Though I’m not sure how she couldn’t know about the Human Rights Campaign in the United States, but it is very likely she doesn’t know about Egale Canada in Canada.
Let me back up a moment.
Cyndi Lauper is headlining the True Colors Tour of an astounding number of bands in Canada and the United States, including The B-52’s, Indigo Girls, Rosie O’Donnell and The Cliks, among many others. I believe The Cliks front man is a transsexual man–though you wouldn’t know it from an article on the Xtra.ca website.
In this article by
I don’t know, hon. You could still be fired from your job in 31 states if you’re suspected of being gay, bisexual or transgendered. So I mean, things are hard right now. I don’t know what our story is [in America], but I think… lack of information…? I really don’t know http://www.xtra.ca/public/viewstory.aspx?AFF_TYPE=3&STORY_ID=4792&PUB_TEMPLATE_ID=5
Her True Colors tour, says the article,
raises awareness and funds for the gay rights struggle in both the United States and Canada through its partnerships with the US-based Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and, new this year, Canada’s gay and lesbian lobby group Egale.
This observation about Egale Canada not only reflects the Xtra chain’s bias, but also is correctly describing the organization that still includes “trans-identified” and bisexual people in its mandate–lip-service at best. See: http://www.egale.ca/
I believe she is lacking information about HRC and Egale Canada.
Now, the history of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in the United States and its refusal to support a trans inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is rather well know. HRC was the only LGB, LGBT and T organization in the United States that supported Representative Barney Frank’s deceptively promoted non-inclusive ENDA. The history of HRC’s difficult–my American friends would use a far harsher term–relationship with transgender and transsexual people is somewhat less known.
As is HRC’s president, Joe Solmonese, mispeaking himself at Southern Comfort 2007–the largest annual gathering of transgender and transsexual people in America–when he said the HRC would only support a trans-inclusive ENDA.
I am among those who believe he was being too easy on himself; he was lying.
When HRC and Joe Solmonese did this, they were showing their true colors.
As for Canada, I believe Shane Percy is quite accurate when he describe Egale as “Canada’s gay and lesbian lobby group Egale–he should have used the old acronym EGALE, Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere, used before ‘trans-identified’ people were added to its mandate.
When Egale abandoned Ottawa, it abandoned the advocacy for transgender and transsexual people’s human rights–long a policy goal, going back to the time when John Fisher was its Executive Director. When it purged what could be called a generation of transactivists from from their committees and membership. When it abandoned its policy commitment to bring over the supporters of what it called “equal marriage” to the struggle for transgender and transsexual people–what was really “gay marriage.”
When its current Executive Director, Helen Kennedy spreads the common misinformation that transgender and transsexual people have formal human rights, because it is inconvenient not to say
“We may have human rights for LGBTQ people in Canada, but you’d never know it based on these results,” said Helen Kennedy, executive director of Egale. Two-Thirds Of Canadian LGBT Students Feel Unsafe At Schoolhttp://www.365gay.com/Newscon08/05/051208bul.htm
And in the St. John’s Telegram
When Egale Canada and Helen Kennedy do this they show their true colors.
I have argued before that Egale Canada from its previous Executive Director to Kennedy has had a deceptive relationship with transgender and transsexual people, best summed up by the phrase used by the previous Executive Director when he said “It is inconvenient, divisive and ultimately unnecessary” to speak of transgender and transsexual people because they will eventually come out as gay or lesbian and then they will be covered by gay rights–or they won’t and they won’t be our concern.
I admit the last is a bit of a gloss, but this is the cynicism inherent in “inconvenient, divisive and ultimately unnecessary.”
So, maybe Cyndi Lauper doesn’t know that neither HRC nor Egale Canada really do not support “transgendered” people (there’s that word, again) nor, as far as Egale Canada is concerned, bisexual people–I have no idea whether bisexual people are part of the advocacy of HRC.
This saddens me because it forever colours what I hear when she sings True Colors.