Monica Roberts Also Told You So

From TransGriot:

In a shocking except to the trans community move, ESPA announced they are shutting down, claiming that with the signing by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) of the trans rights executive orders, they have accomplished their mission.

No boo boo kitties, you haven’t.  Until GENDA is passed, you HAVEN’T accomplished your human rights mission because trans rights executive orders do not equal passed legislation with teeth on the NY legal books as you New York gay and lesbian peeps have enjoyed since 2002. And all it takes as we have observed repeatedly at the federal level and around the country since 1992 is a change in governors or a POTUS to erase those executive orders.


Thirteen Years Ago Today

13 years ago today

And now, today:

13 years ago today - a

Unanticipated, my ass.

We whose third-class status was approved of by ESPA in 2002 anticipated this then.

We re-anticipated it when those who got what they wanted in 2002 took trans rights off the back burner – and off of the stove entirely – and ramrodded gay marriage through in 2011.

Do not let these people tell you that they have achieved equality for trans people on par with the equality for gays, lesbians and bisexuals that they ramrodded through in 2002.  Administrative regulations are not equal to statutes.

Former Empire State Pride Agenda director Matt Foreman is furious. Via email:  “Appalling. The statutory reforms still needed are enormous[.”]

He should know.

He signed off on SONDA in 2002.

The “A” stands for “apartheid.”

And it will continue to do so.

And I told you so.

I Told You So

When gay-only rights are gotten and gay marriage is gotten but trans rights are not….

After 25 years of groundbreaking advocacy and service to New York’s LGBT community resulting in over 100 state legislative and policy victories, The Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, will conclude major operations in 2016.

Well why not?

Separate-and-unequal was fine-n-dandy in 2002 and its fine-n-dandy now that all who have gotten what they want can cash in.

The only thing missing is the aircraft carrier, Dubya in a flight suit and the banner on steroids.

Of course, you’ll be told that the LGB and the T are now equal in New York.

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…


GENDA passed?

It passed the Assembly and the Senate?

And was signed by the governor?

And is now a statute?

I must have missed that.

…in the form of new regulations announced in partnership with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo at the organization’s Fall Dinner on October 22, 2015.


Gays get an anti-discrimination statute.

Gays get a gay marriage statute.

Trans people get nothing that the next governor can’t erase as soon as he takes the oath of office.

Trans people get nothing that they can point to in the New York statutes.

Trans people get nothing that will be posted in places of employment reminding employers to not discriminate during the hiring process.

Trans people get exactly what I’ve always said New York’s Gay, Inc. would give us.

Time for the Appropriated to Do Some Appropriating

Does Not Speak - 1

Memo to Joni the Greek

1) You make predictions before the game.

2) You give congratulations after the game.


3) And you congratulate the team that wins.


Its that simple.

I sat in Spartan Stadium in East Lansing six years ago when the Iowa Hawkeyes erased a 13-9 lead to beat Michigan State on a last-second touchdown to win 15-13 (owing to the college rule that allows botched extra points to potentially be returned for a two-point touchdown the Hawkeyes took a knee on the extra point to ensure nothing disastrous happened.)  This time I sat at home in bed as Michigan State scored an almost-last-second touchdown to win 16-13.

Can someone check to see if Ernst issued a condolence tweet to the Hawkeyes at 8:55 pm on Oct. 24, 2009?

Republicans, You’ve Lost Archie Bunker’s Favorite Newspaper


Can you take a hint?

Anything to Avoid the ‘T’


In fact, there’s not a T to be seen on it (L or B either for that matter), making it quite appropriate as HRC-logo-emblazoned crap.