Sockpuppet on a Shingle

Over at Pam’s House Blah, Desiree makes this accurate observation:

It is utterly shameful that it took Hawaii TWENTY DAMN YEARS to catch up on trans rights after selling out to the “gay rights first” crowd. Better late than never, certainly, but it’s truly pathetic.

For twenty years – at least until 2011 Haw. HB 546, signed on Monday by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, takes effect – Hawaii’s gays and lesbians have had the statutory right to discriminate against trans people. 

That’s what gay-only laws do: They allow gays and lesbians to be free from discrimination themselves, while retaining the right to not have to work with, hire, rent to, or in any way do business with trans people.

That’s reality. 

Those are facts.

You may have the right to your own opinions and an infinite number of HRC-logo-emblazoned bumper stickers and water bottles and jump drives and nose-hair clippers, but you are not entitled to your own facts.

If you’re gay and don’t like being called out on the special rights that the organizations who you’ve allowed to speak for you have engineered for you, tough shit.

And if you’re gay and want to engage in ‘Bush deserves credit for killing Bin Laden’-caliber spin, then tougher shit.

Yes, roughly a decade after Hawaii’s gays and lesbians enginnered for themselves the special statutory right to discriminate against trans people – and just a few years after the backlash to the rampant gay-greed of Hawaii’s 1990s’ gay marriage case began bearing fruit in the form of anti-gay-marriage decisions which wiped out existing transsexual marriages – there was the mirage of an administrative decision which opined that trans people were nevertheless covered under existing Hawaii law.  (Oh, unlike a desert mirage, the opinion actually existed – but its legal theory bubble was popped by the Hawaii Supreme Court.)

Yes, a few years later a couple of bills were passed by the Hawaii Legislature which together would have rectified the Hawaii hate crime of 1991 – but the employment bill was vetoed.  Nevertheless, our good ‘friends’ at the celebrating-a-decade-of-having-a-non-trans-person-as-our-trans-‘expert’ NGLTF declared:

Gee – to see that, you’d think everything had been rectified.  (Of course, maybe that’s what one can expect when you let people who have no personal stake in the outcome of a fight, do the fighting; it becomes just a game – and not a fight.)

…and no one was really poor – at least no one worth speaking of.

And now, of course, enter La Sockpuppette – who, in response to Desiree, bloviates:

Not quite

True that Hawaii passed SO employment protections back in 1991, but that was all.  No other protections were passed for anyone until 2005, at which time both SO and GI/E were covered for housing.  In 2006 both SO and GI/E were covered for public accommodations.  This year employment protections were added for GI/E.So as you can see, what really happened wasn’t as you described.

Actually, what Desiree decsctibed is what has really happened: Gays and lesbians enginnered special rights for themselves via Hawaii statutory law in 1991, and it has taken 20 years “to catch up on trans rights.”  None of the intervening events that Laurelurleen Ramseyerogovitch mentions ever resulted in a situation in which trans people became fully equal to gays and lesbians, although ironically, if she’d had enough integrity to mention the administrative ruling mirage of a decade ago, she might have been able to argue that, ever so briefly, there might have been some level of equity – though, of course, there is no such thing as equity when gays and lesbians just have to point to a statutory code section to avoid summary judgment and trans people have to try to find some administrative ruling that may or may not exist and which may or may not (not, as it ultimately proved) really be the law.)

If you don’t buy my analysis, lets look at this bout of sockpuppetosis line by line:

 True that Hawaii passed SO employment protections back in 1991, but that was all.

No problem there factually – but, here’s where the analysis matters: That reality means that, as of 1991, gays and lesbians in Hawaii were legally superior to trans people in the arena of employment discrimination protections.

No other protections were passed for anyone until 2005, at which time both SO and GI/E were covered for housing.

And, if accurate, that in no way means that there was any form of “catch[ing] up on trans rights.”  The 1991 inequity persisted, but in another arena, inclusivity occurred in the first instance.

In 2006 both SO and GI/E were covered for public accommodations.

And, if accurate, that in no way means that there was any form of “catch[ing] up on trans rights.”  The 1991 inequity persisted, but in a second arena, inclusivity occurred in the first instance.

This year employment protections were added for GI/E.

So, as anyone should be able to see, what really happened was precisely what Desiree aserted to have been the case.

But…

What can anyone really expect from spin shitty?

2 Responses to Sockpuppet on a Shingle

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