In Houston, Vote for HERO Tomorrow

It will piss off a TERF.

That by itself is worthwhile, though its also simply the right thing to do.

On this Week’s Episode of ‘Synonyms for Texas’…

douchetastic buffoonery

Actually, according to former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, that’s a synonym for Texans owner Bob McNair – or at least what he’s been up to (because he clearly hasn’t been up to putting together a competent team.)

It was with some puzzlement that I read the recent story about your donation to a political group opposing the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (“HERO”), a measure seeking to protect Houstonians from sexual orientation and gender identity-based discrimination.

“Surely,” I said to myself, “one of the NFL’s thirty-two owners, businessmen with more accumulated wealth than most third world nations and completely vested in the well-being of the society that afforded them such success … surely this man could not be a pants-on-head, cowhumping glue-huffer stupid enough to buy in on clearly outdated ideals of bigotry and intolerance?”

Sadly, however, it appears I must hide my livestock, because the facts do not lie. You have, indeed, donated $10,000 to a cause whose sole purpose is to denigrate a specific group of American citizens

And those are just the opening three paragraphs of Kluwe’s open letter to McNair.

I rarely favorably quote Dan Savage, but this is an exception to the rule.

Kluwe’s letter?

It gets better.

Muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch better.

Gee, I Wish I’d Said That in 2011

A transgender person can’t be discriminated against in hiring at a restaurant but they can be denied entry.

…about both Maryland and Massachusetts.

Oh, wait….

The Imperative: Making Sure That Sweet Cakes’ Own Fake Narrative Doesn’t Become Accepted as Fact

You know Sweet Cakes, right?

Owned and operated by the Kleins?

The controversy began in January 2013 when the Kleins turned away Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman from their bakery, saying that providing a cake for their wedding would have violated their Christian beliefs against same-sex marriage.

In August 2013, the women complained to the state Bureau of Labor and Industries. The agency conducted an investigation and in January 2014 brought charges that the Kleins had unlawfully discriminated against the couple because of their sexual orientation.

Oregon law bans discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in jobs and in places that serve the public, such as restaurants and bakeries.

And the Bureau accurately applied the law – meaning it found against the Kleins.  (The ruling is 122 pages long, one of the longest anti-discrimination administrative orders I’ve ever encountered.)

The finding included an award of $135,000 in damages to the lesbian couple – which even some gay rights activists immediately said was overkill even if the finding against the Kleins was otherwise proper.

Except that it wasn’t.

Sure, there might be an amount at which one could say overkill had been reached – but $135,000 wasn’t it.


Laurel Bowman-Cryer filed a complaint in January 2013, but because she filed it online on her smartphone she was not shown the disclaimer informing her that the complaint, including her name and address, would be sent to the individual against whom it was being made. When Aaron Klein received the complaint, he immediately published it on his Facebook page in full, with Laurel’s name and address included.

That’s right, the Kleins doxxed the Bowman-Cryers.

The Bowman-Cryers weren’t awarded $135,000 only for the pain and suffering they experienced as a result of being refused service based on their sexual orientation but also as a result of the Kleins’ decision to dox them and then go on national media across the country. The media firestorm brought with it death threats, harassment, and the possibility of losing their children. The court found that the Bowman-Cryers suffered intensely, and that their suffering was a direct reaction of the Kleins’ actions both in refusing the cake and in keeping their refusal in the media.

Of course, aided and abetted, of course, by the usual right-wing suspects, the Kleins are portraying themselves as the victims.

We can’t let that narrative carry the day.

To Be Absolutely Fair…

Among the several predictions I made back in Dec. 2002 re: how Gay, Inc. o’ New York would never actually lift a finger to go back and add trans people to the state’s civil rights law, I did not predict that Utah would manage to pass a trans-inclusive civil rights law (sans ‘incremental progress,’ but with unconstitutional concessions to a certain tax-free business that thinks it has the right to tell people who do pay taxes how to live) before New York rectified the Anti-Trans Legislative Hate Crime of 2002 (sometimes, albeit inaccurately, referred to as SONDA.)

My bad.

The people who allowed SONDA to happen are still worse, but my bad on Utah still being more trans-friendly than New York nevertheless.

(BTW – I purposely used the word “still” because Utah enacted a transsexual birth certificate statute forty years ago this month.  That sound I’m sure you all hear is HRC trying to figure a way to take credit for that too, even though it was five years before HRC came into existence.)

And Yet, You Attempted to Primary the Main Sponsor of the Bill

From Queer Channel Media:

A Maryland law that bans anti-transgender discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations took effect on Wednesday.

A factual statement.


“I am very pleased, both for the community at-large as well as my team at Gender Rights Maryland,” Dana Beyer, executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, told the Blade.

“Now the trans community can make use of this law, in addition to the county and Title VII protections, to make equality of opportunity a reality,” said Beyer.

Why can’t the Washington Blade find a trans person to quote other than a ‘retired’ physician who (1) embarrassingly tried to unseat the senator who pushed the trans bill through the Maryland Legislature this year and (2) who continues to attempt to Title-VII-dog-whistle trans people out of ENDA?

Wednesday Morning, 12:01 a.m.

Set your clocks…



I think we all know which Maryland law firm should immediately receive a resume from every trans woman in Maryland the nation.