Trans-Hating RadFem Bigots Steal Amanda Marcotte’s Blog Domain “Pandagon.Net”

For years Amanda Marcotte’s Blog: Pandagon @ was at the top of my daily must read blogs.  Right up there with Pam’s House Blend.

I loved that Amanda lived down in Austin and had written a couple of Third Wave Feminist books, both of which I had.

After the emotional beatings TS and TG women had taken at the hands of the 1970’s era RadFems I had pretty much written Feminism off as something I wanted to be part of.  I had apathetically slid into the category of “I am not really a feminist… But…”

So many other causes out there.

Feeling purged from movements or simply feeling those movements are irrelevant when it comes to meeting any personal concerns makes dropping out easy.  Why the fuck care when you have to hide who you are and pretend not to notice the abuse of people who are in the same category as yourself.

Pandagon brought me back to caring.  Amanda Marcotte is one of my blogging idols.

When something shitty like this happens to her I get pissed the same way I would if someone I was personally friends with was harmed.

Amanda moved Pandagon to Raw Story much the same way Pam moved her Blog to Fire Dog Lake.  Unfortunately she failed to renew ownership of the domain of her former stand alone Blog

RadFem hijackers with absolutely zero ethics stole the Domain, and are now using it to spread their TG/TS hating bigotry.

A Short Statement On Anti-Trans Bigots Swiping

“Well, I don’t think anyone’s fighting to be included in their circle jerk. I just don’t think we should do them the honor of calling them “feminists”, radical or otherwise. This isn’t a No True Scotsman thing; feminists believe in equality, and anti-trans bigotry is fundamentally anti-equality. it’s definitional, at a certain point.”   
Amanda Marcotte

By Amanda Marcotte
Monday, August 19, 2013 11:31 EDT

It’s been brought to my attention that the old URL for Pandagon, before it moved her to Raw Story, expired without my or Jesse Taylor’s knowledge, and has been purchased by a bunch of bigots who are using it as a platform to hate on transgender people. In case there’s any confusion—and I firmly believe that people of good faith know straightaway what Jesse and I have been targeted here and have nothing to do with this—let me state firmly, for the record: Jesse and I have nothing to do with this. I suspect what’s happened here is that a small group of obsessive anti-trans bigots—in order to “punish” me both for defending the rights of trans women to be called women and because I’ve pointed out before that transphobes claiming to be “radical feminists” are a marginal group of people who use social media and blogs to make themselves seem more relevant than they are—have hijacked the URL. That is the sort of sleazy behavior that you see with the small groups of obsessive haters that the internet is so good at cultivating, and practically an admission on the behalf of these anti-trans bigots that they have nothing better to do than harass people for disagreeing with them.

My fault here is in letting lapse, for which I apologize. For some reason, I don’t recall getting a notification that it lapsed. But let’s be clear: The real Pandagon is housed here on Raw Story, and anyone else using that name is a sleazy, corrupt, piece of shit.

To the people who took my old URL and are using it for your bigoted, hateful ends, I have only three words for you: GO FUCK YOURSELF.

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Imperial Court Founder Jose Julio Sarria Has Died at 91

From Frontiers LA:

by Karen Ocamb

LGBT pioneer Jose Julio Sarria died quietly at home in New Mexico Monday morning. Sarria was 91.

In 1961, Sarria became the first openly gay person to run for public office as a candidate for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. At the time, homosexuality was illegal in the state. But Sarria is perhaps best known as “Empress Jose I, the Widow Norton,” and founder of the International Imperial Court.

The Imperial Court was honored by CSW/LA Pride in 2010 as the Community Grand Marshalls for their decades of community service and fundraising.

I will have more on this incredible gay man and proud drag queen in an upcoming special report.


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Lib Dem Baroness Barker: I regret that Parliament failed to make the marriage bill trans inclusive

From Pink News UK:

16 August 2013

Speaking to Diva magazine, gay Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Liz Barker says it’s wrong that trans people still require their spouse’s consent before they can have their gender legally recognised.

Many trans people and their allies are extremely disappointed that the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 for England and Wales has not removed the requirement.

Writing for earlier this month, Scottish Transgender Alliance Development Officer Nathan Gale explained: ”It is intended to protect the spouses of trans people from finding themselves in legally same-sex marriages, particularly as some people may have deeply held objections to same-sex marriage.

“At first glance this may seem fairly reasonable. But trans people must have been living as the gender they identify as for at least two years before applying for gender recognition and so their marriage has been in effect a same-sex marriage for that time already.”

In an interview with Diva, Baroness Barker admitted it was a failure of Parliament to allow the requirement to continue. She said: “I was sorry that we weren’t able to include the trans spousal veto in the new legislation; we spent a lot of time with representatives from the trans community and I know that they are not happy with the issue they refer to as ‘spousal veto’.”The government’s view is that the legislation now permits people who have transitioned to remain within the marriage they were in before, honouring their relationship. But they didn’t agree on the spousal veto, so the issue remains to be addressed in the future.”

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Calif. lawmaker removes son from school over transgender law

From LGBTQ Nation:

Friday, August 16, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Republican state lawmaker says a new California law allowing transgender students to choose which restroom and locker room they use is part of the reason at least one of his sons will not return to his local public school this fall.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who lives in the Southern California mountain community of Twin Peaks, described his family’s decision in a column published on WND, a conservative website.

He wrote that under the bill from Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, the privacy rights of California students “will be replaced by the right to be ogled” and will encourage inappropriate behavior among hormone-driven teenagers.

“While trying to address a concern of less than 2 percent of the population, California is now forcibly violating the rights of the other 98 percent,” Donnelly wrote.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law on Monday, making California the first state to put such transgender pr otections into statute.

Donnelly told the Associated Press on Friday that his 13- and 16-year-old sons, who attend Rim of the World Unified School District in the San Bernardino Mountains, were “horrified” to learn they might have to share a restroom with female students.

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Success and Opportunity for Transgender Students

From Huffington Post:


The key to success and opportunity for transgender students throughout California is currently in the hands of Gov. Jerry Brown. Both houses of the California legislature passed A.B. 1266, a bill that would ensure that transgender students have equal access to facilities and activities that match their gender identity. Gov. Brown will now decide whether to sign this important nondiscrimination bill into law.

By making sure that transgender students can be themselves at school, A.B. 1266 will enrich the diversity of our schools and, ultimately, the lives of all our students. I know this firsthand.

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has had a similar approach in place for almost a decade. Our policy has helped transgender students feel comfortable, rather that isolated, at school. We made sure that students can use bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity. We have helped them join the appropriate gym classes and sports teams. And we have watched these students thrive.

Absent the protections offered by A.B. 1266, many transgender students throughout California will continue to go without essential support. They may fear going to school and being forced to use bathrooms and lockers rooms that do not reflect their gender identity. They may dread going to gym class and playing sports. They might skip gym class altogether and lose physical education requirements that are necessary for graduation.

Parent involvement is central to the success of our transgender students. When parents of transgender students come to us, they often think they are alone. These parents often worry about sending their children to school and fear that school officials will not know how to handle their gender identity.

Since the LAUSD implemented its policy, there has been a transformation in the district’s schools. Now numerous transgender students are succeeding, with the help and support of their families and schools.

Opponents of A.B. 1266 have expressed concerns that students will abuse the policy, imperiling the safety of others. But our experience stands in stark contrast to such fears: In all the years since the LAUSD implemented its policy, we have encountered nothing but positive results. We are committed to providing safe schools for all children. Our equal access policy enhances, rather than diminishes, school safety.

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‘We’re building a domestic army’ -Marine Corps colonel speaks out


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Which Side Are You On?

From World News Trust:

Mickey Z. — World News Trust
Aug. 16, 2013

“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin

How much more are we willing to tolerate before we take direct action?

What is our personal pain threshold?

When will we decide that we are less afraid of the State than of living on a planet without trees, without drinkable water, without arable land, without a hint of justice?

In the name of inspiring answers, I’ll say ssssshhhhhhh

Silence your cell phones, your TVs, silence the noise in your head… and just listen. Listen carefully. Can you hear it?

It’s a cry from the future, a mournful plea begging us to capture this moment. Can you hear it? Will you hear it? Or have you gotten so accustomed to losing that you choose instead to cover your ears, bury your head — finding endless excuses and myriad methods to ignore and/or discredit the efforts being made?

Listen again. Listen closer. This is our last, best chance… and what you hear is nothing less than the call to global revolution. How will you answer?

Another world is possible…
There was a time when human slavery was believed too deeply entrenched in American culture to ever be abolished. But the movement to end this “peculiar institution” was made up of individuals willing to recognize that some things in life are bigger than any of us.

Whether they literally risked their lives by rescuing slaves and running the Underground Railroad or played a role by sewing clothes or blankets for escaped slaves or lending financial support or handing out pamphlets or even writing books like Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the effort needed every single one of these brave humans doing their part — small or large.

File under: Tactics, diversity of.

What seems impossible and irreversible today can similarly be addressed when we’re willing to wake up and do the hard work… when we’re willing to stop making excuses for the reprehensible leaders (sic) — both political and corporate — who profit from our complacency.

Suggestion #1: The next time you’re about zone out to a Will & Grace re-run, why not do some deep contemplation instead? Take a good, long look into your heart and an even longer look at the choices you make all day, every day — not from place of guilt and shame but with a sense of revelation.

Ask yourself if your behavior is in line with your values. Accept the challenge to be better a human being, a more responsible earthling.

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