The Latest Anti-Trans Hate Crime

If the federal hate crime law that the overpaid, underworked elitists at HRC decided trans people needed more than ENDA isn’t applicable to copyright law violations, then it should be amended to be so.

From IndieWire:

Netflix debuted “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” on Oct. 6, but filmmaker Reina Gossett claims that the documentary’s director, David France, appropriated her idea and research for the project.

“David got inspired to make this film from a grant application video that Sasha [Wortzel] and I made and sent to Kalamazoo/Arcus Foundation social justice center while he was visiting,” Gossett wrote in a statement, shared today on Twitter by author and activist Janet Mock. “He told the people who worked there — I shit you not — that he should be the one to do this film.”

She then alleged that to make his film and secure a grant from the Sundance Institute and the Arcus Foundation, France pilfered her contacts as well as her work on advocacy group Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. Additionally, Gossett wrote that France convinced Vimeo to take down a video she’d uploaded of a stirring speech by Johnson’s good friend, Sylvia Rivera. “This kind of extraction/excavation of black life, disabled life, poor life, trans life is so old and so deeply connected to the violence Marsha had to deal with throughout her life,” wrote Gossett. “I feel so much rage and grief over all of this.”

Kinda like what I felt when I saw NGLTF make the decision to have a non-trans woman “be the one” to be their trans expert while everyone in the generation that made NGLTF see the need to address trans issues was starving.

Some of us still are.

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Ten Years and Three Days After Black Wednesday

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As someone remarked on Twitter a few minutes ago: “I hope you know that if I see a red hat like that I’m immediately put on edge.”

HRC and its marketers must be presumed to know.

And they must be presumed to not give a damn.

Today is the Tenth Anniversary of Black Wednesday

If you are a trans person, ten years ago today you were handed proof positive of what Barney Frank and the Human Right Scampaign think of you (and St. Barney had yet to give his “Oz” speech!)

A month earlier, the (talking) head of HRC, Joe Solmonese, went before the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta and committed an act of criminal fraud.  He told trans people that not only would HRC not support an ENDA that did not include trans people, HRC would actively oppose any such bill.  There is no reason to believe that HRC never profited financially from what we now know to have been a lie; some people either joined HRC or donated to HRC based on what Solmonese himself knew, as he was saying it, was not true.

HRC never had any intention of actively opposing what happened ten years ago today: The first-ever trans-inclusive ENDA was thrown in the garbage and replaced by what was then just the latest in a long line of bills that, had it passed, would have established a federal right for lesbians, gays and bisexuals to discriminate against trans people in the employment arena.

The back of the program book that SCC attendees who saw Solmonese’s criminal act contained an image of an African-American trans person and a text blurb.

The image snap of it I have is not very high quality…

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…but TransAdvocate addressed the SolmoneseScam.  That image?

It reads:

I Am HRC

NOTE: At the time of the 2007 SCC (and of Black Wednesday for that matter), NO trans people were being permitted to be gainfully employed at HRC. A handful of token trans men had (including one double-token) and immediately after the ENDA Crisis of 2007, HRC hastily found a trans woman with no connection whatsoever to trans activism (but plenty to the worlds of religion and militarism) to be its first token trans woman employee.  But at the time of the 2007 SCC and of Black Wednesday, the organization that self-described as it did in the paragraph below had NEVER – in what was then 27 years of existence – been able to lower itself to hire a trans woman for any position doing anything.  (The Pipeline Report was a revelation to no one who has been paying attention; it was just a pustule of truth left momentarily uncovered by all artifacts of designer clothing.  And, BTW…has the Washington Blade ever run an item on it?)

The Human Rights Campaign and its grassroots force of 700,000 members and supporters are working every day to achieve our vision of a fair and equal country. By working with Americans of all race, classes and backgrounds, we are committed to improving the lives of all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

The Human Rights Campaign salutes the 2007 Southern Comfort Conference!

Joe Solmonese thanked Mara Keisling of The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) for the work she’s done. Mara’s received much of the credit for the progress that the transgender community has accomplished. If transgender people are written out of ENDA or the Matthew Shepard Act, I really have to call into question what push NCTE has. How far have we come?

I’ll ask again. are we one community? If we are removed from either the Matthew Shepard Act or ENDA and HRC does not lobby AGAINST PASSAGE of either bill without inclusion, we are not one community. HRC, NCTE, and others have acted, signaled, and said we are one. Now is crunch time. Am I really HRC? We shall see.

We saw.

Solmonese’s successor, Chad Griffin, gave a vague apology at SCC in 2014.

But until HRC pays reparations for the damage that it had done to the trans community in general – and, more specifically, for the blacklisting of trans activists who have refused to accept HRC’s revealed wisdom – the organization is just one more unpunished corporate criminal.

Its 2017.

HRC has bestowed gainful employment upon a handful more trans people – including some trans women – since 2007.  But until reparations and real apologies for specific acts of aggression are made, trans people who allow themselves to be part of HRC in any way are not advocates for their own people.

They’re collaborators.

Tomorrow is the Tenth Anniversary of Black Wednesday

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A question for LGBT America: Have you seen your ENDA lately?

If you don’t have the answer, ask a Quisling near you.

Tomorrow is September 26th

Do you know where your ENDA is?

And was?

Two Years Ago: Obergefell v. Hodges

…and then 18 months later, tens (hundreds?) of thousands of those who ramrodded the want of marriage ahead of the basic employment-centric anti-discrimination needs of all LGBTs – including those who might not be coupled – on the national civil rights agenda voted for Trump out of lower-tax greed.

Marriage Derangement Syndrome is as Marriage Derangement Syndrome does.

When Illegitimate Justice Gorsuch writes the opinion that erases marriage equality, I will laugh at every gay Republican who whines.

Has the Future Already Been Forgotten? A Post-2007 Transgender Legal History Told Through the Eyes of the Late, (Rarely) Great Employment Non-Discrimination Act

The article is now available on the website of the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law.  Please read before all of the pro-HRC revisionist crap is shoveled into officially-approved discourse this fall.

Has the Future Already Been Forgotten