Update: Just to clarify: there is NO evidence that AG Rob McKenna is transgender, nor is he gay-obsessed like Virginia’s AG. Dan Savage is using an anti-trans slur to attack a political figure he disagrees with.
Update 2: Pam – In the name of putting this in perspective, folks should consider Dan’s reporting and commentary cited in Lurleen’s post along side his advocacy, reporting on another story: Trans Student Suspended from Same School in Mississippi That Canceled Prom, Later Hounded Out of Town. It’s entirely possible to misstep on any issue, or to reveal unexamined biases, and examination of the issue is, alas, fair game. My POV is it’s more productive to use as a learning opportunity to produce better (and more) self-examination and commentary/reporting. We’re a diverse community and not all of us are well-versed in all elements of it. I’ve certainly come to know that about myself, and I am the better for having taken the time to learn from others who are open rather than solely critical (as I do with others, for example, who put themselves out there to make race-related bungles in the name of learning through discomfort). We should all try it sometime.
Update 3: Lurleen – Check out the update Dan posted on Thursday to the post Pam links to above:
(Oh, and folks who want me to apologize for this: Okay, I will-after we raise at least 2K for Juin and his family. Otherwise, meh, I’ll just keep hating on trans people like the raging anti-trans beegoat that I am.)
He’s holding is apology ransom, and making jokes at the expense of others’ dignity. Since when is a real apology contingent upon the actions of others?
Dan Savage is a gifted Seattle-based gay writer who has done so much wonderful advocacy for our community. Steven Colbert refers to him as “the spokesgay”, a role he seems pleased to fulfill on national television and in The Stranger, the newspaper he writes for. People speaking from such powerful platforms have a special responsibility to not embarrass and misrepresent the people they purport to speak for, and today Dan has greatly embarrassed and misrepresented this lesbian with this diary at The Stranger‘s blog, the SLOG.
With action on ENDA hopefully right around the corner, I can only wonder how Dan could possibly think it was reasonable to use a negative and baseless accusation of transgenderism and transexual history against an elected official who he has a political disagreement with. This absolutely sickens me. Major fail, Dan. Shame on you. You make LGB people look like the very homobigots you rail against daily.
Transgendered Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna Betrays His Community
For me the most distressing thing-for me personally-about Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna joining with the attorneys general of states like Virginia (!) and Mississippi (!) in suing to block health care reform is this: Rob McKenna doesn’t make a big deal about it, but he is the only prominent Republican LGBT elected official in the country. And yet Rob is attempting to ingratiate himself with openly homophobic teabaggers and Washington state Republican primary voters by blocking the implementation of a health care reform law that, according to critics on the right, will one day pay for “gruesome ‘sex change’ operations”-indeed some transsexuals are already getting government-funded sex-change operations. It’s staggering that Rob McKenna, a female-to-male transsexual, is making it harder for other FTMs (and MTFs) to access the life savng sex-reassignment surgery that allowed Rob to become the man he is today. Rob had the resources to finance his own sex-reassigment surgery-presumably-but that doesn’t excuse Rob’s cruel disregard for his low-income transgendered brothers and sisters or his making common cause with anti-trans bigots in states like Virginia and Mississippi.
For shame, Rob.
UPDATE: I’m getting some very angry emails about this post. What can I say? I’m so sorry. I wrote the post in a hurry but that’s really no excuse. But I promise that in all future posts about Rob McKenna I will not fail to include a link to the Facebook page “Washington Tax Payers OPT OUT of Rob McKenna’s Lawsuit.”