Tuesday, May 03, 2016

'Boycott Target' anti-lgbt hate group AFA has to backtrack from 'testing' and 'tweeting'

The American Family Association, the anti-lgbt hate group leading the bigoted boycott against Target because of the store's transgender inclusive policy, found itself in to pickles today.

First, the group had to disavow comments made by an spokesperson. During an appearance on a radio show Monday, AFA director of governmental affairs Sandy Rios said that the organization was testing Target's policy by sending men into the ladies room:

“I think there’s no question that when you say that there are no barriers in the bathroom,” Rios said, “and that if men or women feel like they are men or women, the opposition of however they are equipped, and you have no restrictions, the net effect will be that people will not be stopped. We’ve already had people testing this, going into Targets and men trying to go into bathrooms. There is absolutely no barrier.” 

Because of her comments, AFA has been the subject of numerous mocking articles, emails, and tweets. Today, the group backtracked from Rios's comment:

In addition, the organization  busied itself "liking" tweets from individuals supporting its boycott. But to me, one tweet stood out:

 As you can see, it was MY tweet and as you all can probably guess, it wasn't favorable to the AFA's boycott. At all. Not even a little bit.

Rather, it was a tweet which led to a post on this blog in which I demonstrated how the "bathroom predator": talking point stemmed from an earlier failed anti-lgbt talking point, children being "trapped in classrooms with transgender and drag queen school teachers."

I think AFA figured that out quickly because the organization quickly "unliked" my tweet within minutes of favoriting it.

Who knows, maybe the person in charge of  AFA's twitter account read the post after liking it.

Or maybe I got a feared reputation. Wouldn't that be fun if it were true. A so-called Christian organization of national reputation who can supposedly corral over one million signatures is scared of a single African-American gay blogger from the South.

It HAS to be my stunning imitation of Nina Simone which scares them? Right?

'US Attorney General says transgender rights is about fairness' & other Tue. midday news briefs

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch
Mississippi’s Gay Adoption Ban Dead After State Fails To Appeal Ruling - Wonderful. Now if we could kill that awful anti-lgbt "religious liberty" law . . . 

The New York Times’ Bizarre Attempt to Portray Donald Trump as ‘More Accepting on Gay Issues’- Ugh. Just UGH!  

US Attorney General: Transgender rights are about fundamental fairness - Damn right!  

From classrooms to bathrooms - How anti-lgbt groups pivoted transphobic propaganda - This morning's post on how anti-lgbt groups pivoted from a failed anti-transgender talking point about "transgender and drag queen school teachers" to the semi-successful one about "bathroom predators."  

Ted Cruz Hopes To Save Presidential Campaign With Attacks On LGBT People - It's not like it hasn't been tried before. And successfully. 

 This Texas Town Just Defeated a Proposed Anti-Trans 'Bathroom Bill' Because Nearly No One Wanted It - Sweeet!

From classrooms to bathrooms - How anti-lgbt groups pivoted transphobic propaganda

The country is heavily into this nonsense about "bathroom bills" and the false notions that allowing transgender men and women to use restrooms in accordance to their gender identities will expose women and girls to danger from predators "pretending to be women" or simply walking in restrooms "claiming that they feel like women."

Of course a lot of us know that it's a bunch of bull, i.e. the latest moral panic created to exploit fear and religious beliefs about lgbts. But here is what you don't know. The bathroom predator talking point came from another anti-lgbt talking point.

When anti-lgbt groups were hot against ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act), a main point was that it would create situations in which children were "held captive" in classrooms with transgender and "drag queen" teachers.

I kid you not, as the following graphics demonstrate:

However, none of these graphics and the lies told about transgender teachers were resonating with folks. Also, the huge fight about ENDA never took place.It was replaced by the battle over marriage equality.

But it wasn't that difficult for anti-lgbt groups to pivot an ugly spin about transgender teachers to that about "transgender predators in restrooms."

From this:

To this:

To finally:

It's all a bunch of cynical lies disguised as issues of genuine concern. And it always involve the semantic idea that lgbts will harm the most vulnerable, especially children. However, this mess is also very successful and will continue to be such until we continue to call it out for the ugly propaganda that it is.