Don’t let the title of this post – or its overall message – lead you to belive that I’m not actually in agreement with Joe Fudgepacker about what happened to his “It Gets Better” campaign at the ‘civil rights’ obscenity thrown in DC Saturday by a certain scampaign.
Fuck you, you pack of co-opting cowards.
Seriously. You can do a more than offer hope. You have the power to make it better. Right now. Suspend enforcement of DADT. Don’t appeal the decision by a federal judge that declared DADT unconstitutional. Stop defending DOMA in court. Keep your promises. Make it better. And if you’re not going to keep your promises or do what you can to make it better, White House, then you could at least have the simple human decency to shut the fuck up.
State-sanctioned discrimination against LGBT people legitimizes the kind of anti-gay attitudes and beliefs that lead directly to anti-gay bullying at the ballot box and anti-gay bullying in schools. You can do more. Enough with the speeches. Enough with the pretty words—particularly lifted ones.
If anything, I think he was being a bit too sublime.
But, he’s a gay man.
He is allowed to say that – and get consecrated praise from other privileged gay men when he does so.
But where is all of that vitriol for how the scampaign itself – rather than a speaker at one of its useless shindigs – has gradually, yet systematically, co-opted the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day of significance which might never have been necessary but for the societal acceptability of anti-trans violence that is embodied in the web of gay-only legal structures that HRC and its worthless, greedy inner circle wants and have praised over the decades?
What happens when trans women – those of us who actually want legitimate progress to occur – speak out against our oppressors the way Joe Fudgepacker is allowed to speak out against not only the White House but HRC?
If anyone needs a score card of the current transactivist meme:
- Vanessa Edwards Foster – batshit insane
- Denise Leclair – impossible to work with
- Dawn Wilson & Monica Roberts – violent racists
- Katrina Rose – combative with violent tendencies
- Pauline Park – abrasive and unworkable
- Monica Helms obnoxious loose cannon
- Marti Abernathey – chaotic and disruptive
- Gwen Smith – sullen and depressive
Our purple-n-yellow-clad oppressors find a quisling who will take their money to tear down all of those who actually want our only earthly lives to be something more than slavery to the Solmonesians, a quisling who re-tools all of the old canards used to rhetorically tar-and-feather women who would accept nothing less than status equal to that of men, a quisling who defends the entrenched anti-trans woman mindset of Gay, Inc., a quisling willing destroy the activism career aspirations of all of those who spend their own last dimes fighting against the entrenched corporate-queerocracy that not only is willing to accept third-class status for trans people but actively seeks to establish it even where trans people may have already on their own made it up to second-class status long before the homosexually pure even began trying, a quisling whose very existence as a fake representative of people who had no say whatsoever in her annointment thereto is an insult to the lives and deaths of people who have been driven to give up and whose lives were taken away without their consent.
You have the power to make it better.
The Quisling has the power to make it better. She can come clean about what she herself has done to sabotage the trans rights movement since she’s been collecting her ill-gotten paychecks and she can come clean about the degree to which she has given aid and comfort to the trans rights movement’s real enemies.
The Human Right Scampaign has the power to make it better. It can open its books. It can come clean about its de facto policy of refusal to hire trans women (tokens? those only count when playing skee ball) and its near-similar policy regarding trans men. It can come clean regarding what it actually means when its mouthpieces have used the word “educate” in relation to trans issuse over the last fifteen years. It can come clean regarding what percentage of its funding comes (and has in the past come) with anti-trans strings attached.
Now, will any of that result in ENDA becoming law before the end of the year?
But it likely would result in the banishment of many, maybe even all, of those who have made lucrative careers out of lying to the oppressed about what their goals actually are.
That might not have the immediate effect of putting food in the mouths of trans people who are homeless because of employment discrimination in jurisdictions where gays are de jure safe from it but trans people are not, but it would be justice – and justice does make things better.
More than a few people have noted the irony of the theme of the Scampaign’s worship-us-because-we’re-queer-and-rich-enough-that-we-don’t-actually-need-ENDA-fest: ‘No Excuses.’
Here’s a better theme: No secrets.
Why should the White House feel as though it needs to be up front (okay, straight) with any of us when we don’t even demand that sort of accountability from the Gay. Inc. – and its quisling – that we’ve all allowed to publicly act as if they’re speaking for us?
Open your books.
Tell us what the fuck is going on and what the fuck you’ve actually been doing.
Or forever shut the fuck up.