bridgettepl

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  • Phoenix Woman,

    Just because we…meaning my mother and I…disagree with your view of Dan Choi, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and Daniel Ellsberg does not mean that we are disqualified from being a legitimate LGBT blog. We are very hard on Obama as well. that is a lot of what it comes down to as a journalist. When people we do not like do bad things, we tell it the way we see it without so much as blinking.

    The thing is, that quote from Terry Pratchett, that is something that I live by. I may disagree with you, but that does not make me more or less legitimate than anyone else.

    Now, as I informed Ms Spaulding earlier today, not a single thing that Ms Nathan wrote is real. I am going to post here most of the email I sent to Ms Spaulding earlier in the day. This will allow her to use it in the retraction:

    Let me make something very clear here. LezGetReal is my blog, what goes up is the work of me and Linda Carbonell- that is it. Ms Melanie Nathan has been harassing us with these lies ever since this scandal began. I finally had to block any and all communications from her because I was getting really tired of opening my email and finding out that this woman had just emailed me yet again to claim that Graber was pulling my strings. As for:

    “Some months ago Bridgette LaVictoire, who now claims to own LezGetReal, after the explosive exposure of the Paula Brooks lie, confessed to me in a written communication that Bill Graber is still working with her on the site. She told me at the time that she had been in love with “Paula Brooks,” and that she really needed the newly revealed Bill Graber, as she was not emotionally able to let go and run the site without him.”

    I confessed no such thing. Ms Nathan inferred that from a conversation and would listen to nothing else.

    As for Bill Graber, the only thing that he has done with regards to the site is fixing the database, an issue that Ms Melanie Nathan promised to do, and was even paid to do at one point. Instead, Ms Nathan took the money. Do I deny contact with Bill Graber, no. Believe it or not, I am a nice and forgiving person, Ms Spaulding. I do keep in touch with him because, despite all the lies, he is still something of a friend. I tried to reach out to Ms Nathan and rebuild the friendship that I had with her at one point, but she slapped me in the face, took what I told her, and twisted it into lies- including this one. That, and like it or not, Mr Graber owes me quite a lot, believe it or not, and I am in no way walking away from a debt like that. It is, in fact, why our database got fixed- his guilt and my money.

    With regards to the fact that my mother is Linda Carbonell, I do not deny that. She is my mother. Patricia Carbonell is my aunt. As for being the “forever virginal transgender lesbian”, let me make something clear here. To even bring that up just shows how sick and twisted Ms Nathan is becoming. She is obsessed with the blog, and with taking us down. Now she has you doing her dirty work because I refuse to so much as listen to her any more. You know trans people, Ms Spaulding. I believe you have worked with Autumn Sandeen for some time. Let me tell you, we are as individual and unique as everyone else. I am lesbian, and I am transsexual.

    Ms Nathan is obsessed with taking down LezGetReal. There is no charade going on. I own this blog, and I run it. It is something of a family operation, you know. I have put my money, my sweat, and my tears into rebuilding this blog. I am hardly going to rebrand it or shut it down just because one woman is furious that we still exist.

    Here’s the deal, try calling that number Ms Nathan says Mr Graber is calling her from. That number rings to my phone, incidentally. It was part of the package that had to be handed over to me as the owner of this blog. What gets me is that, are you so desperate now that you have no choice but to attack LGR over the unverified lies of someone like Melanie Nathan? You made no attempt to contact me or anyone else. Talking about:

    “This is about duplicity in reporting (not about Graber and whatever personal issues he may have), and only serves to reflect badly upon bloggers who work under pseudonyms for legitimate reasons, and places bloggers generally in the position of having to defend citizen journalism, since the veracity and quality of our reporting is always under scrutiny and often dismissed by traditional journalists”

    And not verifying your information just makes you look sloppy and reflects worse on bloggers than anything else.

    Needless to say, I am furious over this. I have endured six months of harassment from Ms Nathan. I really want her to move on and work on getting her life back in on track, but this harassment has got to stop.

  • bridgettepl commented on the diary post Straight Privilege – Second Lesbian Blogger Outed As Man by Bill Egnor.

    2011-06-14 17:49:18View | Delete

    Ms Hamsher, It is so nice to know that you guys didn’t want to reach out to me, the new owner, of LGR on either this board or via email, which you should have through my registration on this site. Here’s the deal, what ever Mr. Graber did was his own. Still, let me set [...]

  • bridgettepl commented on the diary post Straight Privilege – Second Lesbian Blogger Outed As Man by Bill Egnor.

    2011-06-14 09:32:34View | Delete

    Pheonix Woman,

    That still doesn’t answer were you talking about me?

    And, yes, we hope to move past this.

  • bridgettepl commented on the diary post Straight Privilege – Second Lesbian Blogger Outed As Man by Bill Egnor.

    2011-06-14 09:03:57View | Delete

    Grr..i don’t even know this guy’s real name- Graber, not Garber. SIGH….I hate this.

  • bridgettepl commented on the diary post Straight Privilege – Second Lesbian Blogger Outed As Man by Bill Egnor.

    2011-06-14 08:42:54View | Delete

    Phoenix Woman, I guess you are talking about me? Are you saying that I am not a lesbian or that I am not female? On the first one, I happen to be lesbian even if I happen to be a virgin, and on the second, I definitely happen to be female even if I wasn’t [...]

  • bridgettepl commented on the diary post Straight Privilege – Second Lesbian Blogger Outed As Man by Bill Egnor.

    2011-06-14 07:04:31View | Delete

    Liberalarts, I find the word “breeder” to be a slur. I am lesbian, transsexual, and I am also with Linda LaVictoire, the new owner of LezGetReal. I have not and do not lie about who I am. I am Linda’s daughter, and she is a straight woman. She writes because of me. What Garber did [...]

  • bridgettepl commented on the blog post Massachusetts Voters Appear Ready to Embrace Single Payer

    2010-11-08 19:21:48View | Delete

    Shumlin ran on this hard, and it is very popular with the state. In the healthcare debate, people tended to look at Massachusetts and forget that Vermont already has low income health insurance in place as well as state run healthcare. I am on VHAP, which pays for most things, and there are a lot of people who are on Catamount. Over all, the state has had very few problems with the system, and Shumlin wants to expand it in order to make it stronger and cover everyone in the state. At the same time, this would reign in costs and provide a boon to the employers in the state who want to unburden themselves of the costs of buying health insurance.

    Hopefully, we will have this come up this year or next.

  • bridgettepl commented on the blog post Massachusetts Voters Appear Ready to Embrace Single Payer

    2010-11-08 18:51:13View | Delete

    Vermont is moving towards it this upcoming session. Shumlin made it his priority.

  • bridgettepl commented on the diary post Getting Out of a Felony Because Your Employer Won’t Employ Felons by Teddy Partridge.

    2010-11-07 20:29:51View | Delete

    A felony has job implications for anyone convicted of a felony. What makes this man more worthy of getting off like this than the man who murders another?

  • bridgettepl commented on the blog post Why the Fear and Loathing?

    2010-11-07 13:15:09View | Delete

    Thank you for the reply. I blog over at Lezgetreal, and I love to use this quote from time to time, usually directed at President Obama. “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.” It’s from the movie Men in Black. What we need to do is educate. It is not an easy thing to do, but we have to. I agree.

    There are always problems with trying to change people’s minds, but we can change people’s minds. Back when I started blogging, people were vehemently opposed to repealing DADT and were dead set against same-sex marriage and civil unions. That has changed because we as a community have explained what it means and found arguments that make sense to our opponents. We cannot convert all of them to supporting us, but we can get enough to support us that we are no longer fighting the majority of Americans.

    So, I agree. Take care.

  • bridgettepl commented on the blog post Why the Fear and Loathing?

    2010-11-07 09:47:44View | Delete

    I think some of it, and it is very complex, is something that Stephen Colbert pointed out. “If I give you rights, that means less rights for me.”

    What many of the people on the Right want is fairness. The problem is that they have been told that this fairness coming from the Left means that they will have less than they do now. I see it all the time working inside the LGBT Community. When pushed about just how legalizing marriage equality, protecting LGBT Americans, and making sure that people cannot be fired for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender will effect these people, they cannot cite a single place where it will directly impact them.

    Many people have been sold a bill of goods that taxing the rich means less money for ‘us’ down below without anyone pointing out the rich got rich by spending less money than the rest of us. The government taxes the rich and that money is then redistributed in order to keep the engines of the economy working.

    I can go on. Basically, a lot of people have bought into the snake oil economics that is out there and they now believe that anything other than what they have been told is in the Constitution is un-American and wrong.

    The only people who stand to lose are the bigots and the rich. One we can afford to lose and the other can afford to loose some.

  • bridgettepl commented on the diary post Christianitea by Eli.

    2010-11-06 16:21:07View | Delete

    “is it too much to ask that you at least make an effort to read and understand them?” It is, trust me. I work with a woman who has her doctorate in Biblical Studies and she often blows even ordained ministers out of the water with her knowledge. Meanwhile, I’m a Pagan, and I have [...]

  • bridgettepl commented on the blog post Olbermann Suspended from MSNBC for Donations to Democrats

    2010-11-05 13:12:54View | Delete

    I think you missed my point, which is that if Scarborough is opinion, and Olbermann is opinion, than Griffin is a hypocrite who just made a really bad move.

  • bridgettepl commented on the blog post Olbermann Suspended from MSNBC for Donations to Democrats

    2010-11-05 12:02:02View | Delete

    Keith Olbermann’s show is opinion. I think everyone has missed that point.

  • bridgettepl commented on the blog post KY-Sen, IN-Sen Go To Republicans

    2010-11-03 10:29:44View | Delete

    Just for the record- as a Vermonter- we do not get rid of incumbents unless they royally screw up. Leahy was the winner of this race without any thought about it. I voted for him- and heck, he’s been in office since before I was born!

  • bridgettepl commented on the diary post Iowans Vote NOT to Retain Pro-Marriage Equality Judges by Teddy Partridge.

    2010-11-03 05:24:03View | Delete

    OK, this is not going to be the walk in the park that NOM thinks it is. Getting rid of these judges does nothing in the long run with regards to overturning marriage equality in Iowa. They still cannot get it on the ballot until 2014, and even then, they may not have enough votes [...]

  • bridgettepl commented on the diary post Iowans Vote NOT to Retain Pro-Marriage Equality Judges by Teddy Partridge.

    2010-11-03 05:21:46View | Delete

    They can try to impeach Phillips, but they do not have enough votes to do anything against her.

    The LCR is not the problem- it’s GOProud.