Thursday, May 23, 2013

Idiocy on Full Display

Today is supposed to be a joyous one for Nevada's LGBTQ communities. SJR 13 finally passed, and Nevada is one step closer to enacting marriage equality. But of course, leave it to the 21st Century Know Nothings to rain on our parade. But be warned, Heidi Harris just used this very graphic and offensive language on Twitter.

Does #transgender mean you can't locate your "parts"? That explains the GOP males in the #nvleg who have caved on #sjr13.

Of course, we all know what this means. Congratulations, Heidi Harris. You just earned this award.

Oh, where do I begin? Let's start with the real definition of transgender.

'Transgender' is an umbrella term often used to refer to people whose gender identity differs from their assigned sex at birth. However, people whose gender identity differs from their assigned sex at birth may not self-identify as transgender; some may identify as transsexual, trans, genderqueer, a person of transgender experience, etc. Transgender people may or may not use a different name or pronoun than the one they were assigned at birth, and they may or may not pursue hormone therapy or surgery. When in doubt, always defer to the way a person self-identifies.

And let's talk about the real discrimination that transgender Nevadans have endured. What the fuck is wrong with Heidi Harris?! Is she really that oblivious to the pain and suffering of real people who have faced intense bigotry and historic oppression?

And then, there's this. She actually suggested that legislators who voted for SJR 13 are "less manly". Oh. My. Gawd! Has she ever met Senator Ben Kieckhefer (R-Reno)?

While I've disagreed with Senator Ben Kieckhefer quite a few times this session, I can't deny the real courage he showed in bucking Republican leadership and standing for what he believes in. And Heidi Harris says this means Senator Kieckhefer is less of a man? What the hell is she smoking?

Well, I should remember that we are talking about Heidi Harris, local princess of the 21st Century Know Nothings.

Has anyone in the #nvleg calcluated the cost of #gaymarriage and family court? Extra judges? Nah, that would require brains #sjr13

Has anyone tried explaining to Heidi Harris the many economic benefits of marriage equality? Nevada is a top wedding destination. And Nevada has increasingly been engaging in marketing to LGBTQ tourists. Nevada stands to gain far more revenue in enacting marriage equality than incur additional costs.

Apparently, Heidi Harris is blissfully unaware of any of this. Perhaps she's angling for a job at the local "newspaper"? I can't think of another explanation for all this idiocy on full display today.

1 comment:

  1. I feel compelled to comment on Heidi Harris from somebody who has had the privilege of meeting with her and conversing with her a few times. Heidi Harris was a local talk radio show host here in Las Vegas. And even though we have a totally different perspective on politics She has always been very gracious of giving me the airspace to present my views as a married gay man who also lives in Las Vegas. She was never rude, never condescending and has come to my defense on her Facebook page when some of her posters have gotten vulgar or nasty. She encourages dialogue and I know that if you ever had a chance to talk to her she would be all ears. What you need to understand is that Heidi Harris come to her point of view from her strongly held religious beliefs. She is an American entitled to those beliefs. As gay folks we strongly believe we should all be treated equally under the law. But nobody would encourage a conversation on these subjects more than Heidi Harris. It is my hope that one day soon she is back on the air in Las Vegas so that when any of us wants to have an opportunity to bring our values to her conservative audience she will never cut you short and treat you and your opinions respectfully, How many talk show hosts in Las Vegas do that today? None. I know. I've tried. In the meantime, if you want to express your views I would suggest visiting her Facebook page...The Heidi Harris show. She won't scrub your opinions and you'll have a chance to do what I do...change hearts and minds...even one at a time.