From an op-ed in this week’s Bay Area Reporter by Jose Cisneros (the treasurer of the City and County of San Francisco) and Laura Spanjian (the treasurer of the San Francisco Democratic Party) and who serve together as board members of Equality California and are members of LGBT Americans for Hillary:
Recently, Senator Hillary Clinton addressed a question from a voter about the high incidence of depression and suicide among LGBT teens. She said:
“First number one, we’ve got to do everything we can to send a clear message that we value you. We value you as a person, you as a total person. And we want you to feel accepted and respected in your community. And you’ll certainly have a president who feels that way.”
Of course, HRC’s HRC only said gay teens in that interview. As I commented over at Bilerico:
The *question* was about LGBT suicide.
The *answer* from HRC’s HRC only used the word “gay.”
And then there was the inserted clip from the guy who yammered about how well HRC’s HRC understands and works for LGBT people.
I heard no *T* (or B) from Hillary.
Michael Crawford didn’t get my point.
The solicitation of questions is part of Clinton’s outreach to young voters. That’s why Emily Hawkins, director of youth outreach for the Clinton campaign, was asking the questions.
Even if Clinton did not use “LGBT,” the person asking the question did.
Its a clip promoting Clinton’s candidacy, so “the guy who yammered about how well HRC’s HRC understands and works for LGBT people” fits.
So, what’s your point?
Not surprisingly, a trans woman – Becky Juro – did get my point.
And I doubt you ever will, Kat. We just don’t represent enough money or votes to be on Clinton’s radar, nor will we ever.
Just take a look at her campaign staff, including Barney Frank, and her LGBT steering committee, with 3/4 of the HRC Executive Board, and you know the kind of “LGBT” politics she favors.
Something tells me Cisneros and Spanjian are more Crawford than Juro. Otherwise, why would they have tried to pass the following off as something the entire community should embrace?
Senator Clinton has shown time and again her commitment, respect and willingness to fight for our community.
Walks the talk
Senator Clinton has done more than anyone else to fight for what is fair. Her Senate record is unmatched, from being the lead champion of the Early Treatment for HIV Act, to being an original sponsor of hate crimes legislation, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and the Domestic Partnership Benefits Act.
I’ll be part of that, She walks her talk. And, when it comes to trans issues, her talk is an Escher-designed pretzel of nothingspeak.
There’s an old saying that you can judge a person by the company she keeps. And that could not be more true of Clinton. Within the first month of announcing her candidacy, Clinton hired a full-time national director of LGBT outreach. And she has openly LGBT staffers in key national and California campaign positions.
How many Ts?
And, not to surrender this thread to but HBS-transgender debate, being that I identify as transsexual, I do wonder: How many of those are transsexuals? You know – people who, as individuals, have had existing rights erased by the backlash to gay marriage? People who, as individuals, have to worry about whatever the fuck eventually shakes out with Real ID?
And…another question for Cisneros and Spanjian: Which version of ENDA is the object of the support for which you are commending HRC’s HRC? The legit version? Or HRC’s?
As president, Clinton has pledged to end the divisive leadership of the past six years and ensure that all Americans in committed relationships have equal economic benefits and rights. She will work to end discrimination in adoption laws and ensure that Congress passes (and she signs) federal hate crimes legislation and an inclusive ENDA.
Okay – If I’ve missed something, please let me know.
Has she ever made a definitive statement about actually being willing to actually support an inclusive ENDA? I can’t say I’ve ever heard her utter any form of T-anything, much less anything indicative of being willing to go against Teddy Kennedy’s idea (read: HRC’s) of ENDA.
Of course, with the endorsement of Barack Obama, maybe she might be willing to do something to butt heads with Teddy.
But – and I’m very serious here – if I’m wrong about HRC’s HRC, please let me know. But – if you’re going to challenge this, point to legit, verifiable sources.
And also, explain why we should trust her talk about supporting inclusion over Obama’s actual support of inclusion at the state level?
Again seriously, I’m not saying that I can’t be convinced. But, there is an issue of trust. Obama has a track record – that includes an enacted trans-inclusive law. Hillary has…
I’m not saying that I can’t be convinced, but I’m not sure what can trump that.