MauraHennessey August 26th, 2013 at 2:22 pm
Impressively written, Autumn, and nice to hear a voice that recognises the dangerous nature of simply grabbing hundreds of thousands of documents without knowing the content and handing it over to a foreigner…
It’s a bit disappointing that this is the sum of the comments from a human rights attorney on a situation where someone saw innocents being murdered and was themselves tortured.
Keep speaking truth to power.
Thank you Kathy! I really love to read about Catholic priests and nuns who are social activists. It looks like Joanna Clark/Sister Mary Elizabeth is one such inspirational person:
You’re quite welcome. Trust me – that blurb is an incredibly brief listing of her contributions. As the largest online resource of HIV info back in the 90′s – the White House logged in daily & she worked 24/7 – out of a mobile home – I think.
Larry Kramer wrote about her as well – if you can find it it’s worth a look.
And she was part of an org doing trans advocacy and getting policy changes from government in the 70′s.
You know – all this trans stuff is new. that was 40 years ago. Most commenters here weren’t born yet. When some say they can’t say the pronoun she as they have no experience writing the world – I have to wonder. Christine Jorgensen was the hugest story in the entire world – not kidding – front page of every single newspaper – way back in the 50′s. This would be hen most people commenting here – well – when their grandparents were born. Ahem. My age.
I understand if it’s your partner, sibling, parent – someone close to you. It’s difficult to make the transition as your loved one make their transition. But – a complete stranger who you’ve never met and never will – on a blog where you’ve been explicitly told not respecting Manning’s gender is a tos violation. As we used to say – you need to own your own shit. Unless you have some rare neurological condition that prevents your putting an s in front of a h – hold up on commenting until you grow up a bit. I know – men are fragile.
Autumn Sandeen was the first transgender service member to have her gender changed by the military. She’s a respected trans writer, a pioneer. What she says might not please you, but she is an important voice and one worth hearing.
Actually – Joanna Clark – back in the 1970′s did when she served in both the army and the navy after transitioning.
She was later known as Sister Mary Elizabeth after she took religous orders. This particular article is simply not worth hearing. It’s about the author’s feelings, not the issues.
“I don’t want to see him (sorry, I’m not used to the idea of changing pronouns yet)”
It’s really easy. You know how when your friend gets married and she has a new last name? Kinda like that. If you tried it instead of making believe you were respecting her it would be even easier for you. Even my grandmother learned it.
Just a helpful hint.
As this is reposted from transadvocate.com I’ll repost my comment from there as well if it’s not considered a faux pas.
When someone transitions you respect that fact of life – even murderers. Just as when say, even when a murderer marries or gets baptized – yada, yada, yada – I’m not sure why this requires exposition or explanation.
When people choose to transition is simply not at the discretion of your or of your organizations needs. Someone who has a dieing parent, who is going through a divorce, has children, is perhaps waiting twenty long years to say retire from the Navy – or is locked up in military prison and in the middle of a somewhat high profile trial that might put them in jail for 135 years might just have a few things to worry about other than others feelings on the timing of their transition.
In 2010 there were some minor impediments for Manning in changing her name – what with being held in solitary confinement, nude, in shackles, under stress positions, in a cell in Kuwait. Then in Qauntico. And under conditions the UN called torture.
How pray tell does one get to the county court house to change ones name? And exactly why do you think it would have enhanced her safety and improved her chances in her case?
Just Jesus – just fucking Jesus. Yes – she should have done with her life under such god damn extreme conditions what you and your organization would have found convenient.
And yes – she broke the law and will be in prison. But – guess what – people in prison are still human beings. Military people in prison are still human beings. Trans people in the military who end up in prison are going to in a really bad place and need a hell of a lot of help – it would be nice if say an organization supported them instead of stigmatizing them. Maybe even the only organization for trans people in the military.
And – since you note it was in 2010 when people knew Manning was trans and we all knew she couldn’t reach out while being in solitary confinement. Instead of questioning her for not doing so – perhaps it would have been good for a group who dealt with those issues to havemaybe contacted her attorney – instead of noting how tough it is that that person didn’t meet the organizations needs. If only for the fact that it might have been prudent for the organization to do so.
Oh – for your consideration.
From James Wolcott:
“As has been noted on Twitter, Hilter’s favorite architect and convicted Nazi war criminal Albert Speer was sentenced to 20 years in prison, 15 shy of the 35 year sentence meted out to Bradley Manning this week for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks. Manning should have been sentenced to time served, but, no, our judicial system and national mindset has become so blankly grayly punitive and sadistic that the System doesn’t blink at treating the transgressions of a young private as being far more heinous than taking part in the construction of the Third Reich.”
People don’t exist for the needs of the organizations. Quite the opposite. To lay the needs of others on the doorstep on someone with all of this on their back and who was given zero support is completely unfair. Who even helped her to even use those words you would have prefer she say? Did you ask her if she chose not to use them so she could deflect in some small way some of the heat from this away from those words and the community?
Did you or your organization try and contact her AT ALL before writing about her?
You quote scripture often. I may not be religious – but having been an altar boy back in my childhood and having a tad of training from the Jesuits even I know the basics:
“ I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”
Kathy commented on the blog post Ender’s Game: Comic-Con Panel, Filmmakers Discuss LGBT Issue: Basically “Please Don’t Boycott”
I’m not sure it’s ever moot to consider giving money to someone who will use it to oppress you.
Card is also disingenuous regrading the time period not pertaining to lgbt issues – of course they were. And – he updated the book in 1991 to reflect political changes re: the Soviet Union no longer existing. So – even if one were to agree on the ahistoricity argument – he’s not being very honest about changing political circumstances either.
So – was Lott a gay or straight crossdresser? And……how should I assess the relative devaluing?
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