Memo to Chad Griffin: How About Ponying Up Some Help for One of the Trans Activists Whose Existence You Spiced Up Your Southern Comfort Speech With?

This is ‘New’ HRC’s moment of truth.  Monica Roberts is in need of help – and don’t tell me that HRC doesn’t have resources to spare.

Homelessness is  a critical issue for trans people, with one in five having experienced homelessness at some time in their lives because of discrimination and family rejection. As a result, an estimated 20-40% of the more than 1.6 million homeless youth in the United States are LGBT

Unfortunately, transgender people facing homelessness also face discrimination from agencies that should be helping them, with nearly one in three (29%) reporting being turned away from a shelter due to their transgender status. While leading experts on homelessness recommend providing emergency housing consistent with a person’s gender identity, 42% of trans people facing homelessness have been forced to stay in a shelter living as the wrong gender.

In the 20 years I’ve been transtioned, while I’ve dealt with unemployment, I’ve always managed on one level or another to keep a roof over my head and avoid being part of that trans homeless narrative.

Until now.

Due to a confluence of events, I’m about to get bounced from the place I’ve called home for the last four years, and one of the relocation options I was counting on fell through.

Fair is Fair

Just to demonstrate that I am not just picky when it comes to right-wingers and HRC (I know, I know – a lot of overlap with those two, but I digress…), I’m going to get picky with one of my favorite progressive sites, Crooks and Liars.


There is a right-wing shock jock (and failed local Houston TV sports anchor) named Dan Patrick who, after slithering into politics, is about to ride Greg Abbott’s Jim Crow voting restrictions into the Texas Lieutenant Governor’s office.

The problem is that its not the radio guy named Dan Patrick who is pictured.  That one is currently the co-host of NBC’s Sunday Night Football pregame show as well as the current host of his own morning radio sports talk show and a former co-anchor of ESPN’s Sports Center back in the Olbermann days.

Though I have gotten the impression that the pictured Dan Patrick is a bit more conservative than K.O., I also get the impression that he is not a right-wing psychopath – which is what the non-pictured Dan Patrick is.

Sorry, C&L but this is just plain laziness.  The Mother Jones item that you link to has a photo of the nutcase.  Couldn’t you have checked?

Tom Corbett: Racist Photoshop Cadet

This kinda speaks for itself:

In an effort to sway black voters his way, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has tried to make his re-election campaign more minority-friendly by including a photo of himself standing next to a smiling African American woman on his website.

The only problem is – this heartwarming scene never actually happened. Corbett’s campaign got the black woman from a stock photo and Photoshopped her in!

However, I will say that the tag “fake inclusion” has rarely been more appropriate – even if, here, it isn’t about trans issues.

Well, That Just About Sums it Up for Russell Brand

Remember when I said I’d never found Sarah Silverman to be all that funny?

Well, she’s Bill Hicks in comparison to Russell Brand.

And Johnny Rotten?

He’s Noam Chomsky, Paul Krugman and Nicholas Katzenbach all rolled into one – also in comparison to Russell Brand.

England’s most famous punk rocker is not impressed with one of its famous comedian-turned-revolutionaries.

John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, of the Sex Pistols, is all for making life better for working class people. But he thinks that one of the central prescriptions in comedian-turned-activist Russell Brand’s new book, Revolution—to not vote—is not only stupid, but ends up giving the powers-that-be exactly what they want: yet more reasons to ignore protest.

“It’s the most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard. So damn ignorant,” he told’s Polly Toynbee in a video interview. “You have to vote. You have to make a change. You’re given lousy options, yes. But better that than nothing at all.”

Lydon, who has long been a national symbol of protest and defiance, said that Brand’s rejection of voting was “the most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard. He told The Guardian, “ You must not forget, 100 years ago, who could vote here? And to have that so easily and flippantly ignored, in that lazy-ass ‘I take drugs and tell not-funny jokes’ way, it’s just—very poor… You have to vote.”

Remember, if one of the Sex Pistols legitimately sounds like a history and political science scholar in comparison to the crap you’re spewing, its time to admit what you are: The Amy Winehouse of politics.

Take Amy’s final cue, Russell, before England (or the U.S.) manages to conjure up a real-life Alan B’Stard and he manages to gain power – because idiots like Russell Brand have convinced the working classes not to vote.

He’s Left a Forty-Year Paper Trail That Allows Us to Articulate it For Him

Barbra Casbar Siperstein conclusively un-spinning St. Barney’s revisionism regarding ENDA and 2007:

I wish Barney Frank would articulate what his real problem is with trans people.

I hate recommending the site that the post appears on, but the post is worth reading – and sharing with people who still believe St. Barney.

Edited for Honesty

Something that The Bil just said in defense of Shillerico’s posting of the trans misogyny by Micah Escobedo, who “is a writer and aspiring politico”:

We’ve never shied away from presenting multiple sides to any argument at The Bilerico Project.

Now, here’s that same sentence, edited to make it honest:

We’ve never shied away from presenting multiple sides to any trans-related argument at The Bilerico Project.

For, as Jenna Fischetti notes (in direct response to editor John Becker who proudly took responsibility for greenlighting the post by Micah Escobedo, who “is a writer and aspiring politico,” essentially by saying that it was edgy and, therefore, worth inflicting and, besides, a trans person was allowed to do a post in response):

So what merited the decision to post this in the first place?

You are editor in chief. You have the final say in those decisions, do you not?

As Bil Browning suggests, that it is “good to get out of the bubble and hear other people’s perspectives” can you point to anti-LGBT perspectives which were published at Bilerico which engages in appeals to the people while telling gays and lesbians men or women to STFU? Because Cisgender Micah Escobedo tells transgender Janet Mock that she has no right to claim the video does not have trans rights implications while expressing “whom I love and find incredibly inspiring” .Why not just write: “Some of my best friends are trans….”

As editor, you should have seen how poorly this entire argument was constructed and rejected it. So the main problem is your insistence that this false argument has any social merit and thus requires you to publish it , let alone ask Brynn Tannehill to reply to it.

This post is a straw man fallacy on the premise that trans people’s offense to the video is based on the premise that trans people took Sarah Silverman literally. That distorts the position of the claim made by Janet Mock, the only example offered in this piece.

The position of most trans people is the video is offensive for its reinforcement of trope stereotypes which harm and marginalize trans people. Janet Mock merely offered a reality check to Silverman’s weak analogy.

If you or Bil need to be educated on why this was a problematic and offensive post, you have no right speaking on transgender subjects. 

Discourse is changed by each contribution to it. Yet real change happens when individuals get out into the political process and make a difference, not letting the core dictate to the periphery the terms of their obedience.

I eagerly await John Becker’s greenlighting of regular Shillerico columns by Maggie Gallagher, Sy Rogers and the ghost of Jesse Helms.

Why Does Joni Ernst Hate Farmers and the Military?

From TPM:

Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in her state, argued a whole generation of people relies on government for “absolutely everything” and added that it would take “a lot of education” to cut people off of that dependency.

So there you have it.

Farmers?  Forget about your crop insurance and subsidies under Queen Joni.

Military members (and their families)?  Forget about healthcare.  Forget about the VA.

A vote for Joni Ernst is a vote for Mitt Romney’s and Paul Ryan’s hatred of real America – all coiffed with a horrid wig.


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