Send ‘Thank You’s to Marriage Derangement Syndrome Central

June 26, 2010

From the Spokesman-Review:

Idaho doesn’t recognize gay or lesbian marriage, but some Republicans want the state to go a step further.

A panel of GOP delegates at the state party’s convention passed a measure Friday to define marriage as a bond between a “naturally born” man and woman, effectively barring transgenders.

Bannock County delegate Ralph Lilling says his amendment to the state party’s platform will help further protect the traditional family unit.

No, it would bar transsexuals – but, given that I’m sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sure that an amount equal to that spent on gay marriage will be spent fighting the Idaho proposal if it ever gets beyond the status of platform plank, why quibble?

Rumor has it that the panel of GOP delegates will take a fact-finding trip to Michigan this summer to sing their platform to music specially authored by Alix Dobkin.

Its a rumor that I just started in that sentence, but a rumor nevertheless.

A rumor that – again – I’m willing to bet that the history of gay transphobia will lead at least some people of at-least-average intelligence to believe is actually possible.


Seattle Television Station Rhetorically Aids Trans-Basher

June 25, 2010

From KOMO:

A man charged with a hate crime for the bus stop beating of a transgender woman pleaded not guilty to the charge on Thursday.

Daniel Patrick Woodward is charged with malicious harassment in connection with the incident at the bus stop at NW Market St. and 15th Ave. NW on May 30.

According to charging documents, Woodward approached the victim, who was dressed as a woman and identifies as one, punched and kicked him, called him a derogatory term for homosexual and said, “You ought to die and go to hell!”

A witness also heard disparaging comments related to the victim’s gender or sexual orientation and told police it was clear Woodward was attacking the victim because she was transgender, charging documents say.

WTF?

Make up your mind, KOMO.  Are you going to live in reality and respect the victim for who she is?  Or, are you going to aid and abet the trans-basher with Lou Sheldon-style media nonsense?


S.O.L., Thanks to…?

June 25, 2010

From the Houston Chronk:

A Houston Community College political science student says he was targeted in a knifepoint robbery and beating at the school’s midtown fine arts building because of his work as a transgender campus activist.

[29 year-old Lance] Reyna suffered a concussion and lost his wallet. The robber, Reyna said, later used his bank cards for purchases.

HCC spokesman Dan Arguijo said campus police will confer with Reyna about what charges should be filed if a suspect is caught. Arguijo said the robber’s image was captured on security video.

Reyna, who is active in several gay and transgender organizations, said the robber uttered a sexual epithet in a “flamboyant” mocking voice as the student washed his hands at a restroom sink. Reyna said the man grabbed his head and thrust a knife to his throat.

Reyna said he fought back but ended up on the floor as the robber punched him and kicked him in the head. Reyna said the man followed him into the restroom, hiding in a stall until he launched the attack.

“I’m not looking for 15 minutes of fame, but I shouldn’t have to be scared to walk down the street because of who I am,” Reyna said. “I’m still a human being. … I’m not committing a crime if I have blue or pink hair.”

Not obvious

Reyna said nothing about him Tuesday should have revealed that he is transgender. He is widely known on campus, however, for his participation in Some Transgenders are Guys, Out Students and Allies and other groups.

Okay…

So we have a crime against a trans man, possibly because he is trans.  According to Reyna:

the Tuesday robbery, coming just days before the Pride Houston festival and parade celebrating the gay rights movement’s 41st anniversary, was a crime prosecutable under Texas’ 2001 James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act.

Really?

In May 2001, Gov. Rick Perry signed the Byrd Hate Crimes Act into law, effectively increasing penalties for offenses that targeted victims because of their race, religion, sex, national origin, disability or sexual preference.

Care to guess how our ‘friends’ were willing to let the legisiature define “sexual preference”?  Here’s a hint: I’m licensed to practice law in a state, which contains one terminus of I-35 , that has a very-broad non-T-labeled category that actually does cover trans people.

I’m also licensed to practice in Texas.

Here’s a snippet from that state’s Code of Criminal Procedure:

Art. 42.014. FINDING THAT OFFENSE WAS COMMITTED BECAUSE OF BIAS OR PREJUDICE.  (a) In the trial of an offense under Title 5, Penal Code, or Section 28.02, 28.03, or 28.08, Penal Code, the judge shall make an affirmative finding of fact and enter the affirmative finding in the judgment of the case if at the guilt or innocence phase of the trial, the judge or the jury, whichever is the trier of fact, determines beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intentionally selected the person against whom the offense was committed or intentionally selected property damaged or affected as a result of the offense because of the defendant’s bias or prejudice against a group identified by race, color, disability, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, gender, or sexual preference.

(b) The sentencing judge may, as a condition of punishment, require attendance in an educational program to further tolerance and acceptance of others.

(c) In this article, “sexual preference” has the following meaning only: a preference for heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality.

Translation?  Unless the “sexual epithet” was gay-specific with laser-like accuracy and unless there is no evidence whatsoever that the attacker knew that Reyna was trans, the incident in question is – thanks to the usual suspects – NOT a hate crime under Texas law.

You know…

Its not a hate crime in the same way that the incident described in this report from the WI Light in 1998 was not then (and, thanks to the glacial speed of efforts to ‘come back and get’ us, would still not be today) a hate crime under Wisconsin law.

Texas…

Wisconsin…

Just two examples of the gay-manufactured lie of ‘incremental progress’ in action.

Will the federal hate crime law – you know, the one that is legitimate (read: inclusive) – be of any help to Reyna?

Stay tuned…………


Wow…Its Pride Time And…

June 24, 2010

Something both contextually accurate and trans-positive is appearing in a gay rag?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

I guess Ann Rostow (yes, that Ann Rostow) wants to be the exception that proves the rule (you know – the rule about Pride time being the time second-most likely for gay rags to let transphobes loose in the editorial pages; the most likely, of course, being right before congressional actions on ENDA):

As for the New York state senate, they passed a trans-inclusive Dignity for All Student Act, which now heads to Governor Paterson. This accomplishment comes a few weeks after the same legislature managed to defeat the transrights bill, GENDA, in committee. Some of you may recall that the New York legislature passed the Sexual Orientation Nondiscrimination Act, SONDA, back in 2003 after stripping gender identity from the bill. At that time, there was much hand wringing and everyone pledged to not rest until GENDA was law as well. Turns out the trans community not only has to wait their turn as usual, but the line looks like it might be a decade long. Keep this in mind if and when the U.S. Senate considers the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. What do you want to bet that trans rights will somehow get stripped out of our federal workplace rights bill once again? And if they do, how long do you think it might be until a stand-alone transgender rights bill survives Congressional review?

The paragraphs do constitute a nice sentiment.  However, both highlighted questions are actually moot. 

While Gramma Frumpp and her yes-trannies were jerking each other off (or tele-fellating or cyber-snorkeling or whatever the hell that Worthless Chosen Ones do to one another while the people they’re being paid to speak for are being murdered politically) in a frenzy of ‘Idiot!’-screaming, Gay, Inc., was concluding the final screw on ENDA – one that, I’ll have to admit, even I wasn’t willing to believe they’d quite gotten to the point of being willing to unleash: Dispensing with the triviality of removing trans people from ENDA in favor of simply giving the nod-n-wink to killing the very concept of ENDA and shifting all resources to those matters which the monied gays consider to be worthy, namely gay marriage and DADT.

And, of course, Gramma Frumpp still gets her paycheck. 

So, all is well – for all who actually matter.


Mo Better Irony?

June 24, 2010

Seen earlier this week along US 30 in Indiana, between Chicago and Fort Wayne:

Well, I guess BP has to be a little better at something.

Is this Hilary Rosen in action?


Is Paul Scott Going Stealth With His Anti-Transsexual Agenda?

June 24, 2010

Well, well…

Remember this?

At one point, it could be found here.

But I just went to that URL and found this:

In fact, other than a video clip of him bragging about aiding and abetting Massachuestts pretty boy Scott Brown, there’s nothing at the site other than an April 20, 2010 post, semi-reiterating his now-missing campaign opener:

Ah…

Did you catch that next-to-last part?

I will stand up for our social values and fiercely defend your 10th amendment rights.

Our?

Definition please?

And, while you’re at it…

Visibility please?  The AFA of Michigan certainly wanted Half-Term Paul to be all Joe Barton-y with the trans identity issue….

Remember?

Gary Glenn, president of the Midland-based American Family Association of Michigan, wants the issue to be front and center in the race.“There are … serious implications for women’s privacy rights and comfort, since women and girls would legally be forced to share public restrooms, showers, locker rooms and changing areas with men who, if challenged, can present an official government ID `proving’ their claim to be women,” he says

So, has Half-Term Paul instead decided to go all Bob McDonnell-ish stealth-y?  Or, is Half-Term Paul still going to try to ride into the Michigan Secretary of State’s office on the backs of transsexuals?

Inquiring non-theocrats want to know.


Pride-Time Typical-ness

June 24, 2010

A letter by Kat McGhee in this week’s BAR:

Many members of the LGBT community know Julie Goldman as not only a lesbian comic, but as a lesbian activist. A YouTube search of Goldman’s work pulls up plenty of clips of her comedy acts about such hot-button issues as gay marriage versus domestic partnership. She is known for her edgy, almost abrasive style, which consistently pushes the envelope.

However, I believe she pushed the envelope too far. On a recent trip to Cancun with lesbian travel company Olivia, I was excited to find Goldman was scheduled as our evening’s entertainment for our final night. My excitement quickly turned to outrage as Goldman launched in to an hourlong act throwing genderqueer and transfolks under the bus. I sat in uncomfortable silence as Goldman repeatedly referred to Chaz Bono, who recently publicly announced he legally changed his gender to male, as “she.” I had to leave the room when Goldman stated, “If you have a vagina, you’re a woman!” when discussing being introduced to a genderqueer person at a trans wedding. Several other people left the room even before this point, some in tears.

As I discussed the act with several other Olivia guests, I was shocked to find this wasn’t the first time she’d performed this same routine on an Olivia trip. Upon returning home to San Francisco, I discovered that she was also scheduled to perform during this year’s Pride events, specifically at Eden, an inaugural event geared toward lesbians. I wrote to Goldman, urging her to reconsider such offensive material. I was met with a very brief rebuff.

As I mulled over what actions I could take to defend this part of our LGBT community, I was contacted by Eden’s event producer, Christine de la Rosa, a longtime supporter of the trans community. She hadn’t seen Julie’s act in Cancun (she was also on the trip), and had relied on Olivia to hire the talent for the comedy show on June 25. A few days later, I was also contacted by Tisha Floratos of Olivia, who assured me that an urgent conference call was held with Goldman, and she agreed to pull the trans bit out of her act (why this conference call wasn’t made previously when Olivia patrons walked out of the show on other trips, I’m not sure). Floratos also informed me that Goldman was very sorry if her act had hurt any one, and her intention was not to offend. Considering the amount of work I’d done to spread the word about this issue, I didn’t feel right giving the “all clear” on the situation until I’d heard these words from Goldman herself, as, at this point, we were playing a giant game of telephone. Floratos assured me that she’d have Julie contact me.

I do enjoy Goldman’s other work, and I do hope that she succeeds in her career. I also hope that she can stick to her word, and do so without having to take shots at our own community.

Clearly, the letter isn’t the problem.  The problem is the situation being described therein.

The problem is that transphobia is an acceptable gay moneymaker.

Floratos also informed me that Goldman was very sorry if her act had hurt any one, and her intention was not to offend.

Uh huh.

Forgive me for not being impressed.

I’m sure that Janice Raymond, Michael Bailey and Alice Dreger have no intent to offend.

Their intent is to exterminate.  They don’t give a shit how anyone – particularly trans people (and most particularly trans women) – feels about it….

Which brings me to something I’d intended to post a few weeks back – regarding the east coast, particularly one state where greedy, transphobic gays and lesbians legisiatively engineered for themselves the special right to discriminate against trans people and then began a campaign of lying to trans people about ‘coming back to get them’ all while actually only giving a damn about gay marriage.

You know…

Barneychusetts?

This is from Shane – and was posted on the gb-trans list:

well: i am a TAD mystified and dismayed at the Boston Pride Commitee who sponsored today’s Pride Day…i went to the Pride Boston table….there were ALL kinds of Rainbow doo-dads..all kinds of GL stickers, key chains, buttons..BUt: there was a little something MISSING, and (knowing me…of course i did) it was ANYTHING TRANSGENDER. nada, nine nil void and none. i spoke up. this is what i was told after i gently but angrilly stated that i “didnt see anything supporting or represented on the Pride Boston table there in front of me. i was told, and this is close to verbatim :”I apologise, it wasnt in our budget”…i , apparently wandered into WTFville again. Not to mention the Bay Windows pride guide, unless i am so old and blind missed something, was slim to none representing our community, i think there was the MTPC button on the cover…..yup- i just went and looked. the “trans rights now” button.

If this is any indication of how we are going to be represented, especially(and NOT to separate from the MTF community, at all) transmen- oy vey, are we in  trouble.

it was a nice afternoon despite the humidity. there were a few trans folks present….so…i made a little sign for the photographer (it will allegedly be on facebook) to photgraph which read “represenT all of us in the  lgbT communiTy” and she took it.

and let me tell you all: i have heard homophobic remarks before. my ears are far from phobia virigns; but todays were extree special, and thank the great spirit i have a strong stomach and no desire to act out with violence….my point, if there is one? we MUST, IMHO, show ourselves, and be loud and be proud, or we are going to stay in the GLB closet for another________ years. i for one won’t.

Shane, glad to be home where it is a/ced but sad/confused/feeling a little left out…

Massachusetts…

Home of Janice Raymond…

Who praised Olivia Records for hounding out a trans woman recording engineer.

Gay transphobia – its always what’s for dinner…

at Pride or any other time.