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...

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.

- 30 -

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.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

How many time can Article 8 recycle the same list of "offenders" at youth pride.... youth pride was almost 2 months ago...

Okay now lets look at the MA budget - and that article 8 thinks 2 million is going to gay/lesbian youth

First the suicide prevention for gay/lesbian youth is in a line with about 15 other things include statewide spanish sexual assault hotlines, youth violence prevention programs etc..and basically is saying that Dept of Public Health will oversee the how the money and it does not designate how much is allocated in this line but does in 7010-0005

Here is the supposed "super commission" on gay/lesbian youth .... which is referred to in line 4590-0250.
7010-0005 For the operation of the department of education; provided, that the department, in collaboration with the commission on gay and lesbian youth established by section 67 of chapter 3 of the General Laws commission on gay and lesbian youth established by section 67 of chapter 3 of the General Laws, shall allocate not less than $150,000 for programming to ensure public schools’ compliance with the board of education’s recommendations for the support and safety of gay and lesbian students and the implementation of related suicide-prevention and violence-prevention efforts;

The line item that is suppose to give "$300, 000 to gay/lesbian youth programs" is actually
4513-9083 "For the purposed of a federally funded grant entitled, Massachusetts Youth Suicide Prevention Program $299,841"
This funds the youth suicide prevention programs across the state such at the Samaritians Youth peer sucide hotline- it is federal funds it is not desginated for gay/lesbian youth.

My prediction: it will be level funded at $75,000 which is what is was in the last budget.

So the total in the budget is $150, 000 designated for gay/lesbian youth suicide prevention not 2 million as the the fuzzy math of article 8 claims.

How that compares with other youth initiatives:
Also from line 7010-0005 - "provided further, that $250,000 shall be expended for the implementation of a pilot program known as PeaceZone in elementary schools at the Boston Public Schools"
4512-0200 - "provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended on the Russian Teens-at-Risk program operated by the Jewish Family Children's Service in the cities of Boston and Lynn and the town of Brookline"
4513-1000 - "provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for ROCA, Inc., for outreach and youth development for at-risk youth and young adults in Chelsea, Revere, and East Boston; provided further, that $150,000 shall be expended on the Governor’s Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports;"

As you can see this is in line if not less than some of these other teen programs- as the above teen programs cover a few towns and the gay/lesbian youth suicide amount is for statewide.

Here is a link to the budget - http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/senate/st02/st02500.htm

Monday, July 03, 2006

``It will not be a vote for or against gay marriage," Romney said. ``No, it will be a vote for or against democracy."
From Boston Globe 6/29/06 article.

Here is an example of this fine democracy in action:
"Government Documents Reveal Undercover Surveillance of Student Groups

(Washington, D.C.) - The Department of Defense, in response to a “Freedom of Information Act” request from Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, has admitted to conducting surveillance of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and anti-war protests at various universities across the country.

SLDN, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against gays in the military, said this new information was released in a June 15 letter to SLDN counsel and revealed that the DOD surveillance of student groups at State University of New York at Albany, William Paterson University in New Jersey, Southern Connecticut State University and the University of California at Berkeley is more extensive than previously reported."

Democracy equals - wire tapping, surveillance of LGBT college groups, mining phone records, and buying data from data banks (with our own tax dollars)

Here are some pics of Contrada taken by Queer Today activists at the Love Won out protest back last year...
that woman needs a makeover if I ever saw one - quick someone get her to the MAC cosmetic counter at Macy's.

Article 8/Mass Resistance/Parents Rights/Interfaith Coaltion/what will be there "new" name next week is so behind the times. The Outright pamphlet they mined off the web - which you would have to google key words to even to find is almost 10 years old and has not been produced for about that long.

When did the glsen conference happen? April maybe... and Contrada is still throwing up supposed handouts from the conference, that is so yesterday. Planned Parenthood did a workshop on Gender? - good for them. It is so old news already...

What happened to all the pictures they were suppose to put up from Boston Pride? Why are they are just stealing them from Innews Weekly... Those photographers should get compensation from Article 8/Mass Resistance/Parents Rights/Interfaith Coaltion/what will be there "new" name next week for republishing them, but wait they can't because A8MRPRCICWWBTNNNW is broke! (and you that GLBTIQQA was an alphabet soup...)

This was sent to me from an avid reader from the Nashua Telegram, published July 1, 2006

"But as Massachusetts lawmakers prepare to consider an amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage later this month, Camenker remains unapologetic, saying he represents the state’s true silent majority.

He even opposes the amendment, saying there’s nothing wrong with the constitution, what’s wrong is it’s interpretation by the state’s highest court.

“We are sort of purists on this. We don’t believe that the constitution needs to be amended because the constitution is not flawed,” he said. “John Adams didn’t make a mistake and forget to put gay marriage in the constitution.”

So basically Camenker doesn't want a constitutional amendment... maybe this why Article 8... fell out of favor with the Mass Family Institute/Vote on Marriage gang...

I was thinking, if Mass Family Institute has the bible to fall back on to condemn gay marriage, what does the Article 8 use has it's argument... all I ever see on their website is the word disgusting... so what is their argument against LGBT folks?

Rumor has it Camenker use to frequent some of the trans bars back a few years ago... he would be what we call a "tranny chaser" and I am not using that kindly... him and Contrada spend an awful lot of time reading up on trans folks and publishing pictures of them...