Bil Browning

Julian Bond excerpt from Creating Change plenary

Filed By Bil Browning | February 08, 2008 9:45 AM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: civil rights, Creating Change conference, Julian Bond, NAACP, Twitter

I'm having a great time at Creating Change. I've met lots of folks, and I have to admit: I didn't realize we had so many fans out there! *puffs chest out with pride*

Last night we got settled into the hotel room (very nice, btw!), checked in with the media registration and went to the Julian Bond plenary. His speech was moving, inspiring and dead on target. I've got a clip of it for you after the jump.

The internet access is a little spotty (I have to come back to our room to get a halfway decent connection), but don't forget that you can keep up with what I'm doing on Twitter too.

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Michael Bedwell | February 8, 2008 2:58 PM

Thanks for this clip, Bil!

And we see no reason to believe that just because he only referenced "gay and lesbian" rights that he would not be just as supportive of the rights related to gender identity. A lesson for those kept busy 24-7 adjusting the formula of their litmus tests for integrity and sincerity when evaluating a certain female candidate for President.

When that certain female candidate for president is supported by a large GLB org who hostile to covering transgender people in any civil rights legislation, you can understand why we transpeople, who have been ignored over the years by people who only mention 'gay and lesbian' in their illusion of inclusion speeches, want it on the record that she supports a transgender-inclusive ENDA.

HRC's endorsement is one of the reasons I support Obama for president now.

Michael Bedwell | February 8, 2008 4:09 PM

Ah, to be ever so pure. The magnificent Mr. Bond is speaking at a a conference, as indicated by the podium sign, organized by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Forceā€”not the National Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Task Force. One would think that a group given so much recent credit for advocating a scorched earth strategy re trans inclusion in the language of a proposed bill in Congress could at least be inclusive in their own name these many months later. Every time one sees their name it is a slap in the face of every transgender person.

I was not aware that HRC had endorsed Sen. Clinton, but even if they have, association with a naked lie such as that which Sen. Obama told "The Advocate" claiming that he had sponsored and passed a trans-inclusive job protection bill in Illinois when he did not would trump any guilt by association with a group for this voter.