“Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement”

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If I Could Have the New York Daily News’s Baby, I Would

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Jake Tapper for the Slam Dunk

TapperSlam(We would also have accepted ‘Jake Tapper Slams the Skunk’)

 

No! No! A Million Times: NO!!!

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When Maryland finally went back and added trans people to its trans-genocidal 2001 gay-only rights law in 2014, Dana Beyer rewarded the gay sponsor of that 2014 bill, Rich Madaleno, with a primary challenge.

I had questioned Madeleno’s sincerity on trans issues a few years earlier, but he put that questioning to rest in 2014.  He deserved – and still deserves – the respect of the trans community for delivering something that his state’s viciously transphobic gay elite had stolen from trans people thirteen years earlier.  Sadly, he immediately had to deal with a Trans Jester whose raison d’être is, on the political evolutionary ladder, one rung removed from “Dilly, dilly!”

I leave it to you to surmise in which direction.

Beyer is a clown who has infected trans politics for far too long – and has only been able to do so because of wealth.  No one deserves to be rewarded with a Senate seat because of a penchant for wasting money on vanity political campaigns that, in the long run, have harmed the trans community. Dana Beyer is Harold Stassen without the political technicality of having actually once held office and Caitlyn Jenner without the technicality of having once been briefly legitimate enough to snag an Olympic gold medal.

The Party that Prays Together Preys Together

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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.