Pride & Privilege–How the Equality Forum Got it Wrong

What happens when an LGB(t) organization decides to commemorate what it sees as a gay man on the same night as the Transgender Day of Remembrance?  In the recent case of the Equality Forum we see an organization that missed the boat when it had the chance to help unite the LGB with the T. A few of us held a discussion about this very issue.

The Philadelphia Experiment, AKA project Rainbow, was according to legend an attempt to make a ship disappear during ww2 and so fitting a title as, when needed to step up, Equality Forum of Philadelphia also disappeared!

In this episode we talk with Peterson Toscano an ex-gay survivor, blogger, playwright, and regular part of our show, Autumn Sandeen from the LGBT blog Pam’s House Blend, and Ethan Saint Pierre from TransFM and how Equality Forum of Philadelphia (An LGB…(t) organization) when alerted that their vigil for Jorge Lopez Mercado conflicted with the Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony. Not only did they not know it was the day of transgender day of remembrance but when Peterson let them know and suggested they reschedule since it might seem insensitive to memorialize one person on a night when 161 others are being memorialized, they refused. In failing to reach them this way, Peterson suggested Executive Director Malcolm Lazin lead a procession to TDOR so that both communities could mourn together.

Malcolm Lazin failed to serve the entire LGBT community through his actions and did not meet with us on the show as her first said he would. Peterson spent some time talking with Malcolm Lazin and the organization  Equality Forum failed to see how a gender transgressing gay male (i.e. wearing a dress at the time of murder) was an intersection of both the  gay and transgender communities (in the umbrella sense of the word) and prevented the trans community from participating in their vigil by means of the scheduling. We find this unaccepatable and an LGBT fail.

We discuss some time about hate crimes, why often gender variance in gays is the subject of anti-transgender violence, and why ALL gender variant people whether they are gender transgressing gays, straights, male identified, female identified, drag, transsexual, and partners of trans folk, are ALL memorialized on Transgender Day of Remembrance.

You can have a listen here.

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This post has 5 Comments

  1. Vincent Cervantes on November 25, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I wrote an interfaith prayer in remembrance of Jorge

  2. p2son on November 25, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Vincente, este es muy bella. Thank you for this beautiful and moving prayer. I will share it with others.

  3. Jayna Pavlin on November 26, 2009 at 11:39 am

    That was a beautiful prayer, thanks for sharing it!

  4. Frankie Pie on December 21, 2009 at 5:12 am

    Your prayer was lovely and moving. Let’s hope the words will provail.

    Thanks for sharing.


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