THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — [UPDATED — see below.] Specifically, the columnist is saying because some trans people are “crossdressers” who, quote, “just loooovve how tight the panties feel,” unquote, trans people should not be included in the upcoming Anchorage, Alaska anti-discrimination initiative.
The writer,the GLB part of the initiative, but not the “T” part. Yes, of course, exclude the most discriminated against and abused group under the LGBTQ umbrella because some might be hot for panties!
From The Anchorage Press: “That’s the problem with the muddiness of transgenderism. There clearly are people whose physical existence in their assigned gender is miserable, a misery only lifted when they “reassign” themselves, living, to the extent they feel necessary, as the opposite gender. But there are also people who cross-dress, for example, because they just loooovvve how tight the panties feel. And I’m sorry, doing something that feels good isn’t sufficient grounds to warrant legal protection from discrimination.”
He said he expects some sort of outrage, so you might want to send yours: firstname.lastname@example.org
The entire article: MOORE REPORT: Transgenderism muddies issue of gay rights – Anchorage Press: News.
A reader of the newspaper responded to the article with this: ” . . . The measure to amend Title 5 refers explicitly to rights for gays and lesbians as well as those who identify as transgender, and the language is not likely to change. Yet Moore would like to remind his readers that there are two classes of transgendered people: respectable, rational people who undergo re-assignment surgery and perverted freaks about whose underwear preferences Moore does not mind speculating. Frankly, the fear-mongering and “good transgendereds versus bad transgendereds” sounds very similar to the bunk arguments against civil rights for homosexuals.
The idea that a class of people must be “well-defined, distinct, and homogeneous” in order to be protected is absurd. Other classes of people included in the anti-discrimination legislation are neither well-defined nor homogenous. . . .
Transgendered people are human beings who face discrimination based on sexuality and gender as much as gays and lesbians. Moore betrays his privilege as a cis-gendered person (i.e., someone who identifies with the gender assigned at birth) in arguing that transgendered rights should not be a priority. If we allow the movement toward greater equality to be divided by fear and exclusivity, we’ve already lost what we had hoped to achieve.” -Kirsten Barrett
Thumbs up to Kirsten Barrett for clearing things up, thumbs down to Ivan Moore for muddying up the issue in the first place.!
UPDATED – Jan. 14, 2012: It appears that the initiative is on the April 3 ballot with the transgender language still intact. Apparently Ivan Moore’s suggestion that the trans protection in the initiative be deleted failed to get traction.
The link I have for this actually about other matters related to the initiative: http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/anchorage-equality-initiative-draws-national-scrutiny
I did, however, find this an enjoyable read: http://www.adn.com/2012/01/14/2264247/if-you-want-to-push-bigotry-leave.html
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