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Gay Mafia Wars: ENDA and the Politics of Personal Destruction

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As I write this, I  feel as if I’ve been transported back in time to May of 2007. The National Transgender Advocacy Coalition (NTAC) had just had a successful lobby days event and I reported back that the talk on the Hill during  Lobby Days was that we were being written out of the Employment…

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The G & The L Rises, T Sinks And Fails, And All Is AOK? BS!

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“He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” — Martin Luther King Jr. Well it didn’t take long for responses to my last blog. One person wrote me privately saying she was disappointed I didn’t “understand” how “serious” the Pam’s House Blend controversy was and that I should’ve “come down…

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Transsexuals Not Covered In Hate Crimes Bill

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Back on Feburary 25, 2009 Kathy Padilla wrote a post over at Pam’s House Blend titled “Hate Crimes & ENDA: Bad Bills Come and Bad Bills Go“. When it came out I really thought it would be one of those explosive posts that rocked the community down to the bone. She said: “The new definitions…

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ENDA and The Gay Media Cabal

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According the Washington Blade, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) approved a policy statement that “the group will not support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, if it excludes language protecting persons from discrimination.” The Advocate followed suit with: “The Human Rights Campaign adopted a policy statement on Wednesday that says the group will not support…

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The Gingrich That Stole Christmas

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There’s a recurrent story that is going through the gossip circles during the Christmas season in trannyland. It goes like this:

Barney Frank and the Human Rights Campaign really got their clocks cleaned by the United ENDA controversy, and now that they’ve really learned their lesson! Good ole’ St. Frank and the HRC’s equality elves will surprise everyone and come on board by supporting a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and opposing any version that doesn’t include everyone.

There’s only one problem with that dream/fantasy/rumor… it ain’t true!

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The Sound of Silence: The HRC National Dinner Protest

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Last week I received an email from the Human Rights Campaign informing me that Joe Biden will be speaking at the the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner on October 4th, 2008. Since that time I’ve expected to hear about an organized protest of this event from the transgender activist community in Washington D.C. Protests have already happened from coast to coast (and everywhere in between). Last Feburary the New York City protest caused many prominent local politicians to boycott the New York City HRC Dinner. In July the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, Pride at Work, And Castro For All, the Lou Sullian Society (FTM SF), and the Trans March came together to boycott the Human Rights Campaign Dinner. Such a strong presence of organized labor was especially important. The key note speaker for the San Francisco dinner, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, dropped out of the event because of labor’s involvement.

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