Hello Citizens of Bilerico.
I'm coming to you, by delay, from the realm of personal martyrdom and finance calling known as TVC land.
Yes, that's right -- your SPLC-identified Hate Group has begun the battle against ENDA.
They want to kill it, you see, because them darn gays will, I don't know, be thought of as entitled to equal rights or something. Which as we all know is just not going to happen -- am I right or am I right?
In any case, the TVC -- that's Lou Sheldon, one of the several people behind the Alliance Defense Fund, and his daughter and the thousands of churches they purport to represent (which is really just a way of saying they send them email blasts to pass out among the congregation and hope to raise a buck or two off the suc-- err, faithful thereby) -- has recently issued a release that is, as usual, full of all manner of poisonous thinking in their battle to stop ENDA.
You know, the thing that will help gay and lesbian and some bi folk to get work. Let's take a look at what they say!
They've recently issued a pretty little memo. Its got a link that they urge everyone to go to in it.
it's a scary thing, and let me tell you, that's the point all along.
Here's how it opens:
Do you want men dressed as women teaching your kids? Obama, Pelosi, Reid and their liberal allies are quietly trying to make that happen under the so-called Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
Yep, you know that those minions of Satan, that spawn of hell who are seeking to bring through the Antichrist himself (himself because we all know that men are evil and women are saintly vessels only really good for making more men to fight the evil men that we all are), the veritably communist Pelosi, Reed, and that other fella, Obama.
They are trying to sneak past us the possibility that drag queens and transgender activists will be teaching your children!!
OMG the sky is falling and the heavens shall part and we shall all be destroyed in the fires of purgatory for our sins in allowing this. Amen.
Yes, friends, we must stop this terrible thing called ENDA.
It goes on:
Under ENDA, your children will be trapped in classes taught by drag queens and transgender activists. Students will be indoctrinated that "alternative lifestyles" are no different than traditional lifestyles. Every public school in America will be forced to comply-regardless of state law. Young children will be forced to learn about bizarre sexual practices - and you will have no say in the matter. It's already happening in some states and concerned parents can't do a thing about it - until now
TRAPPED, I tell you! Locked inside small rooms for hours on end with people in clothing that is just not supposed to be on that kind of body! The horror, the shame, the amazing and incredible terror of it all!
INDOCTRINATED, because we all know the foul and terrible reaches these people will go to teach our children their sick and perverse "values."
FORCED, no matter what the law really says, this one will change it. And we all know how those evil hedonists force changes in laws by bending the very rules on which the universe was founded! Space! Time! Artistotle and Plato!
BIZARRE sexual practices, like tongue kissing and condoms and birth control -- stuff which only comes from the poisons of the world around us today that these foul and disgusting gays have created.
And it closes, in part, with:
P.S. On your behalf, the Traditional Values Coalition is leading the fight against ENDA. We're walking the halls of Congress, rallying the grassroots and buying ads in key Districts. But we cannot win this critical battle without your help.
OK, enough of the not so funny silliness. This is a real missive emailed out within the last couple of days by the TVC. The are, of course, asking for money -- 25, 50, 100 bucks this round -- but the ask is preceded by something that might just shock a few of you:
Notice they didn't say anything about "homosexuals"?
I left out some of it, but nowhere in the message do they talk about homosexuals. Yes, it's dog whistled into it with the whole "alternative lifestyles" thing, but that's a dog whistle, nonetheless.
A lot of us "angry trans people" -- the Trans Mafia (not to be confused with the Gay Mafia, or the Lesbian Mafia) -- have been seeing this coming for some time, and now it's here.
From here, it will get only worse -- as trans becomes the new wedge in order to avoid picking on those "powerful" gay people. Because one of the effects of the Prop 8 trial (win or lose) is that it made it clear that they can't demonize the LG because it will, eventually, cost them all the victories they've had.
So they have to find another group. Bisexuals don't exist to them (or, technically, they are saying that all of us are bisexuals. Depends on your perspective), so that's not a possibility.
Leaves the trans peeps.
And they are going after ENDA on that basis. They will seek to kill it on that basis.
And they will use drag queens and transgender activists. Because they also know that those things annoy the LG folks.
What, you think they don't read Bilerico or Joe.My.God or Pam's or Daily Kos? They do. They read all of it, and they learn from us and they pay attention.
Ron Gold's words about trans people were used recently. We've seen people write in comments here about reasons for dropping trans people from legislation.
And when I asked if people thought that trans only legislation would pass, the answer was no, and mostly because there wasn't any political will behind it.
Well, ENDA is going to be all about the transfolk. In effect, it will be trans legislation. That's how it's going to be argued, that's what is going to be talked about, and that's the direction our opponents are going to take.
And if you think we were angry before, be aware that it was nothing compared to what will happen if trans stuff is stripped this time.
TVC is fringe, I'll give you that -- but they are part of the same coalitions that have been fighting all of us for a long time, and they are not the only ones putting out this message, floating it out there to see how this kind of approach works.
Time to get that political will.
Time to listen to trans people. Some of us actually have pretty good ideas how to fight this kind of messaging. But this affects all of us.
And that's not how the messaging on our side will go. On our side, odds are pretty good the powers that be will decide to only talk about the gay part -- to stay away for the trans issues entirely.
Because instead of listening to us and learning from us, we've been told we are too angry, too few, and we're all just a bunch of scared gay men (and way too butch women) anyhow.
And when they do that, it will come down to a choice that someone will say at one point sooner or later, so let's get it over with.
We will have to choose between giving protections only to some gay and lesbian and bisexual people and giving protections to none of them.
Unless, of course, you want to listen to trans people and add a third option.
Give protections to all of them by getting ENDA passed without any of us being taken out.