Fifteen Years Ago

From Carmen Vasquez in Gay Community News, V. 24, Iss. 1, from 1998 (sorry, I couldn’t find an active link):

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) decision to endorse Al D’Amato, more than any other in their history as a mainstream organization, signals far more than the focused and pragmatic willingness to compromise ascribed them by the New York Times (Week in Review, Sunday, October 25.)

There is a considerable number of progressive, left of center activists in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement who are focused, pragmatic and willing to compromise when necessary. We do not, however, for the sake of courting right-wing favor in Congress. HRC’s endorsement of a pro-life candidate who has effectively denied millions of American women the right to choose what to do with our own bodies is not pragmatic. It is wrong. Their endorsement of a man who has repeatedly embarrassed the office of the Senate with his racism and anti-Semitism (mocking Judge Lance Ito’s ethnicity, the more recent attempt to use the Holocaust as a campaign smearing device against Chuck Schumer, who is Jewish) is not simple pragmatism. It is complete capitulation to the right-wing of this country.

[We] should have little use for the people who position themselves as friends of the homophobic, hate-mongering, racially-bigoted Junior Senator from New York or his Party.

I’ve yet to hear any serious discussion (or, for that matter, any discussion at all) of even the possibility that HRC’s insane endorsement of a racist, misogynist Republican over Democrat Chuck Schumer in 1998 might be resulting in payback by Schumer via his not being willing to put any muscle into gay inclusion in the immigration bill.

Why does HRC never pay any price for its sins?  Or for its incompetence?  Particularly when the sins and incompetence of the anti-Schumer endorsement of 1998 seem to be affecting the pragmatism crowd d/b/a/ the Marriage Derangement Syndrome-addled the most?

Does history only matter to Gay, Inc., – and its apologists – when they wants to distort, sanitize and/or erase it for fundraising?

Rationalization Meth

If someone runs two businesses, one of which not only abides by notions humanity but also obeys the law while the other operates as if it were a pillar of the Yazoo County, Mississippi Chamber of Commerce, ca. 1830, the purity of the one does not earn a pass for the second.

All of the above refers to something that has been playing out in one of the states where married gays and lesbians have the legal right to discriminate against trans people.

For those of you lucky enough to not live in New York over the last few days, you may have missed that a local “inclusive” queer party booked JD Samson, of MEN, who is playing MichFest 2013 and is violating the boycott. When their audience, the queers of Brooklyn, starting posting concerned messages and asking them to cancel the performance, the organizers briefly argued back, and then finally, in the eleventh hour, relented and cancelled on JD. (We, the Topside folks, were literally about to start printing flyers to take to protest the party when it was finally announced that JD was out.)

[S]omeone named Chelsea P.R. Menth told trans women who wanted JD out to “burn.” She later deleted many of her comments, realizing perhaps that they contained hate speech above and beyond what had been thrown at trans women, on this page at least,  before.

We’re posting them so that these are not lost, because they are part of the conversation, because this is what we are up against, in our own communities, among our “allies” and at our “parties.”

MichFest is a cancer in our community that we need to deal with in a real way, today, for good, so that the healing can even hope to begin. Lisa Vogel saying it is OK to discriminate against trans women in Hart, MI creates a climate in the US where it is OK to tell trans women to burn. Anyone who thinks differently is unbelievably naive.

Or, to also respond to the rationalization of “Chelsea”:  If someone runs two businesses, one of which not only abides by notions humanity but also obeys the law (after all, radphlegms believe the trans people are already protected, no?) while the other operates as if it were the Michigan Trans-exterminationism Festival ca. any point in time, the purity of the one does not earn a pass for the second.

Pic of the Day: May 27, 2013 (Special ‘Crocapug’ Edition)


There’s a croc; there’s a pug…

all, approximately two weeks ago.

Okay, whaddaya want? Its late!


Cue the Napoleon XIV….

Program # 380, October 7, 2002

Wayne Beyer & Scott Kerlin, doctor and researcher, on the impact of DES exposure on male offspring


Cue the Marvin Hamlisch….

Program # 473, August 9, 2004

Mara Keisling, director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, on the Human Rights Campaign’s decision to exclusively support trans-inclusive  employment non-discrimination legislation

The Irony of the Undead

I think we’ve all finally agreed that what used to be the Advocate is thoroughly dead, right?

And yet, we’ve also all seen Night of the Living Dead.


I now present Night of the Living Advocate:

Op-ed: Democrats Throw Queers Under the Bus—Again

Senate Democrats showed their true colors when they left LGBT families and individuals out of this week’s sweeping immigration reform bill.


What makes that so zombiefied – and a little bit whole lot of ironic on the side?

Its author:

Victoria A. Brownworth

Oh yes…

That Victoria A. Brownworth.

There is no wrong moment for equality. And anyone who thinks so is not a true ally.

I doubt seriously if any trans woman has ever mistaken Victoria A. Brownworth for an ally – 32 years ago or now.

Of course, 32 years ago, the Advocate was a serious (albeit not just transphobic but hostile to pretty much anything that its owner, David Goodstein, didn’t like) magazine.

Now, it is less than dead, a zombie so deprived of not just blood and oxygen but brain activity that even Bill Hicks likely would take pity on it and not make fun of its inability to appreciate the irony of letting first-generation TERF Victoria A. Brownworth be its voice of whinery about Democratic ‘allies’ throwing a form of the gay marriage issue under the immigration bus.

Well, Atheists Don’t Kill People for Having the Temerity to Not be Christian

From Right Wing Watch:

[W]hile discussing relief efforts in Oklahoma, Glenn Beck challenged faith leaders to step up and put their faith into action, urging them to ask themselves “what have I done that atheists can’t or won’t?”


The Dreckmeister is also claiming that the atheist who Wolf Blitzer peppered with christianity-presumptive questions on the air simply had to have been a plant.