ESPA: Double-Talking to the Bitter End


From Gay City News:

In the face of shock, chagrin, and some withering criticism both on social media and from past executive directors, top staff and board members at the Empire State Pride Agenda pushed back against the notion they had declared “Mission Accomplished” in their December 12 announcement that they were winding down major operations over the next several months.

“We did not and are not declaring mission accomplished on LGBT equality,” said Norman C. Simon, chair of the Pride Agenda and co-chair of its affiliated educational Foundation.

Really?  Take a look at ESPA’s OWN WORDS from its Saturday night document dump that, apparently, they’re pissed off that non-ESPA people actually read:

The Boards’ decision comes on the heels of securing the Pride Agenda’s top remaining policy priority – protecting transgender New Yorkers from discrimination in housing, employment, credit, education and public accommodations – in the form of new regulations announced in partnership with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo at the organization’s Fall Dinner on October 22, 2015.

What say you, Norm?

“What we are saying is that our top priorities have been completed, and that the remaining work that needs to be done we will transition to other organizations in the coming months in an orderly process.”

Translated: ESPA‘s mission – getting everything for gays and lesbians while leaving trans people with no protections that any future governor cannot unilaterally erase one second after taking the oath of office – is, in fact, accomplished.  Remaining work that needs to be done…

ooh, a shiny object!

I think its Baccarat!

Biff, please get me one.  No, please get me one for each day of the week.


Trans rights?

Gear-shifting mechanisms need rights?  Mary, please.  Get yourself some more X before you embarrass us all in front of Senator Cruz.  I’ve already donated the maximum to his campaign.  He’s positively dreamy, but I still don’t want to get guilted into donating to his PAC as well.

You get the idea.

Didn’t like the snark?

Well, I didn’t like what happened in 2002.  I liked the ‘incremental progress’ lies that followed even less.  I liked all of the Kool-Aid drinkers who actually believed that ESPA was going to do squat for trans people once it ramrodded gay marriage through in New York even less still.

There is only one way for Norm’s push-back to be a truthful statement.

And that would be for him – and all of ESPA – to admit that GENDA was never a “top priority” for ESPA.

You know…

Something that I’ve said to have been the case for thirteen years now.

Which brings me to something distasteful…

I haven’t made a plea for the ENDABlog 2.0 tip jar (over on the left-hand side of the blog) in a while.  In fact, I don’t think I have since I initially put the thing up a year or so ago.  But, crap like this that ESPA just pulled necessitates a reminder to all of just how badly Gay, Inc. – national and its local tentacles, such as ESPA – has screwed trans people out of a real place at the real table.  Those of us who were actually paying attention to what was really going on back in those thrilling days of SONDA and the resultant promises to fulfill the back end of ‘incremental progress’ – promises that we knew would never be fulfilled (and an executive order does not so fulfill) – and the con-artistry of ENDA 3685, whose ‘incremental progress’ made us wait until 2009 until we finally got an enacted ENDA…

(Sorry, I only threw that in to see who all was actually paying attention. An enacted ENDA??? Ha! You think Gay, Inc. ever really wanted that? Even a gay-only one? Ha!)

…have indeed for all practical purposes been blacklisted from the realm of LGBT policymaking.

I peck away here at ENDABlog 2.0 in between spurts of dissertation-writing.  Not surprisingly, there’s not much desire on the part of Gay, Inc. to fund trans legal history that does not genuflect at the altar of Our Lady of Getting Rich by Selling Out the Trans Community, so anything that folks might have to spare would be greatly appreciated.  (Deductible?  No – but if a book ever emerges from the completed dissertation, a ‘thank you’ in print will be a reward if you desire.)


You say you like my message but you don’t like me?  Then go over to TransGriot and leave something in Monica Roberts’ tip jar.  She’s been pointing out the same transphobic con-artistry from the same transphobic con artists even longer than I have.  (And if you are able, do that even if you do leave something in my tip jar.)

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