Trans Forming Media informs us that the people who know whats best for trans people becase they say they know what’s best for trans people and can get away with claiming that they know what’s best for trans people because they’ve conned the rest of the civil rights world into believeing that they actually give a damn about trans people are at it again – this time with the NAACP as a vehicle:
The NAACP is having its first ever ‘LGB”T” Town Hall’ meeting next week at their conference, BUT it’s a shame they have NO transsexual or transgender people on the panel. So why don’t they just be honest and call it the “LG” Town Hall. How many times do transsexual or bisexual people get shut out of these events? There are numerous Black TS or TG advocates in LA, so there is really no excuse. I was all happy to go until I heard they SHUT US OUT, AGAIN. When the highest number of hate crime murders in the LGBT and transsexual communities are Black or Latina TS or TG women, one would think these groups would be more inclusive and on point, but I guess we are an embarrassment to some.
Monica Roberts adds:
I was happy to hear as a former card carrying youth member of the organization that the NAACP for the first time in their 102 year history is hosting a town hall meeting to discuss the issues that face African descended TBLG people.
“Black members of the LGBT community share a common history and continued struggle to address issues of bigotry, yet their identities, talents, and leadership are oftentimes diminished because of homophobia and fear of physical violence,” remarked Benjamin Todd Jealous, NAACP president and CEO. “It is important that we address these issues head on.”
Yeah, I would definitely agree with the sentiment President Jealous expressed, except for one problem. The panel that was put together for this NAACP Town Hall meeting has no trans participants in it.
It looks as though Jealous shares both a tailor and a nothingspeak source with Joe Solmonese.
The actual panel-oids?
The July 25 panel will commence at 2 PM PDT and is moderated by CNN anchor Don Lemon. It has as participants Wanda Sykes, civil rights icon Julian Bond, Spelman College Professor Beverly Guy-Sheftall, actor Daryl Stephens, and writer, scholar, and activist Kenyon Farrow.
So what’s the problem? The problem is that this panel is heavy on the GL part of the community and has that glaring omission.
Yeh – and at least two of the non-T GL members are of the got-my-career-solidified-before-I-came-out, Elizabeth Toledo – Cheryl Jacques moldy mold.
Black members of the LGBT community share a common history and continued struggle to address issues of bigotry…
Yeh – and black T people share a common history (one that they have in common with Ts of all colors) of continuing to struggle against being fucked over by non-T Gs and Ls of all colors.
Fuck, Israel Luna probably would have at least attempted to shove RuPaul or Chucky Knipp onto such a panel and claim that the panel was, as a result, trans-inclusive.
I know, I know…
Sometimes nothing is better than something.
…their identities, talents, and leadership are oftentimes diminished because of homophobia and fear of physical violence….
And ignoring transphobia – particularly in your own midst – is supposed to really make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside?
But this leaves me with a question: Has the NAACP been sufficiently infected by corporatist gay trans-exterminationism that we (I’m not African-American, but I’ll include myself in this “we” given that I view the NAACP as a civil rights organization and civil rights are for all) are left with being in the position have having to thank our oppressors of all races for not raping us?
Where black is the color,
Where none is the number.