During a recent archeological expedition to the Middle East, the oldest and most accurate copy of the Bible's Book of Genesis was discovered in a Gay bar sealed in a salsa jar.
It discloses that the ancient cities of the plain Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboim and Bela were invaded and conquered by the Lesbionites - a tribe of wild and crazy women. This invasion by the Lesbionites on Sodom and the other cities was in reaction to the way the ruling class of Sodom - the Stupidites treated Sodom's minority residents and the Lesbionites allies - the Transgentites (also known as Transvestites in the less civilized world), Bipanflutites and Gaymenintites as second-class citizens and not children of their false god.
The text further explains that no Stupidites were permitted to have sexual encounters or reside in Lesbionite country; but in order to prevent their race from dying out, they Lesbionites had to visit the Transgentites, Bipanflutites and Gaymenintites and party. The male children who were the result of these parties were allowed to explore their sexuality and gender expression; the females were kept and brought up by their Lesbionite mothers, and trained in agricultural pursuits, hunting, the art of kayaking and the use of power tools.
This ancient text of Genesis further explains the true loving God sends three men, thought by most commentators to have been angelic Drag Queens appearing as Gaymenintites to Abraham in the plains of Mamre. After receiving the hospitality of Abraham and Sarah, his wife, God reveals to Abraham that he will investigate Sodom and Gomorrah, because their food is great, "and their parties are the best since sliced bread."
In response, Abraham reverently inquires of God if he would bless the city if fifty Queer people were found in it, then forty-five, then thirty, then twenty or even ten, with God affirming he would not destroy it after each request, for the sake of the Queers yet dwelling therein. The two angelic Drag Queens of God proceed to Sodom and are met by Abraham's flaming Bipanflutites nephew Lot, who constrains the angelic Drag Queens with chains and leather to lodge with him, and they eat with his family after performing several flamboyant versions of Broadway productions.
This ancient version of Genesis describes what followed, which confirms the real, cross my heart and hope to die story:
"But before they lay down, the Stupidites of the city, the Stupidites of Sodom, both young and old, all the Stupidites to the last person, surrounded the house; and they called to Lot, "Where are the Drag Queens who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may party with them" "
In response, Lot refuses to give his guests to the Stupidites of Sodom and, instead, offers the Stupidites two six packs and a bottle of Ripple and said "do to them whatever you like." [Gen 69:]
However, the Stupidites refuse this offer and threaten to pout if they cannot get their way. And the Stupidites lunged toward Lot to break down the door to his gender-neutral bathroom. Lot's angelic guests rescue the party and strike the Stupidites blind with incredible lip synch, style and fashion. Then, the angelic Drag Queens command the Lesbionites, Transgentites, Bipanflutites and Gaymenintites including Lot to gather his family and leave, revealing that they were sent to redevelop Sodom and Gomorrah into shopping malls. As they make their escape, the angelic Drag Queens command the Lesbionites, Transvestites, Bipanflutites and Gaymenintites including Lot and his family not to look back under any circumstance. However, as God leveled Sodom and Gomorrah with a bulldozer, Lot's wife looks back, longingly, at the city in defiance of the angels' specific command not to look back and she becomes a Bipanflutite.
The Lesbionites who had access to U-Haul trucks, Transgentites, Bipanflutites and Gaymenintites including Lot and his Bipanflutite wife moved to the three other cities of the plain Admah, Zeboim and Bela where they grew and prospered.
Unfortunately, the Stupidites hid under their rocks from the loving God's wrath and continued to evolve into Republicans, conservative reactionaries and religious fanatics in most areas of the world.
Thus creating the need for a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act - ENDA. Get involved or the Stupidites will have their way!
The "bathroom bill" bigots
To win passage of ENDA, says Sherry Wolf, activists need to be ready to counter the bigots' lies.
April 29, 2010
A CULTURAL storm is brewing on the horizon over the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would finally provide workplace rights currently denied to most LGBT people. Right now, only 21 states and the District of Columbia mandate workplace protections for sexual orientation, a mere 12 states provide legal protection for gender identity.
ENDA would extend federal employment discrimination protections currently provided based on race, religion, sex, national origin, age and disability to sexual orientation and gender identity. It is urgently needed.
As a transgender-inclusive ENDA makes its way through Congress in coming weeks, the good money is on it passing easily through the House and being stonewalled in the Senate.
While polls show that 89 percent of the population support workplace equality for LGBT people, fear-mongering and transphobic stupidities are being spread and echoed by right-wingers. Now that it is less palatable to openly discriminate against lesbians and gays, transgender people have become the primary targets of the cultural cretins.
One central excuse for denying LGBT people--in particular, transgender people--their workplace rights is that this legislation is, in the words of right-wingers, a "bathroom bill." In other words, a diabolical plan for men in drag to slip into women's restrooms, feigning femininity.
One widely circulated form letter to Congresspeople on Congress.org states, "The thought of my child or grandchild in a bathroom with a transgender (sic) is repugnant to me." Tellingly, this note doesn't even modify the adjective transgender to refer to an actual person--as if "a transgender" is some alien species and not a human being who deserves respect and equal treatment.
In a whiff of scapegoating to come on the federal level, Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial contender Charles D. Baker attacked a current statewide bill that would prohibit anti-trans discrimination in Massachusetts, likewise dubbing it the "bathroom bill."
Aside from the obvious ignorance about transgender people, it's worth noting that trans people are using public toilets now. What's more, there are no recorded incidents of male-to-female transgender people harassing other women in bathrooms. Quite the contrary, some biological females have resorted to verbal invective or violence to stop transwomen from sharing restrooms.
It's insulting and dehumanizing to reduce the legitimate demands of untold numbers of people who are transgender to a petty potty squabble.
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THE FACT that people in positions of power have been hemming and hawing for years against the inclusion of gender identity to any bill involving workplace equality is evidence not only of politicians' transphobia, but of activists' need to know the facts and to use them to mobilize broad forces to finally win workplace equality for all.
The statistics on transgender people's lives are stunning. According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 97 percent have experienced mistreatment, harassment or discrimination on the job.
Try and imagine what it would feel like to have perfect strangers ask you about your genitalia on a regular basis. How it might affect you if going into a public toilet were an experience you had to mentally and physically gear up for because co-workers and employers often harassed and pilloried you for trying to relieve yourself. If simply living in your own skin in the only way you could imagine surviving was not only cause for emotional, physical and verbal abuse, but could cost you your job.
That's a snippet of life for most gender variant people, according to this first-ever survey of 6,450 transgender people in the United States.
Of those surveyed, 47 percent were denied a job, a promotion or were fired because of their gender identity. Despite higher levels of education than the population at large, 15 percent of transgender people earn less than $10,000 per year, twice the national average for that income level. Twenty-seven percent reported incomes of $20,000 or less.
According to the survey, hostile employers forced 32 percent of transgender people to present themselves in the wrong gender in order to keep their jobs. While 62 percent of the overall population has access to health care at work, only 40 percent of transgender people do.
Unequal and inhumane treatment wouldn't end overnight with the passage of a transgender-inclusive ENDA. But so long as politicians turn a blind eye--or worse, echo the bigots' fear-mongering of transgender people--discrimination and violence will be given a pass.
There are many flaws to ENDA. Workplaces with fewer than 15 employees would be exempt, along with religious institutions. So would the nation's largest workplace, the U.S. military. The repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" would still be required before lesbians, gays and bisexuals could serve openly in the military. There are no quotas, affirmative action or clauses to allow for the correction of past discrimination on the job.
Yet ENDA would be an undeniable step forward in the march toward LGBT civil equality.
LGBT activists in many cities are building contingents for this year's May Day protests--both in solidarity with immigrants marching for their workplace rights. and to advance the struggle for ENDA. In cities across the country, activists are heeding Equality Across America's call to action on Harvey Milk Day on May 22 to press for full equality for all LGBT people, including passage of ENDA.
The Obama administration has signaled that it has good intentions on LGBT civil rights, but action is clearly needed to pressure Congress and the White House to pass ENDA this year.
Countering the bigots' lies and inanities must be part of activists' strategy in months to come if we are to win rights for all sexual minorities, including those who are gender variant.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Posted by De Sube at 4/29/2010 10:31:00 AM