Friday Night Fun and Culture: Songs from Occupy

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Marriage Equality Is In Many Ways a More Important Issue For Me Than ENDA

Call me cynical if you will, but I don’t think an inclusive ENDA will do jack shit for anyone, except perhaps a few already privileged professionals, who are LGBT/T.

Mainly because the structure that is fucking all working class people over will still be in place.

It is illegal to discriminate based on religion yet companies such as Hobby Lobby and Chick Fil-A are alleged to demand to know job applicants religious affiliation.

This leads be to believe an Atheist, Muslim or Jew would have a snow ball’s chance in hell of getting hired or keeping a job there.

Twenty-three states have anti-union “right to work” laws which basically are hire and fire on the whim of the employer laws.

When I hear transsexual and transgender people pissing and moaning about gay and lesbian people continuing to work towards marriage equality instead of dropping every thing to work on ENDA I find myself thinking two things.

  1. Many people in the transgender movement are so monofocused or caught up in the idea of pure identity politics they fail to realize that the Gay and Lesbian Movements have never been monofocused.  Gay and Lesbian people have a history of working on a whole slew of different issues at the same time with some people focusing their activism on one issue while others focus on a different issue.  For example many lesbians divide their focus between the lesbian movement and the feminist movement.
  2. Too many TS/TG people enjoy heterosexual privilege when it comes to marriage.  Whether this privilege comes from being able to marry an opposite sex partner after SRS or prior.  Many lesbian transgender and a few post-op transsexual people use their original sex for purposes of marriage.  Too many heterosexual post-ops expect lesbian and gay sisters and brothers to support their marriage but actually oppose marriage equality on the grounds that it will some how make their marriage a “gay marriage”.

I’ve never had all that much trouble supporting a number of causes.  I can support both marriage equality and ENDA.  Hell, I supported the ending of DADT and I’m anti-war/anti-militarism.

As I said at this point in my life marriage equality is more pressing than an ineffectual ENDA, which will do nothing to end violence because the people working the streets will still be working the streets.

ENDA does nothing to advance the idea of a Living Wage.  Nor does it offer job training or assistance in leaving prostitution.  It doesn’t establish one treatment center that will help sex workers deal with their generally accompanying substance abuse issues.

I went to my first demonstration for same sex marriage in late 1970 or early 1971.  That was twenty years before there was a real transgender movement.

Gay and lesbian people have grown old waging the struggle for marriage equality.  There are couples who have been together for ten, twenty, thirty, forty and even fifty years who have never been able to marry their life partners.

We are old and have a hard time guaranteeing we will be able to take care of each other or stay together during our final years.

Because of DOMA even those of us who have been able to marry and live in those states where marriage equality is the law still face having our lives destroyed when our life partner dies.  As far as the Feds are concerned we are legal strangers and have to pay huge taxes on our shared assets upon the death of one partner.

This can result in the surviving partner being faced with homelessness or suicide.

The assumption that marriage equality is less worthy of our efforts than ENDA smacks of both heterosexual privilege and ageism.

Especially when such a big fucking deal is made when a heterosexual sister has a court void her marriage.

Why should I care about her?  Why should I defend her heterosexual marriage since defending her marriage does nothing to stop the violence against transgender sex workers?

Over the years I have listened to way too many sisters who are still married to women they married prior to surgery.  In the UK some grouse about the Gender Recognition requiring them to divorce their spouses because the UK still doesn’t have marriage equality.

Now I understand how long time marriages shouldn’t be voided.  I personally see that as a major reason to support marriage equality.

I have another bone to pick with TS/TG objections to L/G focus on marriage equality.

The TS/TG Movements have been serous language police when it comes to jumping on language infractions by gay and lesbian people, however I often hear TS/TG people referring to same sex marriage and marriage equality in the same gay marriage sort of terms I hear from groups like NOM.

I personally see too many TS/TG people spending too much time fighting each other or their allies and think our movements would be better off devoting that energy to targeting certain legislative enemies for replacement with people who would support our cause.

I also think if we were to stop the fighting among ourselves and were to start allying with other movements including the union and workers rights movements we might get further.

Sarah Silverman | Let My People Vote 2012 – Get Nana A Gun

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Jesus Peddler and Infomercial Actor: Joel Osteen: ‘I Have Not Chosen To Be Straight,’ But Gay Still A Sin

It doesn’t matter how snaky you are or how hypocritical you might be you can always haul in the big buck peddling Jesus to the rubes.

Religion, the best product of all cost nothing to manufacture and never has to live up to its claims.

Its amazing how people who are born straight aren’t willing to grant the same born that way naturalness to gay, lesbian and TS/TG folks.

Yet they still don’t get how fucking privileged that attitude is.

From The New Civil Rights Movement:  http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/joel-osteen-i-have-not-chosen-to-be-straight-but-gay-still-a-sin/politics/2012/09/20/49334

by David Badash on
September 20, 2012

Joel Osteen, the popular megachurch pastor, talked with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien this morning and admitted that he had never “chosen to be straight,” and acknowledged he just “feels” he is. Regardless, as LGBT activist and Clinton White House adviser Richard Socarides asked him, how can he still view being gay as a sin? Osteen, as you can see in the video below, says “I try to stay in my lane,” and stick to what has made him “successful,” namely, trying to lift people up.

O’Brien, who recently has become a much more through, hard core journalist, pressed Osteen, asking him what message is he sending to the 45,000 people who attend his megachurch weekly.

Osteen repeatedly attempted to both sidestep the issue, and claim that he just deals with the parts of the Bible he likes. But he also listed a litany of sins, like being prideful and lying, to which O’Brien responded, “Those are all things you can change.”

Socarides point-blank asked Osteen, “You think you can choose to be gay or not gay? You think you choose to be straight?”

“I know I have not chosen to be straight” Osteen replied. “I just feel like that’s who I am.”

Continue reading at:  http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/joel-osteen-i-have-not-chosen-to-be-straight-but-gay-still-a-sin/politics/2012/09/20/49334

WA Archbishop Latest Catholic Prelate to Engage in Hysterical Anti-Gay Fear Mongering

From Truth Wins Out: http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2012/09/29711/

John M. Becker
September 20th, 2012

Whether it’s New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan comparing the passage of New York’s marriage equality law with North Korean-style communist dictatorship, Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt ordering priests in his diocese who disagree with marriage discrimination to keep their mouths shut, Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien characterizing marriage equality as a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right,” or Pope Benedict XVI ominously warning that allowing same-sex couples the freedom to marry leads to “grave social problems bearing an immense human and economic cost,” the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church is obsessively focused these days on perpetuating the oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons — and on stopping the spread of marriage equality in particular — by any possible means, even if it entails stoking the fires of bigotry and spreading malicious lies about LGBT people.

Complete article at:  http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2012/09/29711/

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GOP Rep.: The Pa. Voter ID Law Would Only Disenfranchise ‘Lazy’ People

From AFL-CIO Blog:  http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/GOP-Rep.-The-Pa.-Voter-ID-Law-Would-Only-Disenfranchise-Lazy-People

Jackie Tortora
09/20/2012

Just in case you were concerned about the more than 750,000 Pennsylvania voters who would be disenfranchised this November—thanks to the state’s new voter ID law—Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Pa.), who sponsored the law, assured Pennsylvania residents during a radio interview that the law would only disenfranchise “lazy” individuals.

Astonishingly, Metcalfe took a cue from Mitt Romney and claimed these individuals who are “lazy” are also the 47% “living off the public dole, living off their neighbors’ hard work.”

Actually, the “lazy” 47% are the working poor, senior citizens (who paid into Social Security and Medicare throughout their working lives), active military personnel, students and people with disabilities. How dare these people want to vote?

Think Progress provided a transcript of Metcalfe’s remarks:

HOST: Are you absolutely convinced…that the methods to implement this law are effective and will in fact make sure no legitimate voter will be disenfranchised?

METCALFE: I don’t believe any legitimate voter that actually wants to exercise that right and takes on the according responsiblity that goes with that right to secure their photo ID will be disenfranchised. As Mitt Romney said, 47% of the people that are living off the public dole, living off their neighbors’ hard work, and we have a lot of people out there that are too lazy to get up and get out there and get the ID they need. If individuals are too lazy, the state can’t fix that.

Continue reading at:  http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/GOP-Rep.-The-Pa.-Voter-ID-Law-Would-Only-Disenfranchise-Lazy-People

See Also:  Think Progress:  Sponsor Of Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Defends Romney, Says ‘Lazy’ People Also Shouldn’t Vote

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Are There Republicans in Your Bedroom?

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