Trans activist Kelli Busey on Forward Blitz Radio tonight to talk about Perry’s ‘Response’

Kelli Busey

Local trans activist Kelli Busey is among those who are stepping up to respond to Gov. Rick Perry’s “The Response,” the day-long prayer meeting and fast Perry has scheduled for Aug. 6 in Houston. And Busey is taking to the Internet radio talk show Forward Blitz tonight to talk about Perry’s event, the people and organizations (like the anti-gay American Family Association) with whom he is partnering to present the event, what it means to the LGBT community, and how the community can respond.

From a posting about “The Response”on Busey’s blog, Dallas Transgender Advocates and Allies: “Now, we don’t care that a bunch of fundamentalists are getting together to pray for the country. That’s the freedom that makes us unique. What we DO care about is the fact that he has teamed up with the American Family Association and a bunch of bigoted hateful people who are anti-gay and anti-every other religion.”

She also includes this passage from an AFA email that, Busey points out, explicitly dis-invites everyone but Christians: “This is an explicitly Christian event because we are going to be praying to the one true God through His son, Jesus Christ. It would be idolatry of the worst sort for Christians to gather and invite false gods like Allah and Buddha and their false prophets to be with us at that time. Because we have religious liberty in this country, they are free to have events and pray to Buddha and Allah on their own. But this is time of prayer to the One True God, through His son Jesus Christ, who is The Way, The Truth, and The Life.”

Busey will be on Forward Blitz Blog Talk Radio tonight from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Listen here. You can call 424-675-8317 to join the conversation.

Busey has also pledged to organize a protest over The Response, although I haven’t seen any details on that yet.

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Busey doesn't ALWAYS protest the word 'tranny' — sometimes she endorses it

For several months, we’ve been lectured about how “tranny” is a bad word in and of itself — so bad, in fact, that Israel Luna’s film Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives should be banned from the Tribeca Film Festival. Trans activist Kelli Busey, on her April 10, 2010 post on her Planetransgender blog, used the following headline:

TrannypejorativeSo you’d pretty much have to assume that, for Busey, the use of the word “tranny” is, in every instance, a horrendous, hateful, bigoted thing.

Unless, of course, you’re a group Busey likes.

Busey’s post today on Planetransgender mentions Translations, a trans film festival in Seattle, Wash. At the bottom of the article , Busey lists other links readers might like. And one of them is to a post Busey made last September.

To a trans film festival in San Francisco.

Called Tranny Fest.

Trannyfest

Yep, it’s inexcusable that Tribeca allowed a film with the word “tranny” to play at all; but it is actually a point of pride — something worth reporting in a seemingly positive light — that the city by the bay launches a festival that uses the word “tranny” just as prominently.

So the question is, if we can make an exception for one group — and that exception was made eight months ago — why isn’t it made for someone else, who’s local?

Seems to me Luna is owed a big apology. Or readers of Planetransgender an explanation for how Busey could possible cite a trans fest with a pejorative in its title and not have page after page devoted to it being closed down.

And where’s GLAAD’s outrage?

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DART letter defends agency's involvement in transgender employee's family court case

I’ll have a full update on the DART transgender saga in an upcoming issue of the Voice, but for now I wanted to note that local trans activist Kelli Busey is encouraging people to speak during public comments at the agency’s board meeting next Tuesday. (For more info, see the Facebook page). Four people spoke at the DART meeting last week. “We need them to understand that we’re not just going to go away,” Busey said.

Also, Rafael McDonnell of Resource Center Dallas has received a response from the agency to the letter he sent board member Angel Reyes in the wake of my initial story. You can read DART’s response by going here.

—  John Wright