We are the voices being heard/how to identify and deal with bullies


Kelli Busey

We are the voices being heard/how to identify and deal with a bully                                     

You know who you are. You are the HRC member who whispered confessions “I like to wear panties” softly into my ear at a black tie event least your contemporaries should hear. Then I gave you a knowing wingk and confess “shush ,girlfriend sometimes I wear boxers”
You are the Doctor, truck driver, student, pilot and perhaps a bloger or two.
Some are peering from behind a wall of discrimination. Aware that any sudden movements would attract vicious predators.

Afraid becuse the conscripts the politicans have enabled to the point of violence by voicing to the public, bigoted and fear inspiring pronouncments such as the infamous speech by the openly gay Massachessetts Congressman Barney Frank in 1999 in which he announced “transgendered people want a law that mandates a person with a penis be allowed to shower with woman.”

DAHIR, MUBARAK. (1999, May 25). WHOSE MOVEMENT IS IT? The Free Library. (1999). Retrieved January 19, 2008 from http://www.thefreelibrary.com/WHOSE%20MOVEMENT%20IS%20IT?-a054775067

Mr Frank has built a career catering to the odd bedfellows of Log Cabin democrates and homophobic hate mongers who together shout in glee as each time Barney Frank leads gender variant people to the top of the mountain of ENDA success only to be shoved from behind to the abass below.

Could it be that Mr. Frank’s satement in 1999 was at least in part to divert attention from a recently exposed long term alleged prostitution addiction as profiled in;

A Skelton in Barney Franks closet
Sept 25, 1989
Marggret Carlson
Time magazine

Mr. Frank has built a career bullying the helpless of the world and in turn bolstering and validating the causes for which he is interested in.

The National outcry of outrage produced by the latest ENDA dabacle has sent Barney Frank and his coconspiraor and social power base HRC into full damage control mode.
The acknowledgement by HRC and Mr. Franks blatant transgressions are being maifested by HRC’s $ 25,000.00 dollar grant to Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition(MTPC)’s first newly installed paid chair person Gunner(apt name) Scott, who by self proclamation is at once the originator of all things gender and the under dog at large.
Massachesetts Congressman Barney Frank has since sent his State political machinery in motion and his political minons falling over themselfs proclaiming “gender varience for all and all a good night”.

What makes this all the more insidious is the subtle ways HRC and Barney Frank are attempting to vilify and isolate the purely gender varient from their just causes.

However we are viligent and unafraid.
We will identify and cull from the herd the charlatans, Arnolds and Stantons.

You have been identified Gunner Scott.

This fact has not been lost on the local chapter of the American Transgender Veterans Association(TAVA) which has withdrawn from the MTPC coalition to protest the HRC grant but has made it known that it remains steadfast in support of the Massachesetts gender inclusive admendments to a sex only 1989 law. Trial by fireby Ethan Jacobsstaff reporterWednesday Jan 16, 2008                  http://www.baywindows.com/index.php?     ch=news&sc=glbt&sc2=features&sc3=&id=54938

This brings to question, is there anyway to successfully intergrate the gender variant?
The answer is a resounding YES!

In the Blueprint for change by Ethan Jacobs staff reporterWednesday Jan 16, 2008 appearing in the Baywindows


“”Activists in New Jersey, which passed a gay rights bill in 1992, landed a one-two punch in 2006 and 2008, passing first a non-discrimination bill and then a hate crimes bill covering gender identity and expression. Steven Goldstein, chair of Garden State Equality, the state’s largest LGBT rights organization, said that it took little effort to win over lawmakers on the bills because many of them were already familiar with members of the transgender community and understood the discrimination they faced. He said transgender people have served in leadership positions in Garden State Equality and other organizations, and they lobbied lawmakers on a wide range of issues, including marriage.’

“If you make sure that transgender people are in every facet of your organization, if you make sure they’re in the leadership of your organization, you’re providing constant exposure to politicians. … Here transgender people are front and center in the fight for marriage equality,” said Goldstein. “The politicians here see transgender people year round at the table.”

In Vermont, which has passed a non-discrimination bill covering transgender people last year,  Lgbt advoacy orginications had a history of including the transgender community among their members said Kara DeLeonardis, exucuitive director of the ru12 LGBT community center in Burlington.

“It was absolutely critical to passing this legislation that legislators and the governor got to meet with transgender Vermonters, and that had not happened before, where that level of transgender people were visible and vocal and telling their stories about why this legislation was important,” said DeLeonardis.

Massacusetts where the transgender people have been forced out of the public, orchardstrated by MTPC.                                                                                                         “That lack of visibility during the marriage movement was no coincidence. Scott said there was an agreement by some transgender activists and marriage activists that the transgender community would step out of the spotlight during the marriage struggle in exchange for help from the gay, lesbian and bisexual community to pass pro-trans legislation once the marriage battle was over. He said the decision was made in part to protect the transgender community. MTPC worried that a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union between one man and one woman could be particularly disastrous for transgender people, creating more rigid legal definitions of male and female in the law.

HRC and Barney Frank are now attempting in Massacusetts to buy and bully there way out of the gender corner. It is clear that MTPC is nothing but a tool used by Frank and HRC to silence and send our Transgender brothers and sisters to obilvion.

And now we see clearly how HRC and Barney Frank have used their political and monatary might to do mighty damage to mankind.

We must face up directly with those who seek to do us harm. Go to the HRC Balls. Conduct the Educational Initiative as suggested as being needed by Frank. Face your political represenatives. Let them know the good in your heart.

The answer to Barney Frank and HRC national steering committee lays right in our laps.

Kelli Busey January 23 2008


2 thoughts on “We are the voices being heard/how to identify and deal with bullies

  1. I was alerted to your post by someone who felt it was a veiled threat towards me. While you may disagree with a decision the organization MTPC (which includes and 8 person steering committee and the larger voting membership) has made, personal attacks are unnecessary.

    If you had looked at our website you would have seen that in fact we have been working on gaining transgender visibility since our inception. First passing a non-discrimination ordinance in Boston for gender identity and gender expression, then in Northampton, and last year our state wide non-discrimination bill for transgender people was introduced and we held the first ever lobby day on transgender rights at our statehouse, as well we are co-sponsoring a free low income transgender legal clinic, and not to mention trainings and community forums done around the state conduct.

    You may have also not seen our organizational response in Bay Windows so I will re-post it here:

    Taking HRC’s money
    Thursday Jan 17, 2008
    Bay Windows Newspaper

    Once again, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is being called upon to respond to controversy. In the past, we’ve defended our community against attack from outside. This time, we’re being criticized for having accepted a grant of $25,000 from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) towards our work to pass H.B.1722, “An Act Relative to Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes”.

    We appreciate the concerns and sincerity of those who disagree with our decision. It was not made lightly. We weighed the criticism we knew we’d receive against the good that this money would do for our community, and, after careful deliberation, chose to do what we feel is best for our community.

    MTPC’s mission is, among other things, to obtain protections for transgender and gender non-conforming people throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Currently, we are fortunate to have won some respect in the courts, but legislatively, we have legal protections only in Cambridge, Boston and Northampton. The vast majority of our constituency lives every day at relatively extreme risk of job loss, discrimination, harassment and violence. History has shown that, more often than not, crimes can be committed against us with near impunity — although, thankfully, this is changing.

    Passage of H.B.1722 will be the most beneficial achievement for our community that our organization has accomplished to date. But it is not a done deal, not by a long shot. As the events of last fall with respect to transgender inclusion in ENDA showed us, we have not yet won the hearts and minds of most lawmakers. But we are winning them.

    For years, the transgender community in Massachusetts has patiently waited for the civil marriage rights issue to be resolved before embarking on a quest for our most basic rights. We waited at the request of our GLB allies, and out of our own sense of rightness. Now the issue is resolved, and with that resolution, there are now resources available that were previously needed elsewhere. MTPC is grateful that our work for the passage of H.B.1722 has won some of these resources.

    MTPC is well aware of the ongoing dispute between transgender activists and HRC. We are not pleased with the actions of HRC with respect to ENDA, and are a member of United ENDA and led the Massachusetts Coalition for a United ENDA. We’ve strongly lobbied both HRC and Rep. Barney Frank for transgender inclusion. We are continuing as a strong ally in the effort to pressure HRC to include gender identity in ENDA, and will continue to do so. Taking their money does not oblige us to overlook their bad behavior. This is not lobbying money, where tit for tat is expected. This is a grant for the passage of H.B.1722.

    While some may fear that our acceptance of this money provides HRC with bragging rights for how it is helping transgender folks, we’d like to see it set a precedent for what HRC will do in other states. Surely Massachusetts is not the only state whose transgender activist effort can benefit from a grant of this nature. We challenge HRC to follow this grant with money to other states, so that, in the absence of federal protections, more transgender persons can look forward to statewide protections. But let us be clear: Some states will not soon pass gender identity protections, and the only hope for our community in those states is the federal ENDA. So this state-level money is no substitute for transgender-inclusion in the federal ENDA.

    The steering committee of MTPC was unanimous in our decision to accept the HRC grant. It helps establish our legitimacy as an organization and encourages others to donate to our efforts. It imposes no constraints upon us and incurs no obligation on us. Most importantly, it enables us to engage our first full-time employee to work on passage of H.B.1722, enhancing our ability to secure passage of this legislation that will protect all members of our community, most for the first time. The marriage equality fight in Massachusetts required millions of dollars and many full-time staff persons to win. We may win our rights with less, but we need every bit of help we can get. We know that the opposition to same-sex marriage was fierce; we can only hope that opposition to our rights will be less.

    Bottom line: We don’t know what the future holds, but this money could well save lives by helping pass H.B.1722 sooner rather than later. If this grant saves the blood of one transgender person, then it will be blood money of the best sort — lifeblood, that is. As for those who take exception to HRC’s transgender-exclusive action on ENDA, we’re right there with you. But let’s not cut off our nose to spite our face. Rather, let’s take their money, and show them how to use it properly.

    Gunner Scott is the director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. Holly Ryan is the chair of Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. Nancy Nangeroni is a member of the Steering Committee of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.

  2. Dear Gunner Scott, please let me assure you no threat veiled or otherwise was intended.

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