AmericaBlirony

On a day when Maryland (pending gubernatorial approval and no TERF-financed repeal effort, of course) finally takes away the special right of non-trans LGB Marylanders to discriminate against trans Marylanders….

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….this is the lead ‘LGBT’ item from The John.

The irony here is that Maryland did it the way that The John feels is the only way possible – you know, giving every right imaginable to non-trans LGBs while leaving the trans community swinging from the political poplar tree for a decade or more before finally forcing non-trans LGBs to live with the indignity of knowing the trans people are their equals.

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Lives as Math

2001:

2014:

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For thirteen years, some discrimination certainly was acceptable.

Don’t let them – or the gullible – forget it.

But What About the Bilderbergers and the Tri-Lateral Commission?

From Right Wing Watch:

Scott Lively: Gays Are Foot Soldiers in Marxist/Freemason Plot To Impose New World Order

You can’t make this shit up.

That’s right…

You can’t.

Clearly however, he can.  Lively is pulling it out of his ass (and probably every other orifice.)

My point is that, in the insanity game, none of you can compete with that kind of insanity.

Welcome to the 1974 NYC Pride Parade…in Dallas!

From Lone Star Q:

“The media loves to focus on the elements of fetish, drag and nudity in our parades. We just keep giving them the ammunition to use against us in legal arguments against gays and same-sex marriage, gays adopting, gays in the military.”

These were the words of Alan Pierce, co-owner of the Round-Up Saloon and prominent member of the Dallas Tavern Guild — the association of bar owners that puts on the city’s gay Pride parade and festival. It was Pierce’s response to a widely publicized controversy involving last year’s festivities. Parade organizers went above and beyond city code and state law to enforce a “ban” on underwear and “overexposure” of female breasts, both of which had been allowed in previous parades without confirmed incident. This drove heated debate over the way our community expresses and celebrates LGBT Pride.

This (as grammar-checked in Vol. 5 No. 18 of Lee Brewster’s Drag magazine; no link, sorry) is the ‘Statement Against Transvestism’ issued by the Hunter College Lesbian Rising Collective & Gay Men’s Alliance in the run-up to the 1974 NYC Pride Parade (which was the year after proto-Janice Raymond-ite and future co-chair of a certain national LGB( ) organization that had no problem with, once it finally deigned to stop openly espousing the Ron Gold view of trans people, hiring a non-trans woman over numerous more-experienced and better-qualified trans women for its ‘trans expert’ position Jean O’Leary had been allowed to viciously defame trans people from the pride festival stage):

We support the rights of all individuals, as long as the individual rights do not harm others. However, we do strongly protest the inclusion of transvestite spokespeople and entertainers at Gay rallies and demonstrations for the following reasons:

1. As Lesbians, we cannot view transvestism or ‘drag queens’ other than as a parady (sic) and ridicule of women, a projection and carry-over into Gay life of heterosexual male contempt and his elitist, supremist attitudes.

2. Lesbian feminists have gained support for the Gay movement from hetrosexual (sic) sisters in the Feminist Movement. These women, while supporting Gay rights, are offended by the ridicule directed at them by men assuming the costume-parodies of heterosexuality. The risk is increasing that the Feminist Movement will not publicly support our rallies and demonstrations.

3. As Gay men, our sexual orientation and affectional preference is towards other men. Our goals, hopes, and loves are not represented by men playing at being women.

4. We must realize that the transvestite is a victim of heterosexual society. These men and women were taught that the only way to relate to one’s own sex is through the disguise and roles of the opposite sex. transvestism is a back-handed affirmation of the ‘right order’ of heterosexuality, at the expense and negation of the positive, alternative lifestyle of self-affirming Gay men and Lesbians.

5. Transvestism oppresses Gay men by perpetuating society’s sterotypes (sic) of us. These are the portrayals we see in movies, on news-reports, and in magazines. Our oppression must end within our own Gay community before we can expect it to end in the minds of others.

6. Both heterosexuals and homosexuals are known to practice transvestism. For this reason, it is not specifically a Gay concern or priority. Therefore, it should not be promoted at rallies and demonstrations.

We make a stronger distinction regarding Transsexuals. They do not even identify with Gay Liberation, but adopt heterosexual roles, attitudes and life-styles completely. They are the first, themselves, to stress that they are not Gay.

7. Transvestism is a remnant of the ghetto and the first symbol of Gay oppression. We, in the Gay movement, are in the process of self-definition and self-acceptance. Transvestism negates both, by first imposing exterior definition and secondly, by masking us from our real selves and others. When we come out of the closets, we must leave the trappings of the closet behind! Gay pride begins with self-acceptance as real, natural people, without the sham of a ‘drag’ mask.

We strongly protest the inclusion of transvestite spokespeople and entertainers at Gay rallies and demonstrations

I’m just comparin’….

Has Rachel Maddow Jumped the Shark?

Crooks and Liars points to something good that Corporate Maddow did this week – while also having the temerity to observe that Corporate Maddow is a bit late to the party.

I don’t want to take away from the fact that I’m really happy to see someone in our corporate media point out that Bloody Bill Kristol should not have a platform where he’s allowed to push for more military interventions, to fearmonger and to lie about U.S. foreign policy (or any other subject he’s asked about for that matter), to the point where, as our brother Charlie Pierce pointed out this week, he deserves to be shunned, and certainly does not deserve a platform on any of our so-called “news” networks — I was disappointed to see MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow ignore the fact the the criticism she gave of Bill Kristol for always being wrong about everything, has been written about and highlighted and mocked on progressive blogs like this one and others for years on end now.

There are a lot more of us out there who have been banging Kristol over the head rhetorically for being wrong about everything besides the one blog she featured which was adding content for a whole month or so, and Mediaite.

So welcome to the party Rachel. Maybe next time you could mention just how many of us there are out there who have been saying that Kristol does not deserve to have any sort of a national platform to spew his venom for a very long time now. What I’d really like to know is just who Kristol is friends with that keeps making sure he stays gainfully employed no matter how horribly wrong he is time and time again? Who keeps booking him as a guest on MSNBC and NBC?

I’m sure that Rachel is too busy trying to figure out the next way in which she can erase trans issues from an otherwise substantive discussion.

Pic of the Day: March 22, 2014 (Special ‘Not Quite Summer’ Edition)

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At Falcon Park, Auburn, New York, June 21, 2012, during a game between the Auburn Doubledays and the Batavia Muckdogs.

Sadly, There’s an Underlying Presumption Here That HRC Actually Wants ENDA in Any Form

From Cathy Kristofferson at O-blog-dee-o-blog-da:

Last week, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced a $2 million campaign to push for the House Vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA). This campaign partnership with Americans for Workplace Opportunity (AWO) is similar to the $2.5 one announced last July 31st to push for the Senate vote.

Working closely with GOP donors, HRC seems content to codify legalized discrimination through the existing broad religious exemptions contained in the 2013 ENDA version passed by the Senate last fall. Organizations and individuals including Julian Bond and the ACLU have expressed grave concerns about these religious exemptions. They cannot go unchallenged.

My own thoughts:

A day that passes without HRC being protested is a day wasted.

However, the purpose of such protests should be to drive it out of existence and to force its books open to expose its inner circle to prosecution for fraud.

While I do appreciate this particular anti-HRC protest, I nevertheless have come to believe that the only thing worse for LGBT people in America than HRC itself is that portion of the non-caviar-tweaking, non-champagne-snorting LGBT population that is still naive enough to believe that HRC is either willing to change or even capable of doing so under any circumstances.