Pat Robertson has said a lot of shocking things, but his latest comment about the transgender community might be the most surprising yet.
The 83-year-old televangelist sat down on Sunday for the “Bring It Online” advice portion of his Christian Broadcasting Network show, “The 700 Club.” A viewer named David wrote in asking how he should refer to two transgender females who work in his office and have legally changed their genders. Instead of criticizing the trans individuals, Robertson approached the situation in a seemingly level-headed manner.
“I think there are men who are in a woman’s body,” he said. “It’s very rare. But it’s true — or women that are in men’s bodies — and that they want a sex change. That is a very permanent thing, believe me, when you have certain body parts amputated and when you have shot up with various kinds of hormones. It’s a radical procedure. I don’t think there’s any sin associated with that. I don’t condemn somebody for doing that.”
…how this never inured to the benefit of a certain class of people (I won’t mention transsexuals by name) who Gay, Inc. for so long said was too problematic for a certain other class of people (I won’t mention right-wingers by name) to risk inclusion of the first certain class of people in a certain piece of legislation that was allegedly being pushed by Gay, Inc.?
This is the sort of thing that just validates – and reignites – my anger toward Gay, Inc. for its historical maltreatment of trans people and issues based on the claim that we were ‘too much too soon’ or – the perennial favorite – that ‘more education’ was necessary.
For this is not the first time that Marion G. “Pat” Robertson – homophobe, misogynist, christofascist, racist, draft-dodger, con-artist, et. al., that he may be – has made it clear that he gets transsexuality. The first time I’m aware of that he did so on his Daily Tax Dodge (d/b/a The 700 Club) was back in 1999, mere weeks after St. Barney engaged in his bi-annual political smear of trans people/issues that accompanied the introduction of a gay-only ENDA bill. Perhaps Robertson did so even earlier – but we’ll probably never know.
I can’t prove it of course, but I firmly believe that not one of the overpaid, underworked, permanently-employed, ‘more education is necessary’ Gay, Inc.-ers who built, padded and solidified their careers shilling for St. Barney and all of the gay-only ENDAs while trans people’s lives and careers were snuffed out ever made any effort to leverage the trans-acceptance by admittedly-problematic people such as Robertson toward making a trans-inclusive ENDA a reality.