The HRC Shuffle

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Get the Picture?

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Live Long, Prosper and….What Was the Other One?

Oh yeh…

Coolness

Be cool.

Always be cool.

Leonard Nimoy was the only Trek star who was cool enough to avoid 1982’s Ultimate Fiasco.

Ergo, Nimoy will always be cool.

Seen Recently on a Cable Channel Whose Owners Apparently Believe Giving Three Hours Each Morning to a Radical Conservative Ex-Congressman is Being ‘Liberal’…

R-CA

How is ideology even an issue when incompetence overshadows everything?

Memo to James Inhofe

Saying that the existence of a snowball in the District of Columbia in 2015 means that there is no climate change is like saying that the existence of a black non-slave in Mississippi in 1840 meant that slavery didn’t exist there at that time.

I Also Wonder…

How many of those among Gay Marriage, Inc., who are coupled and live in states with gay rights laws and/or are sufficiently wealthy to not care about such pedestrian matters as anti-discrimination laws and/or are gay Republicans and don’t believe in anti-discrimination laws are losing even one minute of sleep over the possibility that even one among the current deluge of bills to eliminate the local anti-discrimination protections being relied upon (or hoped for) by non-coupled (and coupled for that matter) LGBT people in states that will never have statewide gay rights laws might not be happening if gay marriage wasn’t being ramrodded through the courts toward what pundits presume to be the gay marriage analogue to Roe v. Wade this summer?

Again…

In your heart, you know what the answer is.

I Wonder…

How many of the concern trolls who are defending trans-exterminationistic TERFs over ‘no-platform’-ing have no problem with deploying government authority to outlaw ‘reparative therapy’?

I’m just askin’….

But I’m just expectin’ no fessin’ up.

Where Were Certain Concern Trolls When Trans People Were Not Only ‘No Platformed’ But Also Blacklisted By Gay, Inc.?

Richard Rosendall is worried about the feelings of TERFs, the vast majority of whom have substantively benefited from the long-term ‘no trans people need apply; no trans issues can be spoken of; no trans women need apply even when we pretend to accept trans people by hiring trans men who we really don’t recognize as trans men’ dogma of Gay, Inc. – either directly by obtaining Gay, Inc. jobs that no trans people were ever considered for or indirectly by living in – and cultivating careers in – jurisdictions whose gay-only rights laws sprouted from Gay, Inc. spores.

For years, some radical feminists have vociferously opposed transgender people. An example is Janice Raymond, a lesbian ex-nun who wrote in her 1979 book, The Transsexual Empire: The Making of the She-Male, that trans women, whom she regarded as male predators, were the “avant garde of the patriarchy invading women’s spaces.” As a liberal feminist and a supporter of trans equality, I very much disagree with Dr. Raymond. Dana Beyer, executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, explains, “[G]ender identity (the sex of one’s brain) drives trans persons to transition, regardless of genital anatomy.”

For the LGBT advocates with whom I work in Washington, D.C., that ship has sailed. We do not sit around discussing gender theory. We take it as a given that trans people are citizens entitled to equal protection. We work in coalition to ensure that the “T” is included in legislation, data gathering, and public services (and D.C. is among the top states in the Human Rights Campaign’s State Equality Index). Science is on our side: the American Psychiatric Association declassified transgender identity as a disorder in 2012, as it did homosexuality in 1973.

For some, this is not enough. There is a movement to “no-platform” trans-excluding radical feminists (TERFs), that is to bar them from campuses and deny them a platform for their views. This is part of a broader and distinctly illiberal trend whereby universities are seen not as centers for the robust exchange of ideas, but as frightening places full of triggers and microaggressions. Students are seen as fragile flowers who must be protected from views that might offend them. This is an assault on learning, and those of us who are not professional victims need to fight it.

Memo to non-trans gays who want to write on trans matters: If your lead (or only) trans quote comes from ‘retired’ Doc Beyer, you haven’t done enough research.

Second memo to non-trans gays who want to write on trans matters: If you have any quote ‘retired’ Doc Beyer, think twice about also utilizing the word “robust.”

Second memo to non-trans gays who want to write on trans matters: If you have any quote ‘retired’ Doc Beyer, think even more than twice about also utilizing the word “robust.”

So…

Where were all of the current TERF-defending concern trolls when Gay, Inc ‘no-platform’-ed trans people into oblivion?

And are any of them demanding that Gay, Inc. pony up reparations to trans people for the decades of Gay, Inc.-led political and employment discrimination (call it ‘no-platform’-ing if you wish) against trans people?

Be Honest

Who would you be more afraid of encountering in a women’s restroom?

Her?

NotFrightening

Or her?

Frightening

In your heart, you know what the answer is.

I Have a Better Question

That anti-gay bill in Arkansas actually became law today. Why couldn’t activists stop it?

Why c/wouldn’t HRC put some money (perhaps an amount equal to Arkansas native Chad Griffin’s salary?) into stopping it?

Five days ago, the Arkansas chapter of the Human Rights Campaign released a statement condemning the bill. “Discrimination is not an Arkansas value, and the Governor should take swift, immediate action to veto SB202,” said chapter director Kendra R. Johnson.

That’s not bringing a knife to a gunfight.

Its sending a paper airplane to go up against a B-52 bombing raid…

while the champagne and caviar flow with their usual force on Rhode Island Avenue in anticipation of a gay marriage ruling from the Supreme Court which will greatly benefit those who work on Rhode Island Avenue but live with spouses in Virginia but which won’t do squat for individual LGBs or Ts in Arkansas whose main concern is employment.