No Less Offensive Than the Catholic Church Absolving Itself of its Sins

Beware of people trying to get you to ignore history.  They’re trying to sell you something – and its probably not something you need or want.

As an analyst, historical data is often important because it helps answer the question, “How did we get here?” However, this eventually becomes less important than determining “where are we going, and how do we get there?” This is exactly the mindset of most LGBT millennials when it comes to civil rights and advocacy.

Unfortunately, some transgender leaders keep trying to revive old grievances, like 18-year-old articles from The New York Times. However, people like Jim Fouratt haven’t been relevant in decades. Janice Raymond and her ilk are a poorly regarded footnote in the annals of second-wave lesbian feminism. Things cited as proof that LGB leadership has it in for the transgender community may or may not have actually been said. Barney Frank has retired. So has Joe Solmonese. The historical reasons typically cited for the division between the LGB and T have become just that: history.

A sleight of hand is worth a Huff(Po) of paint in a paper bag behind the bush.

Despite the seeming doff of the hat to history, with this demand Brynn Tannehill is trying to sell you something that we don’t need: amnesia.

We already have enough of it – and we still live with policies that have been chiseled into the stone tablet of advocacy corporate-think using the mindset championed by St. Barney (retired less than two months after 32 years of maligning trans people and issues in Congress in one form or another) and Pee Wee Solmonese (retired less than a year after presiding over the Human Right Scampaign for a tenure that is to backstabbery what his non-immediate predecessor Queen Elizabeth III’s was to hardwired exclusion.)

We were told that the past was the past in 2007….

until it wasn’t.

What I find quite interesting is that in several places  that I’ve seen links to Tannehill’s HuffPo hit piece (and that’s what it is: a mafia-style whack job against any and all who dare to let millennials and those new to LGBT matters who might be a bit older than that but who actually do need in 2013 to be introduced to the inconvenient aspects of  history that those who want you to forget about history don’t want you to ever learn in the frst place – such as the fact that at least some people who have now ensconced themselves in  the world of permanent Gay, Inc. employment and who claim to be inclusive began their journey to that world of permanent Gay, Inc. employment by openly championing employment discrimination against trans women) posted on Facebook, the teaser text for it reads as such:

 When a trans man friend of mine was assaulted last weekend, the people doing it didn’t really care whether he was technically classified as a lesbian or a trans man.  Morally we all have an obligation to oppose

 and then the text cuts off. 

I didn’t see this text at HuffPo when I looked at the piece online, and even if its not part of the piece, the scenario matters.

Brynn, as long as we live with laws manufactured with the help of various strands of Gay, Inc.  and which distinguish between the covered (LGB) and the not-worthy-of-being-covered (the T) in places like Wisconsin, Maryland, Delaware, New Hampshire, New York and (because lack of public accommodations means that the law that was passed is meaningless) Massachusetts – and, lets face it Brynn, if the recently-retired bobsey twins that you don’t want us to think about any longer (yet who are probably slithering around the halls of Congress in one capacity or another whispering in people’s ears) had gotten ther way 5 1/2 years ago, we’d be including all of the United States here and we’d be still including it because the sort of amnesia that you’re demanding is the conjoined mental fistula of an inability (unwillingness?) to visualize what would have happened on the ENDA front after St. Barney and Pee Wee managed to get the HRC version of ENDA enacted in 2007, which is NOTHING – then your demand is no less offensive than the catholic church’s demands that victims of its institutionalized mass child molestation scheme forget about the past and just move on.

Joe Ratzinger d/b/a/ Pope Benedict XVI will be retired as of Friday.  I guess he’ll then begin to be worthy of getting a pass on his past as child-molester-shielder-in-chief, eh Brynn?


If he makes it to summer, he’ll then be retired longer than St. Barney is now.  Will he get a pass then?

We must all hang together, or we shall assuredly hang separately

Or, in the case of that trans man, just get assaulted – and have our cases attended to by the powers that be – separately.

Decades ago, the Iowa Legislature passed a hate crimes law – one that included sexual orientation.

The definition for “sexual orientation” is identical to one preferred by one of Iowa’s neighboring states.

Hint: It ain’t Minnesota’s.

Yes, in 2007, a different bunch of Iowa legislators passed a legitimate employment anti-discrimination law but, for whatever reason, didn’t update the hate crime law.

Maybe they channeled Brynn Tannehill from the then-future and thought that, given that the hate crime law was by then almost two decades old it would be just so gauche to even think about it.  The past is the past after all, no?


Mere passage of a good anti-discrimination law didn’t change the thing (and getting gay marriage from the courts damn sure didn’t change it.) 

In Iowa, if the trans man was classified as a trans man, then the assault could not be charged as a hate crime, but if he was de-gendered and classified as a lesbian then it could be.

The past isn’t just the past; its the present.

LGBT millennials

They deserve to know their history – including that which was inflicted upon the T before they were ever born.  The more that you – and whoever is pulling your strings (or spiking your stash) – con them into ignoring it, the more likely it is that LGBT millennials’ Jim Fouratts and Janice Raymonds and 2007s lie not in their past, but in their future…

and they’ll never see any of it coming.


  1. Not that it makes what she says any truer, but I’m pretty sure that Brynn Tannehill is one of those recently-out, naive trans people that Gay Inc. loves to use as mouthpieces to pitch a load of bullshit at the rest of us. I mean, I used to think that the idea of “LG(B?)+token T” was a useful one, too. I’m sure that if she stays around the so-called LGBT community long enough, she’ll have her naive optimism ground out of her like I did.

    • “Brynn Tannehill is one of those recently-out, naive trans people that Gay Inc. loves to use as mouthpieces to pitch a load of bullshit at the rest of us.”

      You called it.

      She would appear to be an Allyson Robinson Mini-me, only from the naval side and with even less of a reality-based connection to anything that she’s talking about (which means she’s ripe for being the next token MTF employee in some Gay, Inc. organ): 1997 Annapolis grad who was in the Navy until 2008 and then a “defense analyst” for four years until becoming a yammerer at Outserve magazine last year.

  2. History is important and the truth is important. Most LG’s that I know have NO IDEA how trans rights took a back seat to marriage equality. How even in states like MA, the trans leaders were told to put it away and wait. And them after our marriage win, the legislature was given a “no gay legislation” break. Meaning no trans bill break. And then we see how in MA public accommodations was dropped out of our bill and law to cut any political leadership. When I explain this to my fellow LG’s, many of them “get it” They are angered and feel badly about what has happened to trans people. They begin to get active in the conversation. Yes, history sometimes shames. And shaming sometimes is good.

    • What Tom said.

  3. […] preachers with no relevant political or advocacy experience (though, of course, I do suspect that Brynn Tannehill will be transformed into the next Allyson Robinson within a week, if the transformation […]

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