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Saturday night 9/22/12, HRC will charge an affordable $250 a plate to hear senate candidate Elizabeth Warren among others. The Phoenix recently editorialized about Warren’s “transgender transgression” for stating about MA trans prisoner Michelle Kosilek’s medically necessary surgery: “I don’t think it’s a good use of taxpayer dollars”.
Black & Pink instead wrote a statement celebrating Kosilek’s victory, and supporting healthcare for all! We have begun correspondence with Kosilek as well. “All people, regardless of gender, race, class, incarceration status, or any other identity marker, should be entitled to adequate and humane health care; it is a travesty that this is not a reality in the United States today. Kosilek’s access to necessary care should be the norm rather than the exception.”
Four years ago, queertoday.com helped coordinate a protest in Boston against the HRC dinner and gala stating: “The HRC sold out the Transgender community time and time again, most recently supporting a non-inclusive version of ENDA. HRC fails to build broad, progressive, grassroots coalitions instead choosing to endorse pro-war, anti-choice, conservative candidates. Let’s unite to show HRC what solidarity against oppression looks like!” Clearly HRC is interested in continuing the transphobic trend.
This February, HRC continued to demonstrate its fondness for selling out to corporations by honoring the CEO of Goldman Sachs, even as thousands had taken to the streets across the nation as part of the Occupy protests denouncing banking firms such as Goldman Sachs as oppressors of the people. Protestors of the CEO’s appointment stated: “The Queer Caucus condemns HRC’s decision to honor Goldman Sachs in a time of financial collapse caused by their unethical business practices and greed, and deplores the use of our cause and suffering for corporate public relations…HRC honoring Goldman Sachs at this time reveals all one needs to know about the corporate LGBT lobby, and its disconnect from the 99% and the LGBT people it purports to represent.”