How the transgender movement uses activists to lobby your legislators.
by Mass Resistance
Have you ever wondered how the homosexual movement lobbies your legislators? And why they're so successful pushing seemingly absurd and onerous legislation?
Here's what they did to pass the radical transgender rights and hate crimes bill in the Massachusetts Legislature in late 2011. Their main tactic was started here in the 1990s and has spread across the country.
|Gathering for "Transgender Lobby Day" at the Massachusetts State House [MassResistance photo]|
Homosexual lobby's success in legislatures across the U.S.
Across the country the homosexual lobby has had enormous success pushing their agenda through state legislatures. In recent years, several state legislatures have passed "gay marriage" where it was believed that it would never win a popular vote.
But it all started in Massachusetts, where homosexual lobbyists pioneered the early "gay rights" legislation in the late 1980s. And they won the first "gay marriage" fight here in 2007, when they finally stopped the marriage amendment in the legislature after a huge battle.
From the original "gay non-discrimination" legislation and state funding of homosexual programs in schools, to "gay marriage" and now "transgender rights" legislation
they have honed their approach expertly.
In 1995, homosexual activist Kevin Jennings, head of GLSEN, gave a landmark speech describing how they were finally able to force the Massachusetts Legislature to let them put homosexual programs in the public schools: Portray themselves as victims, and their programs as saving kids from suicide and violence -- and portray those with pro-family values as oppressors who would do harm to children.
After Jennings' "victory," state groups across the country have looked to the Massachusetts homosexual lobby for guidance and strategies.
Over the years, one of their biggest weapons has been the ability to organize "gays" as activists -- as a stream of "constituents" to personally visit the politicians and lobby them. They literally have this down to a science.
Probably the most glaring surprise was New Hampshire. No one thought that "gay marriage" would be passed by their Legislature, and then it suddenly happened. Everyone was shocked. It turned out that the Massachusetts groups had organized an operation that had been quietly but forcefully lobbying for over a year.
The key to getting the transgender bill passed in Massachusetts
The same strategies are now being used for radical transgender demands.
We saw this in action here on January 21, 2010, when the major homosexual and transgender groups held a "transgender lobby day" in the Massachusetts Legislature for the Transgender Rights and Hate Crimes Bill (which was ultimately passed the following year). The key is to use emotion, distortions, and disinformation, as that lobby day instructed its footsoldiers.
At that event Arline Isaacson, lobbyist from the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, gave a key speech to the activists on how to personally push the transgender bill to legislators. (Of course, MassResistance was also there.)
|Arline Isaacson exhorting the transgender activists. [MassResistance photo]|
Note that this speech (video below) came after over an hour of other "prep" speeches from several public officials and activists, exhorting them about the righteousness of their cause and the power of their movement. After Isaacson's speech, they left and went directly to the offices of their state reps and senators.
Her major points of instruction (along with the other speeches that day) reflected what we've seen in recent years:
- Use lots of emotion.
- Paint a picture of this being a fight against injustice and discrimination, with lots of Civil Rights imagery.
- Use emotional personal stories (well-coached if possible).
- Avoid discussing the details of the bill what it would actually do (i.e., in
- schools, businesses, etc.), but if you do, speak in generalities.
- Come across as courteous, rational, and well-meaning.
- Portray it as the "good" side for civil rights and freedom, versus the unenlightened "bad" side (which helps victimize people and promotes discrimination).
- Make sure that legislators who support you believe that they are enlightened, good, intelligent people.
- Allow an undercurrent of strong emotional dislike (i.e., hate) towards those who don't agree.
What's never discussed is the actual goal of the transgender law: To force public acceptance of perverted cross-dressing and transgender behaviors in businesses, institutions, government, schools, and throughout society -- by imposing punishments for violators, including fines and even jail time.
|You can watch the VIDEO of the speech HERE instructing transgender activists how to lobby. [MassResistance photo]|
Here's what she said in the speech:
Thank you for coming here today, for taking time off from work and time off from your lives to lobby on this very important bill.
I can't tell you how much your presence here means, but I am going to try.
When you come to offices, be polite, be friendly, be courteous, be yourselves. But be very, very clear.
You know you needn't be an expert on this bill, so don't worry if you don't know all the ins and outs of it. You don't have to be an attorney, and you don't have to know the details of the law.
If you're asked a question you don't know the answer to, you don't fudge, don't mislead. Just say, "You know, I'm not sure of the answer so I'll get back to you and come and talk to you. I'll get you the information later on." But you're there today as a constituent. That's the most important message you're giving.
You might not meet with your legislators today. Don't be discouraged if you don't. You might meet with their staff . . . In many offices it's the staff who advises the legislator on which way they want to vote. So make the case to that staffer, because they can be as important as the legislator who's taking the vote.
If you're talking to those unfortunate few who don't support the bill or maybe are even opponents of it obviously you want to try to persuade them. Tell the stories of the injustices of job loss and discrimination that we all have heard about. Speak to their minds, but speak to their hearts as well.
And even if they end up not agreeing with us, even if they end up not supporting the bill, don't get angry, don't threaten. Always leave their office [so that you can] use this to door-open so you can come back and speak to them about it on another day. So just ask that they keep an open mind, thank them for their time and leave on a positive note.
Your job today is critical. YOU are the FACE of this bill -- whether you're transgender or not. YOU breathe life into this bill. You show that there are trans people in every legislative district in this state. You show just as importantly that there are constituents who strongly support this bill in every legislative district of this state.
Now realize despite what you may hear most legislators actually really do want to do the right thing on most issues most of the time. They want to pass good legislation. But most of them don't know about or can't understand every single issue that comes before them. Ditto their staff people. They're all [inundated with] the bills filed every year. The question that we're confronted with on an issue like this is: Would we rather that the information and the questions legislators and their staff have, be answered by our opponents, or by us?
So if they ask you personal questions, we encourage you to share whatever you are comfortable sharing. It's our collective job to help legislators understand the [situation]. It is YOUR job to put the human face on it. You're the key to getting the bill passed.
If you can reach a legislator in their heart and in their mind, they will vote for it. What you are doing here today makes a huge difference. Every day, the understanding of and the support for the trans community and this bill grows. And that will keep happening if you -- if we -- keep on working on it. So don't be discouraged.
You face the same job responsibility faced by the gay community back in the '80s when we were lobbying for this very same bill to affect gay and lesbian and transgender folks in the 1980s. And back then, back then legislators didn't think they knew any gay people, or that we lived in their communities.
Trans folks face the same challenge today. Back then, we were treated like lepers. But by coming out, by telling our stories, by showing and emphasizing our commonality, we broke through their fears, we broke through their discomforts. And that's happening now in the trans community as well.
It took many years to pass the gay and lesbian civil rights bill. It will NOT take anywhere near that long to pass this bill because thankfully times have changed.
There's a clear movement in favor of our side and on this issue. It's not happening fast enough.
Thanks to Gunner [Scott, the trans group leader: a woman with a beard and dresses in man's clothes], to MTPC [Mass. Transgender Political Coalition], to the wonderful legislators heard and met today, it will happen.
And what you do today will be enormously helpful for that happening. I can promise you this: Your willingness to lobby your legislators, your willingness to keep at it for as long as it might take, is the weapon -- THE weapon -- that will bring down the wall of discrimination and inaction. If you advocate, if you keep on keeping on, we WILL win. Now go out and get 'em. Good luck!
Other speeches (and characters) at the transgender "Lobby Day"
Sen. Cynthia Creem, Senate Judiciary Chairman, describes pro-family citizens as "ignorant" in speech at "Transgender Lobby Day." [MassResistance photo]
Click here for our full report of the January 21, 2010 Transgender Lobby Day at the Massachusetts State House, with more descriptions, video, and photos. (No other pro-family group had the nerve to show up. Our videographer was, in fact, recognized and harassed.)
In particular, see our video coverage of the event, which includes:
VIDEO: The left-wing Chairman of the Judiciary Committee giving a speech calling pro-family opponents of the bill "ignorant" who need to "get over it" if transgenderism makes them uncomfortable.
VIDEO: A six-foot tall male cross-dresser (Miss Trans New England 2009) exhorting the crowd (and public officials there) about "her" problems getting employment as a man wearing women's' clothes.
VIDEO: The politicians, activists, and others converging for the transgender the lobby day. (Lots of big men dressed as women and females with facial hair.)
Six-foot tall man wearing women's clothes decrying "employment discrimination" because employers won't hire him. [MassResistance photo]
But it certainly can be countered effectively. At its basis, all of their arguments depend on (1) a series of logical fallacies (i.e., comparisons to the Civil Rights movement and that laws should reflect emotions), and (2) the premise that these behaviors are not perverse and self-destructive (which the state should discourage and protect against) but simply a normal part of human nature that conservatives don't happen to like. And (3) this is all wrapped around the "equality" mantra, which is a clever psychological device to imply that homosexuality and cross-dressing, etc., are "equal" to normal behaviors, and should thus be protected by laws in the same way.
Conservatives could effectively derail their propaganda efforts if they had the will and capability to do it. The ideological firepower is there. Unfortunately, at this point most conservative grassroots leaders are too timid and muddle-headed to take the necessary approach, and most conservative funders of organizations are too cowardly (to put it lightly) to agree to pay for it. But something has to be done.