GLAAD: Even More Worthless Than HRC?

On the website of the publication that used to be The Advocate, one can see the problem:


So, lets see…

  • CIS gay man?  Check!
  • An issue that directly affects trans people?  Check!
  • CIS gay man admitting that the issue in no way affects him personally or gay men in general?  Check!
  • CIS gay man telling trans people to STFU and get over it?  Check!

To bastardize Slim Pickens: Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good weekend in DuPont Circle with all that transphobia…

and then get a job on Rhode Island Avenue when the meth wears off.

Now, to be fair, that passage from the comment section in and of itself doesn’t implicate GLAAD (besides, I’d be willing to bet that there is more equal-sign-festooned crap in Mr. Whatevs’ closet than anything else.)

This, however, does:

Speaking out against certain words is only one part of creating a safer and more just world for trans people.

Of course.

There has to be a whole heapin’ helpin’ of paycheck-cashin’ too.

Culture-changing work is a marathon, not a sprint. The specific details of GLAAD’s work with the media are not always visible, but our commitment to fair and accurate representations of trans people in news and entertainment media is unwavering.

I really don’t think you have to be anywhere close to as cynical as I am to come to the conclusion that that sounds just a weeeeeeeeeeeeee bit too much like Queen Elizabeth III‘s proto-Chris Christie self-absolving of HRC circa 1999, remember?

I think that the Human Rights Campaign has done as much if not more on transgender issues than most other national [ gay and lesbian ] organizations. If you really look at the actual work.

As for GLAAD?

We hope you will join us in our other current campaigns to help the first trans woman perform at Carnegie Hall, end discrimination against trans women at Crossfit, and bring mainstream media attention to the Trans 100.

Actually, I hope that you’ll put some muscle into ending discrimination against trans women by Gay, Inc. (and you might start by opening your books to acknowledge which ones GLAAD itself has discriminated against in the past – and at whose behest.)

Oh yeh…

“GLAAD board cochair and best-selling author Jennifer Finney Boylan expressed mixed feelings” about all of it and the item on the website of what used to be The Advocate quotes vomitously from it.

The less said about it – or quoted from it – the better.

Regina Kleinzeller’s comment, however, is worth presenting in full – and ending this post with:

The reason GLAAD did its “advocacy” work in private is because they didn’t want to upset the cis gay men who give it donations and attend its moneymaking functions. If this incident (and the way the show has repeatedly doled out offensive terms towards trans women) happened to the gay community, they’d be making a big, mainstream stink about it. Sorry Ms. Boylan, having you and Marci Bowers on the board and a trans man on the staff doesn’t mean trans people are “running” GLAAD. They’ve done this to the trans community in past to the point where people who made highly transphobic statements were even given ‘awards’ at the various GLAAD fundraisers. I’m sick and tired of this garbage being praised as “generating dialog” and “helping trans visibility.” Kissing RuPaul’s and WOW’s behind and tiptoeing around their non-apology just shows how stilted an organization GLAAD is and how little you really listen to the trans community.

Stop it Jeff, You’re Killing Me

No – seriously.

You – and your organization – are killing trans people, and have been since 1980.

Op-ed: What Not To Do, When Calling Yourself a Transgender Ally

Jeff Krehely, the chief foundation officer of the Human Rights Campaign, discusses the importance of transgender advocacy, in light of the recent controversy surrounding Janet Mock and Piers Morgan.

What should you do when calling yourself a transgender ally?

For starters, maybe you should think twice about working for an organization that, since its founding in 1980, has had but 3 1/2 trans employees, only one of whom was a trans woman (and, as we all know, that trans woman was hired for no other reason than to get trans people to shup up in the aftermath of 2007 but she was purposely plucked from outside all known trans activism circles so, once hired, HRC could claim that it finally hired a trans woman while also not subjecting its employees to anyone who might actually educate Gay, Inc. about how things really are.)

But, if you are going to get rich in the world of Gay, Inc. permanent employment, then maybe you should expend some energy to get your employer to stop discriminating against trans women.

Just a thought.

Most white gay men like me — even liberal ones — didn’t have much incentive to pressure LGBT groups to expand their agenda, especially as the right-wing led efforts to outlaw our right to marry. Because of my own privileges, that was my main cause and my sole source of oppression in 2004 America.


I think that the Human Rights Campaign has done as much if not more on transgender issues than most other national [ gay and lesbian ] organizations. If you really look at the actual work.

You mean five years after Queen Elizabeth III said that?

A couple of years later, I stumbled into a professional LGBT job. And even though I could be hired with very little cultural competency when it came to transgender people….

Okay, stop. Lets think about that.

A couple of years after 2004.

If its four years, that would put things a full decade after Queen Elizabeth III’s claim re: HRC – and we all know how HRC ‘educates’ throughout the LGB( ) world, right?

Again, think about that.

It would appear that the “LGBT job” that he could be hired for with “very little curtural competency” re: trans people was with the “LGBT Movement Advancement Project.”

Again, think about that.

…things suddenly came to a head. In 2007, gender identity was dropped from the
House’s version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and the LGBT movement
declared war on itself.

No, the “LGBT movement” didn’t declare war “on itself,” Jeff.  Your current employer continued (escalated?) its decades-long pattern and practice of political discrimination against trans people – committing civil and possibly criminal fraud in the process via Joe Solmonese’s guarantee that your current employer would only support a trans-inclusive ENDA – but pretty much everyone other than your current employer, Barney Frank, and a gay male law professor or two called HRC out for their bigotry.

The great mythical philosopher Emma Frost once pointed out to some mythical CIA-oids that use of the word “war” implies that both sides stand at least some chance of winning the conflict.

‘Declaring war on itself’ implies – well, no, it explicitly states – that both sides initiated the hostilities.  Using this to describe what happened in 2007 is an exercise in complete denial of the reality that trans people had spent years trying to deal with HRC in good faith only to be continualy lied to and to be ultimately victimized by an HR 3685 sneak attack.

What Not To Do, When Calling Yourself a Transgender Ally

Well, pushing HRC historical revisionism spin would be something I would expect an ally not to do.

But that’s just me.

I didn’t yet understand how keenly transgender people needed workplace equality.

Two questions here.

(1) Why aren’t you willing to explicitly name your curent employer as the key non-Barney-Frany entity responsible for trans people’s excision from ENDA in 2007 (and all years before that)?

(2) Why aren’t you willng now to openly question not only what sort of ‘education’ your current employer actually did on trans issues prior to 2007 but what sort of ‘education’ it was actually capable of doing given that, in 2007, it had in its history only ever had 1 1/2 trans employees?

At some point after 2007, Jeff continued the permanent Gay, Inc. employment journey with an “LGBT”-specific gig with the Center for American Progress, then-and-current home of legendary HRC transphobe executroid Winnie Stachelberg.

You can take the hack out of HRC, but you can’t take the HRC out of the hack it would seem.

[T]he transgender community isn’t the only group that will likely be left out of this narrower version of the legislation, including employees of small businesses, employees of religious institutions, and gay and lesbian individuals in the armed forces. But this bill was built on compromise; it was never intended to be the whole package, and should therefore be seen as a first step.

Yep, that Winnie Stachelberg.

And then in February 2013, Jeff alights at the Mount Olympus of Gay, Inc. permanent employment – HRC – as “vice president and chief foundation officer.”

2013, incidentally, would be thirteen years after he got a masters degree in public policy analysis – and it would be fifteen years after some trans lawyers got their degrees and law licenses (a helluva lot longer than that for some of us) and who have never gotten a sniff from Gay, Inc., much less three bites.


And February 2013 would be a month or so before….

“In the midst of a tremendously historic week for our community, two unfortunate incidents at the United for Marriage event at the Supreme Court last week have caused pain in the community,” HRC’s Fred Sainz, Vice President, Communications and Marketing, says in the HRC statement:

In one case, a trans activist was asked to remove the trans pride flag from behind the podium, and in another, a queer undocumented speaker was asked to remove reference to his immigration status in his remarks.

HRC joined in a coalition statement on Friday apologizing for these incidents and the individuals involved have personally offered their apologies to those affected. But to be perfectly clear, HRC regrets the incidents and offers our apologies to those who were hurt by our actions. We failed to live up to the high standard to which we hold ourselves accountable and we will strive to do better in the future. Through both our legislative and programmatic work, HRC remains committed to making transgender equality a reality.

Jeff, at the time you drank the purple-n-yellow employment kool-aid – fifteen years after it claimed to be doing more on trans issues than anyone/anything else – your current employer couldn’t trot out a trans employee to deliver a fake apology on behalf of your current employer because your current employer had no trans employees which could kinda, sorta possibly maybe be at least part of an explanation why your current employer would have had a hand in the anti-trans incident at the Marriage Rally.

Have you actually about that?

Before, during or after cashing any of the paychecks you’ve received from HRC over the past year?

You know…a year in which it would appear that HRC has only increased its trans hiring by one – and, of course, not a trans woman?

I was an advocate, but I wasn’t an ally.

And you’re not currently an employee of an organization that doesn’t have a de facto ‘trans women need not apply’ sign on its front door.

“Watergate and the George Washington Bridge Scandal are obviously very different.”


That is true.

The Watergate burglary *itself* did not directly impact the lives of thousands of working-class people of all races, genders and political parties.  Fort Lee The Wonks did.

Christie was betrayed by longtime insiders Haldeman Bridget Anne Kelley and Ehrlichman David Wildstein.

Now, all we need is a volunteer to play John Dean.

Too Bad I Didn’t Call My Bookie Beforehand

I could have cashed in big time.

But, maybe I’m slipping in my old age.  Even I didn’t think that the Human Right Scampaign would – or at least would this quickly – become a corporate fluffer for A&E and Duck Dynasty.

As I said:

Here’s a dose of reality for you to chug as 2014 arrives: A&E is just the HRC of basic cable.

And, apparently, HRC is eager for the world to know that that moral equivalency runs in both directions:

While some observers accused A&E of backing down, some of the advocacy groups that were originally dismayed by Robertson’s remarks on homosexuality begged to differ.

“It’s not really a reversal,” Fred Sainz, a representative of the Human Rights Campaign, told CNN’s Brianna Keilar in a telephone interview on Friday. “We think it’s actually a positive outcome, and we want to thank A&E for their attentiveness and collaboration over the course of the last few weeks.”

Sainz said that his group was “heartened” by A&E’s plans for the public service announcement campaign. A spokesman for A&E declined to comment on whether Robertson or other “Duck Dynasty” cast members would participate in the campaign, but the channel is said to be hopeful that at least some of the cast members will.

“We’ve received assurances also that the Robertson family is now open to working with African-American and (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people to address the real harm that such anti-gay and racist comments can cause,” Sainz said on CNN.

HRC saying that it is “heartened” is like…

I dunnow…

Phil the duck dude – the duck dude who seemed to be pretty damn clear about his position on gays – saying that he’s open to doing anything whatsoever “positive” with LGBT people.

Hey Fred!

Here’s something more useful to do with your time: Give your old boss a call each morning to let him know that Jan. 20, 2017 is one day closer…

and that ENDA isn’t.

The Silence of the Shams

Namely, gay ‘media.’

From planetransgender:

Watch Denver Wrangler protesters explain their grievances. So why is gay media still silent?

A very diverse group of LGBT people and allies met Sunday afternoon in front of a bear gay bar called “The Denver Wrangler” to bring attention to their denying entrance to Vito John Marzano, a regular patron who happened to be in drag that day after performing at a nearby fundraiser.

The response?

You know what comes next, right?


Oh yeh…

No intolerance or non-acceptance there at all – in what might be the first instance of anyone de facto apologizing for the fact that other people (namely, anyone who sees the sign) can read.

Kelli Busey’s summation:

“Trans-erasure” “Gay Supremacist” Gay misogyny? Am I being melodramatic? Well lets go to gay blogs that have picked up this story who have published a empathetic view….


That’s not for a lack of trying. I tried to get gay blogs to speak about this when it the story first broke.

Same as it ever was…

Same as it ever was…

Same as it ever was…