Burying the Hatchet in the ‘Great Transgender Debate’

◼︎WORKING-CLASS POLITICS◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY Enough. I want to move on. Regular followers of this blog probably know I've been engaged in an extended debate around transgender issues with socialist friends and acquaintances, people with whom I share a mutual history of support and work with the U.S. Socialist Workers Party (SWP). By extension, my conflict … Continue reading Burying the Hatchet in the ‘Great Transgender Debate’

For the Record: On ‘Bodies With Vaginas’

◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY I feel a need to go on record regarding the latest transgender/women's rights controversy that has broken out this month. Since Summer 2020 I've found myself in the unexpected and unpleasant position as lone defender of transgender women in debates on Facebook. In addition to Facebook I've posted a flurry of entries … Continue reading For the Record: On ‘Bodies With Vaginas’

‘I Resolve’ Advocates Fired in Violation of Their Democratic Rights

◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY Two educators at North Middle School in Grants Pass, Oregon, have been fired for promoting what they call the 'I Resolve Movement' which they claim offers “reasonable, loving, and tolerant solutions” to transgender issues in the schools. The two people fired for their advocacy of this "movement" are Rachel Damiano, who was … Continue reading ‘I Resolve’ Advocates Fired in Violation of Their Democratic Rights

Bone of Contention: Socialists & the LGBT Community

◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY Back in college one of the organizations on campus was the Revolutionary Student Brigade (RSB), a short-lived youth group aligned the Maoist Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP). Being a socialist and gay, I inquired about their position on gay rights. I can't recall what they said exactly, but it was something along the … Continue reading Bone of Contention: Socialists & the LGBT Community

The Conundrum: Trans Rights vs Women’s Rights

◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY Whew! It’s been a whirlwind. Three posts in four days discussing the transgender debate — now 4 in 5 with this post. I hadn’t planned it this way, but after posting a statement on Friday other developments rapidly followed. I’m going to give myself and my readers a break. I was planning … Continue reading The Conundrum: Trans Rights vs Women’s Rights

The ‘I Resolve Movement’: A Kinder, Gentler Oppression?

◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY Beaming smiles and effusive positivity. My guard went up immediately, sensing wolves in sheep's clothing. My instincts weren't far off. The 'I Resolve Movement' was called to my attention this past weekend. This "movement" purports to offer "reasonable, loving, and tolerant solutions" to transgender issues in the schools. It's a dubious description … Continue reading The ‘I Resolve Movement’: A Kinder, Gentler Oppression?

The Wi Spa Incident

◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY Last updated on September 5, 2021, with reports that police have made an arrest for indecent exposure in connection to the Wi Spa incident. See Addendum. An incident last month at the Wi Spa in Los Angeles was raised in the comments to my statement yesterday regarding the transgender debate. I see … Continue reading The Wi Spa Incident

A Personal Statement on the Transgender ‘Debate’

◼︎MY PERSONAL JOURNEY◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY I came out in 1975 at Kent State where I soon met the first transgender person I’ve ever known. She was somewhat isolated in the Kent Gay Liberation Front. I recall having to defend her against criticism by others in the group. There was little knowledge or understanding of transgender … Continue reading A Personal Statement on the Transgender ‘Debate’