Memo to Queen Elizabeth III

The former head of the Human Right Scampaign doth writeth at HuffPo:

In the past day, President Clinton has shared his perspective that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.  I headed the largest LGBT advocacy organization, the Human Rights Campaign, when DOMA was signed into law in 1996.   So why don’t I feel grateful?

I expect more.  Call me old-fashioned, but couldn’t he just say: 1) I was wrong and 2) I am sorry.

You first, Liz.  You’ve got a heapin’ helpin’ of lies, obfuscation and flat-out transphobia to apologize for – you know, the heapin’ helpin’ of lies, obfuscation and flat-out transphobia that you helped to legitimize and institutionalize not only within the purple-n-yellow walls of HRC HQ but also within the halls of Congress?

Then-HRC head Elizabeth Birch, August 1998 (in an interview with OutSmart magazine (Houston)):


Then-HRC head Elizabeth Birch, September 1, 1999 (in Outlines (Chicago)):

Outlines: The concept of trans issues … are they in partnership just like with Black issues might be, or are they integral to the agency? ENDA is just one example of how that manifests itself.

Birch: I think that the Human Rights Campaign has done as much if not more on transgender issues than most other national [ gay and lesbian ] organizations. If you really look at the actual work. I hope we can get beyond lip service … which is what I think some of the other organizations tend to broker in. We have put a lot of muscle and time and effort to both educate on Capitol Hill, as well formulate realistic, tangible courses of action that might deliver some results down the road.


If the second one is as “honestly” “honest” as the first one purports HRC to be, then what does that say about the entirety of Gay, Inc. – including HRC – circa 1998?

If the second one is not honest, then, well….

So, again Liz: You first.

And you should be willing to push the Cape(hart)ed Crusader out of the way to be at the front of the line to deliver apologies to trans people.

But, then again, you never should have committed any of the political war crimes against trans people that you commited and then rationalized.

You can try to re-write history all you want, Liz, but you have never had any problem with pragmatism when anything that you didn’t have a personal stake in was on the chopping block and you’ve never apoligized for it.

You can try to re-write history all you want, bu we’re going to be here to re-re-write it.

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