That is a quote from Jill Weiss in her piece at Bilerico wherein she
deconstructs pulverizes the LGBT rights universe’s late-night horror movie ghoul “that repeatedly sits up in its grave and shuffles abroad after being repeatedly killed and buried” : ‘incremental progress.’
Please excuse the fact that my quote is from Antonin Scalia (I presume that he’ll be more annoyed at me quoting him that any of you are at reading it), and move on to perusing Jill’s take on Richard ‘Equality Matters (But Only if You’re Gay, not Trans)’ Socarides’ response to Jennifer Boylan’s recent NYTimes piece. Jill writes:
Richard Socarides, President of Equality Matters, a campaign for full LGBT equality, most famously known for his role as the White House special assistant for gay rights to President Clinton, replied in a Letter to the Editor in today’s New York Times.
Mr. Socarides says in his letter that he shares frustration with the slow pace of progress on civil rights for transgender Americans. “But I think she misses the point,” he adds. He argues that same sex marriage rights will bring transgender rights in its wake.
This sounds like a logical argument, but it is all too wearily familiar to the ears of trans people. As Oliver Wendell Holmes famously said, a page of history is worth a volume of logic.
…not to mention a platoon of overpaid, over-privileged, incrementalism-addled late-night horror movie ghouls.
The idea that marriage equality is going to help transgender rights is a theory that has no evidence to back it up. Mr. Socarides’ chiding of Jennifer Boylan when she brings up the question of “whither trans rights now?” demonstrates that he, like many other gay advocacy leaders, really have no understanding of what is happening on the ground. “Be quiet and you’ll get yours” is the message of Mr. Socarides’ letter.
…and we all know where we’ll get it.