Our community’s problem, the cacophony of voices should be a choir. Instead, we have differing opinions that are always voiced, no matter the consequences. No issue is too small, “oh my God they changed the wording on the White House website,” or too big, “ENDA without the T is throwing the entire community under a proverbial bus,” for our leaders to rear their ugly heads in the blogosphere. Of course, many of us don’t agree on a myriad of issues. Yet, we refuse to anoint a few organizations as our voice because that would mean their leadership is the leadership of our movement. Oh no, no one can be crowned the Martin Luther King of the LGBTQIQAA movement!
How much longer will we tolerate the infighting that is to the detriment of our community? How long will we let a blogger with 50 readers present himself as a voice of our community?
We need a charismatic leader to take the helm and lead us to equality. In the meantime, I’ll just listen to Ella sing the song of our discontent.
Yes, but how often would Ella Fitzgerald look at the lyric sheet for, say, “I Got Rhythm” and think – not to mention try to convince others – that it was actually the lyric sheet for “Mack the Knife”?
And…had she ever had the opportunity, how many of you think that Ella, if presented with an accurate history both of what HRC has never done for trans people and what it actually has done to trans people, would try to convince people that:
HRC is the organization that put the T in LGBT, when other organizations did not have the courage to do so.
and then double down by claiming that “I Got Rythym” was “Stairway to Heaven”?
The reality is that when HRC put the T in LGBT for the HRC organization it was helpful to the entire transgender community.
But there’s more to this than that. If the Rhode Island Avenue Cesspool doesn’t manage to find a token trans tom to be its next moneygrubbet-in-chief, its likely to be Corbin. Now, note what Corbin is currently the “charismatic leader” of:
Yes, I can only imagine that the dictionary justifying the use of “our” in there was published Buermeyer Press, and cranked out on a mimeo machine in a janitor’s closet at HRC HQ.
Believe it or not, though, none of the above is mere piling on to HRC’s likely future moneygrubber-in-chief-whose-presence-as-moneygrubber-in-chief-will-insulate-HRC-from-charges-that-it-is-really-the-human-whites-campaign.
By now, we all know about how the Janice Raymond alien finally burst through Massachusetts’ chest a few days ago in the form of the Brennan-Hungerford Trans-Exterminationism Act of 2011.
Here is what Stampp Corbin’s Sandiego Rag had to say about it:
I’m screen-snapping the entire piece because context matters. The text, by itself is bad enough:
An important bill that will protect transgendered Massachusettians passed both house and state legislature Wednesday and is pending signage into legislation by Gov. Deval Patrick, who supports the bill. The pending legislation will protect transgender people from hate crimes, violence, and discrimination.
Really, oh LGBT weakly media ghodz? It will actually protect trans people from hate crimes and violence? 48 years ago (minus 2 days), Texas had a law against murder and attempted murder; I don’t seem to recall that doing much in the way of protecting John F. Kennedy or John Connally.
But that’s the low-hanging fruit of that paragraph.
Without modifiers of limitation?
I guess I missed that bill’s passage – as, I bet, everyone in the photo did.
I’m actually a bit torn on criticizing this. On one hand, I have to applaud the subversive nature of cribbing a photo from WingNutDaily. On the other – and more reality-based – hand, I have to notice that the non-WND portion of the caption indicates that the photo depicts people rallying for passage of “the bill,” which can only be taken to refer to the non-public-accommodations-inclusive bill that was ramrodded through the legislature in less than 48 hours…
22+ years after Massachusetts gays arrogated to themselves a statutory special right to discriminate against trans people, and 8 years after those same Massachusetts gays made it exceedingly clear what they think of trans people by moving on to gay marriage (and then the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.)
But, lets look closer at the photo:
If you don’t recognize him, that’s Ethan St. Pierre.
Does he look like he’s dressed for any rally that might have taken place outdoors in Massachusetts during the past week?
That’s because the photo not only was not taken during the past week – which means it couldn’t possibly have been a rally in favor of the neo-Jim Crow bill that was ramrodded through last week – it wasn’t even during this legislative session. I brought it to Ethan’s attention and he recognized the location as Northampton and the vintage being possibly 2009 or 10.
The key, though, is that he – and the others in the photo were rallying for a legitimate bill, unlike the one that was immorally imported from Maryland this week.
“Transgender individuals in Massachusetts face unacceptably high levels of violence and discrimination in their daily lives,” said state Rep. Carl Sciortino Jr. (D). “This bill will extend our statutory civil rights and hate crime protections to the transgender community.”
LGBT weakly missed a real opportunity there – to alert the world that public accommodations apparently no longer falls under the “civil rights” rubric.
The bill was filed in 2007 but endured several oppositions from groups such as the Massachusetts Family Institute which aimed to stop all political efforts for the equalization of homosexual people in the state.
I’m not sure what bothers me more about that sentence:
- “several oppositions” (grammar, anyone?);
- “the equalization of homosexual people” (you mean like tax equalization?); or
- the implication – whether intended or not – that trans people are a subset of “homosexual”
I think I’ll pick door no. 3, Monty.
If the bill is signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick, bullies and perpetrators will face criminal offenses if they are convicted of harassment, abuse, discrimination, or violence against transgender people, similar to the way penalties are assessed for those who target people based on the state’s protected rights such as race or religion.
Even if the “harassment, abuse, discrimination, or violence” is against a transsexual woman and stems from attempting to use a women’s restroom that the trans-exterminationists feel that they have an inherent – though devoid of any connection to any aspect of actual ownership -right to control?
This is an epic movement for transgender people in Massachusetts and hallmarks this month’s Transgender Day of Remembrance which is commemorated on Nov. 20.
I’d say nose-pick.
Now, in closing, I want to refer back to the photo – ah the photo. LGBT weakly notes that it came from christianist hate group Wing Nut Daily – but Ethan recalled seeing the same pic on the website of yet another christianist hate group, Mass Resistance…
which would be the same christianist hate group that responsed to the passage of the Brennan-Hungerford Trans-Extermination Act of 2011 with, among other things, this:
Hmmm…Mass Resistance also implies that the Brennan-Hungerford Trans-Extermination Act of 2011 will somehow provide trans people with a cause of action for this form of public accommodations-based discrimination…
which it won’t.
The difference, however, is that, elsewhere in its cyber-insanity, Mass Resistance actually belches out a sentence that is accurate – at least as to the fact that public accommodations were removed.
The homosexual/transgender lobby is publicly lamenting the removal of the “public accommodations” sections from the final bill.
I’ll believe that the “homosexual” lobby is actually lamenting that removal when I see transsexual women attorneys gainfully employed at HRC, NGLTF, GLAD, NCTE and Lambda Legal.
Meanwhile, its a Fine, Fine day for lamenting what has become of LGBT ‘journalism’…
a day of remembrance of a different sort.