Thursday, November 01, 2012

Anti-gay group reduces the murder of transgendered Americans into a flippant soundbite

Recently, Vice President Joe Biden took a stand on the rights of transgender Americans, calling discrimination against them the "civil rights issue of our time."

Naturally, some organizations aren't happy with what he did. The Family Research Council in its FRC Update sent out the following:

Vice President Joe Biden must really like Halloween, because now he's fighting for people to dress up all year long! During a stopover in Florida yesterday, Biden struck up a conversation with the mother of a former Miss Transgender New England. In the middle of their exchange, reporters overheard Biden calling transgender discrimination the "civil rights issue of our time." Even by "Biden" standards, it was a shocking statement. With the nation warring over marriage and liberals still making an issue of race, you can see why the press pool wondered if they'd heard Biden right. When the media followed up with the woman, Linda Carragher Bourne, she confirmed the exchange. "[I told him that] a lot of my friends are being killed, and they don't have the civil rights yet. These guys [the President and Vice President] are going to make it happen." How can she be so confident? Unlike a lot of voters, Linda is probably very familiar with this White House's record on sexual deviance.

There is no need to go into detail about what the FRC Update said next. In case you are interested, it went on about how to slur the transgender community as  "sexually confused" and whine about how the Obama Administration is going to supposedly force schools and daycare centers to hire transvestites, transsexuals, drag queens, and drag kings.

It's bothersome trash, which is usual for FRC. But what bothers me the most about this item is the fact except for that trifle mention, not once did FRC go into any more detail about how our transgender brothers and sisters are being murdered.

While the focus is on the Biden statement,  it should be on what Bourne said - that a lot of her friends are being killed.

Bourne wasn't speaking a euphemism. She was most likely telling the truth. Transgender Americans face a considerable amount of ignorance and violence and that needs to be pointed out.

But to the FRC, the fact that Bourne has seen a lot of her friends killed is irrelevant to calling her and those friends "sexually confused." To FRC, the sadness that this woman feels about the murder of her friends is considered as a mere point of flippancy which shouldn't even be given more than a brief mention.

To me, that's sad. And it's certainly not Christian.

And it says sad volumes about the Family Research Council.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this. It's so important to shine a light on the FRC's disgusting statements about our transgender siblings. - An anonymous cis-gendered queer fellow traveler

kawaii-gaijin said...

So the senseless murders of hundreds of transgendered people is irrelevant, but the almost shooting at AFA is a tragedy and clear proof of the downward spiral America is on?

Right, just so I understand what page we're all on...