…I acknowledge home runs no matter who hits them.
…I acknowledge home runs no matter who hits them.
“Incrementalism is how policy gets done while other people are whining about incrementalism,” she told BuzzFeed News. “We have made it an have made an article faith over the past few years that if a bill lacks public accommodations, it’s useless. That’s not true.”
Actually, given the degree to which “she” is saying something isn’t true that all functioning brains know to be true, it looks more like Gay, Inc. will have its own Kellyanne Conway and trans Robert Traynham all rolled up into one.
Who is “she”?
Who can sell out her community in a single soundbite?
Who can act commit apologism for Gay, Inc’s genocidal anti-trans woman hiring policies with a single e-mail?
But one of the country’s leading transgender advocates, Mara Keisling, the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, says that if they want to help transgender people in Pennsylvania, they need to embrace the protections transgender people can get in housing and employment.
But you already knew that, right?
…to get paid to berate your own people by calling recognition of the fakeness of a ‘progress’ that Gay, Inc. has forced us to accept in lieu of a real progress wherein our people are legal equals to the owners and operators of Gay, Inc. “learned helplessness.”
It must be even nicer if, by chance, you have enough inherited wealth to do it for free if (as I hope but am not holding my breath on) no one is willing to pay for such nonsense.
Anyone who tells you differently either can’t tell the difference between an M.D. and a J.D. or is trying to sell you something – or both.
UPDATE – 9/16/2016
It looks like someone over at what used to be the Advocate shares my disdain for Wacky Ol’ Doc Beyer’s nonsense:
She claims, by citing several articles, that there is a sense of learned helplessness in the trans community, and uses articles to say that they portray a world where trans people are “always the victim, are always suffering, and deserve pity, rather than liberty.” I’m afraid she could not be further from the truth.
So no, not just The Advocate but no LGBT publication, feminist website, or minority activist is going to quit complaining, quit calling attention to issues, or stop rocking the boat because there have been a few victories. To think calling attention to the issues that remain is learned helplessness is completely wrong. As long as you are still fighting, you’re not helpless.
Clinton’s presidency was historic for LGBT rights
For LGBT rights?
Well, two of the three Ninth Circuit judges who signed onto the decision in Schwenk v. Hartford were appointed by Bill Clinton (the author of the opinion was a Carter appointee.) So, I guess that’s something.
But what else was there?
Interestingly, The John couldn’t even be bothered to mention that in a long string of points that he uses to attempt to Viagra-ize this thesis:
Those who lived through a particular moment in “history,” tend to remember it, for better of worse. Those who were too young at the time, read about it instead. What they read, the source and its biases and overall accuracy, impacts what they end up believing. And what they end up believing isn’t necessarily what actually happened.
Which takes us to Bill Clinton’s presidency, and more generally Hillary Clinton’s progressive bona fides. Bernie Sanders had an interesting predicament running for president. How do you run against a liberal icon who has not only the entire party apparatus behind her, but who’s married to a sidekick who had one of the most successful presidencies, and thus is one of the biggest campaign draws, in modern memory?
Answer: You rewrite her history.
Now I’ll state up front: I’d prefer a Democratic nominee who espouses Sanders’ policies. But I also knew going in that Hillary was to going to allow herself to lose again. Moreover, the Dems would need a strong wave to defeat whatever con artist the Republicans might come up with.
Doubly so in light of the con artist who managed to con the Republican party out of its nomination.
So, I am not writing in defense of Bernie.
I’m writing in defense of what The John want you to believe he’s writing in defense of: history.
[A] discussion of Bill Clinton’s and Hillary’s record on LGBT rights.
I’ve been surprised, as someone who has worked in the top wrungs of LGBT activism at the national (and international) level for over twenty years, to read lately about how a number of lefty youth think Bill Clinton’s LGBT record is the worst ever. They usually — only — mention Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), conveniently glossing over every other quantum leap Bill Clinton took on behalf of our civil rights back in a time when it still wasn’t terribly cool to embrace the gay.
So is The John talking about “the gay”? Or the “LGBT”?
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Gay people were ecstatic when Bill Clinton won the presidency in 1992. Clinton had already made clear that he wasn’t just the most pro-gay (we used the word “gay” back then, rather than LGBT) president in history, but he was more pro-gay than American society at large, and even many Democrats. Clinton had promised that the first thing he’d do on assuming office would be lifting the ban on gays serving in the military.
Looks like The John hasn’t lost a step in his disingenuousness game.
Notice the sleight of hand there? Throwing in a fake historical declaration as universal fact. Yes, some people used “gay” to refer to everything – even up to the 1990s. However, some other people used “gay” to mean “gay” and only “gay” because they didn’t (and still don’t) believe that anything else is worthy of mention (much less civil rights coverage.)
And all of that is in addition to the re-writing of history to refer to “LGBT” when, in reality, at most only the “LGB” are the proper historical subjects.
Bill Clinton’s historic advances on gay rights
I wrote about this earlier, and listed a number of the Bill Clinton gay/LGBT successes, but I’ll repeat a few of them here:
- 1997, Clinton endorsed adding sexual orientation to the Hate Crimes bill.
- Appointed first-ever openly-gay US ambassador.
- Had an openly-gay person with AIDS speak during prime time at the Democratic Convention in 1992. This was a multiple “first.”
- Tried to lift the ban on gays serving openly in the military.
- Ended discrimination against gays in the federal workforce.
- Ended discrimination against gays in getting security clearances to work for the feds.
- Endorsed ENDA.
- Blocked Republican efforts to pass legislation prohibiting unmarried couples from jointly adopting children in the District of Columbia, and legislation which would have denied certain federal funds to localities with domestic partnership laws.
- Issued first-ever presidential gay Pride Month proclamation.
- Dramatically increased funding for HIV/AIDS.
- Worked to stop discrimination against people with AIDS.
- Opposed anti-gay ballot initiatives in Colorado and Oregon.
- Fought discrimination against people with AIDS in the military.
- Directed the Justice Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to vigorously prosecute those who discriminate against people with AIDS, leading to actions against health care providers and facilities that violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- First administration to help asylum-seekers based on sexual orientation.
- First president to grant asylum for gays and lesbians facing persecution in other countries.
- Fought harassment of students based on sexual orientation.
- Fought for and signed the Kennedy-Kassebaum Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which bans insurance discrimination against people with pre-existing medical conditions including HIV/AIDS. In addition, President Clinton issued a directive that ensures that all providers of Federal health insurance abide by non-discrimination rules including sexual orientation.
- Under President Clinton’s leadership, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention commissioned scientific panels to study lesbian health issues and to suggest research methods for scientists who want to study specific lesbian health issues. This is the first time a U.S. Government agency has commissioned an examination into this subject.
- Appointed more than 150 openly-gay appointees to his administration. Again, this simply wasn’t done before Clinton’s presidency.
- Appointed first-ever White House gay liaison.
- Appointed the first-ever White House AIDS Czar.
- Appointed the first-ever openly-gay federal official confirmed by the US Senate. (Roberta Achtenberg, Jesse Helms’ “damn lesbian.”)
- Convened the first-ever White House conference on HIV/AIDS.
- First president to speak before a gay organization.
Now, bear in mind the following: My post here is not a criticism of Bill or Hillary.
But it is a criticism of someone…
someone who looks to be up to his old tricks.
From the Windy City Times:
Let’s face it: mainstream and LGBT media do not always get it right—especially when referencing transgender lives.
Decorated New York Times columnist and best-selling author Jennifer Boylan has made her life an open book, quite literally, in an effort to facilitate positive change from within—and outside of—the community.
“We’ve seen great progress made,” she said. “I’d like to see that progress continue. Stories of trans lives, in all their many different permutations, need to become more commonplace.[“]
Well, accuracy would also be nice.
Case in point:
Also thriving is Boylan’s commitment to the media machine GLAAD. The 57-year-old currently sits on the board as co-chair.
“I think we’re [GLAAD] the best organization on the country on [transgender] issues, outside of nonprofits like National Center for Transgender Equality…
Okay, let me stop there for a second. Saying you’re the best – at anything – outside of The Quisling’s Sell-Out Circle is like saying that the 2008 Detroit Lions are best winless NFL team outside of the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But I digress.
…whose work is solely focused on that one issue,” she said. “We have been doing this work for years and years now, long before trans advocacy was even on anyone’s radar. GLAAD’s longest serving employee is trans man Nick Adams, who for well over a dozen years now has been one of our community’s guardian angels. He is now director of transgender media. But there are plenty of trans people at GLAAD…
Well, I can think of a trans woman (and, no, I don’t mean me) who applied for a job at GLAAD – a job that she was by far the most qualified person in the nation for – about ten years ago who is not part of that “plenty.” But, you probably already knew that. (And, if you didn’t, well – that’s a whole other story.) How about coming clean about GLAAD’s own HRC-esque history of employment discrimination (hint: tokens are not amulets)? But I digress again.
…throughout our staff as well as on the board of directors. We have four trans women on the board, including the legendary Marci Bowers. We are the first LGBT nonprofit to have a transgender woman as co-chair of the board of directors. That would be me.”
No, Jenny. That would not be you.
BAY AREA REPORTER
November 5, 1998
National queer lawyer group elects transgender co-chair
by Vicky Kolakowski
Santa Cruz attorney Melinda Whiteway has become the first openly transgendered person to be elected co-chair of a national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organization. On October 17 members of the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA) elected her as their female co-chair at the eighth Lavender Law Conference, held in Boston.
A longtime NLGLA board leader, Whiteway is one of six openly transgender members on the group’s board.
Whiteway told the Bay Area Reporter that she considered possible negative responses to her election, but was assured by her colleagues on the board that they considered such responses secondary to her qualifications and leadership.
Surprisingly for a nationally-known leader in the transgender rights movement, Whiteway downplays the historic nature of her election. “Although not intended as such, my election appears to be a milestone in the evolution of the LGBT community” she told the B.A.R.
But look at it this way, Jenny.
You just earned yourself a mention in my dissertation.