All the king’s horses, and all the kings’s men…
Today the Obama administration announced, in the typical sideways fashion of modern US politicians of letting your underlings take the heat, that it will be putting off the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” until after Obama’s next election cycle.
If anyone needed evidence that the TG are having a negative impact on the equal rights quest of gay men and lesbian women, all they have to do is open their eyes. Maybe Sandeen’s little stunt the other day didn’t break the camel’s back- but it sure didn’t help. It’s just one more event on the massive pile of TG dead weight that is drowning GLBT chances to get any of their concerns handled in the years to come.
There really isn’t much time before big changes in Congress this fall close the window on GLBT issues for the time being. Some pundits say that the agenda is already set in stone and it is just playing out as pre ordained; the GLBT may be completely shut out already and not realize it. And in the longer term, social issues like equal rights for specific minority groups may be eclipsed by more pressing needs as society shifts its concerns to the great economic and global challenges that most assuredly await us in the coming years. The list of “nice to have” will be filed away for the future if and when we return to a mood when we have the luxury of concerning ourselves with such things.
While it is probably true that Obama had wanted to put this off in any case, it is likely that Sandeen’s stunt contributed to the growing body of information that the powers that be reference when they think of gay rights. The Senators, members of the House, the President, Governors, State Reps, Mayors- everyone at all levels of government and industry have it firmly in mind that to support gays and lesbians is to support the wackiest of the crossdressers. At this point, the needs of the crossdresser movement have shoved gay rights aside and freedom of wardrobe is in the driver’s seat of the GLBT. Maybe they should call it the TG-GLB now. Or simply the Transgender movement.
Can the GLB reunite (conquer) the TG? Can they put that genie back in the bottle and get them under control? Or will transgender theory overtake the entire gay and lesbian movement? There is no middle ground here, the crossdressers won’t allow it. If sympathetic gay men and lesbian women think they can reason with the TG contingent, they are in for a rude awakening. I have a feeling that if they don’t understand what we (classic) transsexual women have been talking about with regard to the TG, they soon will.
TS Si ran an editorial criticizing Sandeen, which Sandeen referenced in a new post over at Pam’s. Sandeen is attempting to characterize any criticism as hatred, etc. while wielding that false morality of political correctness as a weapon to hammer home the Transgender Talking Points. I left the following response.
An entirely selfish act
It is ridiculous and insulting to compare this “transgender” farce to the civil rights struggle of African Americans.
Getting arrested and talking about your genitals to cause some kind of incident benefits no one but Autumn Sandeen. This utterly thoughtless and irresponsible activity is apparently aimed at amusing Autumn, and is probably also done with an eye at creating an opportunity for Autumn to become a paid activist at some point. This isn’t about a brave person fighting for rights; its a job interview.
This self-centered person does these things no matter how bad the impact on Autumn’s own GLB-TG movement. Gay men and lesbian women will pay a high price for these kinds of sideshows; the historic legislation pending before Congress has been put in jeopardy by precisely these kinds of self-aggrandizing stunts.
It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say that Autumn’s antics turned a poignant protest by Lt. Choi and the others into a laughingstock. These selfish actions deserve criticism, not praise. They come at great cost to lesbian women and gay men.
You should be ashamed for what you have done Autumn Sandeen.