Mayor Faber, city council deserve kudos for courage | Letter to the editor

Posted 9/1/22

I would like to thank The Leader for its clear and objective reporting on what took place at Pope Marine Park on Monday, Aug. 15th, and for accurately describing it as an anti-trans protest organized …

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Mayor Faber, city council deserve kudos for courage | Letter to the editor

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I would like to thank The Leader for its clear and objective reporting on what took place at Pope Marine Park on Monday, Aug. 15th, and for accurately describing it as an anti-trans protest organized by anti-trans activists.

Amy Sousa and Julie Jaman have needlessly taken a matter that was already dealt with locally, and used it as a springboard in their pursuit of internet fame, putting a Port Townsend teenager in danger and doing harm to our community as a whole. 

The central theme of their harassment — that trans women are actually men who want to gain access to female spaces in order to violate “real” women and girls — is not only atrociously untrue but has historically inspired hate crimes against trans women. Consider also that the speakers at Monday’s event included at least one person who openly blogs about their connection to the Proud Boys.

Sousa and Jaman have clearly demonstrated their ability to successfully organize large groups of people through social media platforms, and it is pathetic that they waste their efforts on seeking attention rather than seeking effective change and justice for all people. 

Their crusade not only does harm to our community but undermines the cause they claim to be fighting for by coopting and weaponizing the issue of sexual assault and gender-based violence. 

It is particularly ironic that while Jaman claims to stand for the protection of children against nefarious adults, she herself is an adult of 80 years who is leading a campaign of harassment against a young woman just entering adulthood.

Mayor Faber deserves recognition for his courageous and principled response to this situation, as does the city council for standing in solidarity with the trans community and its allies who form the vast majority of Port Townsend residents.

Turner Masland
PORT LUDLOW

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  • Justin Hale

    "Mayor Faber deserves recognition for his courageous and principled response to this situation, as does the city council for standing in solidarity with the trans community and its allies who form the vast majority of Port Townsend residents.

    Really? Have you taken a poll? How is it that you know the minds of the majority of PT residents?

    Thursday, September 1, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "Mayor Faber deserves recognition for his courageous and principled response to this situation, as does the city council for standing in solidarity with the trans community and its allies who form the vast majority of Port Townsend residents.

    Really? Have you taken a poll? How is it that you know the minds of the majority of PT residents?

    Thursday, September 1, 2022 Report this

  • CodexSeraphinianus

    I saw this and was shocked. I don’t agree with this letter. I do hope some will do a little more research on said individual. Interesting things can be found there! I’d hope for a more fair and educational approach than this but it seems to be another tool of division.

    Friday, September 2, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    Anti-trans is just another search for someone to whom to feel superior. It serves no purpose other than providing a new platform for right-extremist white guys who have been slowly losing the battle for white male supremacy.

    Friday, September 2, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    Read the Washington State Law. Learn something for a change.

    Friday, September 2, 2022 Report this

  • CodexSeraphinianus

    Why did this turn into an issue about color? Also, is it only white males that are “anti-trans”? I doubt that. I’d like to reference the following countries that are violently against LGBTQ individuals and their movement (not predominantly Caucasian countries, yet the least friendly) :

    1. Nigeria

    2. Qatar

    3. Yemen

    4. Saudi’s Arabia

    These countries still have the death penalty for being or LGBTQ or supporting it. It’s not just white men and to say so lacks understanding of the battle your trying to fight. Throwing one entire ethnic/gender group into the same thought pot is prejudicial by far. It’s more a culture than race issue. Some cultures are farther along in accepting it than others. The comment is an outdated and over used talking point.

    Friday, September 2, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    So according to Tom if you object to men in women's shower rooms you're likely to be a right-wing white supremacist?

    Saturday, September 3, 2022 Report this