And Every Beneficiary of These Can Still Discriminate Against Trans People at Will

May 26, 2008

From Queer Channel Media:

Despite the objections of some religious leaders, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has signed into law two bills that grant gays hospitalization rights and tax breaks.

Signed by O’Malley on Thursday, the laws become effective July 1.

The Health Care Facility Visitation & Medical Decisions law grants gay Marylanders the right to visit a partner in the hospital and make certain medical decisions for them. It passed the Senate 30-17 and the House 88-46.

Another law, which adds domestic partners to a list of blood and legal relatives that are exempted from recordation and transfer taxes, passed the Senate 26-21 and the House 86-47.

Yet trans people in Maryland can still be shut out of the legitimate economy which allows people to accumulate the wealth that such a law benefits.

More thanks to Free State Just Us.


Jesse Ventura vs. Pat Buchanan……Any Guesses as to Who Wins?

May 23, 2008

My years in Minnesota for the most part coincided with Jesse Ventura’s tenure as governor.  That’s just one of many reasons I cherish those years.  His election in 1998 inspired me to blanket the state with my resume.  ‘If Minnesota can elect him,’ I thought ‘its bound to have a job somewhere for me.’

I even tried getting on with his administration.  That didn’t happen, but I did find a great job there.  As luck would have it, just a few weeks after I moved up there, I had the opportunity to meet him.

Wishes sometimes do come true.

Having said all that, I can’t say I agree with every aspect of Jesse’s political philosophy (for instance, funding of universities is not a priority of his), but on stuff like this, he’s one of the few elected officials at any level in this country to be willing to tell the religionist nutbags that government is not a tool of their religion.

With that, I point you to Crooks and Liars for the encounter between Jesse The Gov and Pat the Constipated on the issue of same-sex marriage.

 

VENTURA: “Well, first of all, I made a statement when I was governor and stand by it today. Love is bigger than government. Who the hell are we as a government to tell people who you can fall in love with? I think it‘s absurd that fact it‘s even being debated. “

Now, again – having praised Jesse, I do want to say that I hope he does not hop into the Minnesota Senate race this year as has been rumored.  He justifiably can’t stand the current occupant of what I still recognize as being Paul Wellstone’s seat – namely, Norm ’empty victory for a hollow man’ Coleman.  However, he also doesn’t have much use for Al Franken (as I said, I don’t share all of Jesse’s political philosophy), who seems poised to force Nahm to find a real job.

Jesse, I know it would be a step down, but could I suggest bopping over to Stillwater and forcing Michelle ‘Minnesota’s Katherine Harris’ Bachmann to find a real job instead?


Backlash? What Backlash? Oh….That Backlash

May 23, 2008

From the LA Times:

By bare majorities, Californians reject the state Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriages and back a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at the November ballot that would outlaw such unions, a Los Angeles Times/KTLA Poll has found.

And what about the effect of such an amendment on transsexuals?

<crickets>

<more crickets>

<lots of crickets>

Don’t get me wrong.  It was an amazing majority opinion.

But what are the plaintiffs going to do for transsexuals if the amendment passes and the so-called Alliance Defense Fund subsequently argues – successfully – that it wipes out transsexuals’ marital rights and even their very transition recognition rights?

<crickets>

<more crickets>

<every cricket in the world>


How Much Did It Spend to Support Trans-Inclusion in New York and Maryland?

May 22, 2008

From Out in Stockton:

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay, lesbian, bisexual, and [Kat’s comment here: cough, cough] transgender civil rights organization, today pledged an initial contribution of $500,000 to Equality for All to protect marriage equality in California by defeating a proposed constitutional amendment that could possibly be on the November general election ballot in California.

And how much did the Rhode Island Avenue Cesspool of Transphobia spend to ‘educate’ about trans-inclusion in ENDA?

Five….what?

Cents?

I’d be surprised it it was that much.


Surprise, Surprise…NOT

May 21, 2008

From Queer Channel Media:

Backlash from the California Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage continued this week as U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) said he plans to introduce an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Broun, a freshman Congressman from Augusta, announced his intent May 20.

Oh, but doesn’t Queer Channel Media know the official narrative?  There is no backlash to same-sex marriage…

Right?


Research This, Fella

May 20, 2008

From the Huffington Post, Palm Center Research Fellow Nathaniel Frank on ‘separate but equal’:

America, the birthplace of freedom and the source of that bold and noble assertion that we are all “created equal,” offers no such right, and in fact barred that right proactively just twelve years ago: no matter how many states allow same-sex marriage, the 1996 “Defense of Marriage Act” makes sure the feds do not recognize a gay marriage.

Here, perhaps more than anywhere, words are not merely symbolic. Unlike Britain, which still has titles and a Queen, our nation was born of rhetoric that contained an idea–one that explicitly swore off the value of blood, birth and the past, and embraced the proposition that all have equal dignity. When African-Americans refused to sit at the back of the bus in the Jim Crow South, it wasn’t because walking a few extra steps was a material deprivation, but because it said to the world that they were second-class citizens.

This is why the Supreme Court declared in 1954 that separate is “inherently unequal.” A law that denies a group of citizens equal access to a public institution serves no other purpose than to declare that group to be lesser. And this is why it is nonsense to say gays and lesbians can enjoy equality before the law while they are barred from taking their place in one of the most fundamental institutions in American life–the one and only “marriage.”

Howza ’bout the E-word: employment?

And howza ’bout the T-word: transsexual?

If you’re going to rant about ‘separate but equal’, don’t forget the separate-and-inherently-unequal status that non-trans gays have created for trans people in several states and, if St. Barney has his way, would also be established at the federal level.

Research that, fella.


Send Andrew Sullivan a Bottle of Whine

May 19, 2008

GOP (Gay Obnoxious Putz) Andrew Sullivan on Barack Obama’s refusal to commit political suicide:

Marriage is the one issue where Obama is still politically afraid, intellectually vacuous, and a moral coward.

This is the civil rights movement of our time. Whatever happened to the fierce urgency of now?

Awwwwwwwwwwwww…

It wooks wike wittew Andwew’s not wiking him some incwementawism when he’s the incwement weft behind.

Even better is how Sullivan begins that blog entry:

Jonathan Martin makes a point:

Because Obama is not where the far left wants him to be (marriage) and McCain not where the far right wants him to be (a federal ban), this is not something either will probably make front and center.

I see his point but I still bristle at the notion of marriage rights being a “far left” position.

Not that I actually disagree with Sullivan, but, let’s consider him as being the source.  There’s only one appropriate reaction:   Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Well, guess what, you conservative gay elitist nincompoop – transsexuals out there weren’t too thrilled about having our ability to obtain legitimate employment being ridiculed by people of your ilk as a far left position – and worse.