HRC – And the ‘C’ is for ‘Con-Artists’

I rarely find the opportunity to favorably quote The Joe.  An exception:

As JMG readers know, I get regular, often multiple daily press releases from all of the major LGBT rights groups when there’s big breaking news. Unless I’ve missed something, there has not been one response from any of these organizations in the 24 hours since the Arizona legislature voted to legalize anti-gay discrimination. I’ve gotten zero outraged press releases and there’s basically nothing about Arizona on the websites of the Human Rights Campaign, AFER, Lambda Legal, NCLR, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Freedom To Marry, or GLAAD.  Yesterday HRC did tweet out a link to five-sentence blog post and the Task Force today retweeted somebody else’s message to contact Gov. Jan Brewer. But that’s it, as far I can I tell.

To be fair, what happened in Arizona isn’t exactly on-mission for some of these groups – but they have been eager to stray in the past.

As one of The Joe’s commenters remarked:

They’ll probably let bloggers and the grass roots do all the work and then swoop in and take credit.

That’s kind of the HRC way

Life is So Easy For Self-Declared ‘Ethicists’

No responsibilities and…

well, lets just stick with that: No responsibility, no responsibility at all.

From Cristan Williams at TransAdvocate who, apparently, with a handful of phone calls, does more actual journalism than the Toronto Star does in, well, who knows how long:

On Saturday, the Toronto Star’s “ethics” journalist, Ken Gallinger, unquestioningly published the incredible claim that an elderly Toronto women was hit on in the YMCA women’s locker room by a male-bodied individual who was walking around the women’s locker room fully nude, replete with erection.

The claim is a hoax. We can add this fake incident to the growing list of other fake incidents:

How do we know that the Toronto ‘incident’ didn’t happen?

First:

When Autumn Sandeen wrote Gallinger about the article, Gallinger claimed no journalistic duty to fact check any claim saying, “It is, of course, not possible for me to substantiate most of the stories I’m told, and frankly I don’t try — my general policy is to deal with issues as they are presented…” To seemingly make the case that he wasn’t entirely derelict in his journalistic duties, Gallinger claimed that he did at least check to make sure “that the e-mail address from which it came was valid.” What Gallinger utterly failed to do, was pick up the phone and simply call the YMCA to verify any aspect of this anonymous story.

No journalistic duty to fact check any claim?

Who does Gallinger think he is?  The JohnThe Bil?

Clearly he’s not Cristan, because…

Since Gallinger wasn’t willing to fact check any of these claims, I contacted every Toronto YMCA with a pool and guess what?

No complaint or even rumor of anything like this exists in Toronto area YMCAs. Every Toronto area YMCA was shocked to learn that an unsubstantiated claim like this was propagated by the Toronto Star. Every Toronto area YMCA confirmed that nobody had made any complaint concerning anything even remotely similar to the claim made in the Toronto Star.

Cristan has posted audio and transcripts thereof.

Forward to your favorite christianist-lovin’ TERFs (Or is it TERF-lovin’ christianists?  Its so hard to tell these days), so they can get their stories straight (pun intended) next time they decide to commit group libel against trans people.

Doesn’t He Ever Read The John, The Bil or The Joe?

Alec Baldwin ended his short-lived cable news career with a bang on Tuesday, slamming what he described as “fundamentalist” gay activists for the end of his MSNBC show.

Speaking to Gothamist, Baldwin was scathing:

I dispute half the comment I made… if I called him ‘c–ksucking maggot’ or a ‘c–ksucking motherf–ker’… ‘faggot’ is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know. But you’ve got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy–Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan–they’re out there, they’ve got you. Rich Ferraro, this is probably one of his greatest triumphs. They killed my show. And I have to take some responsibility for that myself.”

If he did, he’d know (1) that he’s never, ever, ever supposed to accept any – not even “some” – personal responsibility for anything, and (2) that the magic spell in Gay, Inc.-land – the one to absolve all sins – is to blame all that ails ya on ‘trans activists.’

The Loud-and-Clear Message from Gay, Inc.: We Will Have NO Trans Women as Employees [UPDATED]

…much less as leaders.

From Shillerico:

OutServe/SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson was fired after a board coup yesterday according to a leaked email sent to Bilerico Project.   Robinson was the only transgender leader of a major LGBT organization that is not specifically trans-related.

Make no mistake: I’ve been perhaps the harshest critic of Robinson’s presence as a paid employee within the bowels of Gay, Inc.  Her 2008 hiring by HRC was perhaps the most disgustingly transparent and non-substantive token hire in the history of the concepts of not just civil rights but employment in general, a hire which occured in the aftermath of HRC’s public commission of criminal fraud in 2007 (accepting support from trans people based on Joe Solmonese’s claim that HRC would only support a trans-inclusive ENDA, a claim made while the organization was already withdrawing support for the legitimate ENDA in favor of St. Barney’s gay-only version) and served two major purposes: (1) a vehicle by which it could tell all non-T critics of HRC to shut up if they ever even asked questions about HRC’s policies on trans issues, and (2) the crowning insult to all of the trans people – alive and dead – who actually had spent years of time, energy and money (all their own, of course, because none of them were employed by Gay, Inc.) to force HRC to deal with trans people and our issues.  For, when HRC finally deigned to hire a trans woman, she was one totally and completely outside of all trans activism circles and one who had spent the years when trans activists actually were actually spending time, energy and money (all their own, of course, because none of them were employed by Gay, Inc.) becoming a walking-talking billboard for autogynephilia: a woman whose only qualifications for anything involved preaching and the miliary.

Which means, however, a position with – or even being head of – an organization that purports to represent the interests of the infinitessimal percentage of LGBT people who have a desire for a career in the miliatry is the position (I won’t address the preacher thing) for which she actually might be qualified….

oh, except for that little, never-posted-on-any-job-opening-notices, Gay, Inc.-mandated qualification: to not be a trans woman.

The surprise here is that Robinson has some LGBs on her side within OutServe/SLDN:

The organization’s entire senior staff quit immediately following the board vote. Director of External Engagement Zeke Stokes, Director of Chapter and Member Services Gary Espinas, and David McKean, Legal and Public Policy Director, have all resigned in protest of Robinson’s termination.

So far two board members have also resigned over Robinson’s firing. Other board member resignations are expected later today.

Dear friends:

My entire professional life, I have maintained a motto: “Work Hard, Be Nice.”

So I will not betray that now.  Instead, I will say that it has been the great honor of my career to serve our nation’s brave LGBT service members, veterans and their families.  I could never have imagined when I accepted this position, that people like Charlie Morgan would enter my life and make such a profound impact on me.

Today, the Board of Directors made decisions that have compromised the trust I had placed in it heretofore. They have chosen a direction that is inconsistent with what I believe is necessary to secure a successful future for the organization.  In doing so, they have for the foreseeable future sacrificed the viability of the mission.

For that reason, I can no longer represent OutServe-SLDN to the public or to our members and donors.  Thus, effective today, I have resigned as a member of the staff and wish to no longer be affiliated with the organization.

For the rest of my life, I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to serve our nation’s LGBT military community; however, the actions of this board are not worthy of their service and sacrifice.  I choose to honor them with my resignation effective today.

Zeke

I just saw the following comment on Facebook to a posting about the Robinson firing:

That org just tanked permanently. Who would donate a dime to that Board’s visionary leadership?

I dunnow…

The same people who continue to donate to organizations – such as HRC, NGLTF, Lambda Legal, et. al. – who have, for decades, exhibited a pattern and practice of employment discrimination against trans women?

As for OutServe-SLDN’s purpose…

Hey – the infinitessimal percentage of LGBs who want a military career got what they wanted in 2009 when their pet issue was permanently ramrodded ahead of the employment concerns of all LGBT people.  Personally, I’m surprised that the pre-merger OutServe and SLDN didn’t just shut down right then and there.  We all know – yes we do – that in the unlikely event that the Supreme Court actually issues a Loving v. Virginia-style ruling on gay marriage next week, HRC will disband by the end of the month (or as soon as Chad Griffin and all of the organization’s non-trans employees – which, even three months after the flag incident – would be all of HRCs employees, cash their gay-marriage-killing-all-other-issues-celebration bonus checks.)

The people on OutServe-SLDN’s board who are putting their money were their mouths are by resigning in support of Robinson should be commended.   When does that ever happen in Gay, Inc.?  (After all, we certainly haven’t seen any non-trans protests – much less resignations – when Janice Raymond-mini-me Victoria Brownworth is allowed to earn money by shoving her opinions on trans people into the media mix – and I won’t even mention the deafening slience over Lisa Mottet’s continued employment as a trans expert while equally-and-better-qualified trans women sit in the unemployment shadows.)

Will this incident finally cause entrenched corporate gay media – such as Queer Channel Media and the zombie publication that used to be the Advocate – to do some actual journalism on the issue of Gay, Inc.’s long and disgusting history of openly and notoriously discriminating against trans women in the one area over which Gay, Inc. actually has total and complete control, namely its own hiring practices?

I’m not holding my breath.

Allyson Robinsin shouldn’t either.

[UPDATE – 06/23/13, 12:55 CDT]

Apologism from The John:

Gay/trans organizations have a long history of problems between their boards and executive directors.  Just a few weeks ago, the gay head of GLAAD resigned after only one year on the job – and he had replaced another gay ED that was forced out.  Sometimes ED’s are forced out unfairly, and sometimes they’re not.

The John also has a different take on the story overall:

[M]y sources tell me that Robinson has not been fired, nor has she resigned, but that a movement was brewing to remove her as executive director of the organization when the story went public.

While the details of this story are still somewhat murky, it seems that there was a movement underway by some in the board of directors to remove Robinson for a reason yet unknown, but possibly tied to the resignation of longtime Chief Financial Officer Francisco Ramirez last month.

Interestingly, one month ago, OutServe-SLDN’s chief financial officer Francisco (Pancho) Ramirez resigned.  Ramirez had been with the organization since 2005.   I hear that Ramirez’ resignation was related to the move against Allyson Robinson.  Robinson reportedly wanted Ramirez gone, and he resigned because of Robinson.

Not surprisingly, The John isn’t even willing to specifically ask whether Ramirez might be a transphobe or have been otherwise predisposed against working for Robinson.  To be fair, I know nothing of Ramirez, but there seems to be plenty of contortionist-quality wordsmithery afoot in avoidance of placing whatever has transpired re: Robinson in the larger context of a Gay, Inc. pattern and practice of employment discrimination against trans women.

[UPDATE – 06/23/13, 1:26 PM CDT]

Aravosisame
[UPDATE – 06/23/13, 1:52 CDT]

From Shillerico:

John Aravosis is reporting at AmericaBLOG that OutServe-SLDN Chief Financial Officer Francisco Ramirez resigned last month citing disagreements with Robinson….

Other sources with knowledge about the group’s finances who asked not to be identified say that the decision was mostly based off a lack of fundraising ability since the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. They claim that Robinson volunteered last week to take a pay cut to prevent layoffs at the org.

Gee, John…

Trans people for years decades have said that as soon as LGBs get what they want, not only will trans people will be forgotten but, quite possibly, the gay organizations that got what they want for the LGB will shut down.  We saw it almost happen in Massachusetts as soon as the LGBs who already had employment discrimination protections got gay marriage – and, I stand by what I wrote above regarding what HRC, et. al. will do if they get their Loving v. Virginia this week.

This “lack of fundraising ability,” if true either in fact or as excuse, would simply seem to be telegraphing the oh-so-lamentable reason that will be given by every organization for shutting down when all of the LGB stuff is done and all that’s left is ‘that tranny stuff.’

Who isn’t accused of being anti-trans nowadays, John?

Well, the people who resigned in support of Robinson to name a few.

Keep talking, John.

You and the radphlegms are writing my dissertation for me.

[UPDATE – 06/23/13, 2:30 PM CDT]

Seen recently on Facebook:

DOrsay1

Food for thought…

to wash down your Brownworth with – and just in time for whatever is supposed to allegedly possibly happen with ENDA in the comming weeks.

[UPDATE – 06/23/13, 3:00 PM CDT]

The usual anti-trans hatred in the comments sections at the usual sites:

Gay leaders (off the record) will tell you that these male to female trans people are impossible to work with and bring their sense of entitlement and bullying behaviors with them in whatever organizations they are attempting to dominate. This is no surprise.

Posted by: franklin | Jun 23, 2013 1:22:00 PM

And the other usual sites:

Another disaster for the sham of “LGBT”. Why can’t we just let LGBs have organizations that focus on sexual orientation? Why is fighting for gay equality so wrong? Trans activists have their own organizations that focus solely on trans rights, but thanks to the contrivance of LGBT we think that it is somehow improper to fight for gay rights unless we are simultaneously catering to the concerns of heterosexual crossdressers and transsexuals.

[W]hy don’t LGB orgs also focus on poverty in Appalachia, the rights of ethnic Chinese in Cambodia and climate change?

It seems to me that these platitudes of “none of us are free until we all are” are meaningless, since folks like you are only using it to conscript the LGB movement to the service of trans activists. If you took the platitude literally, then the LGB movement would have to take up every cause in the world.

[UPDATE – 06/23/13, 4:50 PM CDT]

Queer Channel Media has decided to start reporting on the story:

Asked by the Blade to comment on the developments, OutServe co-founder and Board Chair Josh Seefried had little to say, but gave assurances more information would be forthcoming.

“We have some internal issues to deal with, but after that, we will be updating the community,” Seefried said.

Jonathan Hopkins, another board member, told the Blade the Bilerico report is “not entirely accurate,” but refused to comment further.

[UPDATE – 06/23/13, 06:00 PM CDT]

On the still-reletive gaymedia silence, Ethan St. Pierre opines on Facebook:

[H]ad this same thing happened to Rea Carey, we’d be standing in line at the fund-raiser by now.

And if it had happened to Chad Griffin, David Boies and Ted Olson would already be pleading his case at the Supreme Court and someone somewhere would be demanding that his plight take precedence over ENDA.

“One might think that the novelty of lying about trans people would eventually wear off, but if nothing else, I admire your commitment to being a dishonest fear mongering jerk”

And, besides, what would radphlegms do in their spare time – you know, when they’re not making obscene amounts of money off of policies that destroy the lives of more women than could possibly be destroyed even if every lie they’ve concocted about trans women were true?

The title of this piece is from a comment to a post at Joe My God about Daniel O’Donnell’s pro-GENDA rant.

There were also comments in response to the inevitable bug infestation:

Up Next: HRC Denying that it Discriminates Against Trans Women in its Own Employment Practices

From Q Notes:

Various posts on Facebook and Tumblr asserted that an HRC staffer asked transgender community members to remove a transgender flag from the podium area and said, according to one post, that “marriage equality is not a transgender issue.”

Jerame Davis, executive director of National Stonewall Democrats, said in an update on Facebook that he witnessed an HRC staffer asking that a transgender flag be removed, though he did not hear the alleged statement regarding marriage and transgender issues.

“I was there. I saw this happen,” Davis wrote on Wednesday. “It was only the HRC reps asking for the trans flag to be moved. If they’d only asked once, I’d have given them a pass, but they continued to harass this person over a flag.”

Davis described the incident as “really poor behavior.”

I’d describe it as: HRC-oids jockeying for promotions.

And, of course, where the Rhode Island Avenue Cesspool is involved, there are lies, wrapped in obfuscations, wrapped in doublespeak, with hegemony oozing from every pore..

HRC Communications Director Michael Cole-Schwartz issued a statement to qnotes in response to the allegations.

“It was agreed that featuring American flags at our program was the best way to illustrate this unifying issue

Okay, lets stop it right there.  The mere fact that HRC has declared that the shoving of marriage up to the SCOTUS right now is “unifying” is an act of rhetorical assault against everyone who is offended that Gay, Inc. has, in practical terms, killed the issue of employment anti-discrimination outside of those states that already have it (whether legitimate or gay-only.)

And, yes, I expect nothing less from an organization that still feels shocked when it is called out as transphobic – after perfecting the institutional practice that Jean O’Leary and Ron Gold pioneered over at NGLTF.

which is why when managing the area behind the podium, several people were asked to move who were carrying organizational banners, pride flags or any other flag that was not an American flag,” the statement read. “Several people refused and they were allowed to stay. The coalition welcomed the variety of signs and flags that were throughout the plaza that demonstrated the wonderful diversity of our community.”

HRC added, “It is a not true to suggest that any person or organization was told their flag was less important than another

Dude!  In your previous paragraph you all but explicitly stated that all flags were less important than the American flag!

— this did not occur and no HRC staff member would ever tolerate such behavior.

Bullshit.  Now, to be absolutely fair (1) I was not there.  (2) There is the slightest of chances that HRC guy could be telling the truth and that all of the reality-based people got it wrong.  And I genuinely and sincerely assert that, absent conclusive audio/video of the incident, we all should leave open that slightest of possibilities.

But don’t you dare EVER spew out the lie that ” no HRC staff member would ever tolerate such behavior.”  Your organization’s entire history – replete with its 2 1/2 trans employees, none of whom are still on HRC’s staff (and to this I address Q-Notes’ crack staff: Why didn’t you question why HRC had no trans employees available to answer inquiries about the alleged incident?) – is emblematic of gay transphobia.

To be clear, it is the position of the Human Rights Campaign that marriage is an issue that affects everyone in the LGBT community.”

And, once again, HRC is dead wrong.

It does not affect everybody in the LGBT community any more than gays-in-the-military does.  That doesn’t mean that trans people who do fight the marriage fight because of their personal interest in the issue or just because of solidarity are wrong.  But that sentence is just another act – albeit a touchy-feely one, cloaked in inclusivity to hide its poisonous core – of erasing the concerns of all LGBT people who might not have marriage as their first, last and only interest.

Here is the fully encrypted chunk o’ propaganda from Rhode Island Avenue:

Tuesday and Wednesday were historic days for our community, as thousands of LGBT people gathered in front of the Supreme Court and in every state across the country to demonstrate their support for marriage equality. HRC was proud to play a role in these events as a member of the United for Marriage coalition, the group which organized the gathering at the Supreme Court. Marriage equality is an issue that fundamentally impacts hundreds of thousands of LGBT people and families across our nation and is greater than any one organization.

It was agreed that featuring American flags at our program was the best way to illustrate this unifying issue which is why when managing the area behind the podium, several people were asked to move who were carrying organizational banners, pride flags or any other flag that was not an American flag. Several people refused and they were allowed to stay. The coalition welcomed the variety of signs and flags that were throughout the plaza that demonstrated the wonderful diversity of our community.

It is a not true to suggest that any person or organization was told their flag was less important than another – this did not occur and no HRC staff member would ever tolerate such behavior. To be clear, it is the position of the Human Rights Campaign that marriage is an issue that affects everyone in the LGBT community.

The events at the Court featured lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender speakers as well as LGBT families, religious leaders, Republicans, military spouses and civil rights activists. This has been a historic week and truly demonstrated how all of us – lesbian, gay, bisexual and straight, transgender and cisgender – can unite as one voice to advocate for our constitutional rights

No, it demonstrated how what is indeed a legitimate issue for many thousands of people – LGB as well as T – can be turned into just another corporate battering ram by a bunch of disgusting, self-interested greedmeisters who, apart from having never had to compete against a trans person for their current jobs, are so disconnected from life outside of the Islands O’ Gay Marriage that they probably really and truly believe that no one currently adrift on the waves over the horizon and beyond the view of Married Gay Millionaire White Sandy Beach, New York, or Loot-Loaded Lesbian Marriage Beach, Maryland, might want to get to Employment Island rather than one of the Marriage Islands.

I’ll say it again (if for no other reason to distinguish this blog from the five gay-male-run blogs that still refuse to acknowledge that they were dead wrong about the Vancouver non-incident of 2012): It is indeed possible that the folks who have made the allegation against HRC as to the anti-flag incident got it wrong, even without animus; honest mistakes do happen.

However, HRC again portraying itself as an organization that would never do anything anti-trans is actually a more disgusting act of aggression against the entire LGBT community than the anti-flag incident even if it occurred exactly as reported.

We – whether T or LGB or just simply reality-centric – cannot let it go unchallenged.

Addicted to False Equivalency

By now most folks have heard about the Onion’s sub-misogynistic tweet about 9 year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis last night.  Unlike so many – mostly on the right (though also a select group who claim to be liberal and/or feminist) – the Onion realizes when it screws up and, here, screwed up badly and admitted so.

On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars. It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.

No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.

The tweet was taken down within an hour of publication. We have instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures to ensure that this kind of mistake does not occur again.

In addition, we are taking immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible.

Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry.

Sincerely,

Steve Hannah
CEO
The Onion

Memo to Republicans (and Bil Browning, et. al.): THAT’S a REAL apology. 

But, unsurprisingly, the Imaginary PC Police (not imaginary police that are PC mind you, but those who police imaginary instances of political correctness) are up in arms.

ConservaOnion

Here’s the problem with that: However obnoxious the comment about Wallis was – and I think we can all agree that it was – it was about an entertainer who won’t be eligible to run for either the prsidency or the vice-presidency for 26 years and has done nothing other than appear in a movie and at the Oscars (and, importantly, she’s not an adult under any moral or legal framework in the United States.)

Palin(s)?

Even though many versions of the questions about Trig Palin’s ancestry were posed obnoxiously, the questions themselves were quite legitimate given (1) the visual questions regarding images of Sarah and Bristol from the period when Sarah, according to official narrative, was pregnant with Trig, (2) Sarah’s then-status as someone claiming to be worthy of holding America’s vice-presidency, (3) Sarah’s then-status as actual chief executive of the State of Alaska, and (4) the seriousness of the matter of whether someone with the status of (2) and (3) had ever lied on any official documents (much less to the electorate) regarding who the father and the mother of Trig are.  So what if Bristol was only 17 in 2008?  That’s already actually an adult in some states and certifiably so in any state whose penal system might want to lock her up.  If the kid is actually Bristol’s (irrespective of who the father actually is), then she was then and still is a participant in an ongoing fraud.  Personally, despite making several posts about it at the original ENDABlog, I do think the visual evidence was pretty flimsy (though, as a purely legal matter, the bare questions were far more legitimate than anything that was being asked re: Obama and Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers.)  Nevertheless, as usual with the Palin Defense League: Massive Fail.