In a statement released Thursday, gay rights group the Human Rights Campaign praised [CEO of Apple (Elizabeth Birch’s pre-HRC employer) Tim] Cook’s “courageous” decision. The organization says Cook becomes the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

“Tim Cook’s announcement today will save countless lives,” says HRC President Chad Griffin. “He has always been a role model, but today millions across the globe will draw inspiration from a different aspect of his life.”

…if his coming out will save countless lives, doesn’t it follow that decades of HRC policy which had the de facto effect of forcing many trans people to stay miserably closeted and the direct effect of destroying the careers and/or aspirations of many other trans people who did come out destroyed countless lives?

Where are the reparations Chad?

C’mon Chad, don’t sit on the sidelines.

Any Bets that There Will Never be a ‘Motivational’ Segment About People Who are Motivated to Succeed Without (or in Spite of) Religion?

One more reason to not watch ABC in the AM:

Holier Than Thou Tim Tebow Joins Good Morning America

Good Morning America has recently hired the ex-University of Florida QB to appear in a segment called Motivate Me Monday.

There Must Actually be a Move Afoot on ENDA


The John is back to his gay-primacy shtick, longing for the days when “gay” was understood as a modifier for “man” and only “man” (you know, the way that “American” carried undersood silent modifiers of “white,” “male” and “christian”) only now he’s framing it as ‘everyone in ‘LGBT’ who is not a gay male is forcing po’ po’ pi’ful John into a closet against his will’.

It’s not a huge secret that I’m not a big fan of the ever-expanding abbreviation LGBT for what used to be the “gay” community.

Once upon a time (the mid-1990s, in fact) we were gay, then “gay & lesbian,” then “gay, lesbian and bisexual,” then “gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans,” then “lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans,” and now, depending who you talk to, we’ve added on the letter Q (having multiple meanings), I (having multiple meanings), and a few As to boot.

Putting aside the argument about who is and isn’t a member of the gay community, and whether “questioning” is even a legitimate category at all (are there questioning Jews? – yes – so perhaps we should rename Judaism “JewsQ”).

But let’s not even get into any of that.  One of my biggest concerns with the abbreviation LGBT, or whatever your preferred alphabet soup, is that fact that’s basically shoved ourselves back into the closet.

No, John – the only into-closet-shoving is done by out-of-touch quasi-Republican elitists such as yourself who, if a lie detector could be allowed to do its work, would be shown to be not only transphobic but also to actually oppose civil rights laws in general.

How so?

I’m glad you asked.

Plenty of trans people who might like to be out aren’t because they know that they don’t have anti-discrimination protections – and in places like Wisconsin, New York, New Hampshire and Maryland they don’t have them whilst arrogant elitist snotbags like The John do.

Advocates see momentum for ENDA, other bills


Told ya.

Maybe There Actually Was a Nicer Bigot Only an Hour North on I-35

Quid pro quo (“this for that” in Latin) means an exchange of goods or services, where one transfer is contingent upon the other. English speakers often use the term to mean “a favour for a favour”; phrases with similar meaning include: “give and take”, “tit for tat“, and “you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.”

Quid pro quo harassment occurs when employment or academic decisions or expectations (hiring, promotions, salary increases, shift or work assignments, performance standards, grades, access to recommendations, assistance with school work, etc.) are based on an employee or student’s submission to or rejection of sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other behaviour of a sexual nature.

Not just sexual – as closet case christianist psychopath presidential-never-gonna-be  Rick Perry is about to find out.

A Texas judge said Thursday he plans to have a special prosecutor review allegations that Gov. Rick Perry abused the powers of his office and broke the law over a veto that cut funding for state public corruption investigators.

Judge Robert Richardson said he expects to select someone in the coming days to look at a two-page complaint filed by a watchdog group, Texans for Public Justice. The special prosecutor could quickly deem the complaint meritless or decide it warrants further investigation.

Perry’s office denies wrongdoing.

The complaint stems from the April drunken-driving arrest of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, whose office houses the Public Integrity Unit that is the state’s criminal ethics arm. Its high-profile cases include the 2010 prosecution of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, and an ongoing investigation into the state’s $3 billion cancer research agency.

Lehmberg pleaded guilty after her arrest and served half of a 45-day jail sentence. But she refused calls from Republicans to resign, including from Perry, who publicly said he would eliminate $3.7 million in annual state funding if she did not step down.

Lehmberg stayed in office, and Perry vetoed the money in June.

In a two-page complaint filed shortly after Perry’s veto, the head of Texans for Public Justice accused Perry of possibly violating laws regarding coercion of a public servant, bribery, abuse of official capacity and official oppression.

“Governor Perry violated the Texas Penal Code by communicating offers and threats under which he would exercise his official discretion to veto the appropriation,” wrote Craig McDonald, the group’s executive director, in the June 26 complaint.

Its called quid pro quo, bro.

Its also called a felony.

Maybe he can double up with Bob McDonnell in federal prison – though I think it would be far more appropriate to stick him in a Texas prison…


Millionaire Spin

Retired‘ Doc Beyer, pirouetting at HuffPo:

[T]he trans community, remarkably, has made even greater progress over the past four years. Among the positive changes:

  • The inclusion of trans persons under Title VII (thanks to the president’s nomination of Professor Chai Feldblum to the EEOC), offering employment protections to all Americans and covering federal contractors as well.
  • The revision of the DSM that reconceptualizes being transgender from a mental illness to a normal human variant. Such a reconceptualization provides the tool for advancing trans service in the military (DADT applied only to gay service members, so its repeal only affected said persons).
  • Inclusion in health care access under the Affordable Care Act and applying to anyone or any institution accepting federal health care dollars, and VA coverage of all services short of surgery.
  • Inclusion in a remarkable global effort by the State Department to promote equality.

[T]rans people are not being left behind as some say.

Not surprisingly, given Ol’ Doc Beyer’s track record (even taking into account her substanceless reference to the trans-free atmosphere that those employed by HRC are allowed to breathe), there is nothing about Gay, Inc’s own entrenched policies of discrimination against trans people – particularly trans women – in the one area of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness over which Gay, Inc has total control and needs no guidance, much less approval, from any elected official in implementing: Its own hiring practices.

In defaming those in the trans community who refuse to accept Gay, Inc. spin, Ol’ Doc Beyer was shilling for the ‘Dallas Principles’ of 2009:

In order to achieve full civil rights now, we avow

1. Full civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals must be enacted now.  Delay and excuses are no longer acceptable.

2. We will not leave any part of our community behind.

3. Separate is never equal.

4. Religious beliefs are not a basis upon which to affirm or deny civil rights.

5. The establishment and guardianship of full civil rights is a non-partisan issue.

6. Individual involvement and grassroots action are paramount to success and must be encouraged.

7. Success is measured by the civil rights we all achieve, not by words, access or money raised.

8. Those who seek our support are expected to commit to these principles.

At that point in history, the keystone of Gay, Inc. – the so-called Human Rights Campaign – had one trans employee, a trans woman purposely brought in in transparently token fashion (following HRC showing its (anti-)trans hand during the ENDA debacle of 2007) from outside all trans activism circles (and seemingly via employment consultation from J. Michael Bailey; given that the token’s only experience at anything came in the most disgustingly patriarchal professions imaginable – religion and the military (and she’s since, of course, moved on to a military-specific position) – could HRC have done more to subliminally perpetuate the fraudulent concept of ‘autogynephilia’ if it had tried?) for no other reason than to construct a mirage of an argument against the very reality that I’m pointing out here: Gay, Inc’s entrenched, ongoing genocidal anti-trans employment policy.

It has even less now (perhaps the same number, though only if the rumor of a person currently on staff who is even more deeply stealth than Amanda Lear in her heyday is true; on the other hand, my bookie is still worried that he’ll have to pay off on my bet re: the probability possibility that Candace Gingrich will transition, after which HRC will claim that it has employed an FTM for 18 years.)

NGLTF?  You know – the allegedly-more-liberal wing of Gay, Inc?

In 2009 not only did it see no problem with having its trans expert position held by a non-trans person while dozens of equally and/or better-qualified trans people were (and still are) blacklisted from employment within Gay, Inc but it also employed a woman with a history of openlyh advocating employment discrimination against trans women (a history that she only owned up to after being publicly reminded of it by TransAdvocate – and even then she only did so with the eagerness of outed-about-penis-cam Anthony Weiner .)

In 2013?  The TERF is still employed at NGLTF; the undeservedly-employed, non-trans trans expert has moved on to a similar position (for which no trans person, in all likelihood, was ever even considered for) at an organization established a decade ago by Gay, Inc to provide the illusion that trans people have an organization that is speaking for them; and, allegedly, there is some trans person employed in some menial position within the bowels of NGLTF.

Lambda Legal?  NCLR?

Each with one trans man in 2009 – ditto in 2013.

Trans women?


In fact, when last I checked more straight non-trans women are employed at Lambda than there have ever been trans women.  (Isn’t the rationale for Gay, Inc’s actual operational philosophy of keeping us out the ‘fact’ that we’re ‘all really straight’?  I don’t know the current situation, but in the fairly recent, pre-trans-woman-token past, HRC had at least one straight non-trans woman employee.)

The only trans people not being left completely behind are the decreasing number of tokens and the privileged chalet-addled few who can buy their own seats on the bus – the bus whose tire tracks can be seen on the faces of all other trans people – and who have convinced themselves that the non-trans people they are sitting next to have any desire whatsoever to ensure that their faces remain treadmark-free.

Republicans + Corporations = (Greed + Serfdom) X Infinity

Any questions?

In Eric Cantor’s February 2013 speech, he said he wanted to propose Federal Law that would end overtime pay for hourly workers.  Currently, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, mandates that certain workers get paid “time + 1/2” for overtime work.  Eric Cantor wants to eliminate that law.  Because — ya know — workers not getting paid for overtime hours worked out so good for workers before FDR enacted that Law.

In 2003, when the Republicans tried to end the requirement that hourly workers get paid overtime, they tried to sell it in good-old fashioned GOP Propaganda Minster: Frank Luntz terms.  They used words like “Family Flex time” … and … “work longer hours so you can have half a day with your family, maybe

Cantor’s goal in allowing the interview with the New Yorker Magazine, was to re-market the GOP draconian policies.

On the Illinois Marriage Equality Bill

A Facebook-based comment to Queer Channel Media’s item about the bill:


And Gary has a right to be pissed.


Well, it appears as though a rider was added to the bill at the last second which, if the bill becomes law, will require all people of all sexual orientations – and irrespective of GED status – to make proper use of the plural and the possessive in all Facebook comments.


That makes about as much sense as Gary’s comment – which, as presented here, is real and unedited.


Countdown to my words here being intentionally quoted out of context – and not necessarily by Gary – in 3…2…1….

Another Reason Not to Shed Any Tears for Ed Koch

In death, he’s causing me to have to agree with The John:

The media doesn’t like to “out” people as gay, though they’re happy to out politicians as just about everything else, including speculating just the other day that a Democratic Senator might have been with prostitutes.  Yet “the gay,” they run in fear.  In part it’s because the media thinks they’re helping us, protecting us (us, being gay people).  And the concern is natural.  Once upon a time it was extremely dangerous to be gay.  And it still can be.  But once you’re dead, the danger is gone.  No one is going to bully you.  You’re not going to lose your family.  And other than the San Francisco 49ers, who else is going to have the vapors by the un-revelation that you’re gay after you’re dead?

Larry Kramer outs Ed Koch.

So the media’s usual defense of defending the living doesn’t really apply, even if it were a valid argument for the living, and I’m not sure it is.  So why “in” the dead, especially if their homosexuality was little more than a thinly-veiled secret?  We don’t respect the famous dead’s wishes in any other subject area of their CV that I can think of.

And when it comes to trans people – you know, those people that Ed Koch, Tom Stoddard and Gay, Inc. had no problem leaving unprotected by the 1986 NYC anti-trans political hate crime gay-only rights law – media tend not to respect them at all (but why should death be any different that life, eh?).

Larry Kramer and those concerned with AIDS activism were and are rightly pissed that Koch was no better than Ronald Reagan on AIDS issues, yet some of the more analytical postmortems of Koch also rightly question whether anything that he had the power to do would actually have saved any lives on the AIDS front (probably not – but just putting the muscle into it that he put into his George W. Bush-era turncoatedness would have been a good thing in its own right.)  However, his signing off on the 1986 ordinance which excluded from anti-dicrimination protection that portion of LGBT which, far and away, most needed such protection did lead to continued unemployment for those trans people already excluded from legitimate employment, springing unemployment for those who began transition or who were outed, homelessness for many of the aforementioned, and death for some of those.  Their blood was on Ed Koch’s hands and he takes it to the grave with him.

Sayeth Larry Kramer: “Evil deeds are evil deeds.”

He had Koch’s Reagan-esqueness re: AIDS crisis in mind.

I echo the statement, but I’m referencing Koch’s genocidal gay-only rights ordinance…

and gay media’s unwillingness to say a damn thing about that.


I just HAD to add this, which transpired in the comments section of The John’s piece:

If you’ve ever experienced any threads on trans issues over at The John’s or at Pam’s House Blah where “Mr. Out and Proud” drops loads, you’ll appreciate why I’m amending this post by adding the “irony” tag.