September 8th, 2008


Toiletgate - the latest

Paul Birrell of Pride has confirmed that the Health and Safety Officer responsible for the offensive and unlawful decision to force transwomen to use the disabled toilets was supplied by Capita. My view is that the next step is to make a formal complaint both to Capita and to SFM, the security firm who provided the toilet stewards - the fact that the police and Pride have acknowledged that there was no assault on the stewards by the demonstrators makes it easier to do this. I have a legitimate complaint against both companies which I will pursue - the EHRC have already offered to help with this.

As far as Pride itself goes, my view is that our attitude should depend on how Diana Taylor's role works out. I have for some time been uncomfortable with the necessity of acting as figurehead as one of the two people with an actual complaint. It seems to me that Diana's appointment is enough of a response to my complaints that I can finally accept Pride's apology and hand matters over to the broader trans community to deal with - I would suggest, and I am open to suggestions on this, that I formally do so at a public meeting between Diana in her new role and the community. Depending on everyone's convenience, this might be at the next TransLondon meeting next Tuesday or at some other date subsequently to be arranged.

I would like to emphasize - because I know some people have been unhappy with my role in all of this - that I chose, back at the beginning of this, to take my personal beef over what happened to me (and also to the other woman, the one who was assaulted) and turn it, for my part, into an opportunity to get redress for the community as a whole. I have tried to be as transparent as possible in the processing of my complaint and thus to be accountable; I know that some people, and not only the anonymous P.R.I.D.E. mob, have felt that this is not accountability enough.

In respect of my complaint against the Met and now my complaint against Pride itself, I am only too glad to hand further consideration on to the relevant groups - for the moment, at least, I will have to pursue a personal complaint against Capita and SFM because that is the most convenient way to proceed.

I hope this is all clear.

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

Here is an interesting piece about Sarah Palin's church, so much worse than one had feared.(Gakked from dark_christian).

So, we have, potentially a heartbeat away from the Presidency, someone who is a religious crazy by even the loose standards of religious crazies, who is associated with the idea of universal demonic possession, and with attempts to fight the demon cult of Catholic Mariolatry by assassinating Mother Theresa with magic flags.

This is not Christianity - it is B-list superhero comics stuff.

edit According to the NY Times here Palin has switched from this church to another, the Wasilla Bible church, but still retains close links to the Assembly of God. (see my further comments on this below)

Just a thought...

If Mother Theresa was magically assassinated with flags on Mount Everest - see previous entry - as part of a Pentecostalist campaign against Mariolatry, does that mean that she is a martyr of the church and can be canonized automatically without having to go through all the usual bureaucracy with relics and miracles. If Princess Diana was killed as part of the same magical curse, does that make her a martyr even though she was never formally received into the Catholic church? Dying a martyr's death would certainly trump her various adulteries and fornications...If John Paul II were still Pope, he would be dead keen on getting Teresa sainted as soon as possible - I am not sure that Ratzinger is as big on saints. I am also sure that some of the Vatican bureaucrats would think twice about attributing successful death curses to Protestant denominations.

More generally, I know the Catholic Church would normally push for people to vote Republican because of the anti-abortion thing, but can they really ask their believers to vote for a woman who was part of a church that thinks official doctrines of the Catholic church are evidence of devil-worship, and which, at least by intention, kills people for holding those doctrines?