By writing this blog I realize that by the end of the day I will be ostracized by many equal rights organizations in my own community but I am obligated to not only speak the truth but to ask vitally important questions as a human rights advocate and transgender rights leader.
As a student of Constitutional Law and a living historical figure in the transgender community I have lived in my female role for almost 45 years having transitioned with SRS at the tender age of 17. During my life I witnessed Martin Luther King mobilize an entire minority through his advocacy of the Human Rights Act which was finally signed into law in 1964 and the constitution was amended to reflect those changes making the black community a protected class once and for all. It took one single woman who was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat to a white on a bus which inflamed this community into a full-blown movement. Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King will always be true hero’s for their contributions to equality.
Yet in light of that example the LGBT equal rights organizations have chosen to take on one city, county, and state at a time ignoring this one simple area of constitutional law: No State may make or pass a law contrary to the US Constitution which would choose to discriminate against any protected class. It seems we’ve gotten the cart before the horse and are attempting to enter the back door towards equality. This is not only insane, it’s absurd.
Regardless of the laws passed in any county, city, or state; in truth they mean nothing because they are still vulnerable to attack by voters or new administrations who would disagree with equality. We must remember that we are still a minority which simply means that under this system the majority rules the vote. This cannot be left to voters to decide our fate and we are at a perfect time with the Obama administration to demand our only equal rights and that is through the passage of such an ACT and finally receive the recognition of a protected class status in the US Constitution.
Last week I received an email from Masen Davis, Director of the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco which clearly shows that only 2% of equality organizations are actually working towards the passage of legislature and today only 3% of the LGBT community are active donors in this country. Why should we donate to anything less than true equal rights? We must first become a protected class. I have been advocating this for some time now and whenever I ask this question to these so-called equal rights organizations my questions go un-answered and ignored.
I have come to this simple conclusion: If this Act were signed into law by President Obama there would be little to no need for such organizations. Each person involved with these organizations receives a paycheck and have a vested interest in protecting their jobs as opposed to your well deserved equal rights. Why else would they keep attempting to put the cart before the horse, so to speak? Once this Act is signed into law everything else falls into place. It is your money which is paying those salaries.
I for one am not a second class citizen and I will settle for nothing less than a true Human Rights Act to amend the constitution. I am sitting down on this seat and refusing to give it up. It has cost the LGBT community millions of dollars in contributions with attempts at securing equality and it pains me to say that it is throwing good money after bad away. Even when we have a victory such as the right to marry in California that right was stripped away with Prop 8. The power for equal rights must be taken away from the majority who still believe in discrimination. This will happen repeatedly in every state, city and county until this Act is in place.
The time has come to follow the lead of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Ghandi, and Nelson Mandela and take our power back. We have become complacent in giving our individual power away to organizations which have become social societies rather than using your money for the true purpose intended.
This morning my inbox was filled with solicitations from 7 of these organizations including those who are refusing to answer my questions? Please don’t misunderstand there has been major work accomplished by some of these organizations through the years but it is not enough. The times and political climate has changed and it’s time to mobilize and unify our efforts into one massive effort to seeing that this ACT is now signed into law. My recommendation is to ask each organization these same questions until one of them is forced to listen to what the people want and pick up the reins to use their political connections to find a Congress Person to write such an Act. The organization who picks up those reins is the one I will not only support financially but will promote to the hilt.
TAKE YOUR POWER BACK WHILE WE STILL HAVE PRESIDENT OBAMA IN OFFICE.