to look like its usual transphobia-affirming self even when its doing a decent job of covering a serious trans issue, such as what is emerging as a pattern of anti-trans violence in D.C. as well as shit that (sadly) can be expected to flow from the deaths of trans women.
First, the double shock of a piece about a christianist insulting a dead trans woman.
Remarks by a pastor who presided over the July 27 funeral service for Lashai Mclean, a transgender woman who was shot to death in D.C. last month, prompted as many as 100 people in attendance to walk out of the church in protest, according to activists who were present.
“Basically, he said that God let her get killed so that people could get saved,” said D.C. gay activist and comedian Sampson McCormack, who attended the service. “And that came after somebody, I think it was a deacon, said when you live a certain lifestyle this is the consequence you have to pay.”
Neither of the shocks was that christianists would insult the dead. Instead, shock number one was that a trans woman defended the christianist scum:
[Jeri] Hughes said she thought most of the people who walked out did so because the service lasted a long time and many were becoming tired.
“I wasn’t particularly offended, even though I didn’t agree with him,” Hughes said of [Rev. A.W. Montgomery Sr., pastor of Agape Missionary Baptist Church in Suitland, Md]. “He was talking about what preachers talk about – sin and all of that. He’s just being a preacher.”
Well then, whenever Hughes dies, I think we know who do get to preside at her funeral. Bear in mind that, contrary to Hughes’ view, the QCM article notes that “friends of Mclean became angry when clergy and others speaking at the service referred to Mclean as ‘he’” and “many in the audience responded by shouting the word ‘she.’”
And as for the Hughes-defended Montgomery?
In a telephone interview on Wednesday, Montgomery disputed claims that his remarks at the service were disrespectful or disparaging toward Lashai Mclean or the transgender community.
“My perception of some things is strictly from the perception of the Bible,” he said. “Sin is sin is sin. I don’t care who you are. There’s no perfect person on this planet. Whether you’re the pope or the poorest person, all of us sin. So my remarks would never be disparaging at all. I preached the Gospel. I don’t think I was harsh.”
And, in other news, Michael Bailey continues to refer to transsexual women as transsexual men.
Also in other news….
The other shock: Rick Rosendall ‘got’ it. Sadly, though, that part of the item is no longer on Queer Channel Media’s website.
Here are the final four paragraphs of the item as I first read it and as copied over at gayagenda.com:
Hughes said that similar to other cases where transgender women have died in recent years, Mclean’s family was struggling over the transgender issue at a time of grief.
“I’m not going to get in the way of a family dealing with their grief,” she said. “I was not going to make a fuss in the church.”
Rick Rosendall, vice president of the Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance, praised McCormack for posting on his Facebook page a report on what happened at the church, including McCormack’s account of Montgomery’s remarks.
“We cannot change the world or people’s minds all at once, but we sure can make it clear that we will not silently accept that kind of disrespect at a funeral,” Rosendall said in a posting on GLAA’s website.
For whatever reason, QCM decided to expunge that.
And, yet, somehow it has not bothered to expunge the following, which one can find among the comments to an item about an attack victim who survived:
Is Lurleen Icicle Boy (or perhaps Lurleen Mud Head or Lurleen Repeat Dance) comment moderator for QCM these days?