I was overjoyed to hear Kamala Harris’ name called Tuesday when Joe Biden announced his running mate for the critically important November 3 election.
Sen. Harris was my first choice for president. She has been on my political radar ever since I saw her speak on a criminal justice panel during one of Tavis Smiley’s State of the Black Union conversations in 2006.
I’ve paid attention as she has successfully made trailblazing runs for (and won) San Francisco DA, California attorney general, and now as only the second Black female US senator in American history.
Her selection by Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate shows that he knows the importance of winning this election and recognizes Black women are the base of the Democratic Party. Biden also recognizes the fact that without Black voters across the country getting in formation for him, he wouldn’t be the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.
Biden also recognizes he needs Black voters to come out in massive numbers to oust Trump from the White House.
But what has pissed me off is the massive ignorance I’m seeing so far occurring in Trans World about Sen. Harris. There are trans peeps, especially in the sections of it who are still mad (and can stay mad) about Bernie losing, who are exhibiting an off the charts level of hatred aimed at Sen. Harris.
Joining them in the hatefest are the peeps who were mad that Elizabeth Warren didn’t get chosen to be Vice POTUS.
Calling Harris a TERF? Really fools? That is a smear that not only is easily debunked, but is so off the charts idiotic that it makes me question the mental acuity of the people who parrot it.
I’m also not going to waste time and space in this post debating that ridiculous birther BS either.
And naw trans boo boo kitties, your dislike of Sen. Harris isn’t about policy. I see your pink and white trans flag pointed hoods showing. For some of y’all it’s about your racism you’re trying to cloak in a BS policy argument but failing mightily to do so.
So let’s get to the reality of where Kamala Harris stands when it comes to trans specific issues.
Let’s start with the July 2006 two day conference she organized to come up with ways to push back against and defeat the trans panic defense. That conference was attended by over 200 prosecutors and law enforcement officials from across the nation.
In 2014, as the California DA, she supported AB 2501, a bill authored by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla that banned the use of the trans and gay panic defense in California.
She has also as a senator filed the federal bill (S.1721) to ban the use of the trans and gay panic defense. She has repeatedly called out anti-trams violence aimed at Black trans women, and expressed her vehement opposition to Trump’s anti-trans military service ban.
As California AG, she also joined with other AG’s in several states in submitting the 2016 amicus brief in opposition of North Carolina’s transphobic HB 2. She also did the same in the Gavin Grimm case and joined 11 other states in doing so.
Attorney General Harris also joined 11 states in filing an amicus brief in State of Texas v. United States, in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Texas, to support federal guidance that discrimination based on gender identity constitutes unlawful discrimination based on sex and that schools risk losing Title IX-linked funding unless they permit students to use facilities consistent with their gender identity.
And yes, let’s also address the persistent lie that Harris ‘opposed surgery for trans inmates’.
The California AG office is the designated attorney for all California state agencies. That means when they have to go to court on an issue, the AG’s office represents them.
The California AG office is the largest state attorney’s office in the nation, with five divisions and over 1000 attorneys working for it. Harris was as AG in an executive position several layers of management above the attorneys who would try those cases.
So when a trans inmate filed a case to force the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation to allow her to have GCS while incarcerated, they were obligated to defend it.
When Harris discovered this case was happening, she worked behind the scenes to not only settle the case in favor of the trans inmates, but force the California Dept of Corrections & Rehabilitation to change the policy.
Oh yeah, forgot to mention she participated as a speaker at the 2005 SF Trans March.
I’m also tired of hearing the ‘Kamala hates sex workers’ BS as well. She went after the pimps and sex traffickers, not the sex workers caught up un the system.
When Angelica Ross and Shea Diamond both questioned her about those cases, she apologized, and took responsibility for those cases. Ross and Diamond were satisfied with her answers, and if they were good with it, so am I.
Warning you now. KHive is not playing with you peeps (and neither am I) when we say that ANY disrespect of Senator Kamala Harris from now until Election Day and beyond will be met with massive pushback and CVS level receipts debunking lies and fake talking points.
You wanna try us, go right ahead, but it will end badly for you.
So no, I’m not feeling the hatred that trans fauxgressives are aiming at Harris, and it needs to stop.