Anyway, here's my Kamala Harris story.
Back in 2009-2010 I spent a LOT of time volunteering for Repeal Prop 8. I worked in SF and one day the email list mentioned a gay marriage rally was happening in front of city hall in response to…something. That was a short walk, so I went
At the end of the rally, Kamala Harris came out and talked. She wasn’t an announced or planned speaker. What I understood at the time was she'd literally walked up as the rally was happening and asked if she could join. I think she'd literally seen it out the window.
And she gave, as far as I could tell without any preparation, an incredible little speech? She only had a couple of minutes but she spoke from the heart about how important gay rights was, and how as a black woman she tied the gay rights struggle to the civil rights movement.
And thiiiis is why it’s interesting, today, to be having a conversation about her transphobic official acts as CA Attorney general, and her apparent inability to explain them (a thread of mine about that below:) https://t.co/1Snrga4jWz
Because I absolutely cannot reconcile the woman I saw up on the mic that day with these mealy responses, at least, not without making some unfortunate conclusions. https://t.co/qOtxu26YPe
I absolutely don’t believe she means what she’s saying in that quote—that she disagreed with her office's actions. If you believe LGBT people are as equal as anyone and our rights have the moral weight of black civil rights in the 60s, you don't secretly "work behind the scenes".