This past evening I learned that under the headlines of an obituary website: “People who Died In Florida,” the recent story of my press conference in Panama City appeared which would have led some to believe I died in Florida. I can assure you this is not the case and this morning I am very much alive and kicking. I understand that there are quite a number of people who would love to see me dead since I am uncovering a great deal of corruption and lies in Panama City in preparation for my lawsuit.
This past month I was forced to cancel personal public appearances due to death threats and retreat almost into full hiding. I can no longer post my schedule of appearances but will still make appearances unannounced to the press until this flurry subsides.
This past week I participated in a Town Hall Meeting with the White House sponsored by Equality Florida. It was interesting to say the least. I still have one important question which has gone unanswered by Equality Florida and I think this is a question which every LGBT person should be asking their State Equality organizations: Are you as our representative suggesting to our US Government for a true and complete amendment to the US Constitution?
Each equality organization is a 501C non-profit corporation who over the past years have done a great deal on the State levels to create important change but as reported by the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco this past week only 2 percent are actually working towards passing legislature for the protection of our LGBT community. Each organization is dependent on our contributions to survive. It appears to me that there is no real vested interest in seeing an amendment passed on a Federal Level. If that were to happen then what need would exist for so many of these organizations?
Martin Luther King did not advocate taking on one state at a time. He created a unity amongst the Black community and spurred them on to the actions necessary to have legislation signed to amend the US Constitution. Can you imagine the insane discrimination which would still exist today in States opposed to Equality. Constitutional Law is very clear on this subject. Once a complete Human Rights amendment is in place in our US Constitution no State can pass law contrary to Federal Law. This would prevent every state from creating their own laws allowing discrimination.
Right now the Obama administration has made a commitment to become a world leader regarding the rights of LGBT persons which was made very clear in a recent speech given by Hillary Clinton. I say that now is the time for us to unite and petition Washington to create this amendment and in our united front we can do this from our own individual actions. I am afraid that we have become complacent and have given our power to Equal Rights Organizations to do our job for us. At the rate of one State At A Time we will have states still in the dark ages for generations to come. Yes, it’s true that I am forming the Foundation For International Justice. What makes us different is we are focusing on Washington and World Equality, not one State at a time.
What is not being discussed is that States who pass antidiscrimination laws are not free from further attack as we have seen in California with Prop 8. At every election we are once again threatened with the possibility of having our rights stripped by the reigning administration. This cannot be allowed to continue and it is only by the passage of an amendment to the US Constitution that we can be guaranteed our rights for the future without the fear of them being stripped away.
In Florida, I have sat down in my seat on this bus and refused to give it up. This is the point of my lawsuit and why it’s being filed in Federal Court. This suit involves discrimination and the right to live life without fear. I am not less than and neither are you. I am sending out a plea to everyone who believes in true equality for all humans to rise with me and begin to take action to create the lasting change we wish to see and to not settle for anything less. No one should ever be left vulnerable again.
Our Time Has Come, Let Us Join Together and Take OUR Stand and Take Our Power Back For Lasting Equality!!!!!!
Unite your own communities, form your own marches, write your own petitions to Washington, have one day when you don’t shop in the name of Equality or anything you can imagine to get the point across that we will accept nothing but full equality. Get involved on a national level and tell your State organizations that you will not support them financially unless they take the same stand for lasting change. We can accomplish this change only through Washington. I will be going to Washington very soon to begin a lobbying campaign. Personally I am tired of shedding tears at the reading of the names of our fallen transgender’s around the world every year or another story of a child taking their life due to bullying. How many Gay’s or Lesbians must be beaten, attacked, or killed. At 61 I have nothing to lose by speaking the truth and shouting it from my rooftop.
I may not be dead yet as reported but that time will eventually come and when it does I will not lay on my deathbed wishing I would have, could have, or should have.