Well, Of Course NCTE Doesn’t Want to Talk About Hate Crimes

From Queer Channel Media:

In December 2018, the National Center for Transgender Equality, located in a downtown D.C. office building, received three threats in less than 24 hours, including one promising to “rid the earth of scum and garbage like you.”

NCTE media relations manager Gillian Branstetter told the Blade this week that the group decided not to publicly disclose the incident. Branstetter said the group reported the incident to police and the Post found out about it by obtaining the police report.

“While I recognize the relative newsworthiness of threats against a national organization, we are far more concerned – and would urge reporters to be far more concerned – with the epidemic of violence impacting transgender people who do not have the privilege of a public profile and institutional capacity,” Branstetter said.

Or – and I’m just taking a wild, but educated, guess here….

perhaps The Quisling and her minions don’t want to discuss hate crimes.

Why?

Glad you asked.

Any such discussion will cause people who understand that (1) no hate crime law has ever prevented any hate crime; (2) no hate crime law ever will; and (3) employment discrimination laws do not stop all bigots from discriminating but are known to stop some people from discriminating who otherwise would to ask why NCTE sold out not just trans people but ALL LGBT people by rolling over and accepting a hate crime law (and gay-only military ban repeal) in 2009 instead of the trans-inclusive ENDA that trans people not named Mara Keisling and who are not wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Human Right Scampaign fought for at great personal and professional cost.

The Human Right Scampaign Gets the TERF it Always Wanted

The Washington Blade is passing off as journalism a pathetic, sycophantic press release about the Human Right Scampaign’s latest manufactured millionaire-to-be, Alphonso David.  What the body count will be among those who drown in the slobber while attempting to read it is anybody’s guess.

All that trans people really need to take away from the thing is this quote from David:

The lesbian community may have very different concerns than the transgender community and we need to make sure that all of those concerns are being represented equally.

One person remarked to me that this sounded like code.

I disagree.

It doesn’t sound like code at all.

It is naked TERFism.

Sarah McBride and the other trans tokens of Rhode Island Avenue who think Gay, Inc. has accepted them now have a choice to make: Do they continue drinking the kool-aid while getting rich off of their own people’s blood? Or do they do the right thing?

Always remember: There are few sure bets, but you can bet anything and everything every time that HRC and everyone infected by its professionalized transphobia will always do the wrong thing.

I Am More Likely to Vote for a Straight Republican than for a Gay Republican

Seriously.

I’m still trans and I’m still liberal as ever. But I do mean what I say in the title to this piece.

By now I’m sure we’ve all heard what we all could have predicted: that the Log Cabin Republicans would come up with some rationale – written in skunk urine on parchment made from Terry Dolan’s rotting corpse – for them to endorse Donald Trump for re-election.

What fewer people (at least outside of Texas) may have heard is that a gay Republican who maintains his wealth by accepting money from LGBTQ Texans – you know, a group from whom, collectively, the Trump Administration is trying to strip all civil rights – via his ownership of a San Antonio gay bar is going to one-up that self-hating Trump-endorsement by running for Congress

as a Republican of course.

Now, the likelihood of my voting for any Republican is slim to none, but even I’ll concede there are a handful of sane people out there who still want to hold on to their Republican Party.

The problem is: Those who were in office aren’t any more; and when they were they either didn’t or couldn’t exercise any control over the radical christianists who controlled the legislative bodies they served in.  (As for other positions?  The judge I clerked for and the Republican governor who appointed him have both long since retired.)

But, again, there once were a handful of such folks.  I went to great pains to call as many out – positively – as I could in my doctoral dissertation on transgender legal history.

And sometimes the past isn’t so far in the past.

Bruce Rauner, the hetero Republican, now-former governor of Illinois, signed a very positive transgender birth certificate bill into law in 2017 – at great political risk to himself. A christofascist tried to primary him last year – using the birth certificate law as a weapon against him – and damn near succeeded.  (He then lost the general election to the Democratic candidate.)

The problem was that Rauner had enough of the usual GOP baggage (he was a vicious union buster – among other things – who essentially bought the governorship in 2014; think Scott Walker with the big personal bankroll that Walker did not have but without the rabid Republican legislature that Walker did have in Wisconsin) that I could not in good conscience vote for him even though his signing the trans bill was a very, very good thing, something I’d be willing to genuinely thank him for should the chance ever arise.

I don’t believe for one second a cis gay male Republican would have signed that bill. And I’m even less willing to believe a cis lesbian Republican would have.

And that should expose the Log Cabin Con to anyone who is paying attention.

For decades now, Log Cabin-oids have been whining about how LGBTQ people who live in the real world won’t support them. Log Cabin-oids assert that only Log Cabin-oids can change the Republican party – to make it less toxic for LGBTQ people.

Therefore, we LGBTQ people who live in the real world owe them our votes.

But look at them – and what gay Republicans actually stand for.

They’re not better than moderate/sane straight Republicans.

They’re not even better than the christofascists.

At the end of the day, they’re worse.

There is no anti-LGBTQ policy that gay Republicans will not either support or be an apologist for – either directly or indirectly.  The endorsement of Donald Trump for re-election in 2020 by itself proves the accuracy of the previous sentence – but there are decades and decades of self-loathing and selling-out that preceded it.

When someone takes great pains to tell you what they are by demonstrating what they are, believe them.

Anyone running as a Republican now is telling you that they are, by extension, Donald Trump.

Believe them.

Any gay person running as a Republican now is telling you they will sell you out for personal gain; that they will trade your ability to work and even your very life for a tax cut.

Believe them.

Vote accordingly.

And spend your money accordingly.