Michelle Rodriguez and Walter Hill know nothing of trans people

Straight (no pun intended) from the “Holy Shit!” department comes a comment from one of the stars of the movie (re)Assignment. Michelle Rodriguez, one of the stars of the movie, stated the following in an article on The Daily Mail (yeah, I know… The Daily Mail?)

Rodriguez, who starred in the ‘Fast and the Furious’ series, took issue with criticism, asking: ‘Are they mad that somebody decided to take their branded transgender operation and use it on heterosexual people?’

She also noted the film was a ‘B-movie noir genre comic book take on something’ and that she herself was part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

So, “She, herself, was part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community”? That can only serve the purpose of putting a point on the fact that not every member of the LGBT has a clue.

I find it difficult to believe that she has given the transgender community any thought at all other than to assume that trans women must, in fact, be gay men. While that is the trope that is put out there by the Religious Right and some of the more clueless politicians, no one in the trans community would describe themselves in this way for the simple reason trans women are not gay men, and trans men are not gay women.

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A pro-lgbtq Republican party?

I’m just catching up on the news from the final night of the Republican National Convention. As a liberal, there wasn’t much for me to like, but there was one thing that really stood out to me even if it was overshadowed by other issues: the LGBTQ wasn’t used as a boogeyman.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that the Republican party has turned over a new leaf with respect to the LGBTQ. The Republican platform is still the most anti-LGBTQ platform in Republican history. Donald Trump — while seeming to change opinions over time — last said that he would appoint judges to the Supreme Court of the United States that would overturn the marriage equality ruling.

Despite all that, the founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel, said he was ‘proud to be gay’ from the in a speech at the RNC. This was the first time in history that someone from the LGBTQ actually talked about LGBTQ issues at the RNC.

The Verge also reports:

In his speech pledging support for Donald Trump, Thiel also referred to North Carolina’s controversial transgender bathroom law, asking the audience, “Who cares?”

Further, Donald Trump also made an overature to the LGBTQ in his speech. While it wasn’t about domestic policy, he said that he would defend the LGBTQ from the hostilities from foreign countries. When there was cheering from the floor of the convention, Donald Trump said that, as a Republican, it was good to hear them cheering that point.

Do I believe that the Republican party has turned the corner and is now supporting LGBTQ people? No. But I do hope that it is the first step in the death of the culture war that many Republicans still continue to fight.

Kinky Boots: Just Pee

This is absolutely awesome! Cyndi Lauper has been a hero (heroine?) to me for as long as I have known her music. She became even more of a hero when I learned how much she cared about the LGBT community.

I’ve had a crush on Harvey Fierstein since I saw him in the movie “Independence Day”, and became a true fan of his after I saw him in a documentary talking about how he loved effeminate men. And truthfully, what’s not to love about effeminate men?

And Kinky Boots? Besides being absolutely fabulous, their music is as stunning as they are. Put all of them together in a video for trans rights, and you have a winner.

States’ rights my ass

I wasn’t going to post anything about politics for a while. Since there isn’t any political data to discuss for a couple of months, I am in more of a waiting mode until June or July. But then trans issues hit the front page.

The Obama administration issued guidelines on the simple fact that trans people are people too and should be treated with respect. That was when the shit hit the fan. I was expecting the Republicans to go crazy over the guidelines that essentially reaffirm what has been happening in bathrooms for as long as there have been bathrooms. And while I expected a fight, what I tolerate without comment is the complete idiocy of “states’ rights” brought into the discussion.

The Hill reported that Donald Trump said:

[Donald Trump] declined to criticize the administration’s directive on Friday, saying the states should decide on the issue.

“I believe it should be states’ rights and I think the states should make the decision, they’re more capable of making the decision,” Trump said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

He said on NBC’s “Today” show in April that North Carolina should allow people to “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate” but he later walked back that statement.

That is a complete load of horse shit. While – potentially – an argument could be made that the use of firearms is different in New York than in Oklahoma and should be decided at the state level, trans people use the restroom the same way all over the world. There is no difference between the way that I pee in Oklahoma than some other trans person pees in New York.

While the argument of “state’s rights” might have its place in a few discussions, more and more it seems to be used by the side with bad arguments as a way to maintain those bad arguments without having to answer for them. And as the case with many bad arguments, all too often they are nothing more than a breeding ground for bigots to exploit.

Want to help? Vote for Democrats

The Democrats are trying to renew the push to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This, of course, would be an easy way to provide relief for members of the LGBT community as they face discrimination in various locations around the United States.

From the Huffington Post:

House Democrats held a press conference Thursday reminding everyone that there’s an easy way to end these problems: Pass the Equality Act, which would extend federal nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people and make the state-level fights into non-issues.

The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of already protected classes (race, color, sex, religion and national origin).

In other words, it would protect LGBT people from discrimination in credit, education, employment, housing, federal financial assistance, jury service and public accommodations.

It’s a wonderful idea. It is also a need that will continue as long as there are people waiting for any excuse to discriminate against minorities – regardless of whether that minority is a person of color, a member of the LGBT, a woman, or some other characteristic that makes up the tapestry of America.

But that has to be done at the federal level. Something that we can all do is vote for Democrats. The Democratic party, for the most part, supports the rights of minorities. The more Democrats, the better chance of limiting the discrimination that can be written into law.

There be lesbians here!

There are problems with living deep inside the South that I would have never thought of. Some of those problems might be completely unrelatable to the people that are lucky enough to live in areas where it is, not only acceptable, but uncontroversial to just be yourself. Here in the heartland, while people might be out of the closet, they aren’t out in the sense that they can be identified by people the majority of the time.

In other words, even if you meet someone that belongs to the LGBT, you might never know it.

I will be the first to admit that it is nice to be treated like a regular human being by all of your coworkers as well as the people that you meet in your day to day life as you go about your business. I enjoy being able to purchase my groceries without having to have a discussion on same-sex issues while waiting in line. But there are times when I would give up this luxury if I could just see people that I could more easily empathize with.

Where are the people that were outsiders when they were growing up? Where are the people that enjoy Glee even when they are 20 years older than the show’s target audience? Where are the people that you can feel comfortable around when you want to talk about how someone of the same sex – or opposite sex! – is attractive without having to wonder whether you will be judged negatively for expressing your thoughts. Where are the people who would dare to show the side of themselves that doesn’t match society’s expectations of their gender? Where can you enjoy pop music, or show tunes, or beautiful love songs without attracting the scorn of the community?

Living in the heartland can be a lonely place. While it is true that there are a tremendous number of nice people that live in the heartland, its also true that friendships can only be on a superficial level if you don’t feel like you can be yourself.

That’s what makes one woman bringing lunch to another, night after night, such an interesting event. The women seem to be close to the same age. And while it is still possible that there is enough age difference between them for a mother/daughter relationship, it seems unlikely. It’s also true that they could be sisters; but haven’t we all been ask whether we are the sisters of our wives or significant other? It could also be that they are simply friends that are helping each other through difficult financial times. But it is equally as likely that each of these explanations is wrong and that they are lesbians.

The mere thought that there are other people that belong to the LGBT is enough to fill me with hope and yearning for friendship that is so difficult to find among the “normal” people that live around here. Even a smile and an understanding nod could provide days of the uplifting feeling that you are not alone in this world.

It is taken as a given that humans are social creatures. Given that, it doesn’t seem too much to ask that there are people that we can socialize with in our vicinity.