Dr. Jillian T. Weiss Soon To Join Other Transgender Activists In The Wilderness

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Dr. Jillian T. Weiss Soon To Join Other Transgender Activists In The Wilderness

That’s my opinion on where the good doctor is headed. In a recent post at Bilerico.com she said:

“The incredibly unflappable Signorile asked about the failure of Congress to move on ENDA and DADT, and the President’s failure to lead. Frank’s angry response was that the LGBT community has failed to lobby Congress. He characterized our community as “lazy” and “whining”. He said “that is why we will lose” on ENDA and DADT. It was obvious he was more interested in defending himself and his cronies than in providing any leadership.

Have we failed to lobby Congress? Frank gave not a scintilla of evidence to support his accusations. In fact, one need only take a look at the blogs to see many, many stories about the efforts people are taking to call and write their Congressmembers. Advocacy organizations like the National Task Force, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the National Center for Transgender Equality were busy organizing phone banks and working with local communities in target districts last Fall. There is lots of evidence that our community has spent a great deal of time and effort and money in lobbying Congress. There is also evidence that Congress has been busy ignoring us.

Are you trying to lead us, Representative Frank, or to intimidate us? I know you’re one of the most powerful U.S. Representatives and all, but with all due respect, cut the malarkey.”

Representative Barney Frank is laying the groundwork for our exclusion. First it was his mention of bathrooms:

“There continues to be concerns on the part of many members about the transgender issue, particularly about the question of places where people are without their clothes — showers, bathrooms, locker rooms, etc.,” said Frank. “We still have this issue about what happens when people who present themselves as one sex but have the physical characteristics of the other sex, what rules govern what happens in locker rooms, showers, etc.”

The really disgusting  part of that is it is THE VERY THING that homophobic people use to scare others about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. Now he’s publicly pinning the blame on the community while the “LG-bt” non-profit industrial complex turns a deaf ear. Now that the National Center for Transgender Equality is a part of the LCCR, one has to wonder how much of a fight they can put up in fighting our exclusion.  Frank will pay no political price for shaming the community because those who’s living is based on getting gay money, won’t shit where they eat.

By speaking truth to power, Weiss puts herself outside of that group. The Washington whisper campaign already has been swirling about her, that she she is a “loose cannon”. If anyone needs a score card of the current transactivist meme:

  • Vanessa Edwards Foster –  batshit insane
  • Denise Leclair – impossible to work with
  • Dawn Wilson & Monica Roberts – violent racists
  • Katrina Rose – combative with violent tendencies
  • Pauline Park – abrasive and unworkable
  • Monica Helms obnoxious loose cannon
  • Marti Abernathey – chaotic and disruptive
  • Gwen Smith – sullen and depressive

I’m sorry they’re doing this to her, but at least she’s in good company.

61 Comments

  1. Kat says:

    “combative with violent tendencies”

    I’ve always wondered if that analysis came from someone who has actually worked with me – or from someone in particular who has never been in the same room with me for more than a few minutes yet is nevertheless one who the grapevine tells me has actively endeavored to ensure that I am never able to work either with said person or with anyone/anything else.

    • In the interest of full disclosure, I am actually:
      “Problematic, and difficult to work with” which is beltway speak for “questions authority”
      Welcome to the machine.

      • dianne karron a/k/a dr d b kar says:

        I remember TG lobby days.

        Bashing one another is not productive. Delivering useful information
        and defusing some of the horrible far right propaganda by personal example is productive.

        I’m amazed we did not scare the b-jeasus out of the poor congressional L. A. (Legislative Aides) they met with discuss the issues.

        I got the feeling we did more damage then good. Lobbying is hard hard work, and difficult selling.

        I also helped with S and T issues and basically all we were trained to do was education by sound bytes. Scientists have traditionally been done poorly in the political process and are now taking a lot of heat in climatology.

        I would love to see Dr. Weiss help lobby.

        DC is full of retired and niche lobbyists who are self supporting and do not answer to an identify able and deliverable constituency; that is what a Legislative A id look for.

        You also have to cultivate congressmen/woman who listen to you and not hammer away at the wrong person who has a LA there just to absorb abuse. Membership in a political club is important. You need to have a petegree. Once you have an allay in congress you can start working your way through others who know you into the hears and minds of legislators.

        IMHO. YMWV. Good Luck to Dr. W.

    • Cristan says:

      “combative with violent tendencies”

      Yup! That’s what I thought of you when you took the time to talk with me about transitioning at the meetings in Vanessa’s home back in 97.

      People like you were my inspiration… but then they say that I’m 100% power mad and egotistical 😛

  2. Kat says:

    “combative with violent tendencies”

    I’ve always wondered if that analysis came from someone who has actually worked with me – or from someone in particular who has never been in the same room with me for more than a few minutes yet is nevertheless one who the grapevine tells me has actively endeavored to ensure that I am never able to work either with said person or with anyone/anything else.

    • In the interest of full disclosure, I am actually:
      “Problematic, and difficult to work with” which is beltway speak for “questions authority”
      Welcome to the machine.

      • dianne karron a/k/a dr d b karron says:

        I remember TG lobby days.

        Bashing one another is not productive. Delivering useful information
        and defusing some of the horrible far right propaganda by personal example is productive.

        I’m amazed we did not scare the b-jeasus out of the poor congressional L. A. (Legislative Aides) they met with discuss the issues.

        I got the feeling we did more damage then good. Lobbying is hard hard work, and difficult selling.

        I also helped with S and T issues and basically all we were trained to do was education by sound bytes. Scientists have traditionally been done poorly in the political process and are now taking a lot of heat in climatology.

        I would love to see Dr. Weiss help lobby.

        DC is full of retired and niche lobbyists who are self supporting and do not answer to an identify able and deliverable constituency; that is what a Legislative A id look for.

        You also have to cultivate congressmen/woman who listen to you and not hammer away at the wrong person who has a LA there just to absorb abuse. Membership in a political club is important. You need to have a petegree. Once you have an allay in congress you can start working your way through others who know you into the hears and minds of legislators.

        IMHO. YMWV. Good Luck to Dr. W.

    • Cristan says:

      “combative with violent tendencies”

      Yup! That’s what I thought of you when you took the time to talk with me about transitioning at the meetings in Vanessa’s home back in 97.

      People like you were my inspiration… but then they say that I’m 100% power mad and egotistical 😛

  3. Polar says:

    And we all know who the Quisling who is doing the whispering is. When Frank says this kind of stuff, all I can say is “I’m not surprised”. He’s just another invertebrate.

  4. Polar says:

    And we all know who the Quisling who is doing the whispering is. When Frank says this kind of stuff, all I can say is “I’m not surprised”. He’s just another invertebrate.

  5. Polar says:

    And we all know who the Quisling who is doing the whispering is. When Frank says this kind of stuff, all I can say is “I’m not surprised”. He’s just another invertebrate.

  6. Kat says:

    “He’s just another invertebrate.”

    What does that make the Quisling?

    • Polar says:

      “He’s just another invertebrate.”
      “What does that make the Quisling?”

      A sellout and traitor. HRC has always owned her lock stock and barrel.

      Weiss did a great job this past year of inspiring individuals to write and call their Members. The other listed activists are all people I respect greatly as lobbyists on the Hill, most of whom can accomplish more on the Hill in a few days every couple years than a certain quisling accomplishes full-time.

      Let us remember that, to Frank “lobbying” equals “funding my campaign for reelection”. He damned well knows the T community enough to realize there is no money there, and so he has no reason to care; T people are more profitable for the GOP, since the hatred of T people can raise them a lot of money. ‘Tis all about the Benjamins.

    • Polar says:

      “He’s just another invertebrate.”
      “What does that make the Quisling?”

      A sellout and traitor. HRC has always owned her lock stock and barrel.

      Weiss did a great job this past year of inspiring individuals to write and call their Members. The other listed activists are all people I respect greatly as lobbyists on the Hill, most of whom can accomplish more on the Hill in a few days every couple years than a certain quisling accomplishes full-time.

      Let us remember that, to Frank “lobbying” equals “funding my campaign for reelection”. He damned well knows the T community enough to realize there is no money there, and so he has no reason to care; T people are more profitable for the GOP, since the hatred of T people can raise them a lot of money. ‘Tis all about the Benjamins.

  7. Kat says:

    “He’s just another invertebrate.”

    What does that make the Quisling?

  8. Kat says:

    “He’s just another invertebrate.”

    What does that make the Quisling?

    • Polar says:

      “He’s just another invertebrate.”
      “What does that make the Quisling?”

      A sellout and traitor. HRC has always owned her lock stock and barrel.

      Weiss did a great job this past year of inspiring individuals to write and call their Members. The other listed activists are all people I respect greatly as lobbyists on the Hill, most of whom can accomplish more on the Hill in a few days every couple years than a certain quisling accomplishes full-time.

      Let us remember that, to Frank “lobbying” equals “funding my campaign for reelection”. He damned well knows the T community enough to realize there is no money there, and so he has no reason to care; T people are more profitable for the GOP, since the hatred of T people can raise them a lot of money. ‘Tis all about the Benjamins.

  9. Dovey says:

    Barney Frank is doing a good job of publicly showing how out of touch with the greater lgbt community he is, and just how irrelavent his opinions really are. Lead,follow,or get out of the way. I think we all know what he needs to do.

  10. Dovey says:

    Barney Frank is doing a good job of publicly showing how out of touch with the greater lgbt community he is, and just how irrelavent his opinions really are. Lead,follow,or get out of the way. I think we all know what he needs to do.

  11. Dovey says:

    Barney Frank is doing a good job of publicly showing how out of touch with the greater lgbt community he is, and just how irrelavent his opinions really are. Lead,follow,or get out of the way. I think we all know what he needs to do.

  12. Kat says:

    <>

    What?!?!?!?!? I smell some sarcasm!

    I thought surely that the waterboarding, fingernail-extractions and 36 consecutive hours of “You Light Up My Life” actually managed to break your spirit.

    Clearly, you need another dose.

    Hmmm….

    Where is my copy of Whitney Houston singing “I Will Always Love You” when I need it?

    • Kat says:

      [Clearly, my snipping didn’t work. Take two….]

      Cristan said:

      “‘combative with violent tendencies’

      Yup! That’s what I thought of you when you took the time to talk with me about transitioning at the meetings in Vanessa’s home back in 97.”

      What?!?!?!?!? I smell some sarcasm!

      I thought surely that the waterboarding, fingernail-extractions and 36 consecutive hours of “You Light Up My Life” actually managed to break your spirit.

      Clearly, you need another dose.

      Hmmm….

      Where is my copy of Whitney Houston singing “I Will Always Love You” when I need it?

  13. Kat says:

    <>

    What?!?!?!?!? I smell some sarcasm!

    I thought surely that the waterboarding, fingernail-extractions and 36 consecutive hours of “You Light Up My Life” actually managed to break your spirit.

    Clearly, you need another dose.

    Hmmm….

    Where is my copy of Whitney Houston singing “I Will Always Love You” when I need it?

    • Kat says:

      [Clearly, my snipping didn’t work. Take two….]

      Cristan said:

      “‘combative with violent tendencies’

      Yup! That’s what I thought of you when you took the time to talk with me about transitioning at the meetings in Vanessa’s home back in 97.”

      What?!?!?!?!? I smell some sarcasm!

      I thought surely that the waterboarding, fingernail-extractions and 36 consecutive hours of “You Light Up My Life” actually managed to break your spirit.

      Clearly, you need another dose.

      Hmmm….

      Where is my copy of Whitney Houston singing “I Will Always Love You” when I need it?

  14. Jillian says:

    I’ll be on Michelangelo Signorile’s Sirius OutQ radio show today (Thursday 2/11) at 3:30 discussing Barney Frank, the bathroom issue, and the “whisper campaign”

  15. Jillian says:

    I’ll be on Michelangelo Signorile’s Sirius OutQ radio show today (Thursday 2/11) at 3:30 discussing Barney Frank, the bathroom issue, and the “whisper campaign”

  16. Kat says:

    dianne karron a/k/a dr d b karron said:

    “Bashing one another is not productive. ”

    This is one of those principles that looks far better in the abstract than it proves to be in the real world. (Please, at this point, reference Homer Simpson’s summation of Christianity, the religion “with all the well-meaning rules that don’t work in real life.”)

    Bashing for bashing’s sake is indeed a road to nowhere.

    Then again, if one reads the HRC logo as a map, one sees two very short yellow roads that provide four dead-ends.

    People like St. Barney, Queen Elizabeth III, Pee Wee Solmonese and the Quisling are – in practical terms – no different than people like Michael Bailey and Alice Dreger. The use their positions – however questionably they may have come into them and to whatever degree they prevent competition with them – to disseminate their words and/or philosophies and/or anti-scientific theories and/or political strategies, all of which have the real potential (or, in many instances, no other purpose than) to do us great harm. Then, when those negatively affected by their words and/or philosophies and/or anti-scientific theories and/or political strategies stand up to them, usually simply by empirically disproving (though also by legitimately questioning even in the absence of absolute proof) their words and/or philosophies and/or anti-scientific theories and/or political strategies, they cry foul, accusing we vertebrates of ‘bashing’ or – and this is my favorite (just ask ‘Rosa Lee’) – ‘censoring.’

    Not that I’m conceding that he ever existed, but even Jesus would never forgive what any of our accusers have done and are continuing to collect undeserved salaries for continuing to do.

    BTW – I invite any of the above-named people to publicly characterize this post as ‘violent’ or even ‘combative’ to any greater degree than any of the above-named people – whose careers involve the ‘combat’ of politics and/or academia. If so, I hope said characterizer is in the mood to be on the short end of a test case to re-examine the holding of New York Times v. Sullivan.

  17. Kat says:

    dianne karron a/k/a dr d b karron said:

    “Bashing one another is not productive. ”

    This is one of those principles that looks far better in the abstract than it proves to be in the real world. (Please, at this point, reference Homer Simpson’s summation of Christianity, the religion “with all the well-meaning rules that don’t work in real life.”)

    Bashing for bashing’s sake is indeed a road to nowhere.

    Then again, if one reads the HRC logo as a map, one sees two very short yellow roads that provide four dead-ends.

    People like St. Barney, Queen Elizabeth III, Pee Wee Solmonese and the Quisling are – in practical terms – no different than people like Michael Bailey and Alice Dreger. The use their positions – however questionably they may have come into them and to whatever degree they prevent competition with them – to disseminate their words and/or philosophies and/or anti-scientific theories and/or political strategies, all of which have the real potential (or, in many instances, no other purpose than) to do us great harm. Then, when those negatively affected by their words and/or philosophies and/or anti-scientific theories and/or political strategies stand up to them, usually simply by empirically disproving (though also by legitimately questioning even in the absence of absolute proof) their words and/or philosophies and/or anti-scientific theories and/or political strategies, they cry foul, accusing we vertebrates of ‘bashing’ or – and this is my favorite (just ask ‘Rosa Lee’) – ‘censoring.’

    Not that I’m conceding that he ever existed, but even Jesus would never forgive what any of our accusers have done and are continuing to collect undeserved salaries for continuing to do.

    BTW – I invite any of the above-named people to publicly characterize this post as ‘violent’ or even ‘combative’ to any greater degree than any of the above-named people – whose careers involve the ‘combat’ of politics and/or academia. If so, I hope said characterizer is in the mood to be on the short end of a test case to re-examine the holding of New York Times v. Sullivan.

  18. Cathryn says:

    I am so glad you all tossed me out years ago………

  19. Cathryn says:

    I am so glad you all tossed me out years ago………

  20. Marti,
    In the interest of full disclosure, I’m also referred to as an ‘uppity n****r in addition to being called ‘racist’

    • Kat says:

      “I’m also referred to as an ‘uppity n****r'”

      A little-known aspect of he REAL ID Act would require you to have that phrase on your driver’s license.

    • Kat says:

      “I’m also referred to as an ‘uppity n****r'”

      A little-known aspect of he REAL ID Act would require you to have that phrase on your driver’s license.

      • Marti Abernathey says:

        But our friends in DC are working on that (code for “we’re waiting for someone else to, so we can take the credit”) and are “hopeful” to get movement on that soon.

    • Kat says:

      “I’m also referred to as an ‘uppity n****r'”

      A little-known aspect of he REAL ID Act would require you to have that phrase on your driver’s license.

  21. Marti,
    In the interest of full disclosure, I’m also referred to as an ‘uppity n****r in addition to being called ‘racist’

    • Kat says:

      “I’m also referred to as an ‘uppity n****r'”

      A little-known aspect of he REAL ID Act would require you to have that phrase on your driver’s license.

      • Marti Abernathey says:

        But our friends in DC are working on that (code for “we’re waiting for someone else to, so we can take the credit”) and are “hopeful” to get movement on that soon.

  22. Joanna Sue says:

    I have felt when it come down to the crunch time the “Barney Frank” types would turn over on us. As I said before elsewhere, they do not really want to pass any of this legislation. They just wish to use it to keep the LGBTQ community on the hook but if push does come to shove there are many who would throw the T part of that under the wheels of the bus so to speak. We are not going to see ENDA passed until a majority of states pass a state version or at the very least enough of them pass it to the point they an provide enough electoral votes to put a president into office. Then perhaps they will allow us to no longer be treated like second class citizens.

  23. Joanna Sue says:

    I have felt when it come down to the crunch time the “Barney Frank” types would turn over on us. As I said before elsewhere, they do not really want to pass any of this legislation. They just wish to use it to keep the LGBTQ community on the hook but if push does come to shove there are many who would throw the T part of that under the wheels of the bus so to speak. We are not going to see ENDA passed until a majority of states pass a state version or at the very least enough of them pass it to the point they an provide enough electoral votes to put a president into office. Then perhaps they will allow us to no longer be treated like second class citizens.

  24. Joanna Sue says:

    I have felt when it come down to the crunch time the “Barney Frank” types would turn over on us. As I said before elsewhere, they do not really want to pass any of this legislation. They just wish to use it to keep the LGBTQ community on the hook but if push does come to shove there are many who would throw the T part of that under the wheels of the bus so to speak. We are not going to see ENDA passed until a majority of states pass a state version or at the very least enough of them pass it to the point they an provide enough electoral votes to put a president into office. Then perhaps they will allow us to no longer be treated like second class citizens.

  25. I think they would all make fun facebook status reports.
    but what do I know, I’m “a dangerous, life threatening groper”

  26. I think they would all make fun facebook status reports.
    but what do I know, I’m “a dangerous, life threatening groper”

  27. Polar says:

    Ethan, being a dangerous life threatening groper sounds like a lot of fun. I would try it, but I’m just a nonpassable crossdresser who doesn’t belong on Capitol Hill. Fortunately, I don’t care what Quislings think.

  28. Polar says:

    Ethan, being a dangerous life threatening groper sounds like a lot of fun. I would try it, but I’m just a nonpassable crossdresser who doesn’t belong on Capitol Hill. Fortunately, I don’t care what Quislings think.

  29. You also forgot a couple:

    Allyson Robinson single-handedly sunk trans inclusion in Nevada’s equal rights
    and Ethan St. Pierre is a stalker who threatened Mara Keisling’s life more than once, and is a violent drunk.

    Notice how none of the NCTE inner-circle get “tagged” with the whisper / innuendo campaign? Ever wonder where this stuff initiates from?

    Mara Keisling will say anything to get ahead. ANYTHING, regardless of lack of veracity or even if outright slanderous / libelous in content.

  30. You also forgot a couple:

    Allyson Robinson single-handedly sunk trans inclusion in Nevada’s equal rights
    and Ethan St. Pierre is a stalker who threatened Mara Keisling’s life more than once, and is a violent drunk.

    Notice how none of the NCTE inner-circle get “tagged” with the whisper / innuendo campaign? Ever wonder where this stuff initiates from?

    Mara Keisling will say anything to get ahead. ANYTHING, regardless of lack of veracity or even if outright slanderous / libelous in content.

  31. Kat says:

    “Ever wonder where this stuff initiates from?”

    Why wonder when assuming the obvious will do a better job?

  32. Kat says:

    “Ever wonder where this stuff initiates from?”

    Why wonder when assuming the obvious will do a better job?

  33. Monica Helms says:

    “Loose cannon?” That’s appropriate for me. The term comes from the old wooden Navy ships that had cannons on carriages. The one that came out of their carriages caused a lot of damage. I can do damage alright . . . . to those who screw over trans people.

    All on that list are my friends. I run with a good group.

  34. Monica Helms says:

    “Loose cannon?” That’s appropriate for me. The term comes from the old wooden Navy ships that had cannons on carriages. The one that came out of their carriages caused a lot of damage. I can do damage alright . . . . to those who screw over trans people.

    All on that list are my friends. I run with a good group.

  35. dovey says:

    I have long believed that Barney Frank was a puppet of the right used to stir up dissension in the ranks, and his commentary definitely points in that direction. Back in October the National Equality March rolled into DC and he poo pood about that as well and we proved him wrong on that account, bringing upwards in the range of 250,000 LGBTQA attendees, thats a quarter million give or take a few, and that kind of turnout can have an effect on ballots. At the same time as that march there were solidarity rallys in several major cities, I think doing that may have had an impact on the people that oppose repealing DADT, and ENDA so they unleash their puppet to try to get us to all start squabbling amongst ourselves, divide and conquer its an age old trick because it works so well. Some semblance of equality for us is within our grasp so we need to shore up our defenses and be prepared for all the dirty tricks they will throw at us in an attempt to get infighting going on so we stay in the position of their whipping boys and girls. We all have to stick together and work on ENDA and DADT regardless if you are L,G,B,T,Q or any other letter. SAME STRUGGLE SAME FIGHT!!!

  36. dovey says:

    I have long believed that Barney Frank was a puppet of the right used to stir up dissension in the ranks, and his commentary definitely points in that direction. Back in October the National Equality March rolled into DC and he poo pood about that as well and we proved him wrong on that account, bringing upwards in the range of 250,000 LGBTQA attendees, thats a quarter million give or take a few, and that kind of turnout can have an effect on ballots. At the same time as that march there were solidarity rallys in several major cities, I think doing that may have had an impact on the people that oppose repealing DADT, and ENDA so they unleash their puppet to try to get us to all start squabbling amongst ourselves, divide and conquer its an age old trick because it works so well. Some semblance of equality for us is within our grasp so we need to shore up our defenses and be prepared for all the dirty tricks they will throw at us in an attempt to get infighting going on so we stay in the position of their whipping boys and girls. We all have to stick together and work on ENDA and DADT regardless if you are L,G,B,T,Q or any other letter. SAME STRUGGLE SAME FIGHT!!!

  37. And you wonder why AA transpeople are dangerously close to emulating our womanist sisters when the removed themselves from feminism in the early 90’s because of the same BS?

  38. And you wonder why AA transpeople are dangerously close to emulating our womanist sisters when the removed themselves from feminism in the early 90’s because of the same BS?

  39. Samantha says:

    <sarcasm alert:>

    “Wait, would they actually throw the T part of the community under the bus just so they can keep making money and keep any real progress from being made?”

    <>

    Oops, to late, they already have! The Human wRongs Corporation has only ONE interest, making more money. They are “dangerous and clearly biased” but hey, money talk and bulls*it walks inside the beltway.

  40. […] is a problem that Rep. Frank is invested in keeping in the public eye. He frequently brings it up, likes to blame the trans community for not doing enough work, and routinely employs dog whistles such as those above that emphasize trans people as weird and […]

  41. Sista Rosie says:

    Well I'm a little sad that I didn't make that list. Could be cause nobody knows who I am. I'm definitely going to have to try to be more obstreperous

  42. […] What happens when trans women – those of us who actually want legitimate progress to occur – speak out against our oppressors the way Joe Fudgepacker is allowed to speak out against not only the White House but HRC? If anyone needs a score card of the current transactivist meme: […]

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