And Now, Another Episode of ‘The Gay, Inc. Permanent Employment Merry-Go-Round’

From Metro Weakly:

The Board of Directors of Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL), an organization dedicated to working with and empowering LGBTQ youth, announced early Thursday morning that it has named Sultan Shakir as its new executive director.

Shakir, a community organizer who most recently served as the youth and campus engagement program director at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s top LGBT rights organization. He also previously served regional field director for HRC, the campaign manager for Marylanders for Marriage Equality during the legislative push to pass Maryland’s marriage equality law, and the political director during the organization’s successful attempt to defend the law at the ballot box in November 2012

‘Nuff said.

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Pic of the Day: July 31, 2014 (Special ‘Homophonia’ Edition)

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This is a duck who was hanging around the pond outside of Brent Brown Ballpark during the game between the Orem Owlz and the Ogden Raptors in Orem, Utah on June 21, 2014.

At the risk of disparaging the intelligence of said duck, I use the photo here because Orem is just up the road from Provo, where….

[W]hen the social-media specialist for a private Provo-based English language learning center wrote a blog explaining homophones, he was let go for creating the perception that the school promoted a gay agenda.

Tim Torkildson says after he wrote the blog on the website of his employer, Nomen Global Language Center, his boss and Nomen owner Clarke Woodger, called him into his office and told him he was fired.

As Torkildson tells it, Woodger said he could not trust him and that the blog about homophones was the last straw.

Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality,” Woodger complained, according to Torkildson, who posted the exchange on his Facebook page.

We now have proof: America is brain-dead.

Sounds Like Gay, Inc. To Me

[A] seething cauldron of intrigue, revenge and discrimination, ruled by a small, closely knit cabal of power players, a group of folks who, you might say, are all cut from the same cloth.

Yep – sounds like Gay, Inc. (of which, we all know, Quisling, Inc. is for all practical purposes a subsidiary.)

Just try seeking employment within Gay, Inc., while being a non-CIS woman or, for that matter, anyone who didn’t have the foresight (and/or forebears) to go to one of a handful of universities that tend to produce the Gay, Inc. lot.

So…

is the quote about Gay, Inc.?

Well, let us turn to Crooks and Liars:

In April, 2013, the Boulder City, Nevada Chief of Police was fired from his position. During that his tenure, the community that touches the Hoover Dam experienced falling crime rates when compared with the rest of Nevada. He was fired for one reason: he was one of the very few non-LDS officials in town. Finn states, “For the past seven years I applied my education, training and experience to lead the police department with the goal of making Boulder City the safest community in the state of Nevada,” … “That goal was achieved almost every year.”

According to Ex-Police Chief Thomas Finn’s allegations, ‘this bedroom burg is a seething cauldron of intrigue, revenge and discrimination, ruled by a small, closely knit cabal of power players, a group of folks who, you might say, are all cut from the same cloth.’ Much like the nepotism afforded to many of Willard Romney’s Mormon brethren during the hosting of the 2002 Salt Lake City (Pork Barrel) Winter Olympics, this closely-knit LDS run city has some dirty corruption. Mr. Finn, now relocated to a Northern Nevada community is not giving up on exposing the unimaginable incompetence and abuse of power in Boulder City.

Okay – ’tis not about Gay, Inc.

Nevertheless…

Intrigue…

Revenge…

Discrimination…

Teeth marks….

Memo to the Federal Court in Richmond, Virginia

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Depending on whom you believe, Bob and Maureen McDonnell were either gift-grubbing and financially desperate enough to conspire to sell the governor’s office, or so dedicated to public service that the stresses of a gubernatorial term wrecked their marriage.

And its the defense – Regent ‘University’-manufactured christianist scumbag former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell’s and his wife’s – that is shoveling out the tabloid-esque crap in order to save their asses.

Tonight, Rachel Maddow led off with a cautionary tale about how the mainstream media (we don’t know yet if the judge and jury also) are being “played” with the so-called details of Mrs. Regent ‘University’-manufactured christianist scumbag former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell being the true guilty party due to all sorts of sex-tinged (potentially anyway) stuff.

The digest version of the legal ploy: Because the governor’s wife isn’t an official state actor, nothing she may have done – however scumbaggish – could be ‘official’ corruption, so the combined strategy is to make her look as bad as possible, thereby saving their collective bacon.

And here is where Maddow, sadly, let her increasingly evident and disturbing anti-trans (or, at the very least, trans-absenting) feelings show stop her from providing a real-life example of how someone managed to benefit in a court proceeding by employing a negative portrayal that one would not think the person would actually have wanted to do.

Only, when the person in question was not a scumbag christianist former governor with a law degree from a fake law school but, rather, a scumbag chunk of nobility who was watching the clock waiting to inherit his daddy’s title, Arthur Corbett, it was Corbett himself that he intentionally painted negatively.

Why?

Well, it wasn’t a criminal trial.

It was a divorce/annulment proceeding against his wife, April Ashley.

In both versions of her memoir (April Ashley’s Odyssey, from the 1980s, and, more recently, The First Lady) Ashley tells of sitting in court in London, listening to Corbett volunteer, in excruciating detail, his sexual activities, including some that even she had not been aware of.  In the earlier version, Ashley wrote:

Suddenly I realised what he was doing. So did my medical and legal advisers. Arthur was emphatically presenting himself as a deviate, in vivid detail, some of which was new even to me. For example, I had not realized the extent of his homosexual experiences. By adopting this confessional approach, by posing as the pervert since struck by contrition, by casting a pall of sulphurous depravity and transgression over our entire relationship, he was able to convey the impression that our marriage was no more than a squalid prank, some deliberate mockery of moral society perpetrated by a couple of queers for their own twisted amusement

Because the key issue in the case (which most probably recognize as Corbett v. Corbett) was whether transsexual woman April Ashley would be regarded as a woman for purposes of England’s opposite-sex-only marriage laws or just as one half of “a couple of queers” and, in turn, not the wife of the future Baron Rowallan and, in further turn, not entitled to anything emanating from their 1963 marriage.

It would be nice if Rachel Maddow would give her viewers a real-life, historical example of when one side in a very prominent legal case won by painting itself as negatively as possible – and if she used Corbett v. Corbett as that example (at least if she didn’t pull a TERF job as to Ashley) it would go a long way toward removing what many feel is a TERF cloud hanging over her head.

But I’m not holding my breath.

It will be nicer if the United States District Court in Richmond, Virginia doesn’t let the McDonnells collectively get away with using the Arthur Corbett defense to stay out of prison.

I’ll at least think about holding my breath on that.

Pix of the Day: July 30, 2014 (Special ‘Lounging Around’ Edition)

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Several members of the Lake Elsinore Storm, killing time prior to their game against the High Desert Mavericks at Mavericks Stadium in Adelanto, California on July 5, 2014.

At that point – which was right around the scheduled game time – the weather was great.  However, there had been a pretty good rain storm earlier in the day and apparently the grounds crew had not protected the infield from getting overly muddy.

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The Storm’s manager, Jamie Quirk (No. 9), wasn’t pleased and he was lobbying hard for the game to be called.

The game eventually started an hour late – and, presumably, it was worth the wait for the Storm (as for Quirk? I dunnow), as they won 12-5.

Believe it or Not, There Actually Are Plenty of OTHER Reasons to Boycott the Michygyn Transphobya Festyval

Such as…

its in Michigan – a rather large state that has not even come close to enacting a gay rights law (legitimate or St. Barney-esque) and whose neo-fascist governor and legislature have gone beyond craftily trying to prevent African-Americans from voting to actually erasing the local governments of a number of cities and school districts.

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I don’t need to visit the states of New York, Wisconsin and New Hampshire to know that the sickening evil embodied by the 1977 Lisa Vogel-signed manifesto metastasized into gay-only rights regimes in which she, the other signatories to that manifesto (well, other than the one who later transitioned) and any other non-trans LGB person who might want to keep their businesses and facilities trans-free have the special state statutory right to discriminate against trans people.

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LFT

Any bets as to how quickly these defenders of private-land owner-absolutism would come unglued if it decided to make exclusion of African-American lesbians one of the “whatever choices” it wants, “discriminatory or not”?

Yeh…

I thought so.

Its a public accommodation.

…But What About Sue Hyde’s Employer?

You know…

the one that for over a decade implicitly declared to the world that no trans people of any level of experience were more qualified than a non-trans just-out-of-law-schooler to be that organization’s gainfully-employed trans expert?

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The above was how a future NGLTF (permanent?) employee spent part of her summer vacation in 1977.

If you notice, one of her co-conspirators was Lisa Vogel, longtime perpetrator of the Michigyn Transphobya Festyval.

Surprisingly, a certain non-NGLTF tentacle of Gay, Inc. just expressed thoughts re: the Michigyn Transphobya Festyval.

Post submitted by Beth Sherouse, HRC Senior Content Manager

Although I’ve never attended a Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, I always loved the idea of a female-centered musical space, where women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds could gather to enjoy the music that shaped so many of our queer/feminist identities. What has never made sense to me or many of my queer feminist friends is Michfest’s attempt to exclude trans women from this celebration.

While the organizers continue to insist that excluding trans women is not an official policy, their “intention” that the festival cater exclusively to “womyn born womyn” serves to further marginalize trans women, denying them access to one of the only exclusively female spaces in our society.

I and my many colleagues at the Human Rights Campaign stand in solidarity with Equality Michigan, the Indigo Girls and the many other proud feminists calling on MichFest to live its mission and provide a place for all women to celebrate.

The sad thing is that the paragraph I’ve put in bold allows the immediate reaction by a certain terroristic anti-trans hate group (that I have no intention of linking to) to have a slight veneer of possible accuracy.

This blog post does not represent HRC policy, as the organization would not delegate such a policy declaration to a fellow who has been with the organization for two weeks.

I actually suspect that that is a fully accurate sentence (possibly the first one ever from GIW, but I digress….)

I have no idea if Beth Sherouse is a trans woman or not (I’d never heard of her before news of the HRC blog post surfaced; she appears to have come to the Rhode Island Avenue Cesspool via the History Department at USC – not the one in California, but instead South Carolina), but if she is, then, if my count is accurate, she is only the second one to ever collect a paycheck from it (and, whether trans or not, she appears to be at the Rhode Island Avenue Cesspool on limited two-year gig.)  HRC’s ability to put on an inclusivity show has increased only slightly in the decade since the trans community finally began openly picketing the organization.  When HRC adopted a very lawyerly-worded policy of ENDA inclusion support after the second of those protests in 2004 (you know, just in time for HRC to praise the exclusion of trans people from the Topeka gay rights ordinance – you know, also just in time for the lead mouthpiece of the Bain Capital of gay journalism to declare that ENDA had been “trans jacked”), the word was that the HRC power structure was as divided over it as the Supreme Court usually is on any case of any substance.

I refuse to believe that an organization that, even while trying to con the LGBT community (as well as the public at large) into believing that it is not as transphobic as the cadre of lesbians who signed the 1977 manifesto demanding that Olivia Records engage in employment discrimination against Sandy Stone, could only bring itself to hire one trans woman in the aftermath of the 2007 ENDA fraudfest, does not still have an executive majority that desires (or, for that matter, is incapable of a de facto enforcement of) a ‘trans women need not apply’ policy.

Countdown to Sherouse being disappeared from HRC in 3…2…1….