That story broke on Friday, so we figured GLAAD wouldn't get involved until Monday. Well, they didn't. We were a bit disappointed in their silence and decided to do a bit of digging. Rather than addressing our initial questions, the media watchdogs at GLAAD directed us to Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center For Transgender Equality, with whom GLAAD has been working on the Beatie story.
Keisling insisted that her team and the kids at GLAAD have been working behind the scenes to work things out with MSNBC. She also informs us that NCTE offered its expertise on the matter prior to Beatie's outing by suggesting medical experts and counseling journalists on how to approach this sensitive story.
On Thomas Beatie coverage, better late than never?
No GLAAD representatives would go on the record, but an anonymous activist close to the matter informed us that some leaders are shying away from the Beatie story because they don't want his story to be representative of the entire movement. A pregnant trans man, they claim, does not represent the entire "community," whatever that means. Said the gay: "He has a goal that's different than ours. He wanted to get publicity, sell a book and strike a movie deal." Beatie's unilateral self-interest, it seems, ended up alienating potential allies.
GLAAD assures us, however, that they have spoken to MSNBC to rectify the matter.
If this is true, then that they'd question Thomas's motives like this is unbelievable. It was like some of the comments I read on Oprah's message board about this story: Thomas is at fault for going on Oprah to sell a book. Because he's the first person to try something like that, evidently.
I highly doubt he stopped getting testosterone for two years and attempted pregnancy twice just to sell a book. We all have a right to tell our stories and we should know by now that keeping our mouths shut and falling in line is not the rode to queer liberation.
This could be a watershed opportunity for LGBT people as a whole, and, whether we like it or not, it's out there and people are associating it with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, cross-dressing, queer, genderqueer, intersex, etc. people. Because almost no one makes distinctions between those groups except for us. We can either take this opportunity to educate or leave the spin up to Joe Scarborough.
The straight Media Matters has finally put out a statement on MSNBC's comments from last Friday.
I guess they don't mind being associated with pregnant transmen.