Let’s Face It: A Certain Jenner-Defender/Enabler Has Gotten Something Else Wrong

From the Windy City Times:

Let’s face it: mainstream and LGBT media do not always get it right—especially when referencing transgender lives.

Uh huh…

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.

Eleven Years Ago (Give or Take a Month)

Where is this Dodo bird of an employer who loves gays but detests gender nonconformists?
Dale Carpenter, in 2004, seemingly doing his best impression of a different kind of bird whilst complaining about the justification put forth by the Cheryl Jacques-era HRC for withdrawing support (until it became convenient for Jacques’ successor unwithdraw it, of course) for gay-only ENDA bills.

Hmmmm….

How about the entity that, in 2004, employed Cheryl Jacques?

Perhaps the Washington Blade will finally get around to doing some reporting about the internal report which demonstrated that, a decade after Carpenter’s histrionics, as an employer, HRC “loves gays but detests gender nonconformists”?

Maybe?

We, of Reality, Take Credit

From Jezebel:

It turns out that hundreds of reviews trashing Stonewall, Roland Emmerich’s wildly misguided, whitewashed parody of the Stonewall Riots of ‘69, were effective in their goal of steering weekend moviegoers in literally any other possible direction.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the latest outing from the director of bombastic, wildly successful box office fare such as Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow grossed a truly miserable $112,414 from 127 theaters for an location average of $871. That’s a wicked bomb, especially for a project whose architect was explicit in his desire to make a story central to LGBTQ rights accessible to the cis white masses

Get thee to a Black Tie Dinnery, Roland….

and stay there.

Why the Silence About the HRC Internal Report Matters

From the Sept. 14, 1989 issue of Bay Windows – coverage of the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, which hardwired transphobia into federal anti-discrimination law (in the process, effectively erasing a small amount of trans-positive precedent under the Nixon-era Rehabilitation Act):

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Now, here is basically the same item as it appeared about two weeks later in the Southern Voice:

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The SoVo image might be difficult to make out, but look close.

Still, no matter how close you look, you will not see the quote from HRC(F)’s Steve Smith praising the anti-trans (which, do note, was not just anti-transvestite; it included anti-transsexual language) and anti-gay amendments by Jesse Helms and William Armstrong.

“By and large we’re quite please with it,” stated HRCF lobbyist Steve Smith of the Helms and Armstrong exclusionary amendments.  “Homosexuality and transvestism and bisexuality are not disabilities and we are very happy to hear that Sen. Helms has taken this position and we agree with him 100 percent.”

Readers of Southern Voice didn’t see the that in 1989.

That means that readers of Southern Voice had a decision made for them.

That decision meant that they didn’t get to see HRC(F) praising Jesse Helms after HRC(F) got what HRC(F) wanted – namely, a non-exclusion for AIDS.

So…

How much of the SoVo readership, had it had the opportunity to read the Bay Windows version of the news item, would have had their opinion of HRCF – to become HRC six years later – sufficiently altered in the negative to significantly alter the historical trajectory that has led to HRC’s position as being both the LGBT community’s money vortex and the biggest practical obstacle to passage of federal LGBT anti-discrimination legislation?

I don’t know.

I do know that, as of this writing, the Washington Blade – “America’s Leading Gay News Source” – has not offered its readership (which, unlike in 1989, includes an internet component) any substantive coverage of the HRC Internal Report – a report which exposed the organization’s entrenched culture of misogyny and transphobia….

you know, pretty much everything that the trans community has been saying has been entrenched in HRC’s corporate DNA for two decades or more.

Historically, that will matter 25 years from now.

In all practical terms, it matters now.

What they decide not to report on, people (how many? I don’t know, but the number is higher than zero) cannot use in deciding how to view not just HRC but its critics…

you know, the people whose criticism of HRC was validated by the internal report.

I’m Sure the Coverage of the Internal Report that Proved the Trans Community’s Allegations Against HRC to be True Will Follow Shortly

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Still Observin’….

From Facebook, Jenna Fischetti writes:

Six days ago, BuzzFeed News released details of an internal report commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign to examine its organization. The report highlighted major diversity and organizational problems.

BuzzFeed was followed by several other outlets covering this report. Six days later, The Washington Blade is still silent.

Some claimed the report allowed us to “learn” about the problems of lack of diversity at HRC. We already KNEW those things.

The only things we learned about this story is who is remaining silent about HRC’s past and current actions.

Who is remaining silent?

Well, look what Queer Channel Media has added to its spin cycle instead of any evident reporting on the HRC internal report:

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Countdown to HRC Using This as ‘Proof’ of its ‘Diversity’ in 3…, 2…, 1….

Unbelievable

h/t Joelle Ruby Ryan