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Marti Abernathey

GLAAD ACTION ALERT: Transadvocate.com Is Worse than Randi Rhodes and Michael Savage Combined!

Filed By Marti Abernathey | July 16, 2007 5:59 PM | comments

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I'm waiting for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to put out an action alert calling for a ban on Transadvocate.com. Why? Because I've asked them to advocate for the "T" in their mission statement with the same veracity that they do for gay and lesbian issues. I even wondered on blog if we should protest GLAAD the way we've protested the Human Rights Campaign (for lack of inclusion).

While on vacation last week, I periodically checked my email via my cell phone. While I could post to my blog and send or receive email, I couldn't really moderate any new comments (I only moderate new commenters, as a way of protecting against spam). When I got home yesterday, this comment (concerning my Randi Rhodes Redux post) was sitting in my inbox, waiting for my approval.

"Obviously no one here is going to pleased with Randi says because you can't be -- you have to have some avenue for your anger no matter the fact Ms. Rhodes obviously regrets what she said, understands why it was offensive and has gone to time and trouble to speak here. But that isn't good enough. You have to take every word she says in her effort and twist into something that was never meant. I feel sad for you. So much hate. If you can't forgive Ms. Rhodes then there is truly no hope for you. Wouldn't it be amazing if people treated you the same way . . . get it? Isn't that what this is all about . . . understanding people and getting past the little stuff?" - David
You wouldn't see the computer network (and the IP address) where the comment comes from, but I see them when the comment notification is sent to me. David's comment looked this way:

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I've always wondered why GLAAD has chosen to ignore Michael Savage's diatribe against transsexuals (yet they issue alerts against Bill O'Reilly for a much less vitriolic rant). It all makes sense now! They're too busy policing trans blogs on company time to worry about such things.


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HA HA! I saw this on your site this morning, Marti, and I was so hoping you'd cross-post.

Oh, GLAAD, that engine of change for all the queers out there.... when they're not hob-nobbing with the stars and giving awards to racist and classist shows. And when they're not on Marti's site trying to warn her about what could happen if she questions them anymore. Or when they're not covering up comments Bill Richardson made. Gosh! That's a lot of work to get through before they can do something about the lack of fair and accurate representation!

A. J. Lopp | July 16, 2007 8:36 PM

I have been unhappy with GLAAD for years because they think it is mission-critical for them to pay for three (count'em: THREE) expensive gala awards banquets every year ... using funds donated by gullible little queers like you and me from all over the nation. In other words, use the money coming from Peoria, Illinois and Spencer, Indiana to throw parties for A-list jet-setters in NYC, LA and SF. Entertainment welfare for the wealthiest among us!

So, Marti, anyone willing to take on GLAAD will get a "You go, girl!" from me.

... and petty crap like the email you just received? ... not surprised at all, Marti, wouldn't put it past 'em for a second.

P.S. And once again, Alex has said it better than I could!

Oh I can just imagine the big old forehead-smacking DOH! that pierced the air when the GLADD folks got a peak at this post.

And right before I was going to write that donation check too. Good call Marti, I certainly don't want to see organizations like this supported in my community.

Alex: The only time I won't cross post is when I don't feel it's a post that would appeal to the entire GLBT community.

I really do want to resist "gotcha" politics. I want GLAAD to do the same thing as HRC has begun to do, namely advocate for EVERYONE in their mission statement.

AJ:
I don't mind them raising money, but it better be transparent. I've never EVER understood why any group wouldn't be 100 percent transparent in their advocacy and their fund raising.


"The only time I won't cross post is when I don't feel it's a post that would appeal to the entire GLBT community. I really do want to resist 'gotcha' politics."

This statement would be a little more credible had you cross-posted the original 'Randi Rhodes Redux' entry back in the beginning of July. Unless I missed it, you never did that. Why bring Bilerico readers into this fight now when you obviously didn't feel like the original post was relevant enough to us?? It looks to me like you felt embarrassing GLAAD was more important than calling Randi Rhodes out for making transphobic comments.

Marti Abernathey | July 17, 2007 10:17 AM

"This statement would be a little more credible had you cross-posted the original 'Randi Rhodes Redux' entry back in the beginning of July."

Why is that? I didn't post it for a very good reason. This isn't a trans specific blog and I don't want to post things here that aren't relevant to the entire GLBT community.

"Why bring Bilerico readers into this fight now when you obviously didn't feel like the original post was relevant enough to us?"

You don't have to be trans to give money to GLAAD. You don't have to be trans to support GLAAD. You don't have to be trans to know that what they are doing is suspect.

"It looks to me like you felt embarrassing GLAAD was more important than calling Randi Rhodes out for making transphobic comments."

I did call her out, in a place that made more sense, Transadvocate.com.

Thanks, I understand now.

I do disagree in general that this topic is not relevant to the entire GLBT community. The liberal and progressive left’s use of women's bodies to sexualize and vilify (or sexualize to vilify) must be challenged as an integral part of combating ALL anti-woman and anti-queer oppression.

But I realize that discussion was probably outside the scope of your original post.

Not going to jump into this head-first, but just saying that something trans-specific is definitely of interest to the general LGBTQueer community. Honestly, I post enough about issues specifically about gay men here and we have a few people who post specifically about lesbians, so I don't see why the B and the T can't post specifically about their communities either.

But, of course, that's your complete prerogative.

Marti Abernathey | July 17, 2007 4:30 PM

"I do disagree in general that this topic is not relevant to the entire GLBT community. The liberal and progressive left’s use of women's bodies to sexualize and vilify (or sexualize to vilify) must be challenged as an integral part of combating ALL anti-woman and anti-queer oppression."

I agree too, in the bigger sense. But I'm very particular about what I post here. I'm many things besides trans. Depending on how you view my sexuality, I'm gay or straight, and I'm poly. But I'd never discuss the intricacies of polyamory here unless they have a relevant link to the community. There are many intersections of polyamory to the bisexual community. A post about that would fit here, but a post about new relationship energy wouldn't.

Alex, it's more of a personal preference. I don't want to be pigeonholed as a "trans blogger" because I'm so much more than that.