Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Bathroom Bill, Part 1

Sunday, May 2, 2016, Miranda Blue reported in Right Wing Watch:
It turns out that anti-LGBT activists are right that men are taking advantage of a transgender-inclusive policy at Target to go into women’s restrooms — and those men are anti-LGBT activists. In an interview this morning with “Breitbart News Daily,” the American Family Association’s director of governmental affairs, Sandy Rios, said that activists have been “testing” Target’s policy by sending men into women’s rooms at the retail chain.
On Monday, May 3, 2016 ran a story on several male members of The Truly Religious trying to invade women’s restrooms to protest Target’s stated policy that their customers may use the restroom for their gender identity.  Are people so willfully ignorant that they cannot understand that transgender does not mean a guy wants to use a women’s locker room so he can watch them shower?  Is it so difficult to admit that a man may be trapped inside a woman’s body or vice versa?

In the post, this thread appeared:

Why aren't they protesting and disrupting Catholic churches? You know, where there are REAL pedophiles...

Not to mention actual men in dresses.

Why aren't WE disrupting catholic churches? Seriously, I'm so damn fed up with these assholes[?] [F]uck the high ground & strike back. Reason & civility do not work.
David Walker
The Civil Rights movement had both Dr. King and Malcolm X.  There are times, and I know you and I are in the minority, that something must be done to attract attention.  The suffrage movement demonstrations for women's votes in England were not particularly "lady-like."  I just wonder sometimes if we....
There are times I think we need our own Mrs. Pankhurst:

Another area of comments sparked me to write this:
“In response to Bluto in zhera's observation, currently above this one, I suggested something a bit more violent, using Britain's suffragette movement as an example. I am all for protesting at churches, although we would have to be aware that open carry and concealed weapons laws exist. However, I am serious about this. As I said, the Civil Rights movement had both Dr. King and Malcolm X...and, I'm convinced, it needed both. Mrs. Pankhurst in London lived her convictions, she was in the trenches and chained in jail and force fed like the others. We made progress with the AIDS drugs by making noise, blocking streets and entrances to buildings, and by educating ourselves AND OTHERS about AIDS. I can see marriage equality going the way of abortion rights in the US. Abortion is legal, but it's also being chipped away and women soon will find it impossible to exercise that choice in many, many states. And what's being done? Nothing that anyone notices. We don't even have legal status as individuals. And we won't because The Truly Religious will continue to press their hateful advantage to make sure we are not in any way considered equals. I don't advocate violence, but I sure as hell advocate visibility, action, and maybe protesting at churches is the way to start.
“I understand that this may well offend a lot of you. However, being nice has got us where we are, with assholes making totally invalid accusations and winning elections and now demonstrating inside Target stores. Activism is needed now as much as with AIDS, as much as with sodomy laws, as much as with marriage equality. I like being nice. It's brought us a long way. But being nice is the HRC (organization) approach, and while we need to make nice with the money people, we also need to be more forceful in our standing up for ourselves, our brothers, and our sisters. Yes, it's different than it was in the '60s and the '70s. One of the differences is that this time it's about us.”

Why do we excuse ignorance, hate, and fear regarding our fellow humans…especially when the ignorance, hate, and fear come from The Truly Religious?  Why do our objections to their dysinformation need to be gentle, framed with deference that is neither earned nor deserved?  We should not shoot and kill people…that’s their game.  However, being gentle and understanding has not given us our equality.  Something needs to make them pay attention, to learn, to grasp how filled with hate their Christian Love™ is, and maybe even to help them understand just how not-Christian they are.

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