Tag Archives: Maryland

Repeat a Lie Often Enough, It Becomes True

March 18, 2013

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In another lifetime, when I was young, I was very active in the effort to amend Maryland’s anti-discrimination law to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. I believed then, as I believe now, that sexual orientation discrimination is, in fact, sex discrimination. However, my feelings on this are irrelevant, as Maryland law made quite clear that sexual orientation discrimination and sex discrimination were two different things. So, many hundreds of people, over the course of many years, worked doggedly to change the law.

Looking back on this effort now, this History that is also “my life,” myths abound about what happened in Maryland during the mid-1990s to early 2000s.

One of the Great Myths about Gender Identity legislation in Maryland is that there was a secret Gay plot to strip Gender Identity protections from a bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Secret Plot Myth gets repeated even today.

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A Driving Feminist Issue

February 27, 2013

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Del. Jolene Ivey

Del. Jolene Ivey is the lead sponsor of legislation to allow Marylanders to drive. Thank you Delegate Ivey!

Driving is a feminist issue.

Driving is necessary. It’s particularly necessary for Women. We need to move to get away from Men who abuse us, to relocate for Jobs or Education.

Driving is vital. Given the poor state of public transportation in many parts of the world (and Maryland in particular, with its emphasis on North-South routes, particularly in Baltimore), having a legal right to drive matters for Women.

Driving as a feminist issue has made international news in recent years, with brave Women in Saudi Arabia defying a ban on driving to take themselves for a drive.

Driving is no less a feminist issue in Maryland where, in 2009, in response to George W. Bush’s REAL ID law, Maryland announced that it would no longer renew driver’s licenses of Marylanders who have long held Maryland licenses if they could not prove their “legal” right to live in this country.

So, even though these folks had long held Maryland driver’s licenses without trouble or complaint, Maryland said “no more driving for you.”

Of course, this impacted all undocumented people, and the people who love them.

And it impacted Women.

Women like Karen. Karen is a mother who lives in Maryland’s 11th District in Baltimore County. She has a grandfathered drivers license that she will lose in 2015 under Maryland’s decision to follow Bush’s REAL ID. So even though she’s had a driver’s license for many, many years, because of the War on Undocumented Folks, she will lose it.

Women like Amalia. Amalia is a domestic worker in Montgomery County, working as a nanny. She will also lose her license in 2015. With it, she will lose her ability to travel for work. She will lose time and money. She will lose freedom.

Women like Andrea. Andrea is a U.S. citizen married to an undocumented man. Because he husband is undocumented, he cannot get a license, and must rely on Andrea to transport him.

Women like Jenniver. Jenniver is a single mom who lives in Essex, Maryland. She was in an abusive relationship with a man, and had to rely on strangers to drive her to doctors and lawyers appointments because she could not obtain a license.

Denying driver’s licenses to a person because of immigration status is a Feminist issue. Depriving Women of the ability to get from here to there is a Feminist issue.

House Bill 789 and Senate Bill 715 would fix this. The proposed legislation would allow the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to issue or renew a driver’s license, identification card, or moped operator’s permit to an individual who does not have a Social Security number or lawful status by repealing a current limitation that the individual must have held one of those documents on April 18, 2009. The bill also repeals the termination date of July 1, 2015, for the authority for MVA to issue or renew one of these documents to an applicant without lawful status or a Social Security number.

That means, if you had a grandfathered license, like Karen and Amalia, you can still drive. It also means that Women like Jenniver can get a license, and Women like Amalia wouldn’t have to drive their partners around anymore, thus freeing their energies towards other tasks.

If the legislation passes, Maryland would join a handful of states that allow licenses for undocumented immigrants. The Senate heard testimony of the legislation last week. The House hearing is March 13.

Call your legislators and ask them to support House Bill 789 and Senate Bill 715.

SB 715.

SB 715 Fiscal and Policy Note.

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Toxic Sludge is Good for You

February 22, 2013

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The most important book I have read about use of media and public relations to manipulate public opinion is Toxic Sludge Is Good for You.  If you are not familiar with this book, trust me, it is worth the read.  Essentially, the book details how powerful interests manipulate the media to get you to smoke cigarettes even though they kill you, get unhealthy cosmetic surgery, and support fracking. It’s about how to Jedi Mind Trick a populace into thinking porn is awesome, women are objects, and Real Women have penises.

The Transgender Movement has done a remarkable job to convincing you that Toxic Sludge is Good for You.  They’ve done an amazing job in 20 years, by coattailing on the movement for gay and lesbian rights and spinning a woman’s reticence to share private intimate space like a locker room with a man with a penis as bigoted and hateful. In Maryland, the latest Toxic Sludge we are being force-fed comes in the form of Senate Bill 449, the Fairness for All Marylanders (Except Women) Act.

"It's My Time to Fuck Over Women so it won't be Dana Beyer's Time to Run Against Me" - Rich Madaleno

“It’s my time to fuck over women so it won’t be Dana Beyer’s time to run against me,” Montgomery County Senator Rich Madaleno

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If you repeat a lie often enough, does it become true?

January 24, 2013

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Americans gave up the idea-or tried to, or pretended to-that there are certain characteristics and qualities that are essentially black and essentially white a long time ago. At the very least we can say that it would be considered wildly offensive and thoroughly idiotic to articulate ideas like that now. Yet somehow we don’t think twice about wanting to be ‘like a man’ or unlike a ‘girly-girl.’ As if those ideas even mean anything. Like which man? Iggy Pop? Nathan Lane? Jesse Jackson? Jesse Helms? It is a staggeringly unsophisticated way to think about being a human being, but smart people do it all the time.

Ariel Levy, Female Chauvinist Pigs, p. 108

I received an email from Equality Maryland today!

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Can you find the typo?

It asked me to sign up for its Lobby Day in Annapolis in February.

Now, I like a good lobby day as well as the next person. I read on.

“While 2012 was an incredible year for Maryland’s LGBT communities and our allies our work is not done. Transgender Marylanders remain unprotected in state law from discrimination in employment, housing, places of public accomondation (sic) and credit.”

Um.

Well.

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Show Up, Pariahs

December 30, 2012

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Tonight in Baltimore, about 40 people gathered at the foot of the Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon, Baltimore’s Gayborhood. Activist Meredith Moise and the Baltimore Guardian Angels organized  the gathering to condemn anti-gay violence in response to the beating of Kenni Shaw, a gay man,  in East Baltimore on Christmas Day.

This is what the men who attacked Kenni did to him:

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“Marriage sucked all the air out of the room”

November 28, 2012

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”Marriage sucked all the air out of the room.”

If I had to guess, I would think that making comments that challenge Gays and Lesbians for daring to attend to their own needs wouldn’t endear Sharon Brackett, a Trans Woman and board chair for Gender Rights Maryland, to the Gays and Lesbians who finally gained some measure of equality after a decades-long struggle.

Some free advice – maybe don’t piss off the people you are counting on to advance your flawed legislative agenda.

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Here Are Your Neighbors Who Will Vote Against Marriage Equality

October 18, 2012

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Here is the list of Marylanders who signed a petition to put marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples to a vote.

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If your neighbors on on this list, might be time to have a chat with them. That’s why pencils have erasers.

Vote for Question 6.

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Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities Fails Women

September 17, 2012

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Maryland District Court Judge Bruce S. Lamdin, who sits in Baltimore County (where I live), has decided to “retire” rather than face judicial ethics charges stemming from his conduct during an order of protection hearing. Listen to the Lamdin Audio (trigger warning for extreme woman hatred). Read the news links below for details on Lamdin’s egregious behavior.

So, the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities dropped its investigation. Because the woman-hating judge “retired.” So problem “solved.”

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An Open Letter to Jennifer Meyer and Kate Hill

June 19, 2012

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Jennifer Meyer writing about her transgender daughter, Tobi

Dear Jennifer and Kate -

Hello. My name is Cathy Brennan, and I am a lesbian activist in Baltimore, Maryland. I am also – like you – a mother. I want to thank you for blazing a trail in 1983 for lesbian parenting. That took amazing courage. Your actions helped make it possible for Lesbians now to have children without raising as many eyebrows as you undoubtedly did when your son (now your daughter) Tobi was born in 1983.

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17-year-old Girl Harasses Women Online, Trans Community Silent

June 10, 2012

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obsessed, seemingly mentally ill young woman plans pilgrammage to “confront Brennan”

To: ‘enquiries@leiston-high.org.uk’

Subject: Rufus Rufushy Ulrik

Good morning –

My name is Cathy Brennan, and I am a lesbian feminist activist in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. Recently, a student at your school, Rufus Ulrik (formerly Cara), has been emailing me and contacting me via social media.  This student seems disturbed. I do not want any contact with this student, as she has made numerous disturbing comments about women and rape on Tumblr, a social media website.  See http://bugbrennan.tumblr.com/post/23825779979/how-is-it-repulsive-i-offered-you-my-mother-you and http://bugbrennan.tumblr.com/post/23825643262/hahah-outing-me-i-dont-give-a-shit-to-be-honest-you

Can you assist me please? I will be in the U.K. in July. You may also reach me at this email address. I am truly disturbed that someone this young would act this violently.

I am also reporting this user to Tumblr for abuse by copy of this email. They are user http://evenweirdosneedtoreblog.tumblr.com/

Thank you,

Cathy Brennan

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