Hate Resistance

Welcome to Hate Resistance, a response to the Mass Resistance/Article 8 Alliance/Parents Rights Coalition/Mass Family Institute/MassNews. Doing my part to piss off the radical right...

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Sorry fellow readers I needed a break from reading homophobic schlock of Camenker... but I have built up my tolerance and I am ready for some dispatches

Ironic headline of the week
"New Website Offers Support For Adult Children of Homosexuals
A woman who grew up with a same-sex-attracted father has launched an effort to help similar people deal with the pain they experience."

How about a support website for Adult GLBT children of straight homophobic parents that continue to treat you like crap regardless of everything you accomplish and take care of them in their old age?

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

"Romney says keeping minimum wage low preserves jobs for poor"
Boston Globe 7/25/06

What it really should say is 'Mittens says keeping minimum wage low preserves the poor from ever making enough to make it in Massachusetts'

Good to see he taking a page from the Bush "How to make really stupid statements to the press while trying to screw the country" playbook.

You can't even live on the current minimum wage, which you would earn $14,000 per year before taxes with one minimum wage 40 hour a week job:
now rent a room in an apartment about $500 a month (total $6000 for the year)
eat at about $50 per week (total $2600)
gas/electric $100 ($1200)
T pass (we will say a subway @$44 per month) (total $528)
Basic verizon home phone $35 per month (total $420)
Total: $10, 748 for basic expenses...

Now deduct taxes, health insurance cost, increase in heating bills in the winter, etc..

That someone living without all the extras- like cell phone, internet, co-pays for health insurance, emergencies etc...

For an $8.00 minimum wage 40 hour a week job you would earn 16,600 before taxes & health care costs

unless you have 3-4 jobs Mittens you can't make it in Massachusetts

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Note to Contrada and Article 8 in regards to their open letter to Mass State Reps:

Dear article 8/mass resistance/parents rights/interfaith coalition,

I find it interesting that in your mass resistance blog you claim that BAGLY, a glbt youth organization, has a link on their resource page to information about sex reassignment surgery when in fact they do not, which you prove yourself by linking to the BAGLY resource page which does not have such a link and then putting up a link on your blog to the said page in question. Anyone with an internet connection can figure out the type of bait and switch tactic your using.

This is reminiscent of Camenker "fistgate" audio tape where he sliced in portions of an adult safe sex talk to make the tape more lurid than it actually was. So I guess I am waiting for you to make a fake BAGLY web page to send people to.

I believe that you have an unhealthy fascination with transgender medical procedures and GLBT people in general and might want to consider seeking some mental health counseling.

Hate Resistance

Sunday, July 16, 2006

This past weekend, trying to take a breather from all the action at the statehouse on Weds (waiting for an outcome from the MA Constitutional Convention which did not take up the ballot question but will be reconvening on Nov 9th) I went to the beach on the South Shore, Nantasket. At about 3pm - two planes with vote on marriage banners buzzed the beach. One said something like 'DiMassi and TRAVAGLINI should let the people vote' and the second said go to voteonmarriage.org. I was completely annoyed, but the folks around me did not understand what either of the banners meant, people just looked puzzled.

So much for that tactic boys...

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Photos from outside the Statehouse on the day of the Mass Constitutional Convention

Rev. Kris Mineau, President of Mass. Family Institute & company - He is the guy with the grey and dark suit in the middle. I wonder if the Rev. Kris went to seminary/divinity school or just got his ordination over the internet?

Dr. Roberto S. Miranda, President of vote on marriage - balding, peach/pink colored shirt in the middle, also leads a church, also wonder if he is an internet minister as well....

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Good Morning Statehouse!

I went down to the statehouse before work this morning at 8am to stand outside in the line with MassEquality across the street from the Vote On/Mass Family Institute. Vote On/Mass Family Institute failed to get a permit to be in front of ther statehouse, but MassEquality did get a permit, Vote On/Mass Family Institute had to be across the street without blocking the sidewalk. No Camenker or Contrada in sight... but the Vote On/Mass Family Institute did bring out about 15 kids under 14 to hold signs for them as well as about 20 adults. It was just getting going when I had to leave. Did have one woman come up and admonish my friend for not holding an american flag (we had small pride flags) she said we would "get better results if we were more patriotic".

I am not quite feeling so patriotic as I look over Governor Romney's vetos of everything in the budget that was for GLBT or the fact that if I go to any other state my family is not recognized, which basically means I can't move out of Massachusetts if I still want to be considered to be married.

I will have some pictures from this morning's action later tonight.

Monday, July 10, 2006

The use of GLBT issues to sensationalize a story is nothing new, but to make something up to stir up the fire is just plain wrong. There was a big to do over a FEMA funds supposedly being used to pay for a "sex-change". When I heard this I highly doubted it could have happened. The FEMA funds were doled out in the sum of $2000, it cost approx. $20,000 for genital reconstruction surgery and a 6 month to year to get a surgery date, not to mention all the paperwork and letter of recommendation someone needs from a therapist. My friends over at the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition did some investigating when they heard this coming over the wire and this was what they uncovered:

For Immediate Release: July 8, 2006
From: The National Transgender Advocacy Coalition (NTAC)
Contact: NTAC Chair, Vanessa Edwards Foster; Houston, Texas
Contact Email:media@ntac.org
Contact Phone: 832-483-9901
Website: http://www.ntac.org/

Transgenders Claim FEMA Sex Change Scandal Was Fabricated, Fraudulent

Last month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) testified before a House Homeland Security subcommittee to spotlight $1.4 billion fraudulent waste of Emergency Assistance Funds (EAF) to Hurricane Katrina victims. The
unprecedented level of Federal Emergency Management Agency fraud was blared over television newscasts and emblazoned on newspaper headlines: "FEMA funds paid for
a sex change."

However, the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition (NTAC) is now publicly calling the media and authorities on this claim, demanding proof that this occurred and calling the press on this claim "fabricated" and "fraudulent." In
reviewing both House subcommittee testimony and the GAO report (_www.gao.gov/new.items/d06844t.pdf_ (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06844t.pdf) ) that
uncovered the fraud there was no reference of a sex change, nor any surgery of any type being paid for by FEMA funds.

"It appears [the sex change] story was prime red meat for conservatives looking to turn attention away from the President, and onto Katrina victims and FEMA," said NTAC President Vanessa Edwards Foster. "It also appears there's no veracity to the story that EAF funds were used for gender reassignment surgery. These press claims are what's fraudulent."

House Homeland Security Investigations subcommittee chair Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) called the discovered waste "criminal" but never mentioned anything
about sex changes. However Rep. Charles Dent (R-PA) did note the sex change claim shortly after the House testimony, commenting, "I don't understand how
this could happen."

How the sex change allegation originated remains unclear. The June 14, 2006 story by Larry Margasak of the Associated Press noted a sex change in a laundry list of items scammed from FEMA. While outlets as diverse as Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, ABC News, MSNBC, Bloomberg Report carried the story,the more conservative news outlets such as Wall Street Journal or Fox News made no mention of the sex change accusation.

When questioned about the story, the GAO's Office of Public Affairs stated "there was no reference to that allegation … because we cannot confirm it."

"The press reported on fabricated claims of sex changes paid with FEMA funds, but no media ever mentioned $2,000 paid to a Christian Broadcast Network from EAF payments," Foster of NTAC commented. The GAO report listed $2,000 paid to Colorado-based LeSEA Broadcasting Network.

After anguishing over the initial FEMA news reports, NTAC Vice President Courtney Sharp said she "was shocked to discover that the [GAO] report didn't mention anything about anyone misusing funds to have gender reassignment surgery."

A New Orleans resident who lost nearly everything during Katrina, Sharp said she listened as co-workers and friends disparaged the person who used FEMA funds to obtain a sex change. "[It] was extremely hurtful to realize that someone had embellished the GAO report and was probably using the negative stereotypes about transgender people [for] media attention."

Sharp said she now feels the public was "bamboozled" by the news report.

"There's an inherent media bias in this story," NTAC's Foster continued. "If you have transsexuals having sex changes it's great press - even if it is uncorroborated! But a confirmed report of emergency victims' funds paid to a faith-based broadcaster is deemed not press-worthy." While acknowledging many Americans have no problem with faith-based groups receiving money, she noted that they would likely not be keen on funds intended for needy victims in an emergency being given instead to a broadcast group to spread the gospel.

"I smell a rat behind the fabrication of this news report. It's very Karl Rove," Foster commented. "It uses an unwitting transgender community to bludgeon Hurricane Katrina victims." She called the uncorroborated claim in the
press "despicable."

"Ten months after Hurricane Katrina, residents of the Gulf Coast continue to struggle to rebuild their lives," NTAC's Sharp observed. "The impact has been truly unimaginable. Like the majority of residents, transgender people are
responsible, productive, law abiding members of the community and they are also playing important roles in rebuilding the devastated areas.

"The media attack on the transgender community," Sharp finished, "served as my fifth personal "tidal surge" post-Katrina."

Whether originating from Congress, the press or an administration press operative, NTAC urges the responsible party to own up to, and publicly apologize for unfairly portraying the transgender community, and for deceiving the American public.

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Founded in 1999, NTAC - the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition - is a civil rights organization working to establish and maintain the right of all
transgendered, intersexed, and gender-variant people to live and work without
fear of violence or discrimination.