunity to whip up more anti-trans hatred among the obnoxious, history-deficient, over-privileged subset of gays and lesbians who already hate trans people and need a reason to feel justified in doing so? 

If lying and then justifying a lie is good enough for The John…


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