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Transgressive: This Isn't About Grapes And Lettuce, But About People

I guess I can call myself a “real writer” now.

For those who don’t know, I have a weekly column in the Gay & Lesbian Times entitled “Transgressive.” (I’m asking an F2M writer I know if he wants to alternate writing columns with me, so hopefully my column will turn into a biweekly one from the weekly column it currently is now.) My latest Transgressive piece is entitled This Isn’t About Grapes And Lettuce, But About People, and began this way:

On Wednesday, August 11, 2010 I officially went from being a participant in GetEqual actions to joining the new provisional board of GetEqual. The board met in Valencia, California on the 11th and 12th of August to discuss what we do in principle, and why we do it.

The statement of the GetEqual Board of Directors that came out of the board retreat:

The newly-formed provisional Board of Directors is committed to providing leadership and direction to GetEqual. We seek to create a societal environment that fosters freedom, equality, and justice for the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. One of our main goals is to illuminate discriminations that exist – to cause the tension and force our leaders and society to respond. GetEqual will continue to employ tools to create tension, specifically including nonviolent direct action, to bring our crisis to the attention of our leaders – for a community that has consistently been denied freedom, equality, and justice. We seek to underscore these issues so that they can no longer be ignored.

We are confident in the leadership of GetEqual and believe we have begun to lay the foundation for a solid organization to achieve these goals. The social and legal inequality of our community is incompatible with the ideals of the American people, and we call on our national leaders to join in the global momentum towards liberty and justice for all.

The last paragraphs of the piece ended this way:

And within the board, I am a going to be voice for radical inclusivity in our actions. Our direct actions are going to be designed to represent the full diversity of our GLBT community.

To quote Cesar Chavez:

The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.

The news in that GLT article is that the GetEqual board is provisional formed and active, has its statement from that first board meeting has reached the press. In my opinion, those paragraphs of the first statement give a harkening back many previous civil rights movements, and a nod to the aspirations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community for freedom, equality, and justice — “liberty and justice for all.”

Passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) into law, and repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) and the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) are the LGBTQ community’s “grapes and lettuce” — in that these are focuses of the LGBTQ’s national community’s legislative focus. But, the real struggle is about the LGBTQ community’s people who are unequal to other members in broader society.


My previous week’s Transgressive article was entitled When Dating, When Is The Right Time To Tell Someone You’re Trans?

If you’re interested in what I write each week (or hopefully soon every other week), check back with the Gay & Lesbian Times, and use the site search for the word “transgressive.”

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