LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Quick, name the three most-seen landmarks in the state of Washington? Automatically the Space Needle and Mt. Rainer comes to mind. And if you guessed Hamilton Farms’ Billboard of Hate as the third, you would be correct.
Nearly straddling I-5, high in the sky at the mid-way point between Seattle and Portland, Oregon, the sign is seen by 100,000+ cars a day. It was a billboard you couldn’t miss even if you were nearly blind. It has existed since at least the ’60s and when freeway expansion came in the ’90s, it relocated to the other side of the freeway a mile down the road.
While I suppose every one has a right to voice their opinions, however there were things I saw as a little kid that really warped my then-utopian view of the world, and in particular, of the state of Washington. On the plus side, I suppose, it helped turn me into the liberal that I am today.
On that note, last week, a couple of trans rights group took over the billboard and hung a huge banner that read: “Transgender Health, Not Fossil Fuel Wealth.” Heh. Farmer Hamilton is rolling in his grave. If he’s not dead yet, he likely is now!
My hat’s off to the Trans and/or Women’s Action Camp and the Gender Alliance of the South Sound for using the Hamilton billboard as a catalyst for change. I couldn’t be more pleased!
t/h to all of you that that brought this to my attention!
Trans and/or Women’s Action Camp: http://www.twac.wordpress.org
Gender Alliance of the South Sound: http://www.southsoundgender.com
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