I Am More Likely to Vote for a Straight Republican than for a Gay Republican

Seriously.

I’m still trans and I’m still liberal as ever. But I do mean what I say in the title to this piece.

By now I’m sure we’ve all heard what we all could have predicted: that the Log Cabin Republicans would come up with some rationale – written in skunk urine on parchment made from Terry Dolan’s rotting corpse – for them to endorse Donald Trump for re-election.

What fewer people (at least outside of Texas) may have heard is that a gay Republican who maintains his wealth by accepting money from LGBTQ Texans – you know, a group from whom, collectively, the Trump Administration is trying to strip all civil rights – via his ownership of a San Antonio gay bar is going to one-up that self-hating Trump-endorsement by running for Congress

as a Republican of course.

Now, the likelihood of my voting for any Republican is slim to none, but even I’ll concede there are a handful of sane people out there who still want to hold on to their Republican Party.

The problem is: Those who were in office aren’t any more; and when they were they either didn’t or couldn’t exercise any control over the radical christianists who controlled the legislative bodies they served in.  (As for other positions?  The judge I clerked for and the Republican governor who appointed him have both long since retired.)

But, again, there once were a handful of such folks.  I went to great pains to call as many out – positively – as I could in my doctoral dissertation on transgender legal history.

And sometimes the past isn’t so far in the past.

Bruce Rauner, the hetero Republican, now-former governor of Illinois, signed a very positive transgender birth certificate bill into law in 2017 – at great political risk to himself. A christofascist tried to primary him last year – using the birth certificate law as a weapon against him – and damn near succeeded.  (He then lost the general election to the Democratic candidate.)

The problem was that Rauner had enough of the usual GOP baggage (he was a vicious union buster – among other things – who essentially bought the governorship in 2014; think Scott Walker with the big personal bankroll that Walker did not have but without the rabid Republican legislature that Walker did have in Wisconsin) that I could not in good conscience vote for him even though his signing the trans bill was a very, very good thing, something I’d be willing to genuinely thank him for should the chance ever arise.

I don’t believe for one second a cis gay male Republican would have signed that bill. And I’m even less willing to believe a cis lesbian Republican would have.

And that should expose the Log Cabin Con to anyone who is paying attention.

For decades now, Log Cabin-oids have been whining about how LGBTQ people who live in the real world won’t support them. Log Cabin-oids assert that only Log Cabin-oids can change the Republican party – to make it less toxic for LGBTQ people.

Therefore, we LGBTQ people who live in the real world owe them our votes.

But look at them – and what gay Republicans actually stand for.

They’re not better than moderate/sane straight Republicans.

They’re not even better than the christofascists.

At the end of the day, they’re worse.

There is no anti-LGBTQ policy that gay Republicans will not either support or be an apologist for – either directly or indirectly.  The endorsement of Donald Trump for re-election in 2020 by itself proves the accuracy of the previous sentence – but there are decades and decades of self-loathing and selling-out that preceded it.

When someone takes great pains to tell you what they are by demonstrating what they are, believe them.

Anyone running as a Republican now is telling you that they are, by extension, Donald Trump.

Believe them.

Any gay person running as a Republican now is telling you they will sell you out for personal gain; that they will trade your ability to work and even your very life for a tax cut.

Believe them.

Vote accordingly.

And spend your money accordingly.

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Another Mississippi Gov. Candidate Disqualifies Himself From Being Able to Hold Public Office in the United States of America

From HuffPo:

Another Republican man running for governor of Mississippi has said that he refuses to be alone in a room with a woman who is not his wife.

Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller Jr. told Mississippi Today reporter Larrison Campbell on Monday that he abides by the “Billy Graham rule” because it’s “common sense.”

Okay, lets boil this down to what it is: This guy is saying that, if elected (and, presumably, when he held a position on the Supreme Court), he will not obey any law that requires equal treatment of men and women.

Therefore, he is saying in advance that he will not obey the law.

Therefore, he is unable to lawfully take an oath of office for anything, much less the head of the executive branch of a Confederate, er…, American state.

Think I’m being hyperbolic?

Will he hire men for positions in government that might require legitimate one-on-one interaction with him?

One would assume so.

Will he hire any woman for any position in government that might require legitimate one-on-one interaction with him?

Not if he can be taken at his word.

He is disqualified.

End of story.

Of Course, When You Really Think About It…

Joe Solmonese actually is the perfect person to be the head of a political party’s national convention that is being held in the state of Wisconsin.

After all, Wisconsin is the ONLY remaining state with a gay rights law that does not include trans people along with LGBs.

I guess the only surprise is that Elizabeth Birch, Winnie Stachelberg and Liz Seaton weren’t also announced as his official posse.

Democratic National Committee to Trans People: Drop Dead!

That should be the title to any news item announcing this development:

Joe Solmonese, a former head of the Human Rights Campaign, has been named chief executive for the 2020 Democratic National Convention Committee in Milwaukee.

But, of course, it won’t be.

And, of course, just like the Washington Blade item from which I took that sentence, it is ever so unlikely that any media outlet that has a history of dutifully acting as a scrivener for organs of Gay, Inc., will bother reminding people – particularly the young, cutesy, telegenic trans people that the Human Right Scampaign now employs to con other trans people into forgetting that it was and always will be the most transphobic entity in the nation – that Solmonese committed criminal fraud in 2007 when he told Southern Comfort’s attendees that his organization would oppose any non-inclusive version of ENDA, knowing full well (1) that his organization had no intention of opposing a non-inclusive ENDA and (2) that his patently false claim would entice at least some trans people and trans rights supporters who otherwise would never have joined HRC and/or donated money to the Scampaign to join it and/or donate money to it.

Oh…

And let us not forget all of the ever-so-creative ways that Appletini Joe (and Queen Elizabeth III before him) utilized to con all who would listen into believing that HRC had over a half-million ‘members.’

When Paul Manafort finally enters federal prison to serve his time for fraud, Joe Solmonese should be there to welcome him there as his cellmate.

Instead, he’s living the cushy life he earned by helping to ensure that there will never be federal LGBT employment anti-discrimination during my working lifetime.

But rest assured, Joe.  You’re not at the top of my list of thoroughly disgusting transphobes who have never paid a price for their thoroughly disgusting transphobia.

That position is reserved for whoever made the decision to insult trans people by opening the door to your political casket to give you yet another undeserved opportunity that no trans person was ever considered for.

Believe Like Its 2007!

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Was Barney Frank Ever Right About Anything?

From the Dec. 15, 1976 issue of The Advocate (page 8), please note the quote at the beginning of the paragraph halfway down the third column:

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For those who can’t make it out:

The bills will pass in ’77.
– St. Barney

For those not keeping score, Massachusetts did not pass a gay rights bill until 1989.  By then, St. Barney had been in Congress for eight years (though he was spending 1989 calling in every political favor, marker and chit he could unearth in order to avoid getting kicked out of Congress.  Google ‘Steven Gobie.’  Just sayin’….)

Thirty years after his declaration of what would happen in 1977 he bullied the LGBT community – trans people most pointedly – with what he *knew* was capable of passing and not passing.  And then he professed to know for certain that 15-20 more Democrats would make a legitimate (read: trans-inclusive) ENDA a sure thing.

Between the Massachusetts Legislature and Congress, St. Barney drew a legislative salary for forty years.

In all of that time, was he ever right about anything?

To No One’s Surprise, The Roseanne Revival Will be TERF TV

From EW:

Darlene’s son Mark (Ames McNamara) likes to dress up in girl’s clothing. But it would be wrong to assume the 9-year-old character is transitioning or is gay. We asked executive producer Sara Gilbert (Darlene) to explain why she created the role of Mark….

SARA GILBERT: He doesn’t. That’s something that got out in the press that’s not true. He’s not a transgender character. He’s a little boy. He’s based on a few kids in my life that are boys who dress in more traditionally feminine clothing. He’s too young to be gay and he doesn’t identify as transgender….

So, to recap: An obnoxious, Trump-worshipping Roseanne Barr allows lesbian Sara Gilbert to create a 9-year-old character and defining said character in a way that insults LGBs (maybe Gilbert didn’t realize she was gay at nine – and I am not criticizing her if she claims that she didn’t; some people don’t but plenty – and probably far more – do) and erases trans people (most of whom realize that they are trans long before nine) in a way that only TERFs truly love.

One truly has to wonder if the character was not concocted in some sleazy law office in Maryland.

What made you want to create this character?
It represents the world.

No. It represents the obnoxious, Trump-worshipping Roseanne Barr’s TERF-on-steroids view of trans women.

At this point I’ll just pass along Toni D’Orsay’s response:

It is extremely bad. It means that we are going to have to go after this representation by attacking the thoughts and ideas that support it, especially since it will rely, in part, on the desistance myth, and will function in direct opposition to all the science…

… while still allowing folks for whom this is real to exist.

Yes, they explicitly say he isn’t a trans character, but do you think the media will be able to project that nuance, and do you you expect the very subtle transphobia of Barr to not be involved?

The only part of that I disagree with is her description of Barr’s transphobia.

It is anything but subtle.

#TERFismIsTerrorism

#TERFIsNotASlur – never has been, never will be.