The National Center for Lesbian Rights and the National LGBTQ Task Force have both withdrawn their support of an ongoing campaign to pressure the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival to stop excluding transgender women.
… as usual.
From Crooks and Liars:
Michael Sam was waived by the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, but his career as the first openly gay player in the NFL is far from over.
I wouldn’t place any large bets either way.
However, I’m cynical, so I’m leaning toward the reality embodies by this comment to that piece:
I predict that every coach will admit he can play, except just not on their team.
Like how non-trans Gay, Inc.-ers – including the non-trans heterosexual ones (and there are more of them than there are trans ones) – will tell extremely qualified trans people how they can do anything…
except collect paychecks from Gay, Inc.
Here’s a thought: Maybe Adam Silver should decide who is worthy of being honored (not to mention permanently employed) within the LGB( ) world. At least he understands that words are deeds.
From Lone Star Q:
“The media loves to focus on the elements of fetish, drag and nudity in our parades. We just keep giving them the ammunition to use against us in legal arguments against gays and same-sex marriage, gays adopting, gays in the military.”
These were the words of Alan Pierce, co-owner of the Round-Up Saloon and prominent member of the Dallas Tavern Guild — the association of bar owners that puts on the city’s gay Pride parade and festival. It was Pierce’s response to a widely publicized controversy involving last year’s festivities. Parade organizers went above and beyond city code and state law to enforce a “ban” on underwear and “overexposure” of female breasts, both of which had been allowed in previous parades without confirmed incident. This drove heated debate over the way our community expresses and celebrates LGBT Pride.
This (as grammar-checked in Vol. 5 No. 18 of Lee Brewster’s Drag magazine; no link, sorry) is the ‘Statement Against Transvestism’ issued by the Hunter College Lesbian Rising Collective & Gay Men’s Alliance in the run-up to the 1974 NYC Pride Parade (which was the year after proto-Janice Raymond-ite and future co-chair of a certain national LGB( ) organization that had no problem with, once it finally deigned to stop openly espousing the Ron Gold view of trans people, hiring a non-trans woman over numerous more-experienced and better-qualified trans women for its ‘trans expert’ position Jean O’Leary had been allowed to viciously defame trans people from the pride festival stage):
We support the rights of all individuals, as long as the individual rights do not harm others. However, we do strongly protest the inclusion of transvestite spokespeople and entertainers at Gay rallies and demonstrations for the following reasons:
1. As Lesbians, we cannot view transvestism or ‘drag queens’ other than as a parady (sic) and ridicule of women, a projection and carry-over into Gay life of heterosexual male contempt and his elitist, supremist attitudes.
2. Lesbian feminists have gained support for the Gay movement from hetrosexual (sic) sisters in the Feminist Movement. These women, while supporting Gay rights, are offended by the ridicule directed at them by men assuming the costume-parodies of heterosexuality. The risk is increasing that the Feminist Movement will not publicly support our rallies and demonstrations.
3. As Gay men, our sexual orientation and affectional preference is towards other men. Our goals, hopes, and loves are not represented by men playing at being women.
4. We must realize that the transvestite is a victim of heterosexual society. These men and women were taught that the only way to relate to one’s own sex is through the disguise and roles of the opposite sex. transvestism is a back-handed affirmation of the ‘right order’ of heterosexuality, at the expense and negation of the positive, alternative lifestyle of self-affirming Gay men and Lesbians.
5. Transvestism oppresses Gay men by perpetuating society’s sterotypes (sic) of us. These are the portrayals we see in movies, on news-reports, and in magazines. Our oppression must end within our own Gay community before we can expect it to end in the minds of others.
6. Both heterosexuals and homosexuals are known to practice transvestism. For this reason, it is not specifically a Gay concern or priority. Therefore, it should not be promoted at rallies and demonstrations.
We make a stronger distinction regarding Transsexuals. They do not even identify with Gay Liberation, but adopt heterosexual roles, attitudes and life-styles completely. They are the first, themselves, to stress that they are not Gay.
7. Transvestism is a remnant of the ghetto and the first symbol of Gay oppression. We, in the Gay movement, are in the process of self-definition and self-acceptance. Transvestism negates both, by first imposing exterior definition and secondly, by masking us from our real selves and others. When we come out of the closets, we must leave the trappings of the closet behind! Gay pride begins with self-acceptance as real, natural people, without the sham of a ‘drag’ mask.
We strongly protest the inclusion of transvestite spokespeople and entertainers at Gay rallies and demonstrations
I’m just comparin’….
Why exactly are we surprised that a Hollywood-oid would refuse to even attempt to cast a trans woman as a trans woman in a film?
HRC, NGLTF, Lambda Legal and NCTE have all given license to all employers everywhere to refuse to ever hire trans women for anything, most particularly when a trans woman happens the most qualified for the position in question.
As I saw on a Facebook comment this morning:
The cisgens still think we’re drag queens.
They just take their cues from Gay, Inc.