Dana Lane Taylor: I Rise to Your Challenge

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Today I found that I was the subject of yet another Dana Lane Taylor gauntlet throw-down. Dana is an opinion leader in the TS Separatist group and in this post she seems to claim complete ignorance of any crossdresser leadership within the trans community except for the evil Virginia Prince. Well, as with the last time Taylor threw out a challenge, I accept!

On the outset I have to question the honesty of the following statement:

“There is a stigma surrounding male crossdressers which Charles (Virginia) Prince tried to address years ago which ended up causing harm to transsexuals.”

First of all, we’ve done this dance over and over again. Taylor and her ilk make an assertion of fact, I ask to see the evidence they used to draw their conclusions and they then tie themselves in knots (up to and including burden shifting) trying to avoid admitting that they have no evidence and that their assertions of fact (like the above quote) are merely unsubstantiated opinions masquerading as truth. Unsubstantiated assertions of fact seems to be the stock in trade of many (certainly not all) Separatists. A statement such as the above quote is intellectual junk food designed for the credulous and dogmatic.

 

 

“Why aren’t they urging the self-identified Sissy Maids and admitted transvestites to get dressed up in their Sunday best and approach their lawmakers to help get laws passed? Why not? Because the TeeGee leadership doesn’t want people to know what Transgender really means. So what they did was used the label Transgender, threw everyone they could into it, and put the face of transsexuals on it. Transgender is just a smoke screen so the public can’t see what is really going on. The men are hiding behind the skirts of women.”

Claims of pseudo-omniscience concerning the motivation of others should serve as a red flag to the cautious reader. Taylor seems to assert that crossdressers don’t dress respectfully when meeting with lawmakers because it’s what adults are expected to do in professional situations; no, crossdressers dress respectfully only because the ” TeeGee leadership doesn’t want people to know what Transgender really means.” After claiming inerrant knowledge concerning the motivations of the “TeeGee leadership”, Taylor goes on to make some testable fact claims:

  • Transgender is just a smoke screen so the public can’t see what is really going on.” Apparently a conspiracy exists wherein the transgender leadership tries to hide the fact that the term “transgender” covers all non-cisgender people (even the CosPlayers and Visual Kei) in the same way that the term “gay” covers all same-sex-loving people (even the leather daddies and studs).This is a testable statement. One way of testing this assertion is to simply survey what the transgender leadership has taught government entities about what “transgender” means. Did the transgender leadership teach the government that “transgender” only equals transsexual or, did they teach the government that it was an umbrella term?
  • The men are hiding behind the skirts of women.” Crossdressers are apparent accomplices to this conspiracy and are willingly “hiding behind the skirts of women.”A simple way of testing this assertion would be to review the evidence of involvement crossdressers have had in the progress of the trans community. Fortunately, I’ll do a little of that in this post.

Did Taylor offer up ANY evidence to substantiate these assertions of fact? Nope. So, my response to this intellectual hucksterism is to again quote the inimitable Christopher Hitchens, “That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. ”

Dana goes on to write:

“I haven’t seen a single male crossdresser take a leadership role by lobbying for transgender rights. Almost every one of those who are in these roles identify as women. Now, why would this be? I think it is something a lot of people don’t think about but I bet those leaders know very well why.”

Later she throws down the gauntlet challenging:

“Maybe someone in the leadership roles will prove me wrong and write an article mentioning all of these people, in detail, and try to justify broad definitions of gender identity and or expression being included in all public accommodations. Monica? Autumn? Christan? [BTW, my name is spelled “Cristan”] Any takers? And how about some of you guys who a crossdressers with names such as Lilly Tgirl or CD Janie get all dressed up and walk into the office of a lawmaker and lobby for your rights?  How about someone named “Sissy Maid Faggot Steven” get all dolled up and lobby?”

A transvestite-identified man named James Howell was the first to do trans lobbying on behalf of ALL trans people. His organization was called the Transvestite Information Service (TIS) which was personally backed by Reed Erickson (a transsexual). The TIS went on to help start one of our nation’s first national trans organizations called the United Transvestite and Transexual Society.

Transvestite Information Service: First national attempt to contact, dialogue with and gain information about ordinances which barred both crossdressers and transsexuals from dressing in female clothing if they were sexed male at birth.

JoAnn Roberts began being active in 1980 and co-founded the Transgender Renascence Association in 1987. In addition to publishing a number of trans magazines, she started the Transgender Forum back in 1994.  She’s one of the (seemingly) many that’s been credited for coining that nefarious, oppressive umbrella term “transgender” as meaning a community of non-cisgender people. Here’s what else she’s done as a transgender leader:

I had been very active in community politics, but not so much of late. I’ve served as the head of Renaissance twice, initially as its first Managing Director and then as Chair of the Board for its 10th Anniversary in 1997. I was Chair of the board of the American Educational Gender Information Service (AEGIS) from 1992 to 1996. I was elected to the International Foundation for Gender Education board twice and last served in 1994. I was a co-founder of the Congress of Transgender Organizations (CTO), the Transgender Alliance for Community (TAC), GenderPAC, and lastly the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition (NTAC). I also authored the original Bill of Gender Rights in 1990, which was later expanded into the International Bill of Gender Rights.

Or, what about:

  • The fact that I have proof that crossdressers were lobbying on behalf of all trans folk since the 1970s?
  • The fact that I have proof that crossdressers were openly part of what it meant to be “trans” in the 1980s when doing political work? (Proof #1Proof #2)
  • The fact that both crossdressers and transsexuals have been targeted by fundamentalists since the 1950s and that even in the 1950s normal people (non-fundamentalists) didn’t view transsexuals and crossdressers as abominations.
  • The fact that transsexuals were having legal issues way, way before the Dana’s conspiracy theory has crossdressers ripping the rights away from transsexuals: Proof #1, Proof #2; not to mention Anonymous v. Weiner, 1966; Hartin v. the Director of Bureau of Records, 1973; or, Anonymous v. Mellon, 1977

Yah, yah, yah… I can hear you now: “Well, maybe so… But why are you hiding those really weird trans people, hum?”

One “weird” crossdresser immediately comes to mind since I live in Texas:  Leslie Cochran

“Leslie Cochran, local homeless transvestite icon, has run for mayor multiple times, and during his first bout for the position, in 2000, he came in second to Kirk Watson (with 7.7 percent of the vote). Standing 6/4′ in heels, Leslie is both the king and queen of weird Austin. Well spoken and will liked (by most), Leslie has become a notable tourist attraction, homeless advocate, and regular nightlife reveler.”

– Weird City: Sense of Place and Creative Resistance in Austin, Texas by Joshua Long

While I wouldn’t call Leslie Cochran a transgender leader, I will say that he is open about being a crossdresser, that he’s a homeless activist and well-loved in the Texas state capitol.  Need I really mention Stu Rasmussen? While both male-identified people have been looked upon as being “weird”, they seem to be well-loved, productive and accepted in their cities… as they should be.

Also, I would call the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence a leadership organization within the community. I can’t point to any one sister as being a trans leader, but I can say that the Sisters were the first to respond to AIDS when it was ripping through the GLBT community. I can say that they were in the business of saving lives, helping the dying and “used drag and Catholic imagery to call attention to sexual intolerance and [to] satirize issues of gender and morality.” While the Catholic church was protecting pedophiles and killing millions by telling Africans that while AIDS was bad, using a condom was worse, the Sisters were out there protesting this stuff through performance art and doing measurable good in their community.

I mention the above people/groups only to dispel the preposterous notion that the most outrageous among us are somehow so tainted that they are useless and/or cannot hope to better society. In fact, what is evident is that yes, even someone that appears in public looking like this…

Sister Sistah, Sister Dana Van Iquity and Sister Kitty Catalyst O.C.P. at San Francisco's NAMES Project Quilt office on Market St. working on the Sister's Nuns of The Above memorial quilt.

… deserves to have a chair at the table, deserves full 14th amendment guarantees, deserves to live a life without being crippled by shame (their own or our own) and that they are a valuable part of our community.

And just so there’s no misunderstanding, representatives of the crossdressing community have always played significant roles in the Houston trans leadership and community. (Do I need to say yet again that Houston is where trans law was born?) Whether it’s helping to lead groups or organizations, lobbying in Austin, conducting charity work, being there for others or answering the trans community hotline day and night for 15 years, crossdressers have stood shoulder to shoulder with their transsexual, intersex, etc brothers and sisters and I see no reason why that will be changing anytime soon.

Now, as to the whole bathroom red herring:

“Jolle Ruby Ryan wrote an article about being proud of fetish transvestites under the transgender umbrella. I was actually a bit shocked that one of the voices of this community would say this. The only place I saw this article posted was on her site. Nobody else in the leadership roles of the transgender community touched it. Why? Because this is the kind of thing that can destroy their chances on getting broad gender identity laws to pass. The general public does not want men in women’s private spaces. This is why a lot of laws for protections of transgender and transsexual folks don’t pass. And some do but public accommodations are stripped out. The transgender leadership keeps the cross-dressing men, sissy maids and those inflicted with paraphillic infantilism in a dark basement, and for good reason.”

The link Taylor seems to find so perplexing is apparently some blog post wherein someone dared assert that all people of non-cis experience, behavior and expression – even if that expression is sexual in nature – should be able to live a life free of shame and guilt. Yes, I know. Terrifying.

The above quote makes the following assertions of fact, without – yet again – providing any evidence to support such assertions:

  • The quote apparently assumes that the TG Borg knew about this person’s post and has purposefully withheld comment lest we draw more unwanted attention to the abhorrent notion that even transvestites have a right to live life without being crippled by shame.
  • The only reason trans protections do not pass is because of the crossdressers and that real progress can’t be made until they go away.
  • Paraphilic infantilism = transgender
  • Guys in maid costumes are being kept in a “dark basement” as part of the TG Borg conspiracy because reasonable lawmakers will think that they’re just trying to gain access to stuff like the women’s showers.

Consider that the quote must inherently assume that laws/ordinances prohibiting rape, assault, stalking and/or public indecency/disturbance could be nullified by trans protections based upon gender identity and/or expression. If the safety of cisgender women are of real concern (as Taylor claims) when discussing trans protections, then there must be some some rational for that concern, right? I mean, surely separatists would never spread fear-based hyperbole knowing full well that there’s no evidence to support the idea that trans protections somehow circumvent existing safety laws … right? Consider that Taylor’s assertions were written at a time in our history wherein the number of companies, states, cities and municipalities, schools (public and private), community colleges, universities and governmental agencies protecting trans folk from discrimination based upon gender identity and/or expression is (compared to 15 years ago) tremendous. Consider also that this tremendous growth is an upward trend.

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Dana, how many real-word examples can you give which demonstrate exactly how protections against discrimination based upon gender identity and expression nullified existing laws prohibiting rape, assault, stalking and/or public indecency/disturbance so that, for example,  neither the courts nor police could do anything but stand by while some some guy with a tutu on his head publicly masturbated? Since I hear your ilk (and fundamentalists too) consistently crow on and on about this, I’m guessing that you (like the fundamentalists) must have several real-life examples of how trans protections have undone 100s of years worth of law protecting people against violence and exploitation. Where are all the freed panty-wearing pedophiles who roam the streets today because trans protections equaled their get out of jail free card? Dana, you threw down your gauntlet, now allow me to do the same.

In a post, list 10 real-world examples (wherein you cite your source for each) where protections against discrimination based upon gender identity and expression allowed abusers to circumvent laws prohibiting rape, assault, stalking and/or public indecency/disturbance. Show me – and everyone else – just how serious your assertions of fact should be taken. Show us, for example, the pedophile who was released from jail because of his panty collection. If you cannot or will not do this, you will have proven that you have no substantive argument. Moreover, your  inability to support your assertions will become evidence that supports spreading notions that in fact, you don’t know what you’re talking about and that you’re just making stuff up and that you are just as bad as any fundamentalist who prepares unfounded propaganda for consumption by the credulous mind. I’ve responded to your challenge; will you respond to mine?

Please don’t weasel out of this by claiming (without evidence) that while you can’t do it right now, we should just accept on faith alone that trans protections will inevitably be used by someone, somewhere at some point in the future to commit some crime which would not have of otherwise occurred. Also, please do not equivocate and claim that a non-op or crossdresser using the women’s restroom is like rape/assault/ect. because, in fact, it isn’t. Making unsupported prognostications and playing word games is nothing more than  intellectual hucksterism. Please rise to the challenge and produce just 10 real-world examples wherein protections against discrimination based upon gender identity and expression allowed abusers to circumvent laws prohibiting rape, assault, stalking and/or public indecency/disturbance.

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The Right-To-Bully Law

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The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACoT) is upset because students who are preacher-programmed homo/transphobes can no longer strut the Tennessee school hallways damning GLBT people to hell due to Tennessee’s anti-bullying law. On their website, FACoT claims:

Tennessee law contains several provisions designed to prevent bullying in schools.   These provisions define what constitutes bullying; require school districts to adopt policies prohibiting bullying; and encourage districts to implement prevention programs.  However, some provisions as well as current district policies can lead to: (1) some students receiving less protection from bullying than other students; (2) students being prevented from expressing unpopular or religiously-based viewpoints; and (3) a district implementing an anti-bullying program that promotes a political agenda.

– FACoT‘s website

Ah, the intolerance of intolerance is intolerance argument… Fear not haters of equality, FACoT is here to make sure that obnoxious religious bigots can never (by act of law) be called a bully. Yes, you see, stopping religious bigots from taunting GLBT kids with visions of eternal torture is actually an act of bullying because not only does it limit a bully’s right to be as obnoxious as they like under any condition, for a religious bigot, informing others of their sinful ways is part of their religious practice. See? Intolerance of intolerance is indeed intolerance!

According to FACoT’s site, bullying against GLBT kids isn’t actually a problem anyway:

See? GLBT kids don't get bullied. FACoT says GLSEN says so!

 

Does the above sound strange to you? Well, that’s because FACoT is focusing on the self reporting of PRINCIPALS, not students. Here’s what the STUDENTS have to say about the bullying they face:

  • 84.6% of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed, 40.1% reported being physically harassed and 18.8% reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.
  • 63.7% of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed, 27.2% reported being physically harassed and 12.5% reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their gender expression.
  • 72.4% heard homophobic remarks, such as “faggot” or “dyke,” frequently or often at school.
  • Nearly two-thirds (61.1%) of students reported that they felt unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation, and more than a third (39.9%) felt unsafe because of their gender expression.
  • 29.1% of LGBT students missed a class at least once and 30.0% missed at least one day of school in the past month because of safety concerns, compared to only 8.0% and 6.7%, respectively, of a national sample of secondary school students.

Digging past the fact that 9 out of 10 GLBT kids are bullied to instead represent that the EXACT OPPOSITE is true (9 out of 10 are NOT bullied) really says something about the True Christian (TM) character of FACoT. I mean, the diligence it must have taken to read through all of those reports of suicide, depression, assault and abuse to find that one statistic to be used on FACoT’s website must have taken a constitution that would make Simon Legree blush. Bravo, FACoT… bravo!

So, to ensure that bullies the religiously pious are protected from bullying bigot-ophobes, Tennessee Republicans have introduced Senate Bill 760 and its House counterpart, House Bill 1153. Yes, REPUBLICAN Senator Jim Tracy and his House counterpart REPUBLICAN Representative Vance Dennis introduced these bills to make sure that, as the bills both state:

… “creating a hostile educational environment” would not include discomfort and unpleasantness that can accompany the expression of a viewpoint or belief that is unpopular, not shared by other students, or not shared by teachers or school officials.

 

This is great news for white supremacist Christians who believe in the Curse of Ham. After this bill becomes law, they’ll be able to express their “unpopular” views on segregation.

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  • “The curse which Noah pronounced upon Canaan was the origin of the black race.” – Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • “We know the circumstances under which the posterity of Ham were cursed with what we call Negroid racial characteristics.” – Mormon Church
  • “The Scriptural basis on which we are implored to intact this legislation… I find none.” US Senator Robert Byrd (and Klan member) speaking against desegregation
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Just because the above religious views might be “unpopular, not shared by other students, or not shared by teachers or school officials“, under this new “Save The Bullies” law, students will be able to express their faith viewpoint or belief that whites are the superior race in school without facing disciplinary actions.

Also, Christians who believe in the inerrant teachings of Matthew 5:17 and Leviticus 15:19-30 will at long last be able to express their faith viewpoint or belief on menstruation as well!

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Matthew 5:17: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Jesus instructs his followers to uphold Old Testament laws)

Leviticus 15:19-30: 19 When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening. 20Anything she lies on during her period will be unclean, and anything she sits on will be unclean. 21Anyone who touches her bed will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening. 22 Anyone who touches anything she sits on will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening. 23 Whether it is the bed or anything she was sitting on, when anyone touches it, they will be unclean till evening.  24 If a man has sexual relations with her and her monthly flow touches him, he will be unclean for seven days; any bed he lies on will be unclean. 25 When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period or has a discharge that continues beyond her period, she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge, just as in the days of her period. 26 Any bed she lies on while her discharge continues will be unclean, as is her bed during her monthly period, and anything she sits on will be unclean, as during her period. 27 Anyone who touches them will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening. 28 When she is cleansed from her discharge, she must count off seven days, and after that she will be ceremonially clean. 29 On the eighth day she must take two doves or two young pigeons and bring them to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 30 The priest is to sacrifice one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. In this way he will make atonement for her before the LORD for the uncleanness of her discharge.

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Just because the above faith viewpoint or belief  might be “unpopular, not shared by other students, or not shared by teachers or school officials“, under this new “Save The Bigots” law, students will be able to freely inquire into the uterine lining status of any female at school without facing disciplinary actions.

Thank you Tennessee Republicans for being the vanguard of all faith-based values:

Transgender: Homelessness & HIV

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I know someone who was kicked out of her family’s home because she was trans. When she was on the streets, she went to the only place she knew would be welcoming to someone like herself: a gay bar. When she got there, a man let her know that she could stay the night at his place… if she agreed to have sex with him. Until that night, she had never had any sexual relationships… exchanging sex for housing would become her first experience.

Unfortunately for her, he didn’t tell her that he was HIV+. Today, she is housed, has a high T-Cell count and an undetectable viral load. She’s housed through a program that is funded to house transgender people – the first one of its kind funded by the federal government.

NOTE: HIV infection rate among the homeless was 22.11%. Became Homeless: n=6,450 transgender people, IAET, 2011

So, if you didn’t catch that number for the chart above, the HIV infection rate among the homeless transgender population is more than TWENTY-TWO percent… 22.11%! That’s huge. The HIV infection rate in Sub-Saharan Africa is just 5% and world-wide, it’s .8%. However, for homeless transgender people, it’s OVER TWENTY-TWO PERCENT!

When I was advocating for this program that this trans woman is now housed in a few years ago, I remember telling the person writing the grant proposal that they need not fear not having enough people to fill the housing program’s slots. When I wrote the project narrative and stood before the approval body presenting our vision for this housing program, I – unfortunately – had a number of stories to  tell them about the horrors of being transgender and homeless. (Since this post is about HIV, I’ll save the stories of transgender homeless people who suffered bashing, mutilation, rape and murder for another time.)

Currently, this program is full (over capacity, actually) and has a waiting list of close to 100 homeless trans people.

I’m also very happy with the progress we’ve made with Covenant House (a teen homeless provider). For years, Covenant House refused to house transgender people.

After some serious targeted and coordinated advocacy, Covenant House is now openly supportive and welcoming of trans kids. Moreover, the Houston GLBT-positive model is being adopted by other Covenant Houses throughout the US, Mexico and Canada!

While we’re making hard-fought progress, many homeless service providers still refuse to house transgender people.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is taking final steps before publishing a new rule that would prohibit trans discrimination at any shelter or provider of housing that received HUD funding. Under current HUD rules, discrimination is permissible.

On November 15, 2011 U.S. Secretary of HUD Shaun Donovan said an estimated one in five transgender Americans have been refused a home or apartment, and more than one in ten have been evicted because of their gender identity or expression. He went on to say that for the Obama Administration, addressing the trans homelessness issue is “not as an issue—but as a priority.”

Living on the street puts transgender folk are greater risk of becoming HIV positive. Being excluded from the social safety net that’s available to everyone else, the beatings, the rape, the survival sex – all these risk factors are focused upon the homeless trans population and the result is an out-of-control epidemic tearing through an incredibly vulnerable population.

HCC, It’s Time to Change

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As some of you might recall, in September TFA helped a transgender Houston Community College (HCC) student initiate an investigation after she was referred to as a “freak” in her English class. The comment was made during a classroom discussion of a paper written by the instructor, Donny Leveston, entitled “Taboo: Incest and Homoeroticism” in which the instructor invited the classroom to discuss how they felt about a transgender woman’s pre-operative genitalia. The student said Leveston ended the classroom discussion by saying, “I don’t care what those people do, as long as they keep it away from me.”

Here’s what Leveston thought was appropriate reading material in for his English class:

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The student said to me:

I was shocked when I read this. I mean, this isn’t a human sexuality or psych class, it’s an English class. I think there might have been some students in that class that were 16 or 17 years old. I just couldn’t believe that this was happening.

Well, after seeing the student in tears, I moved into hell raising mode. After HCC was deluged with an onslaught of outrage, they agreed to meet with TFA, the student and the HCC GLBT group. While all of this was going down, my mind almost exploded when I learned that the INSTRUCTOR thought that HE – not the student  – was the victim!

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Hello, my FB’s family and friends, I come to you with a heavy heart. One of my female transgendered students is accusing me of discriminatory or bias remarks against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community. As a college fellow, a college professsor, and a person who has a niece and a sister who participate in LGBT activities, I would never institute a plan to undermine LGBTs. You all know me. I am asking you to stand up for me. I am a “tragic figure” all over the internet becase of the false claims. If I am your friend and brother, you will help to exonerate my name; you all know me, and you know that I would never act like that. Thank you.

– Donny Leveston, 9/23/11

After TFA and the student met with HCC administration, an investigation was opened. Here’s what came out of the investigation of Levenston’s behavior:

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“… the Instructor failed to demonstrate sensitivity and treat the student in a respectful  manner in the following ways: 1) He did not show sensitivity in choosing the articles to share with the students, though he had prior knowledge that a student that was transgendered [sic] would be in class; 2) his email sends mixed signals by apologizing yet defending his own and the students’ rights to have their preferences and ends the comment with ‘case closed’ in essence dismissing any further dialogue; and, 3) failed to show concern for the student when she abruptly left the classroom and did not attend the next class period, yet the Instructor did not reach out to her to determine if there was a problem. Rather, it was the student who had to reach out to the Instructor.”

The student won’t be returning to HCC because HCC – unlike Houston’s PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM – does not protect transgender students in their official non-discrimination policy!

The student recently said:

“I’m grateful that the school recognizes that there’s a problem with that teacher and that they need to clearly include transgender people in their non-discrimination policy, but I’m not going to return to HCC. What happened to me in that classroom has changed the way I feel while at the campus. I’ll be attending San Jac [San Jacinto College] in Pasadena next semester. They have a very clear non-discrimination policy that is explicitly inclusive of transgender people.”

Yes, a PASADENA college – as in the former HQ of the KKK – has a clear non-discrimination policy that covers transgender people:

It is the policy of the San Jacinto College to provide an educational, employment, and business environment free of discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, pregnancy, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, genetic information, marital status, or veteran status. Trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, and other agents of the College will not engage in conduct constituting unlawful harassment or discrimination.

San Jacinto College District, Pasadena, Texas

And as I mentioned before, even the Houston public school system has a clear non-discrimination policy that covers transgender people:

Employees of the District shall not discriminate on the basis of or engage in harassment motivated by age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, marital status, religion, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression.  A substantiated charge of harassment against a student or employee shall result in disciplinary action.

HISD Public School System

After all this went down, HCC posted fliers to educate people on their rights. Unfortunately, the poster didn’t say anything about transgender people:

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Transgender people not included

Currently, HCC administration has taken what seems to be a stop-gap measure to attempt to address anti-transgender discrimination and harassment by asserting that gender identity and expression are protected under their prohibition of discrimination based upon sexual orientation. Currently, one page on HCC’s website makes this assertion. However their actual nondiscrimination policy remains silent on the issue of protecting students from discrimination based upon gender identity and expression:

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Actual – as in, REAL – policy: Transgender people not included

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What the HCC office of Institutional Equality claims they do: Transgender people included… sort of… in parenthesis… as an afterthought of the sexual orientation category.

As I noted before, while the school might claim that  “sexual orientation” automatically covers “gender identity,” the idea that one’s intrinsic sexual desires equates to one’s intrinsic experience of one’s sex is fallacious. Additionally, while this is a nice start, the only thing that actually matters is what their REAL policy says. Currently, HCC’s non-discrimination policy EXCLUDES transgender people. Also, I want to call your attention to the fact that this exclusionary policy was adopted during the same time that a transgender man had been bashed on their campus.

While I do think HCC will get there… eventually… It’s offensive to me that they’ve not yet added protections for their transgender students even after what some transgender students endured at HCC over the past year and a half. The idea that “these things take time” is BS. LaKeia Spady was getting the HCC Student Government Association to pass a resolution to protect transgender students in the campus non-discrimination policy back in March 2010.  I know for a fact that Josephine Tittsworth was pushing for a trans-inclusive non-discrimination policy in around 2002. It’s been a DECADE. That’s long enough.

No more excuses. JUST DO IT already!

Oh… and just in case you’d like to leave some feedback on Mr. Donny “Sirena’s immense penis” Leveston you can do so here at ratemyprofessors.com .

Clear Anti-Discrimination Policy is Needed at HCC?

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I recently blogged about a Houston Community College (HCC) instructor that instigated anti-trans bullying in his classroom.  A transgender student sat stunned in Donny Leveston’s classroom as he handed out tranny porn educational material to the students. Here’s a sample of what the instructor handed out to his students:

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The student said to me:

I was shocked when I read this. I mean, this isn’t a human sexuality or psych class, it’s an English class. I think there might have been some students in that class that were 16 or 17 years old. I just couldn’t believe that this was happening.

After this shock, the student endured an hour of listening to her classmates laughingly mock transgender people. The instructor, Donny Leveston, ended the “discussion” by stating, “I don’t care what those people do as long as they keep it away from me.”

What happened next was, to me, almost beyond belief:

The student emailed Leveston and explained that his comments made her feel unwelcome in his class. Leveston responded that “everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion” and that the student should respect his right to feel uncomfortable with transgender people  “Everyone has the right to his or her own preference,” wrote Leveston, “just do not go trying to push your views on me. Case closed.”

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After the truth came out and it went public, HCC became willing to work with TFA and set up a meeting between the student, community and HCC reps. What came out of that meeting was very positive and I personally commend HCC for stepping up to the plate to meet with TFA and their school’s GLBT group. After the meeting, HCC facilitated the student’s transfer from Leveston’s classroom and posted anti-harassment fliers around the campus.

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HCC poster that appeared after the meeting

Having said all of this, I still have a few bones to pick with HCC. I’m not happy that it took a PR nightmare to force them into acting on this problem. By the time all of this went public, the student had been trying to address this through the HCC system for a week! Also, even after all of this, the instructor still seems to be clueless. Apparently Donny Leveston sees himself as being the VICTIM in all of this!

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Hello, my FB’s family and friends, I come to you with a heavy heart. One of my female transgendered students is accusing me of discriminatory or bias remarks against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community. As a college fellow, a college professsor, and a person who has a niece and a sister who participate in LGBT activities, I would never institute a plan to undermine LGBTs. You all know me. I am asking you to stand up for me. I am a “tragic figure” all over the internet becase of the false claims. If I am your friend and brother, you will help to exonerate my name; you all know me, and you know that I would never act like that. Thank you.

– Donny Leveston, 9/23/11

Note the date of the above statement of victimhood. This was made the same day that HCC administration was meeting with the student and community groups. While Leveston may view himself as being the “tragic figure” in this situation, HCC administrators didn’t seem to view it that way. Indeed, they expressed shock over the Leveston’s behavior.

When the HCC administration saw the emails and when [the Executive Dean for Instruction and Student Services] Cheryl Peters  saw the story, she was really shocked by the story talking about the girth of a transgender woman’s penis. That had nothing to do with the curriculum of the class. She and the Diversity Representative were shocked over the emails and [Leveston’s] choice in curriculum because it had nothing to do with what he was supposed to be teaching. The stuff was really vulgar.

– Student

HCC’s anti-discrimination policy does not explicitly protect their students against discrimination based upon “gender identity.” Currently, their anti-discrimination policy only covers “sexual orientation.” While the school claims that  “sexual orientation” automatically covers “gender identity,” the idea that one’s intrinsic sexual desires equates to one’s intrinsic experience of one’s sex is fallacious.

Employees of the District shall not discriminate on the basis of or engage in harassment motivated by age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, marital status, religion, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression.  A substantiated charge of harassment against a student or employee shall result in disciplinary action.

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Even the Houston public school system recognizes the need to explicitly protect both from discrimination. Why won’t HCC spell it out especially when they continue having anti-trans problems?

It is the policy of the San Jacinto College to provide an educational, employment, and business environment free of discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, pregnancy, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, genetic information, marital status, or veteran status. Trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, and other agents of the College will not engage in conduct constituting unlawful harassment or discrimination.

San Jacinto College District, Pasadena, Texas

The town that proudly housed the storefront of the KKK has chosen to explicitly protect “gender identity” and HCC hasn’t. Is such a measure too radical for Houston, Texas, the fourth largest city in the US?

Pursuant to University policy, this policy also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

The University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas

Even a small-town university understands the need to explicitly protect “gender identity.” Why hasn’t HCC hasn’t figured this out yet?

Why has HCC – when their transgender students are bashed during Pride week and openly mocked in the classroom – not moved to explicitly protect their transgender students? There is NO EXCUSE for their failure to explicitly protect their students and faculty against discrimination based upon “gender identity.”

Need I again cite the rates of bullying and discrimination transgender students face?

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From the nation’s largest (6,400+ respondents) and most comprehensive transgender study.

 

Houston Community College: Trans People Need Not Apply?

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hccMany of you will remember that Houston Community College (HCC) seemed to have attempted to cover up the anti-trans bashing of Lance Reyna, a female-to-male transgender student after he suffered an on-campus attack. On June 22, 2010 Reyna was washing his hands in the restroom when a man with a shaved head said in a mocking falsetto voice, “Hey queer!” and put a knife to his throat. Once Lance was on the ground, the attacker began kicking Lance in the head. Lance was rushed to the emergency room.

Campus Police did not file a report with the Houston Police Department and admonished Reyna to allow the Campus Police to deal with the attack without officially bringing HPD in. Furthermore, HCC police attempted to stop the local Fox News affiliate from filming a news piece on the attack. HPD became officially involved when the Transgender Foundation of America (TFA) took Reyna to file an official report. Without the police report, Reyna would not have been able to access assistance from the State of Texas Victim Assistance Fund. Additionally, TFA accompanied Reyna to the line-up and all court proceedings.

I’m sad to say that HCC seems to continue having issues with ensuring that transgender students are welcomed and that they have equal access to a supportive learning environment. I recently learned of a situation in which a HCC instructor named Donny Leveston, who prior to working at HCC was a truck driver and Drill Sargent, organized a classroom discussion in which transgender people were referred to as “weirdoes” and “freaks”. Leveston wound up his presentation by stating “I don’t care what those people do as long as they keep it away from me.” What seemed particularly cruel about this instructor-lead discussion was that Leveston was aware that he had a transitioning student in the classroom.

This incident followed an assignment in which students were asked to read a paper written by Leveston titled, “Taboo: Incest and Homoeroticism” in which the instructor required students to explore passages such as:

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After the students read Leveston’s thoughts on this subject, the class then discussed GLBT issues.

In an email to the instructor, the student attempted to explain to Leveston how his classroom behavior affected her and that the experience was so disturbing that she was considering withdrawing from his class. Leveston’s response was to dismiss the incident and flippantly claim that if the student didn’t feel welcome in his class, that she could withdraw.

Consider the following email exchange between the student and Leveston:

Student:

I left class early on Tuesday because I was highly offended by the way class was going that day and too clarify, I don’t offend easy. I was ok with the GLBT (gay lesbian bisexual transgender) discussion. I didn’t even mind your honesty about your conservative background. In fact, I found it refreshing to hear your honesty. The thing that got me wasn’t that you allowed the class to continue to laugh and say the things they said, nor was it that you didn’t stop them, it was mainly the comment at the end about not caring what people do, as long as they don’t come near you, or something close to that affect.

I really considered dropping your class then and there…. I had never felt such dehumanized as I did that day. This is why I wasn’t in class on Thursday. However I realized it wouldn’t hurt you, it would just hurt me. So I am not going to pursue this any further, I find it pointless. I am there to learn what you have to teach, the rest I will ignore. The only thing I ask is if you are going to allow your class to mock and insult those of us who are different, do it when I’m not there.

Leveston:

I apologize if I offended you in anyway…  I informed you and the rest of the class that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. And, we all need to respect each other. You made it perfectly clear on where you stand on LGBT, and other students did, too. We must all respect that. Again, if I missed something that someone in the class said, it was merely an oversight on my part. I assure you that is and was not my purpose.

And, to clarify my point, which you took completely out of context… I said, basically, everyone has the right to his or her own preference, just do not go trying to push your views on me. Case close.

We will will have disagreements from time to time. Arguments are a part of of our class. Some of those arguments will make some individuals uncomfortable.

If you you decide to drop the class, then do so. I cannot make you stay. I would like for you to stay, but that is up to you.

Student:

The idea that you find it fine to attack the GLBT community using the guise of class discussion is disgusting to me. Would you have such an open mind if I had said about African American people what you said about GLBT people? Or would you say its ok to speak that way because all’s fair in the classroom?

Its not the discussion that got me, as I tried to explain. It was that you not only allowed the comments like freaks, weirdoes, the laughing, its you said you don’t care what they do, just keep it away from you. That went well beyond a simple classroom discussion to your personal feelings. How did I take that out of context?

I am a transsexual lesbian. I am exactly what you want to keep away from you. Again, how is that out of context?

Levenston:

I see where you stand.

At this point, I think it’s important to review what an apology is since Levenston wrote, “I apologize if I offended you in anyway…

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Of the above two definitions, which type of “apology” did Levenston offer? Did he acknowledge his error or did he simply offer a justification and/or excuse? This is an important question to ask when one is reviewing this exchange because only one of these two types of apologies will lead toward ensuring that all students – yes, even trans students – are afforded an equal chance at moving forward with their education free of discrimination.

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Consider the following scenario:

  • I require students to read a scholarly yet inflammatory paper I wrote about “Incest and Black Eroticism.”
  • I then lead students in a discussion about African-Americans in which students make racial slurs and laughingly mocked black people.
  • I then end the discussion by saying, “I don’t care what black people do as long as they keep it away from me.”
  • I did this in a classroom full of white people… with the exception of one black student.

What do you think the HCC’s response should be? How quickly should I expect to be looking for other employment?

Now, consider the this scenario:

  • I require students to read a scholarly yet inflammatory paper I made about “Incest and Homoeroticism.”
  • I then lead students in a discussion about GLBT people in which students make anti-trans statements and laughingly mocked transgender people.
  • I then end the discussion by saying, “I don’t care what GLBT people do as long as they keep it away from me.”
  • I did this in a classroom full of cisgender people… with the exception of one transgender student.

What do you suppose HCC’s response would be to the second scenario? Yup, you guessed it; while this student alerted HCC administration to this problem a week ago, they have yet to do anything about it. Levenston simply attempted to justify what he allowed to take place in his classroom by framing the mocking as an exercise in education and feels quite happy about his response. As Levenston said, “Case closed.”

How does this experience mirror the experience of other transgender students?

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Transgender people reported alarming rates of harassment (78%), physical assault (35%) and sexual violence (12%) – this from the nation’s largest (6,400+ respondents) and most comprehensive transgender study. This study found that 23% faced a “catastrophic” level of discrimination and concluded “It is part of social and legal convention to discriminate against, ridicule, and abuse transgender people within foundational institutions such as… schools every day.”

Medical providers and health systems, government agencies, families, businesses and employers, schools and colleges, police departments, jail and prison systems—each of these systems and institutions is failing daily in its obligation to serve transgender and gender non-conforming people, instead  subjecting them to mistreatment ranging from commonplace disrespect to outright violence, abuse and the denial of human dignity. The consequences of these widespread injustices are human and real, ranging from unemployment and homelessness to illness and death.


So, what can we do about this you ask?

You can contact the school administration and the Academic Dean’s Council to demand that they address this issue.

Academic Dean’s Council:

HCC Administration:

Anti-Trans UN Letter: A MUST Read!

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imgresIf you read my blog, you will already know that I’ve condemned the Brennan-Hungerford anti-trans UN letter in, what is for me, the strongest way possible. I noted how closely their claims match the well-worn unsupported anti-trans claims made by hate groups and right-wing zealots. I also had some things to say about transsexuals who supported, endorsed and disseminated (!) the unsupported assertions of “fact” Brennan-Hungerford made about the danger transgender people pose to women.

A far better mind than mine just penned a beautiful response to the anti-trans UN Brennan-Hungerford letter. This properly cited response is timely since the anti-trans UN Brennan-Hungerford has now been picked up by a news aggregator based in Italy, IPS-Inter Press Service, which provides articles to news agencies in Europe, Africa, the Asia-Pacific and Latin America – places where anti-trans violence runs rampant. 

Honorable Commissioners:

I write in regard to the CSW Communications Procedure submission of 1 August by Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford alleging that gender identity anti-discrimination statutes in the United States threaten to violate women’s rights. Specifically, I write in response and rebuttal to those allegations.

Ms. Brennan and Ms. Hungerford’s submission is not an adequate submission. It does not at all comply with the Communications Procedure Guidelines for identification and documentation of actual incidents of human rights violations, and should be rejected on those grounds alone.

Moreover, the Brennan-Hungerford submission is inaccurate and misleading, and an abuse of both national judicial procedure and global procedures for effective petition for redress of actual rights viola­tions. To wit:

  1. Ms. Brennan and Ms. Hungerford are not reporting actual harm, but requesting global action based on a mere hypothesis: that male-bodied people claiming to be women on the basis of self-perceived gender identity could pose physical and emotional threats to women in sex-segregated public facilities such as bathhouses and restroom. They neglect to acknowledge that there means in place to prevent and/or punish this.
  2. With regards to bathhouses and other venues in which public nudity is usual and expected, remedies are already available at the local and state level: judicial interpretation of the statutes cited in the submission, "under color of" criminal sentencing enhancements of the kind designed as a deterrent measure, and (already existing) common-sense accommodations to legitimate sensibilities.
    1. With regards to restrooms, Brennan and Hungerford have failed to avail themselves and the potential victims for whom they claim to advocate of the generous U.S. judicial remedies for "hostile environment sexual har­ass­ment." The hypothetical harm from failure to police restroom users for body-socially presented gender congruence likely does not rise to the level of actionable hostile environment sexual harassment.
    2. By claiming the potential harm is related to women’s "reproductive vulner­ability," Brennan and Hungerford carve out an artificial and politically defined subgroup of potential victims from the larger population of actual potential victims. Specifically, they limit the potential human rights victims to that class of women who are cissexual women of reproductive age with healthy reproductive tracts, and state the potential harm is pregnancy resulting from rape when it might be as likely to be forced oral copulation or other non-reproductive sexual assault.
  3. Brennan and Hungerford cite no case law that interprets the state statutes they wish preempted by supranational means, and present hypothetical controversies that are not ripe for U.S. appellate review, much less international review. Thus, they present no demonstrable failures to protect human rights which might be appropriate for investigation by a global body.

For these reasons, upon which I shall expand below, I respectfully request that Ms. Brennan and Ms. Hungerford’s submission be rejected for insufficiency as a communication to the Commission, and for failure to state an actual controversy or to give credible evidence of actual or likely human rights violations related to the statutes of which they complain.

My qualifications for addressing the Commission for the Status of Women on this matter are as follows:

Daughters of Bilitis (the first lesbian rights organization, founded in 1955) ("DOB"), Vice President, San Francisco Chapter, 1971-72. Representing DOB (at the request of co-founder Del Martin), founding member of the Alice B. Toklas Memorial Democratic Club, the first gay/ lesbian political party club in the U.S.; represented Alice at the California Council of Democratic Clubs 1973 convention, Fresno, California. Alternate delegate for Representative Shirley Chisholm, California Democratic Party presidential primary election, June 1972. Community-elected member of the Board of Directors of the California Committee for Sexual Law reform, 1972-75 (successfully lobbied for repeal of California state statutes outlawing most forms of sexual behavior between consenting adults). Successful arbitration determining that sex-reassignment surgery ("SRS") was a physically necessary, non-cosmetic treatment for gender dysphoria syndrome, over the objections of a health insurer, from the Santa Clara County (California) Medical Society, with repre­sentation by attorney Sarita Waite, 1975. Workshop presentation on actual versus propagandized experience with HIV transmission among Women who have Sex with Women, National Organization for Women annual convention, San Francisco, California 1990. Author, Mirrors – Portrait of a Lesbian Transsexual (as myself and as the pseudonymous Geri Nettick), 1995 (Spectrum Press), 1996 (Rhinoceros Books), and 2011 edition with new material (CreateSpace, with distribution through CreateSpace and Amazon). Numerous publication credits with gay, lesbian and transsexual rights-oriented publications, including a weekly column for the San Francisco Bay Area Reporter from 1995-98.

The above is only an excerpt of the entire piece. Beth Elliott decimates the anti-trans BS being pushed by lesbian separatists, transsexual separatists, hate groups and far right-wing (nut) fundi groups.

Give it a read HERE.

Also, to hit home the type of intellectual hucksterism  Brennan-Hungerford likes to sell, Kat recently posted the following:

Quotes to Consider When Thinking About the Brennan-Hungerford Exterminationism Manifesto:

Not a lot of reading to digest on a Friday night – just three tiny little quotes.

Ready?

First:

The bill violates the privacy rights of every Maryland citizen

Second:

Behavior that would normally be considered criminal will now be protected as a civil right

Third:

The definition of “gender identity” trivializes the significance of biological sex.

Think about them.

And part 2 from Kat:

Okay, now think back to the three tiny little quotes I asked you to peruse on Friday regarding the Brennan-Hungerford exterminationism manifesto.

  1. The bill violates the privacy rights of every Maryland citizen.
  2. Behavior that would normally be considered criminal will now be protected as a civil right.
  3. The definition of “gender identity” trivializes the significance of biological sex.

I promised you some analysis of them, but first a little piece of information I forgot to provide you yesterday: They’re not from Brennan and/or Hungerford.

These, however, are:

  1. Public policy, therefore, rationally permits sex segregation in certain settings where a reasonable expectation of privacy exists.
  2. These definitions would allow all males – including registered sex offenders or males subject to a domestic violence order of protection – to assert “gender identity” as a means to invade female-only space.
  3. [I]t is absolutely critical that the law not confuse “feminine expression” with female reproductive capacity or female genital presentation.

So who are the first three from?

Peter Sprigg – of the so-called Family Research Council (a Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group) – from his testimony to the Maryland House Health and Government Operations Committee on Feb. 25, 2009, against the public accommodations-inclusive trans bill H.B. 474.

Allow me to reiterate: Beth Elliott decimates the anti-trans BS being pushed by lesbian separatists, transsexual separatists, hate groups (see above) and far right-wing (nut) fundi groups.

Transgender People Should be Barred from Restrooms

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Note: Dana has been VERY CLEAR that she NO LONGER holds these views and has expressed great regret for working with RadFems in the past.


I was recently made aware of a disgusting revival of some of the same Raymondiod fallacies that has been used against trans people since the 1970s. This time the TS Separatist, Dana Lane Taylor has, in a stunning display sycophantic credulity, hopped onto the Raymondism bandwagon saying:

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The sooner the transgender community acknowledges this issue, the better…

As stated repeatedly in this communication, we abhor irrational discrimination against transgender and transsexual people.  However, we equally abhor the lack of concern for females that exists in the legislation promulgated by GLBT activists to remedy irrational discrimination against transgender and transsexual people.

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(Remember the above false dichotomy.)

Dana Lane Taylor is happy about the following letter submitted to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women:

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Females require sex-segregated facilities for a number of reasons, chief among them the documented frequency of male sexual violence against females and the uniquely female consequence of unwanted impregnation resulting from this relatively common form of violence. [xxi] …

We do not single out individual males as predatory, nor do we think any particular male is more likely to harm females. Further, we do not believe that transgender or transsexual women are any more likely to harm females. [xxii]

xxi: Please see “Men in Women’s Restrooms,” http://ts-is-liberation.org/Men+in+womens+restrooms, an article cataloguing the presence of males in female-only space on the TS-IS Liberation website maintained by transsexual activist Dana Lane Taylor.  Our sincere thanks to Ms. Taylor for compiling this information.

xxii: Throughout this communication, we refer to “transgender” and “transsexual.”  These terms do not have definitions in any of the legislation cited in this communication.  However, the definition of “gender identity” intends to capture both “transgender” and “transsexual.”  For perspective on these terms, we refer you to http://ts-si.org, an excellent resource website operated by Sharon Gaughan and Lisa Jain Thompson.  Please also see S. Gaughan, “What About Non-op Transsexuals? A No-op Notion,” http://ts-si.org/content/view/1409/995/, 2006.

Yes, apparently TS Separatism has merged with anti-trans Feminism to mutate into the very intellectual barbarism that is the stock in trade of hucksters like Janice Raymond. The esteemed authors of the above letter, Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford, have built this logical house of cards upon the following premise:

  • Men present a significant risk to women;
  • Transgender women are men;
  • Ergo, transgender women should be barred from using the restroom.

Even this bit of BS was apparently had for them to swallow, because in the next paragraph they write, “We do not single out individual males as predatory, nor do we think any particular male is more likely to harm females. Further, we do not believe that transgender or transsexual women are any more likely to harm females.” However, the link they cite as being their supportive evidence goes to a TS Separatist site which does, in fact, make the claim that transgender women pose an assault risk to cisgender women:

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This cited page goes on to give a few examples of men who – in various crossdressed states – assaulted women:

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The Transgender Community wants to stay in denial about the dangers of men using women’s private spaces. On this page, I am pointing to articles that show men should not be allowed in women’s private spaces. There is also a section on Transgender offenders. I see Transgender, Inc. deny the existence of transgender individuals (cross-dressers and transvestites) committing crimes against women in their private spaces.

Women born transsexual are NOT men. The public needs to know the differences between those with transsexual histories, crossdresser, transvestite and gender variants.

This bit of Fox News intellectualism should be roundly denounced by all. Their argument is, in essence, that if a community is proven to have any sick fucks associated with it, then the entire population must be viewed as potential risk.

Never mind that this is the exact logic anti-Muslim idiots, racists asshats and genocidal thugs have use to prop up their crusades. If they can appropriate the barbarous and defamatory propaganda engine used in propping up everything from segregation to mass murder, apparently these TS Separatists and Radical Feminists are willing to put themselves into the same intellectual bed with the worst humanity has to offer.

The problem with this logic is that it can be turned on anyone. After doing some research of my own, I found another potential predator that needs to be barred from women’s restrooms:

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You see… standing firm on the same logical ground of Dana Lane Taylor, Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford, one can only conclude that apparently women cannot be trusted in the women’s restrooms.

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After seeing this evidence, how could any women feel safe going into a women’s restroom knowing that women might be in there… waiting?!?

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Anyone can use this fallacious argument against any group! SHAME ON THEM!

Their intellectually dishonest and phobic rhetoric is absolutely repugnant and puts them in bed with other disgusting phobic assholes like Dr. Ruth Jacobs:

Some of you might remember Ruth Jacobs from her public smack-down in DC. She tried to argue that gay men had a high HIV infection rate and therefore should not be allowed to marry. Watching her argument get pulled apart would be almost painful if it were not for the fact that the good doctor seems to be oblivious to her own ineptitude. Check it out:

Ruth is back. Now she’s blasting out crazy-looking emails to people warning that if transgender people are allowed to work, little girls will be raped:

First of all, as a website designer, this piece of junk makes my eyes hurt. It screams, “I’M NOT A PROFESSIONAL! Don’t listen to me! I might be A RAVING LUNATIC!

Second of all, the substance of the argument is pure fiction… as in, it’s all a LIE.

Some might think after reading Ruth’s vapid remarks, “Wow! From the context, it sounds like those transgender people are already raping little girls.” However, if you are an intelligent person, you might think, “Wait, what? Did she actually come out and say that a child was raped by a transgender person?” If you asked yourself the second, please give yourself a gold star because, you use critical thinking!

Ruth lies. The Doctor is a lying liar who’s lying! Worse, she’s pimping a tragic case of child rape.

The child rape case Ruth is pimping involves no transgender people at all. The poor little girl was raped by a NON-transgender, heterosexual man.

Ruth, I’d like to say that I think your name is fitting since I can’t spell “Ruthless” without you. I don’t know that I’ve ever met someone who could read about the rape of a little girl and then pimp her out like you did. I’ll think of you the next time I read about the death of another transgender person. Liars like you give people the fiction-based fuel they need to drive their hate far enough to actually kill.

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What kind of mind gladly takes up the bloody mantle of this type of intellectual hucksterism? What sort of minds gleefully pour sycophantic adulations upon each other in such a bizarre public display of gross intellectual turpitude as this? Again, SHAME on them!

If Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford are the dealers of this incredulity, Dana Lane Taylor is the pusher. Dana Lane Taylor’s propaganda against transgender women puts her in the same moral boat as Dr. Ruth Jacobs, the KKK and those who would seek to bar Muslims from holding office. These bigots all use the same “some part of your population did something bad, therefore all of that population is a risk and should have their 14th amendment rights trampled upon” propaganda. Dana Lane Taylor, Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford are trading in the same disgusting propaganda that the worst right-wing offenders use in their effort to ensure that 14th amendment rights are never shared by all American citizens.

If there was ever any question about the bigoted roots of TS Separatism, these recent posts should put that debate to rest. Only the most obtuse mind will not recognize that the very propaganda traded among the bigoted groups I’ve named is the selfsame propaganda used by Dana Lane Taylor, Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford. SHAME ON THEM!

As trans women continue to my mauled by our culture’s fear-fueled system of discrimination, I think it is entirely appropriate for more rational minds to correctly point to people like Dana Taylor, Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford as being co-architects of that hateful system.

8/8/11, 9:00 AM:  UPDATE! Dana Lane Taylor Responds to Criticisms

… I feel honored that something I created is being included and being used to promote women’s rights and protections. The transgender community try to strong-arm their way into places they want to go, no matter who suffers from it.  I have heard, more than once, that cross-dressing men don’t feel safe using men’s restrooms. Well, boo fucking hoo…

Dana Lane Taylor, leader in the TS Separatist movement

8/8/11, 11:15 AM: UPDATE! Dana Lane Taylor Takes Down Her Separatist Site

 

Once again, I am taking a break from all of this.

My goals are to fight for women’s rights and protections and that includes all women (genetic females, transsexual females in transition and post-transsexual females). Everyone tells me my voice doesn’t mean anything until my name ended up on that document being sent to the United Nations. There has been a lot of vicious attacks lately and it is getting tiresome.

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UPDATE: On May 5, 2012, Dana posted the following in in a blog post:

I just had an email exchange with Cathy Brennan that didn’t turn out like I thought it would. I found out she doesn’t give a shit about me..and never did.

I guess Dana finally understands the outrage many of us felt when she was gleefully playing the fool in public for RadFems.