Leave it to Queer Channel Media….

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.”

Uh huh….

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:

I wonder…

Is Lurleen Icicle Boy (or perhaps Lurleen Mud Head or Lurleen Repeat Dance) comment moderator for QCM these days?

3 Responses to Leave it to Queer Channel Media….

  1. Kathleen says:

    I’m sure he’ll understand if his child is ever murdered and people disparage her during her funeral. Can we petition the court to change another persons name? I’m thinking the Roght Reverand Heartless Q. Dickhead has a certain élan.

  2. The crime is that ‘men of god’ throw unread bibles to harm us. It has and allways happened! Educate yourself. We have been named three times in the bible each welcoming us by name..

    God said in Isaiah…

    Isaiah 56:3-5

    3 Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say,
    “The Lord will surely separate me from his people”;
    and let not the eunuch say,
    “Behold, I am a dry tree.”
    4 For thus says the Lord:
    “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
    who choose the things that please me
    and hold fast my covenant,
    5 I will give in my house and within my walls
    a monument and a name
    better than sons and daughters;
    I will give them an everlasting name
    that shall not be cut off.

    Jesus just before assending to heaven tought his deciples:

    Matthew 19:12

    12 For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.”

    And in Acts the holy spirit returned to us as Jesus had promised:

    Acts 8:26-39

    Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

    26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south [1] to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. 27 And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:

    “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
    and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he opens not his mouth.
    33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
    Who can describe his generation?
    For his life is taken away from the earth.”
    ‎34 And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” [2] 38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.

    In the final passage the holy spirit instructed a minister much like that pastor to lkeave the comfort of his house to trave on a desert road filled with dangers. Phillip was instructed to travel our road less traveled and find this trans person spurned by the church, teach and baptise him.

    That pastor would do very well to leave his comfort as Philip did.

  3. Love ya back, sweetums.

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