[O]ur anger is turning on those who are distorting the truth about priestly sexual abuse. That some are exploiting this issue for ideological and financial profit seems plain.Every time a new wave of accusations surfaces in one diocese, not coincidentally we see a spike in accusations in other dioceses. What is not often reported is that the vast majority of new accusations extend back decades. For example, for the first quarter of this year, 80 percent of the cases of alleged abuse involve incidences that occurred before 2000.
In other words: If you got raped by a priest a decade ago, its in the past. Get over it.
Now, example two:
[T]oo many people are trying to debate what happened in 2001….
In other words: If you and your civil rights got raped by a state’s gay elite a decade ago, its in the past. Get over it.
But alas, is there a caveat to that?
There will be plenty of time to discuss these issues, just as the Maryland community should have serious conversations on what actually happened during the marriage campaign. We cannot move forward without acknowledging the reality.
There will be plenty of time, eh?
…and then one day you find, ten years have got behind you.
Perhaps things could have moved forward in 2011 if, in the ten years prior to the formulation of strategy for the 2011 legislative session, there really had been some sort of acknowledging of that reality.
Instead, we have this:
From whom do you want an apology? HRC? Or Joe Solmonese? Or maybe David Smith? Or Elizabeth Birch? We can go all the way back to Vic Basile if you like. Today Maggie McIntosh took her share of responsibility for 2001 — an individual, and a powerful one, not an organization.
Each organization is different, and different from time to time because of board composition and leadership.
So, of course there was no caveat. If you don’t demand accountability from an organization and its people in real time, you forfeit your opportunity to ever do so because as soon as the board changes, the organization changes and, therefore, its all in the past. Yet, if you do demand accountability from an organization and its people in real time, you’re a ‘screaming [fill in the blank],’ a spoiler who is too unwashed to see the politics of the possible.
Oh, and lets not forget that if you – as a trans person – ever criticize any gay person or organization for anything for any reason, you’re homophobic. After all, what would elitism be without orthodoxy, eh?
Does it bother you, then, when folks like Katrina Rose use homophobic references when she disagrees with us? A serious question. I have never once seen you denounce this.
Perhaps Tom Lang, the person being addressed by this kookoo cocoa puff masquerading as a comment (over at TransAdvocate) has never denounced it, because its never happened. But apparently, referring to the “gay rights industry” is now “homophobic.”
And one thing industries never do is apologize.
Oh, sometimes they settle out of court – but the records are always sealed.
And if you expect them to discuss something that happened more than five minutes ago, there’s always….
well, you know….
From whom do you want an apology? HRC? Or Joe Solmonese? Or maybe David Smith? Or Elizabeth Birch? We can go all the way back to Vic Basile if you like.
Who do I want to see issue apologies to trans people?
Whoever the hell at HRC declared Maryland to be a “discrimination-free zone” back in 2001?
Of course, one would think that, if the current incarnation of Maryland’s gay elite actually gave a shit about – well, anything – they’d actually be at the forefront of demands for HRC to apologize for such a disgusting, trans-erasive characterization of the state of the law in Maryland after passage of a gay-only rights bill.
[G]et out of here and move forward. This never happened. It will shock you how much it never happened.
No, not HRC…
or ‘Equality’ Maryland – which, after all, would just be this:
No, the “shock”-ing quote is from merely Don Draper – who, while eminiently more fuckable than Tony Soprano is or ever will be, is just as amoral. One has guns and fists; the other has the business of manipulative advertising and the personal ability to lie to everyone about everything.
As Marti Abernathey distills:
[Tico] Almeida points to why there was such a push for HB235:
“But the policy and legislative advocates at both NCTE and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force think it is plausible that we can now make progress and pass strong – though maybe imperfect – state workplace laws barring gender identity discrimination in Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Hawaii. However, they caution that our community will have to direct more resources into those six campaigns if we want to win.”
I agree the strategy of state based gains is a smart one. The flaw in the strategy is that those “imperfections”, like the lack of public accommodations in Maryland’s HB235 (an “anti-discrimination bill”), will end up affecting ENDA and equality bills in other states. HB235 was important for trans rights across the nation because it sets a tone for what the transgender community will accept.
People have very short memories. They forget that Barney Frank, self admittedly, was tampering with “bathroom” language in ENDA to make it “acceptable”. As Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Hawaii go, so go the nation (and ENDA).
The new buzz word for trans rights? “Imperfect”. Coming to a state near you….
If merely used to point out that something isn’t perfect, the word “imperfect” is, well, just a word.
However, when it is used to bully, to obfuscate, to demand amnesia about the past and to disinformationalize about the present, its a lie: to all of us, about everything that matters – namely, our lives.