Monday, March 7, 2016

No - Criticism of Caitlyn Jenner for her support of Ted Cruz doesn't make us bigots

D.C. McAllister calling us “bigots” for our criticism of Jenner is not only ridiculously hypocritical — it is spectacularly stupid.
D.C. McAllister
Denise C. McAllister (usually just “D.C.”) has written at The Federalist: “Backlash Over Caitlyn Jenner’s Cruz Support Proves Leftists Are The Real Bigots.” To understand McAllister's point of view it is relevant that McAllister has previously written: “Why Bruce Jenner Can Never Be A Woman.” In that polemic, McAllister refers to Jenner with male pronouns. It is a petty way of demonstrating disapproval of transgender citizens and it is offensive. Ms. McAllister's approval is neither sought nor required.

In the current piece, McAllister carefully avoids all pronouns, referring to Ms. Jenner as “Jenner.” In McAllister's mind, referring to Jenners as “she” is some form of consent (which she withholds). On the other hand, the objective of this piece is to paint Jenner as a victim of LGBT advocates. That is absurd per se, more so if McAllister refers to her as “him.”

Ms. McAllister offers tweets and commentary from people I have never heard of excoriating Jenner over his support of Ted Cruz. More substantively, McAllister provides:
Zack Ford, an apologist for LGBT issues at Think Progress, wrote, “Caitlyn Jenner simply cannot be taken seriously as an advocate for the most disadvantaged transgender people if she’s lauding Ted Cruz in the same breath.” What a stellar champion of diversity you are.
I do know who Mr. Ford is. McAllister's gratuitous comment at the end of the paragraph is preposterous. Ford is a strong advocate for sexual diversity including the rights of transgender citizens. His advocacy extends to Ms. Jenner who deserves to be free from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. Championing diversity requires us to determine those who are and those who are not responsible voices of advocacy. In the quoted portion, Ford is doing precisely the opposite of what McAllister sophomorically implies. He is making a judgment of Jenner's credibility. Jenner isn't evil per se. He just doesn't understand the challenges that confront most transgender citizens.

Caitlyn Jenner has an economic and social support system that is atypical of transgender adults who face colossal workplace challenges. My primary concern is for the welfare of transgender children. Research demonstrates that the earlier they transition the more stable and secure they will be as adults. Conservative Christians would interfere with that transition (God makes only heterosexual males and females).

Ted Cruz appears to be a fundamentalist evangelical Christian. He has given us ample evidence that he is a fundamentalist evangelical Christian. It is the belief of conservative Christians that transgender people and the concept of gender identity do not exist. Rather, trans are confused individuals in need of psychiatric counseling. These Christians are indifferent to the fact that their beliefs contradict the overwhelming consensus of psychologists, psychiatrists and their professional organizations. Absent a statement to the contrary I have to assume that Ted Cruz embraces those Christian beliefs. He certainly conforms to conservative Christian doctrine with respect to gay people.

For sure there are many matters other than LGBT equality that are at issue in election 2016. However, being transgender and a woman is at the core of who Jenner is regardless of other issues. She has the right to endorse anyone she wants but she forfeits gravitas as a transgender advocate when she endorses a presidential candidate who gets his knowledge from scripture rather than the AMA and APA. Not respecting Jenner's views does not make me a bigot in any way whatsoever. Zack Ford's advocacy for LGBT people remains beyond reproach.

Later on, according to McAllister:
We Love Diversity—That’s Why We Squash It

Instead, Jenner is dismissed and ridiculed because the star’s opinions don’t conform to a radical LGBT agenda. Unless Jenner shifts Left, the attacks will keep coming, shutting down Jenner’s freedom to speak and to support candidates based on deeply held principles, not peer pressure.
I am trying for good behavior but that is simply unadulterated bullshit. There is nothing “radical” about accepting transgender people. The American Psychiatric Association's professional views on the treatment of transgender individuals – including children – are not part of a “radical LGBT agenda.” Our ridicule is reserved for Jenner's endorsement of Ted Cruz. Jenner has the “freedom to speak” and we have every right to criticize that speech. It's worth noting that Jenner has a much louder microphone than most of us.

McAllister goes on:
What liberal activists call “anti-gay” are Cruz’s opposition to same-sex marriage based on legal arguments about the public interest of marriage as it relates to family and children in particular (a complicated argument, but hardly anti-gay) and the undeniable threat to a fundamental constitutional right—freedom of religion—that is the result of judicial activism. … Primarily, however, Cruz is consistent in his belief that issues such as same-sex marriage should be handled at the state level.
“States' rights” is, and always has been, the right of states to discriminate. It is eminently clear that Cruz objects to the ruling in Obergefell because he has a religious objection to same-sex marriage. Cruz's views on marriage based on how public policy relates to families and children are most certainly anti-gay. The notion that same-sex marriage interferes with religious freedom is absurd. Nobody is forcing houses of worship to solemnize same-sex marriages. In this case “judicial activism” means that the Court reached a decision that neither Cruz nor McAllister like.

McAllister is verbose. She ultimately concludes:
This reaction against gay and trans conservatives shows that LGBT activists don’t care a whit about liberty, free speech, or truly being yourself. It’s about power and their militant agenda, and anyone who deviates from it will be attacked, rejected, and publicly humiliated until he or she assimilates. “Resistance is futile.”
Rubbish. McAllister's use of “trans conservatives” (plural) seems unsupported and this has nothing to do with liberty or free speech. Jenner has been appropriately criticized for her support of someone (Ted Cruz) who is fiercely opposed to LGBT rights.

Similarly, McAllister doesn't believe that trans people or gender identity exist. In another piece she wrote:
The celebration of Jenner “becoming a woman” is a fantasy. It’s artificial. It’s make-believe. It’s not authentic at all. It’s a mirage. Jenner has always fantasized that he’s a woman, dreaming of the possibilities of becoming what he imagines himself to be. But possibilities in life are only fantasies when they aren’t rooted in something real. You can’t become a woman without being a girl, complete with XX chromosomes that determine our sex. The man posing as a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair is a delusional mockery of every woman who knows what it’s like to be a girl with all the pains, humiliations, and joys of actually growing up and becoming a woman—and each one of us, in different ways, has faced it bravely through every stage.
McAllister is in no position to comment on anyone's support of transgender rights and transgender equality. Someone like D.C. McAllister calling us “bigots” for our criticism of Jenner is not only ridiculously hypocritical — it is spectacularly stupid.

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