A story from the Liverpool Echo.
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I think you’ll agree with the title of this posting.
A story from the Liverpool Echo.
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I think you’ll agree with the title of this posting.
First, a subsequent comment over at Queerty, elucidating as to the degree to which the “HRC Staffer” who played the “conspiracy theiry” card is full of shit:
HRC needs to learn that the trans community cannot and will not judge them by their words, because, let us all recall, Joe Solmonese has not a whit of shame about telling baldfaced lies in front of 1000 transpeople in a ballroom in Atlanta. Like Solmonese’ words in Atlanta, the T community doesn’t believe this anonymous staffer – they work for HRC, it’s all we need to know.
Calling the police BEFORE a demonstration IS intimidation and a not-well-veiled threat – and HRC knows that T people cannot chance an encounter with the Harris county lockup. Jails don’t deal with transpeople well, anywhere.
If any HRC-oid ever professes ignorance about this – about why any threat to set wheels in motion that could result in transsexuals ending up in one of the most notorious county jails in the nation (in Texas, probably the only one worse is Galveston County’s) – then please, irrrespective of venue, rise to your feat and yell BULLSHIT at the top of your lungs. These transphobic cesspool dwellers know exactly what they’re doing – when it comes to protecting their cashflow (as for actually accomplishing anything positive for anyone outside of DC? Ummmm…not so much.)
Now, a nice pre-protest backgrounder from Vanessa Edwards Foster:
My second HRC Banquet protest ever will be this evening (I’ll write more on that point in a later post). And again – like my first one in Washington DC – they’ve decided they need police protection from us. It’s a little unsettling as I know the Houston PD’s reputation – it’ll be a different environment than DC. Like in DC, I’m sure they’ll have someone point me out to HPD to give me the “special” attention to my every move. I plan on being dogged tonight.
This time, national activist emeritus Phyllis Frye is coordinating, so she got a taste of what we (especially the NTAC crowd) have known all along. Phyllis far from clueless about HRC, though. Once upon a time (pre-Mara) she was arguably their most vocal and consistent detractor. For her to ease back into the anti-HRC outsider set isn’t difficult at all. It’s a role she’s known well for over 15 years.
On the flipside of that, the Human Rights Campaign has worked diligently over the years to wedge and divide Houston – long known in the past for it’s unswayable trans community, and general GLBT community antipathy towards HRC. Most especially, since 2003-2004 when the NTAC star was being supplanted by NTCE, the local trans community began listening to the alternative voices: “we need to be collegial,” “we need to work collaboratively,” “they aren’t our enemy – they’re our friends,” “they’re our champion … heroes.”
Simultaneously, I backed off. Yes, I could’ve provided counter-argument (many would argue I should’ve). But I would also run the risk of beating the dead horse. Being repetitive as a broken record never appealed to me, and I’ve learned that forcing people to listen or to believe only meets resistance. So I backed off knowing that in time, considering HRC’s behavior patterns, they would reveal their true selves to all.
This week some of our local-level trans leaders decided to approach two of HRC’s board members and ask for a table to do an educational initiative on the inside.
They were rebuffed.
The excuse given was that HRC felt if they provided a table for a transgender group’s educational initiative, then they’d have to do it for all. Pretty slick, huh? They do know how to spin to cover their tracks pretty well. It’s also like the excuse they gave when it became public that HRC national called the cops on us beforehand.
The Human Right Scampaign’s new motto should be: HRC! If it ain’t transphobia, its spin!
More pre-protest analysis, this time from Phyllis Frye, from an e-mail which followed the response from “HRC Staffer”:
I was quickly contacted by local HRC which had called national HRC about my Phyllabuster.I was told by local that national HRC said, “We were misunderstood by the Houston Police.”IMHO, that is a load of grade A, prime crap that HRC is becoming famously consistent is issuing.Especially so since last fall where, at the TG Southern Comfort Convention in Atlanta, the HRC President told the TG community that HRC promised to keep TG folks in the ENDA bill.Now the HRC President denies saying that even though it was videotaped and is somewhere on u-tube or such.I do not believe the HRC spin.
Now, a point where I slightly disagree with Phyllis:
The Houston Police did NOT try to stop our protest.The story in my report (below) is this: WHY DID HRC EVEN BOTHER TO CALL THE HOUSTON POLICE?As other folks reported to me about HRC calling their city’s police, IT WAS A NAKED ATTEMPT BY HRC TO INTIMIDATE!HRC was using a political trick designed to reduce our crowd size and to minimize our effect on what HRC likes to do more that sell out its TG allies.What HRC likes to do most is to raise $$$$$$$.HRC got caught.By catching and exposing this political trickery, it is obvious that “The protests are hurting HRC financially!”HRC could not have given the TG community (AND ITS GLB AND STRAIGHT ALLIES) a higher compliment. In effect HRC is saying, “You people are making us pay for our stupidity of last fall over dropping the gender-identity-or-expression language in ENDA, thereby abandoning all TG folks and about 1/2 of GLBs who are not gender conforming.”And so, blogger friends, let us keep to the facts please. Exposing HRC in its political trickery of calling the police to intimidate the trannies and gender-queers does not need to be stretched. The story is big enough as it is!
Assuming that Phyllis is refering to Monica’s Bilerico post, I don’t think it was a stretch to say “HRC Calls Police to Stop Houston Dinner Protest.”
No, HPD didn’t try to stop the protest by summoning the spirit of Herman Short and bashing heads in the lobby of the George Brown Convention Center, but HRC did call HPD to stop the protest…BY INTIMIDATION! It used HPD as a tool, little differently than it used the image of Gwen Araujo when talking about a non-inclusive hate crimes bill a few years back.
The goal was inded to stop the protest, though doubtfully the calculus was that total prevention of it was unlikely.
You’ve been played.
Just like everyone else who has ever thought that the Rhode Island Avenue Cesspool of Transphobia was capable of telling the truth about anything.
Reports on the protest itself will be coming here shortly. So far I’ve received one e-mail from Phyllis on it; I’m guessing some other blog posts will pop up over the course of the day.
This is an update to the item I linked to yesterday by Monica Roberts – about HRC’s gestapo-cum-Homeland Security tactics regarding pre-sicing the cops on those trans folks who have announced that they will have the temerity to protest the Homosexual Reich Campaign’s Houston dinner.
Queerty received a “note” from an “HRC staffer” about the post/situation:
Houston is not a unique situation. In fact, the same protests have happened in NY, DC and Philly. And at all three, the police were present to keep the order – and did not shut any protest down. So, why is Houston all of a sudden a hot bed of conspiracy theory about HRC calling in the swat teams?
The fact is that the standard procedure is when we are notified of a protest, then it is our obligation to notify the hotel/venue. The hotel/venue then takes the necessary precautions to make sure their guests are safe and that any protests happening outside of their property is also done so in a safe manner. One of those precautionary steps that the hotel/venue takes is to notify the local police department. This was done in DC, NYC, and Philadelphia previously without any problems, complaints, or conspiracy theories.
So, with all that being said we are looking forward to a great Houston dinner which will be attended by the Mayor of Houston. And was the case at previous dinners, those who want to wear their stickers and stand in protest will be more than welcome to do so.
Queerty’s summation was “And there you have it…”
As if to say: “Stupid trannies. Rights are for gays. Stop trying to stop us from keeping you third-class citizens while we make 7-figure salaries and hobnob.”
All it did was prove that some “HRC staffer” knows how to use e-mail.
Now, take a look at this piece of butyric-acid-scented, psychosis-addled histrionic nonsense that was posted in response to Queerty’s convenient revelation.
One isn’t surprised to find the truth far different than that apparently purposely misrepresented by one of Bilerico’s most advanced cases of Mad Tranny Disease. There are some great contributors there but they are vastly outnumbered [out-screamed] by the Tranninazis.
Contrary to the propaganda and cooked numbers of ENDA INSANE, there are many of us who both hate HRC generally for what it’s become AND are repulsed by the histrionic hissy fits of the lunatic fringe like the scribbler of the sourced article in the original thread.
If the latter and her fellow Tranny thugs had their way, Pennsylvania Avenue, Castro Street, and Greenwich Village would be lined with crosses bearing those who have been crucified upside down for having dared disagree with their political suicide position. Barney Frank’s would also, no doubt, be set on fire.
Now, as a few commenters have pointed out, Monica was incorrect about one thing – rent. The Rhode Island Avenue Cespool of Transphobia does own its own digs (which, apparently, is what donors’ money has paid for instead of meaningful education about trans issues.)
So, that aside, lets see what Monica actually said:
But it seems as though HRC has a problem with the Houston transgender community exercising their First Amendment rights. The National HRC office called the Houston Police Department in an attempt to shut down the protest.
The Scampaign can spin it any way they want – but don’t tell me that they aren’t hoping that news of advance calls to police departments won’t intimidate at least some trans protesters at some of their fraudfests. Its possible that Monica’s take was incorrect – but, even taking into account the response from “HRC staffer”, she still could be more accurate than not.
Moreover: Monica’s post was spurred by an e-mail alert sent around by Phyllis Frye.
I just finished a very pleasant meeting, in my law office with the Houston Police Department about the scheduled protest of the HRC event in Houston this Saturday from 4:30 to 7:30 pm, downtown at Polk and Avenue of the Americas (DETAILS PASTED BELOW).It seems that in response to my national Phyllabuster about our protest, …… GET THIS …… the National HRC called the Houston Police.HPD and I had a very nice meeting. I do not foresee any problems. HPD was so courteous that I was given a “Demonstration Guide” that they published in 2003 to assist citizens in expressing their 1st Amendment rights will not violating any laws. I told HPD that I would scan it and attach to my list. It is attached herein as good general information.
During the chat with HPD, I was also informed that HRC has also instructed the hotel security to ask us to leave if we attempt to pass out any written information or ask folks to wear our stickers.I always thought that HRC was big on education and discussion.Well, we will be there (read reposting below).and we will be peaceful,and we will be within the law,and we will be protected by HPD,and we will attempt to hand out our lapel stickers.
Sorry, “HRC staffer,” but, assuming that e-mail is an accurate portrayal of events, it advantage Monica (and trans folks.)
Monica also wrote:
The series of HRC dinner protests initiated by the transgender community not long after our ENDA betrayal in October 2007 has been conservatively estimated to have cost HRC $1 million dollars in lost donation revenue.
So I understand why they wanted to sic HPD on the trannies.
It is hard to prove exactly how much money the Scampaign has lost or not lost. But a commenter at Bilerico proclaimed Monica’s innaccurateness by citing a statement made by HRC folks at an HRC meeting.
HRC has been proven to be incapable of telling the truth.
Why should that – or the response to Monica by any “HRC staffer” or even Pee Wee Solmonese himself – be believed?
(And I won’t even mention Dana Beyer’s ridiculous offhand defense of the Scampaign that one can find amongst the comments to Monica’s piece.)
From Queer Channel Media:
Next Monday and Tuesday, the transgender community will gather on Capitol Hill to rally for a trans-inclusive ENDA, among other things. The National Center for Transgender Equality will lead the effort, which begins with a day of preparations on Monday and ends on Tuesday with lobbying lawmakers.
The NCTE is offering a resource sheet to help activists make appointments with their members of Congress.
Autumn Sandeen wrote a blog for Pam’s House Blend today in which she said that after weighing the facts, she’s concluded that neither Democratic presidential candidate would rally hard enough for a trans-inclusive ENDA. A day like Transgender Lobby Day on Tuesday is needed to help change that.
If you do lobby, please make it clear to the representatives and senators that neither NCTE nor HRC speaks for transsexuals and other trans folks.
I’m just going to provide a link to Monica Roberts’ post over at Bilerico.
From Bay Windows:
“We’ve been fighting more than 20 years to get these civil rights protections passed, and Massachusetts has always been in the forefront. After more than a decade of trying to pass ENDA under Democratic and Republican administrations alike, I think we’re finally at a point where, under Democratic leadership and with support from Massachusetts leaders, we finally have a good chance of passing a bill this year,” wrote Kerry in a statement to Bay Windows. “Barney Frank, Ted Kennedy, and I know this bill isn’t all we wanted it to be. We were among the first to speak up and argue that transgendered workers should be included in ENDA. We all want to see transgendered workers included, and I guarantee that day will come and we’ll get there, but this year it’s vital that we get the most protection for the greatest number of employees that we can.
Translation: Oh ye who needest the protection most, get stuffed – and hereth be thy staff of incremental progress with which to stuffeth yourself.
Yes, the treasonous, coke-snorting, draft-dodging rich brat has, since 2004, continued to destroy the Constitution and the country whose supreme law it is.
But, if John Kerry had been allowed to take office following the 2004 election and now had a Democratic Congress, we’d have Barney’s ENDA as law – and we would never see a micron of movement toward adding trans protections.
And that ain’t Oz.
Vanessa Edwards Foster over at Trans Political has the poop on Wal-Mart’s corporate poop – and presumably some dirty legal laundry – becoming something of an open book.
Or, more accurately, an open video.
It seems as though the video production outfit that Wal-Mart had been using to videotape corporate events for three decades suddently found itself no longer needed by Mart-Vader – which, immediately found itself reminded that, for three decades, all of that videotaping had been going on under the auspices of an oral contract, with no provisions for limitations on the right of the production outfit to use (read: market for its own profit) those videos.
It what lives evilly by capitalism will die by capitalism, no? (Seriously, though…Whatever your opinion is of Wal-Mart, Sam Walton was no dummy. How on earth could he allow such an arrangement without something in writing? And how could it have taken thirty years for someone at Wal-Mart to do something about what clearly was a ticking timebomb?)
Vanessa provides a series of links on the matter.
The MSNBC item (actually a CNBC report) is quite extensive on the background of the dispute and includes the footage that is irking Vanessa, and is likely irking a lot of other trans people.
After reading the news today, I’m about as livid as I can be. Good CORPORATE citizens Wal-Mart demonstrated their corporate sensitivity by engaging in some good-ol-boy humor for their cigar-chompin’ company muckety-mucks during their company meetings. They did so by using that one last American object-of-derision – the transgendered person in drag – as their fodder for yucks and hilarity! Take a gander at these!
I have to assume that, at some point, the video of the execs parading around in drag will be used against the corporation as proof of a hostile environment for trans employees.