April 3, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
HRC sparks transgender flag flap
transgender flag, Supreme Court, gay news, Washington Blade

Transgender flag to the left (Photo courtesy GLAAD)

WASHINGTON—LGBT rights advocates have criticized the Human Rights Campaign after a staffer reportedly asked a man not to waive a transgender flag during a pro-gay marriage rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 27.

Former National Stonewall Democrats Executive Director Jerame Davis wrote on Bilerico that he witnessed an HRC staffer and another person “having a less-than-friendly discussion.” Jerssay Arredondo of United We Dream’s Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project also claimed the organization removed references to his immigration status from the speech he gave at the same rally.

“We apologize for having caused harm to the individuals involved,” rally organizers said in a statement.

HRC also responded to the controversy.

“It is not true to suggest that any person or organization was told their flag was less important than another,” it said in a press release. “This did not occur and no HRC staff member would ever tolerate such behavior.”

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

2 Comments
  • From TransFormingMedia.blogspot.com:

    Equality means equality, not "some are created more equal than others" hogwash. HRC's undemocratic behavior in demanding the removal of the trans* coalition's flag at the U.S. Capital speaks to the gay and lesbian (not transsexual) political establishment’s ongoing marginalization and censoring of transsexual and transgender issues.

    The medical condition known as transsexualism isn’t some political bargaining chip that gay and gender queer activists can misrepresent to cater to their own, sometimes conflicting agendas.

    We’re tired of being held hostage on the back of Gay, Inc.’s “Equality” bus because the destination these corporate board members and their hired whips drive us to time and time again is a “third gender” reservation that is anything but equal for Americans born with transsexualism and/or intersex, and more like misgendering, segregation and a violation of our patient rights. HRC is not our master, no matter how much they act like it, and we do not need their or anyone in the LGB community’s permission to self-determine our own lives.

    They can try to shred our flag into submission, but will fail. The flag has broken free and is flying the winds of affirmation and authenticity, where only genuine equality is invited.

    One literally can’t spell the word 'equality' without the letters ‘T’ (for Transsexualism) and the letter ‘I’ (for Intersex).

    Got REAL equality?

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