Jim Fouratt

For a few months I’ve tried to arrange an interview with Jim Fouratt of the Stonewall Riots, and one of the founding member’s of The Gay Liberation Front, to no avail. We talked about it, but he never got back with me on the topic of an interview and the last thing that I want to be is one of those annoying people who badger others. Jim and I are facebook friends, which is an honor in it’s self, to be privy to his insights on a matter of topics. From unfiltered truths about the reality of what happened at the Stonewall riots, to the dangers of new HIV suppressant drugs such as prEP and Truvada, Jim always has something sensible to say, which is a growing rarity in the mainstream LGBTQ+ community, and as such Jim Fouratt is a controversial figure.

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Included in this post are links to interviews, as well as FB screenshots of Mr. Fouratt’s own words on a few topics. I feel Jim is especially important as a homosexual male figure to look up to in a world full of Dan Savages.

Jim Fouratt on the concept of gender & gender identity:

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Jim Fouratt on trans children and bathroom access:

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Jim on homophobic and lesbophobic Trans activism :

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Here is a link to a long interview that was conducted with Mr. Fouratt in 2006 from the ACT UP oral history project:

http://www.actuporalhistory.org/interviews/images/fouratt.pdf

The Faces of Jim Fouratt:

http://thevillager.com/2012/07/03/the-faces-of-jim-fouratt/

Here is Jim’s appearance on the Popular “The Colbert Report” where he credits a lesbian woman really starting The Stonewall Riots despite the popular Sylvia Rivera myth. According to Jim and other gays and lesbians present, Sylvia wasn’t there the first night of the riots, but played a smaller role than what is historically reported.:

http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/ohjhjq/jim-fouratt

Additional interviews:

https://myspace.com/giogom/video/jim-fouratt-interview-1/33835234

https://myspace.com/giogom/video/jim-fuoratt-interviewn-2/33838206

https://myspace.com/giogom/video/jim-fouratt-interview-3/33840901

Jim interviews Barney Frank:

As stated Jim’s positions have caused outrage in the community, most notably are the accusations of transphobia because of Mr. Fouratt’s no non-sense approach. Here are some articles written by raged detractors. These articles are not endorsed by this blog, but are being posted as evidence of what happens when one strays from the current “politically correct” format on discussing gender and gender ID:

http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/TS/Fouratt/Jim%20Fouratt.html

http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2011/07/its-on-jim-fouratt.html

Thank you Jim for being a hero and an inspiration!

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HOMO

Seemingly the word “homosexual” is becoming known as an offensive term, as most people are now using “gay” and “lesbian” to describe themselves, and of course there is “Queer” which is becoming very accepted in circles.  I don’t mind “gay” at all, I use it about as often as I use homosexual actually, but isn’t it just a synonym for homosexual? “Lesbian” is unique in specifying the sex of the homosexual person as female, so in this conversation that word is the wild card.

I’ve heard the complaints about the word, how it’s cold and pathologizing, to which I agree and disagree. I see trans activist make the same complaints about biological sex, to which I also roll my eyes. Yes, it’s clinical, it’s a scientific term, as such one I find amoral. the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the DSM in 1973, stating that “homosexuality per se implies no impairment in judgment, stability, reliability, or general social or vocational capabilities.” After it’s long campaign to “cure” the homosexual. I understand how some could associate the word with a pre 1973 world. I also understand that the word is still popular with our main detractors, the religious conservatives. But none of this comes OF the word, it’s just a part of the words history. The word, like who we are as gays and lesbian, isn’t the problem, the problem has simply been built around both, and as we’ve seen, with any new descriptor we label ourselves with, the stigma is bound to follow. “That’s so gay” anyone?

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I suppose one of the things I find most offensive about making the term “homosexual” an offensive term is that the word “Queer” has become so popular and held in such a high regard. Why the double standard here? I find “Queer” to be infinitely more offensive than “homosexual”. It’s an umbrella term (filled with *many* sparkley heterosexuals.) that is a derogatory slur in use today, but our knees want to jerk at an accurate scientific label? I mean…is part of why it’s offensive in 2015 is that it relies on the concrete reality of biological of sex? That the mainstream LGBTQ movement finds that concept  archaic? SMH! Homosexual FTW!

What a Wonderful Time

What a wonderful time it must be for the rich and privileged male folk of the world, to help seal women’s equality, not by standing down and putting women in their powerful positions, but simply by calling themselves “woman” while they occupy these positions. The highest paid “female” CEO in the united states, Martine Rothblatt, who is counted statistically as a woman, isn’t a female at all, but rather a trans woman who transitioned late in life, on top of all that good fortune and decades of male privilege it took to get there. What better way to balance the scales without conceding any actual power or status? We can all just merrily pretend like social justice is happening, especially when it happens for men.

Earlier this week former Olympic Icon turned c-list celebrity dad, Bruce Jenner, unveiled themselves after months of speculation about both Jenner’s gender identity (which an interview with Diane Sawyer a few weeks ago cleared up, Bruce indeed was identifying as a woman, but wanted to retain the name “Bruce” and he/his pronouns…and Bruce was also very adamant that you know he isn’t a homosexual, he is heterosexual, in that he still wants to only date female people.) and after that confirmation where he was going from there. Fast forward about 2 weeks later and we have the cover of Vanity Fair re-introducing Jenner to the world as Caitlyn. Caitlyn Jenner, the poor soul trapped in a life full of the most absolute of privileges. The oppression Jenner must of felt when the Olympic Medal was placed over his neck, one can only imagine. All of that money, all of those sponsor ships, those wives, those children, those opportunities, it was all just too much, and so, in his 65th year, after the achievements had been obtained it was time to step out. Bruce never existed, he was always she, she was always Caitlyn Jenner. And the world cheers.

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Over the past few days I’ve seen most people on social media praising Jenner in a slew of uncritical support for an anti-gay and anti-woman, rich, white republican. Much of that coming from the LGBT community and it’s allies, a community that Jenner has thrown under the bus for his entire life. It’s really nauseating to witness such fan fair for someone so undeserving of it. I’m curious as to what the reaction would be if Sarah Palin made a decision to become a man, I can promise it wouldn’t garner the support Jenner is enjoying. Of course there are a slew of good, but unfortunately conservative based articles that question this sensationalist spectacle, while the liberal media creams it’s pants in masturbatory celebration.

I’ve lately even seen a few people that I consider good friends jump to the defense of of both trans politics and Jenner. These aren’t my gender critical Facebook and Twitter peeps, these are real life, in the flesh people that I consider friends. It’s disheartening in that I think they still can’t separate that politics aren’t individuals, but that individuals have something to do with politics. That it is more the narrative that being advanced that is the issue, and not the personal lives of trans people who are not activist, who are not rich and privileged, who are not being celebrated,who just want to live their lives free of harassment and hate, which I think is something most people with a brain and heart can support. These are friends though, that have bought the concept of cis privilege (a political concept.) and once that happens, is there anything that can really shake one out of that? I think a few beds may have already of been made, and that’s fine, people are allowed to disagree. But I’m allowed to think that they perhaps still haven’t actually thought everything through.

For example, I think that many people actually believe that sex is a mutable characteristic, that it’s fluid and something that can be changed, when in all actuality it isn’t. I’m not sure if these individuals are aware that immutable characteristics are often utilized to establish human rights laws and legislation. A big portion of the current debate on homosexuality is if it’s an immutable characteristic, and if it isn’t the rationale (one I disagree with.) seems to be “Then who cares.” How are we going to promote the liberation, or even the equality of a class if we strip away what identifies the class? If being a female is a feeling, a feeling that people like Caitlyn Jenner have (and that is materialized by embodying stereotypes of women.), then is being a female just a feeling + long hair, a corset and some make up? Is being a male just a feeling + a baseball cap? Let’s thrown our hands up and disregard reality, we can do whatever damn well we want! It doesn’t matter!

But the sad truth is that it does, especially in a world so rife with inequality. We must be able to identify classes of people, to identify who the oppressors are and who the oppressed are, without knowing this dynamic any positive progress is surely at a stand still. And what a wonderful world it must be for those on top to cloak themselves with the emperors robe of invisibility and feed you the line that it’s progress.

Open Letter to rabble re: Meghan Murphy

Please sign this letter to Rabble in support of Meghan Murphy.

Last Wave Feminist

To: The Editors, Publishers, Founders and Editorial Board – rabble.ca

We, the undersigned, wish to express our deep dissatisfaction with rabble’s response to the recent attacks on Meghan Murphy.

In past weeks, Meghan Murphy has become the target of a vicious and focused attack that we believe is aimed not only at her—as the most visible voice of a set of feminist principles with which we broadly agree—but at women in general and feminists specifically.

This attack—sparked by an article at Playboy magazine and a petition inspired by the Men’s Rights Movement and women who are known for their promotion of the sex industry—focuses nominally on a brief piece written by Murphy in response to nude photos published by a trans woman named Laverne Cox. Her piece criticized the notion that the publication of highly sexualized, pornographic photographs of a woman or trans woman is “empowering.” We see no fair…

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Fagdom Is My Religion

Recently there have been a number of “religious liberty” laws that have sprung up virulently from Indiana to Arkansas, vowing to protect religious freedoms. Ok, I’m for protecting religion and religious institutions from government control. In that sense I agree with religious freedom and as I understand that there is actually a federal law that protects religious freedom in all 50 U.S. states. So then we must ask…why is that needed at the state level? I’m actually not a big “states rights” person despite (and maybe because of.) living in Texas. We are the United States of America and as such I think cohesiveness is a certain positive when it comes to the law of the land.

I’ve yet to actually see where any relevant religious freedoms have been attacked in the context that I understand religion freedoms could be attacked. I believe all citizens should be able to practice their faiths freely and fairly without government intervention. This is what religious freedom means to me…to be able to have your personal faith and ideas be protected from government imposition. So…let’s get down to the issue at hand, and that’s the potential consequences to women and LGBT people, and even to interracial couples. For example growing up my grand parents would often cite how the Tower of Babel was a device used by God to keep the races apart, that the Devine wanted us divided. To most rational people this sounds like utter non-sense, but people that hold this line of thinking do very much exist. And relgious people are especially concerned with homosexuals. In defense I think we need to see some religions that mandate homosexuality, I could dig that. Fagdom is my religion, now fucking protect it.

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The current narrative where this religious freedom argument is concerned in mainstream media is that of the wedding industry with Gay and Lesbian couples being denied service from bakeries, flourish,photographers and venues. The denial, of course being on religious grounds, these business are simply expressing their faith when they deny a homosexual couple the goods they are there to capitalize off of. And you know what? I really don’t mind that in theory. I think that if it where something sincerely corner stone to their faith that they didn’t want to be a part of…so be it. Where is the tolerance of the LGBT community for sincere religious objection? My problem now is with the double standard between heterosexual “sin” and homosexual “sin”. These businesses in the wedding industry indiscriminately lend their services to people who are entering into their 2nd, 3rd and so on marriages. Last time I checked that counts as unrepentant adultery in spades, adultery being addressed in the ten commandments, thus it is somewhat elevated in terms of sin. But no…It’s just the gays we must worry about and treat like shit. This is where the fact that this is a smokescreen for anti-gay bigotry becomes glaringly apparent.

A few days ago a Pizzeria in Indiana was asked by reporters covering Indiana’s religious liberty law. They agreed to answer the questions asked giving the answer they must have known would publicized and that it would  be controversial. They said they wouldn’t cater a gay wedding if asked (How tacky though right? Pizza for a wedding??). I can’t feel sorry for people who pretend to be victims. I don’t feel sorry that the story spread, I don’t feel sorry that people flooded their FB and down voted their ratings on Yelp and other review cites. I don’t feel sorry that their public opinion is open to public opinion. But there is something that makes me sick in all of this backlash…and no, it’s not that the business owners reaped about 1 million dollars from donations of other bigoted people. It’s that the LGBTQADCWTF movement is full of nut jobs who need to be in prison for their actions. The pizzeria was subject to threats of arson, and the owners and their families a target for several threats of violence including death threats. I’ve not seen ANY mainstream gay organizations call out this reprehensible behavior. It’s imperative that we start doing so before we morph into a political juggernaut via terrorist behavior. And to be honest when I see every person who expresses an anti-gay sentiment, small business owner, celebrity, politician, or doctor face this kind of back lash I sadly feel like we are already there.

Jazz Jennings, teen boy, shows women how to “woman”

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*This post was written in conjunction with the brilliant Phonaesthetica
RoleModel

Hey, gals, guess what? This fourteen-year-old boy is a role model for YOU. Yep, you, full-grown-ass women. Meet Jazz Jennings, YOUR ROLE MODEL.

This weekend, we sat a spell to watch an OWN documentary all about our role model. We wanted to know more about this person that we (dykes aged thirty-eight and forty) should look to and strive to emulate.

What we learned is that Jazz Jennings is a kid who likes pink, dresses, makeup and flipping his shiny hair. Jazz is also a kid who refers to himself in third person. “I like being Jazz,” he says, as he reclines in a pink bed awash with plush animals.

Most of what Jazz says sounds forced, coached, even as he spouts off the ubiquitous tropes surrounding transgenderism: “I’m a girl trapped in a boy’s body” and “I…

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Gay man to gay man: An Open Letter to Owen Jones.

Owen,

I’ve previously read a some of your work, admittedly not taking much notice either way. However your inflammatory article, misrepresenting what actually took place at Stonewall by crediting trans people for gay rights, piqued my interested. So did the anti-female, and yes, anti-gay allegiances that you have made in the name of “progress” on trans issues, and refusal to engage in any discourse that questions that, and by default your ideology on the topic.

It baffles me how any gay man, a man who claims to be be homosexual, a man who states that he is exclusively attracted to other men (and by that we both know “men” means other biologically male people.) can stand firmly with the proponents of a political agenda that essentially discredits any merit being in biological sex, often going as far as to posit that it doesn’t even really exist (And by doing so erasing homosexuality. Hello…you can’t have “same sex attraction” if sex doesn’t exist.), while at the same time celebrating “gender” which is widely known as an oppressive social construct primarily applied to women. Gender holds people back, not biological sex, and I think that you will find most of these people that you have labeled “transphobes” are feminist, lesbians, and a small percentage of gay men and gender critical trans activist who simply know that biology is a reality. And let’s not be coy, as a gay man you also know that biological sex is a reality, and if you don’t…then may I ask why you’re even calling yourself a gay man??? I mean, if sex doesn’t mean anything why are defining any part of yourself by it? Ask a trans activist, Owen, if you’re a bigot because you’re solely sexually/romantically interested in male people and I promise you that you will be told that yes, indeed you are.  Homosexuality is being framed as bigotry and there you are smiling and nodding away, but I’m not sure if you’re grasping what’s being said. If you have then right now you’ve drawn a line in the sand. You’re no friend of women (female people), Lesbians (Yes, also female people)  or other gay men.

This is the ideology that you’re supporting, this is the homophobia you’re supporting:

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Here you are being buddy buddy with a trans woman who told lesbians to suck their formaldehyde picked balls, and declaring that you’re becoming a militant soldier for gender:
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So tell me again…how are you an ally to female people? How are you an ally to your homosexual brothers and sisters? And once more…why even call yourself gay? Let me tell you why Owen, It’s because sex matters and we both know it.

Regards,
Justin Norwood
Proud homoSEXual