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  • Actually, this historic victory is 100% thanks to President Obama. Contrary to what Zimbel stated, all five members of the EEOC were appointed by President Obama.

  • That’s blatantly shifting the goalposts, dude — you were the one who argued that there was no difference between Washington and Maryland.

  • The difference is that the previous fight on domestic partnerships gives us hard, reliable numbers on the Washington electorate. . . and those numbers are strongly in favor of marriage equality. The people here voted down Referendum 71 by a comfortable margin of 53% to 46% . . . but that’s only half the picture, because despite bringing in SCADS of out of state money, Referendum 71 barely scraped onto the ballot with just 122,007 signatures out of 120,577 required.

    And on top of that, the social conservatives are in disarray; there are two rival anti-gay coalitions both accusing each other of financial malfeasance and competing for resources.

    So yes, there are many completely sensible reasons that Washington is a priority state for LGBT orgs at this time.

  • I’d venture to say that they’re funding Washington because the situation here is a near-certain win — the state legislature already passed a marriage equality act, so all that’s left is defeating the voter referendum challenge (Referendum 74) which the anti-equality side is trying to advance. The similar referendum two years ago which sought to overturn the civil unions law was not only soundly rejected by the voters of this state but barely even got enough signatures to make the ballot, giving us a very real shot at winning this fight right now instead of having to go to the ballot in November.

  • So HRC decided to replace a rich white cis gay guy with another rich white cis gay guy. It’s nice to know their priorities haven’t changed.

  • DesiArcy commented on the blog post Perhaps the most dangerous black gay man…Cleo Manago

    2012-02-18 12:56:23View | Delete

    As an Asian-American lesbian, I absolutely agree with Mr. Manago’s critiques of the mainstream queer community as being not only totally dominated by white interests but also substantially more racist than Western society at large.

    As a trans lesbian of color, as a social activist, and as a cognitive scientist, I understand that achieving equal rights for all queer people requires social transformation as well as political action, and achieving that social transformation will require both efforts which are cross-cultural and efforts which are specific to a particular culture or subculture. White people often fail to comprehend the need for culture-specific methods because they enjoy the privilege of always having their culture catered to by default.

    Creating culture-specific organizations within the broad aegis of the equal rights movement is in no way “anti-white” or divisive. Rather, it is a long overdue recognition that the queer community is bigger than just white people and that engaging non-white cultures often requires different organizations with different tactics and strategies.

  • Duke University “later expanded” their nondiscrimination policy to include gender identity as well as sexual orientation, but actions speak louder than words. Duke’s decision to welcome ROTC back to campus after DADT was repealed decisively demonstrated that they have no interest in actually enforcing equal rights for trans students.

  • DesiArcy commented on the blog post Why We’re “Lumped Together” In LGBT Community

    2011-10-28 21:31:18View | Delete

    My impression is that there are three basic kinds of people who object to the inclusion of trans people in the civil rights movement:

    1. First and foremost, you have cis people who are overtly transphobic and believe that trans people should be denied equal rights. Pretty much all religious fundamentalists, social conservatives, and second-wave radical feminists fall into this category, and there are also a surprising number of gays and lesbians who cling to the delusion that trans people do not really exist because “sex changes” are either an extreme form of cross-dressing or an over-the-top attempt to deny being gay/lesbian.

    2. Second, you have cis people who are tacitly transphobic and claim they have nothing against trans people, but oppose trans rights because they see these issues as “getting in the way” of more important political issues. This is predominantly upper-class gay white gays and lesbians who want movement to focus exclusively on “big ticket” gay rights issues such as marriage equality, although it also includes some people who believe that equal rights issues as a whole should take a back seat to economic issues.

    3. Third, you have transsexual separatists, who oppose civil rights for trans people because they believe that “passable” binary-gendered post-operative transsexual men and women can blend perfectly into mainstream society and don’t need civil rights protection of any sort, while everyone else in the trans umbrella is a deviant pervert who deserves to be abused.

  • As I understand it, it was Barney Frank who killed ENDA by procedural dirty tricks when he found out that the anti-trans poison pill provisions he’d added might be applied to gays as well.

  • DesiArcy commented on the blog post My Life Is Likely Less Valuable Than Yours

    2011-09-04 06:37:03View | Delete

    On the strength of the available facts, it is quite clear that Letitia King was a trans girl who is being misgendered by the mainstream media out of ignorance and by the gay media out of shameless appropriation. Just as they did with the Barry Winchell case.

  • The Republican Party has positioned itself as an implacable enemy of any kind of civil rights for minorities in general and LGBTI people in particular. It is completely dominated by hardline social conservatives, and those who claim to be “fiscally conservative but socially moderate” have a consistent record of bowing to party solidarity rather than standing up for what they supposedly believe. As long as that remains the case, there’s no room for LGBTI rights in the Republican Party, and conversely no room for avowed Republicans in the LGBTI rights movement.

    More generally speaking, fiscal conservatism as actually practiced in America is generally incompatible with equality because it consistently opposes any measures to help the underprivileged as “interference with the Almighty Invisible Hand”. It is in principle possible to construct moderate implementations of conservatism which are compatible with equality, and that’s what the “fiscally but not socially conservative” types need to be doing.

    As to social conservatism, it is totally incompatible with equality.