Wednesday, March 16, 2011

In the Aftermath of Trans Maryland's Education Rally, "Equality" Maryland Cancels "Transgender Working Group" Last Minute Tonight. More Censorship?

In the aftermath of Trans Maryland's education rally last night in front of The Supreme Court, Equality Maryland cancels 'transgender "colony" working group' last minute, which was scheduled for tonight. Censorship? Control issues? Worried that their colony may break free and speak for themselves? Does In-Equality Maryland want to wait until Maryland's legislative session is over before they talk to the Maryland TS/TG community, so they can dominate the message, and compromise HB235? Just Shameful

(L-R) Trans Maryland's Media Director Jenna Fischetti, IFGE's ED Denise Leclaire, Trans Maryland organizer Donna Plamodom all atttend Trans Maryland's education rally last night at The Supreme Court, oppossing HB235's tainted version

In an email today from Equality Maryland to transsexual woman Donna Plamondon, who is an opponent of HB235's tainted format:

Dear Donna,

Due to scheduling conflicts, the transgender issues working group meeting originally scheduled for tonight has been postponed.

Thank you for coming out to Baltimore these past few weeks, lending your time and your voices to the discussion.

We believe these meetings have been constructive. We are committed to continuing these conversations after the legislative session so we can best formulate a coordinated, long range educational and legislative agenda.

We look forward to continuing this important dialogue. The next meeting will be scheduled for Wednesday, April 13th at 7:30 PM in the Equality Maryland offices. At that time we hope to have a system in place that will allow folks to join via a conference call. We'll keep you posted as the date draws closer.

Isn’t that amazing! They rescheduled the next “transgender working group” at the same time that the legislative session ends! Gay Inc sure knows how to control their TS/TG colony!

In more news, Equality Maryland released a statement on their Facebook page trying to defend why they are censoring and banning opposition to their compromising behavior. They ‘unbanned’ many of the advocates they had banned, including me. I then simply posted Trans Maryland’s press release about their education rally on their page, and I was re-banned.

What’s the matter with posting an education event? Are they scared people will see the disservice they are doing to the TS/TG community?


  1. ugh. so damn frustrating.
    thank you for keeping us updated.

  2. They are afraid Ashley. Very afraid.

  3. It is all about P O W E R.....Political Power. Nothing more. Much like the quote from the former President of th Nat'l. Educators' Assoc., (NEA)..."It i NOT about the children or better education...It is about POWER..."

  4. 'Equality' Maryland is to LGB(T) rights what Charlie Sheen is to coherency.

  5. This is such a injustice. Now marriage equality advocates are being censored wholesale as well. Those that have reposted the Washington Blade article criticising eqMD's strategy have had there comments deleted.

  6. Dana - I don't think people are afraid. I think people are busy working to pass HB 235. Those meetings were a waste of time anyway - at least one person I know who opposes HB 235 said so herself and had said she wasn't going to any more meetings anyway (i.e. Donna). So who cares that the meeting was cancelled? Did it ever occur to you to have your own meeting? I've never seen a more hapless bunch of activists, which is frustrating to watch because, as I have said before, I agree HB 235 is flawed.

  7. FACT CHECKING: Hi Cathy, I’ve noticed you on numerous social networking sites or blogs engaging in your trademark name calling. It’s interesting to see you finally make your way to Trans Forming Media.

    So, we are now “hapless” according to your latest rant?. Do you know what “hapless” even means?

    Hapless: 1) pathetic 2) dependent 3) victim-like

    1) PATHETIC:
    If we were so pathetic, we would not have mobilized, stood up and marched to The Supreme Court and rally to be heard

    No, we are not “dependent”. In fact, it’s because we are choosing to be INDEPENDENT and not be treated as unwanted stepchildren and property of Gay Inc , and actually speak and represent ourselves, that has you, Equality Maryland and many who seek to keep us colonized in a fit (Just like how Equality Maryland cancelled their transgender working group)

    If we were victims we would roll over and let this tainted bill go forward in its problematic form. If we had victim mentality we would believe we were only good enough for the crumbs you and your cohorts believe we deserve. So no, Trans Maryland standing up to discrimination means they are not victim-like, but that they are REFUSING to behave like victims

    I hope you have appreciated English class today; it’s the first time I had to teach one on my blog. Don’t be late to class next week, where we will be discussing transphobia in the gay and lesbian community

  8. Ms. Brennan, of course they are afraid. They are afraid of the Transexual Menace. They are afraid of media covered protest outside of their doors.

    Equality Maryland cancelled their meetings immediately after the protest in Washington by TransMaryland. Morgan Meneses-Sheets suddenly discovered “scheduling conflicts” for four weeks running as soon as she saw the writing on the wall of the stall.

    That said, you are correct that the meetings were a waste of time for the opposition. That’s why the opposing voices all left early at the last meeting. It was clearly a low priority for Morgan too, as she arrived late and said she would be leaving early also.

    But for the few that were on your side of the issue the meetings were productive. Those are the people that Morgan threw under the bus by cancelling the meetings, not us. The small group of loyal Equality Maryland transgender supporters were the only persons benefiting from those meetings. And you told them that they weren’t worth the trouble.

    But we knew that.

  9. Cathy, I'm encouraged to hear you find HB 235 flawed. We both were at the last Equality Maryland meeting. I believe we both know where the real ideas and initiatives on messaging and how to move forward through education exist.

    We may well be the most hapless bunch of activist out there. Yet that's okay. History is full of hapless victors. It just depends on how one defines victory.