More Fake History From Jonathan Capehart

As Fox falsely portrays itself as ‘news’, the Capeharted Crusader continues to lie to America about the history of trans people’s visibility and loudness:

The T in LGBT has been relatively silent compared with the L, G and B

Half-truths are full lies, JC.

Are you on salary or do you get paid per?

Silence that exists because of being politically strangled by corporate fraudmeisters such as HRC and its antecedents, isn’t silence that you get to rely on to continue your skunk-excrement-flavored narrative’s claim that trans people didn’t show up and do anything worthy of being acknowledged by the overpaid, underworked gay elite until Bruce Jenner made a cell-phone call at the wrong time.

part of trans invisibility had to do with so few trans people coming out publicly

Why might that be, JC?

Did the non-out ones see how the overpaid, underworked gay elite openly discriminated against trans people (particularly trans women) in their own hiring practices (not to mention in the political policies that they actually pushed, as opposed to the ones that they told gullible trans people they were pushing)?

But the real problem has been a visceral discomfort with even talking about the T of LGBT. Many of us, gays and straights, don’t understand transgender issues, let alone know exactly what they are.

No, JC – not “gays and straights.

The following was belched out the other day by Mark Chase of the South Dakota Family Policy Council in a legislative hearing on a bill to negate a pro-transgender high school athletics policy adopted last year:

There is a difference between transgender and transsexual. Transgender – transgender has to do with one’s feelings, and its outlined in here; they use those words – what they feel about themselves. They were born male but they inside internally feel female. They were born female; internally inside, the feel like they are male. Transsexual – and that’s different. A transsexual is one who’s beginning the process of going through actual hormone changes, possibly, not always, an actual sex change. It’s the transsexual who’s going through hormonal changes and they must go through two years of before any surgery. That literally changes them hormonally, physically.

Not perfect by any means, particularly as to the divisiveness as between TS and TG (and, despite seeming to be okay with transsexuals as opposed to the others in the trans spectrum, I’m really, really, really not expecting to see the guy wearing a Transexual Menace t-shirt in a Pride Parade any time soon), but I will say this: Its a more coherent quasi-understanding of trans issues than anyone was likely to hear from anyone at HRC as recently as a decade ago (you know, a couple of years after it hired and quickly disappeared its first token trans employee, a couple of years after trans people spoke up against being left out of SONDA in New York – and two years before Joe Solmonese’s political fraud of 2007.)

And, putting aside the likelihood of people with anti-LGBT organizations being closet cases, we have to assume that Chase is straight.

JC, in 2015 you’re essentially pleading ignorance on behalf of your class – the overpaid, underworked gay elite.

Yet, it is that same overpaid, underworked gay elite who the trans people who did speak up to 20 years ago were bullied into oblivion by; we were told to accept their political wisdom and educational prowess – despite the fact that they refused to hire any of us to consult with politically or to do any of the educating that they claimed was the only thing really necessary for ENDA to be something more than the transphobic hate-child of Winnie Stachelberg and Barney Frank.

Thanks to high-profile activists such as actress Laverne Cox and Janet Mock, the T is speaking up and getting noticed.

I’ve already started my countdown clock to my being (deliberately) quoted out of context, so here goes: Without in any way intending to take anything away from any of Cox’s and Mock’s many accomplishments, “the T” spoke up a decade before either Mock or Cox was born.

But by the time both were born (1984), the already overpaid, underworked gay elite had forcibly – in political terms, if not physically – removed trans people and trans issues from all conversations that might be had over the next decade or so, not only by the already overpaid, underworked gay elite but by the less-than-elite LGBs (you know, the ones who work for a living and who, today, know that their problems will not be solved by the impending SCOTUS gay marriage decision this summer) whose knowledge of LGB(T) issues in the pre- and early-internet days came primarily, if not exclusively, from the already overpaid, underworked gay elite.

Finally, the LGBT community must do a better job of making common cause with others seeking equality and freedom from discrimination.

You mean like all of the trans people who the overpaid, underworked gay elite (and, in the 21st century, aided by its bought-and-paid-for Steppin’ Quisling-it) actively excluded from any possibility of becoming gainfully employed in helping to craft LGB(T) law and policy?

There are poor LGBT Americans. There are millions of people who would benefit from an increase in the national minimum wage who are also LGBT.

How will an increase in the national minimum wage help a trans woman in Alabama-with-gay-marriage or a lesbian in Mississippi-with-gay-marriage or a gay man in Arkansas-with-gay-marriage when all employers can still openly and legally refuse to hire them in the first instance?

And now I must digress.

Lets go back to something I’ve already quoted:

The T in LGBT has been relatively silent compared with the L, G and B

Remember, JC wrote that in 2015.

Most thinking people believe JC wrote this in 2007:

It requires time and patience to educate the public and lawmakers about how prejudice harms some people. That’s what gays and lesbians have been doing in their quest for equality for nearly 40 years. And that’s what transgender people will have to do. Delaying passage of ENDA, which was first introduced in the House in the mid-1970s by Rep. Bella Abzug (D-N.Y.), until the transgender community changes enough hearts and minds would be a mistake.

In response to that, Autumn Sandeen wrote this in 2007 about 2002:

Back when Jonathan Capehart was a writer for the New York Daily News in 2002, he argued against including transgender protections in New York’s Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA):

[New York State Senator Tom] Duane [(D-Manhattan)] and his gay constituents already are protected by [New York] city’s human rights law. The transgendered, too. The senator’s fight puts the protection of gays and lesbians throughout the state at risk.

“I’m not trying to stop SONDA,” he said recently. “What have I been in office for? It’s been a part of my platform.”

But the eleventh-hour amendment could undermine that platform. That’s why Duane should put off his transgender activism until after the bill is passed. Untold numbers of gays and lesbians around the state need legal protection. It’s long overdue

JC, by the time you were born in 1967, two states already had laws on the books allowing transsexuals to change the sex designations on their birth certificates; while you were still excreting crap into diapers that doubtlessly was only slightly less substantive than your missives about trans people’s place in your gay nation, that number became grew by one…

And the state was Louisiana…

And it all happened because at least one trans woman (maybe more) spoke up and asked for legislative action…

Over a year before Stonewall.

JC, you’re so much of a consummate con artist that, ultimately, the only thing that I was truly surprised by upon reading your latest Washington Post piece was how HRC deigned to hire Chad Griffin instead of you.

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2 Comments

  1. “The T in LGBT has been relatively silent compared with the L, G and B”

    Not one to take the “Wikipedia = The Truth, The Whole truth, and Nothing But The Truth”, yet it is important to note for Mr. Capehart.

    Starting in 1952 to say 1981, who many transsexuals came out in a highly visible way versus gay or lesbians? Christine Jorgensen in 1952 and Billie Jean King in 1981. Gay people in the US, (save a few local politicians in safe districts) didn’t come out until the mid to late 80s. Transgender people were coming out for quite some time.

    This issue of silence is not due to lack of presence, but one of erasure. Capehart’s entire premise is built upon the faulty notion, err deception, that trans people didn’t exist before the 1990, let alone as Dr Beyer testified to the Maryland General Assembly, that trans women through the first high heel in 1969 at Stonewall. She knew, she claimed, because she was there.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lesbian,_gay,_bisexual,_or_transgender_firsts_by_year#1950s

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