Ethan St. Pierre

Reality Check, Aisle 5

Filed By Ethan St. Pierre | August 14, 2007 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, The Movement, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: election 2008, HRC, Logo, trans, visa

I wasn't going to post anything about the Logo/HRC Presidential Forum. I've read most of the blogs and I felt as though all sides were represented and I honestly didn't feel like beating a dead horse. That is, until that horse sprang to life and galloped into my mail box. This afternoon I opened my mail, half amused to see a letter with the HRC logo on it, but then my head exploded. Apparently, I can get a Visa credit card, embossed with that beautiful HRC Equal sign and every time I use it to make a purchase, Visa will donate money to the Human Right's Campaign. Isn't that wonderful? I was fired from my job because I am transsexual but I live in a state where same sex marriage is legal, I wonder if they'll still give me a credit card.

I don't know why but I expected better from HRC this time (I must have been in a brief coma). During the Presidential Forum, The Human Rights Campaign treated transgender people with the same respect they always have. Transgender concerns received just as much attention as the bark beetle and judging by the attention that we both received it seems as though we are both going to be exterminated.

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It seems like an easy way for HRC to raise some needed cash for folks that would normally use a credit card anyhow. Most major organizations have some sort of arrangement with credit card companies like this - from PETA to right wing groups.

Marti Abernathey | August 14, 2007 3:28 PM

Bill, does PETA send a credit card to JLo? I think Ethan's point is that HRC has repeatedly under represented us, yet they want to make money on our purchases. It seems a bit brazen and a tad ironic.

Not to mention the issue of marriage being the most important issue. well, marriage is legal in my state but without a job, I can't get that credit card they are offering.

No, I understand your point about marriage, but I think it's a case of not seeing the forest for the trees...

Does PETA send a credit card to JLo? Yes, if she's on the mailing list they bought to send credit card apps to! I'll bet one or two things happened here - either they sent the apps to everyone in their database (which isn't likely since I didn't get one) OR the credit card company purchased a list of LGBT individuals (which are easily available - most of us allow cookies on our computers!) and sent it to them. Either way, I doubt that HRC knew or cared whether you, I or Joe Solmonese got an application; more than likely, the card company showed dollar sign amounts and said "You'll make X amount if you sign up" so they did. Every organization is desperate for dollars.

I guess I'm trying to say that I doubt HRC had much to do with it other than signing a contract with a credit card company.

It was never my point that I believed that HRC had targeted me with a credit card application just to piss me off. That would be beyond ridiculous.
My point was the one I made concerning same sex marriage.
I was being sarcastic.

Leland Frances | August 14, 2007 9:51 PM

In other news today, the Human Rights Champagne fund announced that they are opening their own bank in the lobby of the $25+ million building they bought some time ago. However, police report no suspects in the theft of the 30 by 100 foot HRC flag that flew in front of the building. Final designs are back from Amsterdam where a Joe Solmonese postage stamp is soon to be unveiled, and he's about to ink a personal advertising deal with the tanning booth company who provided his "Other Man of Color" look at last week's forum. HRC's store is narrowing down the choice of pictures of Reichen modeling the new "yellow equal sign/blue background" ass tattoo that will soon be available online. In related news, HRC's attorneys are still insisting that very fine print on the packaging made clear that anyone purchasing their exclusive 2006 Radko "Reichen & Lance's First Christmas" ornament could not apply for a refund if the couple separated within six months of purchase.

thanks Leland, that was
the best laugh I had all day!!
I like the ass tattoo the best.