Gov. Christie thinks the rights of trans people are laughable. What is laughable is that this smug bully is the governor of a state, much less a presidential candidate. But the rights of our transgender brothers and sisters are no laughing matter. The legal denial of trans people's existence is cruel, pointless, and must stop.
Our friend Andy Bowen at Garden State Equality comments:
Hey Governor Chris Christie: 33 trans women have been murdered in the US in the last two years. Our survival is #nolaughingmatter
There is so much hating on Kanye West, I thought I'd show you this video in which his decency shines. Caitlyn Jenner gives him credit for helping Kim Kardashian deal with Caitlyn's transition. And in case you forgot, Kanye came out strongly against homophobia in hip-hop ten years ago.
Hatred kills. Mourning is not enough. We must fight for justice and work for understanding and respect. We all have a right to live and thrive in our difference. There are many more India Clarkes, all of whom deserve to pursue their happiness in safety. When we say we are not done, this is an example of what we mean.
Dear trans friends: for this nutbag to call you mentally ill is like some drunk fatass on a couch insulting Serena Williams. Frank Kameny used to say he resented for more than six decades having had to lie in order to serve his country. Here again we have Americans who are slandered as they fight not for a benefit but for an obligation, for the right to serve. Thank you for putting up with so much ignorance and bile. You, unlike Erickson, have my respect.
What? The Obama administration is working to advance transgender equality? Outrageous! Interrupt the president at the Pride Month reception!
Dear GetEqual: If you can't get some manners, get a frigging clue.
Here is the video from yesterday's Pride Month reception at the White House, GetEqual heckler and all. The Blade reports. The heckler explains herself. Our friend Ernest Hopkins wrote on FB about the heckler:
Over the line. Protest is an honorable way to make a point and be heard. However, this was no way to treat the LGBT community members at the White House to mark LGBT Pride Month and the advances that we have achieved together with this Administration. The question can be reasonably asked: What do I get by being your friend if you treat me as badly as people who don't give you the time of day?
Holding principled positions because they are right is one thing, but inviting individuals to the White House for cocktails and lovely food and dessert is not a prerequisite. Respectful engagement is preferred when talking with friends, even when we disagree. Too bad this planned protest was timed for this celebratory event at the White House. The cause is just, the tactic was lousy.
Our friend Dana Beyer writes on Facebook:
Good story by Geidner on the continuing progress towards trans equality in the administration. We're now at the stage where muscle needs to enforce the words as they're being clarified.
“The rate for transgender people of color is as high as 4x the national unemployment rate.” http://t.co/J7er6HOpZo— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) June 5, 2015
Here are a few thoughtful entries in the national discourse prompted by Caitlyn Jenner's coming out on the cover of Vanity Fair. Also at WaPo, a story on social conservatives dancing the Apocalypso.
My latest Blade column looks at auspicious signs of #LGBT progress, including today's youth who are unfazed by apocalyptic prophecies by Republican politicians.
The reception to Caitlyn Jenner's glamorous coming out on the cover of Vanity Fair, judging by my fairly diverse Twitter feed, has been positive. Even those who point out that she is privileged and not typical of most trans people's experiences start with congratulations. See reactions from Marc Lamont Hill, Jonathan Capehart, and Laverne Cox. I think the coverage of Caitlyn's transition has an incalculable normalizing effect. But of course we have a long way to go.
On the vile side, there is always Breitbart Editor-At-Large Ben Shapiro.
I celebrated the news after Ugandan activist and trans man Pepe Julian Onziema won a GLAAD Media Award for his interview last year on Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, but I hadn't seen the video. Here it is. Jussie Smollet of Fox's musical drama Empire presented the award. Pepe's poise, eloquence, and courage are once again on display here. What an asset he is to his country, his continent, and the world. Congrats again, @Opimva.