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Baltimore OUTloud and Transgender Women

UPDATE: 08-24-2012

A DMCA notice was sent for the screenshots that were captured from Brennan’s Facebook page! The hypocrisy! This is what she does on her own blogs all the time. What this tells me is that this article struck a nerve with her so I have removed the images and replaced them with text.

I have recently started to participate in activism for equality, which includes for everyone, not just a specific community. As I began to dive into these waters, I had no idea just how infested it would be with sharks. I have come across some of the most horrific transphobia I have ever seen and it is from within the LGBT community.

It didn’t take long to discover one of the most vicious transphobes on the Internet, Cathy Brennan, who is a lawyer and partner at Hudson Cook, LLP. She is a self-identified radical lesbian separatist who’s entire agenda seems to contain mostly anti-trans activism. She owns several sites that are extremely transphobic.

Trigger Warning! Extreme Transphobia and abusive behavior. Do not engage her.


I noticed she has a column on Balitmore OUTloud called “Ladybug’s Political Smackdown” which has enabled her to post transphobic articles in a newspaper that pushes equality for the LGBT community. There are not many LGBT organizations that would allow something like this and it is perplexing to know that the managing editor, Dana LaRocca, is a trans woman. It seems that she is good friends with Ms. Brennan.

About Baltimore OUTloud

Baltimore OUTloud is the premiere independant voice of the queer community of Baltimore, Maryland, Delaware, and Southern Pennsylvania. Published bi-weekly every other Friday in Baltimore, we are the dynamic source for all that is important to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning community. We provide comprehensive news, provocative opinions, and the latest in local entertainment.

In print and on the Web, Baltimore OUTloud extends an open forum for the LGBT community and its straight allies to express their independant views about the significant issues affecting our community. Our staff of journalists in conjunction with a strong cadre of columnists offer readers a substantive depiction of local and national news impacting our community, as well as in-depth analysis of the events and people behind them.

Someone sent me a screenshot from Cathy Brennan’s Facebook page this morning. If you are not aware of who Cathy Brennan is, she is a leader of a group of radical feminists who’s main agenda surrounds transgender women.

Ms. Brennan’s Facebook page is public and I went to take a look and saw she posted a link to an article located on one of her many sites. The first comment left was from Dana LaRocca telling Ms. Brennan that it hasn’t been posted on Baltimore OUTloud because of a password issue. She states that it is her own newspaper. It seems she was a bit distraught that she was not able to get Brennan’s transphobic article published.

BTW, Brennan’s avatar captions says “Sorry about your dick”. I don’t think I have to explain the motivation behind this. LaRocca seems to have no problem with that and I suspect that she thinks that Cathy isn’t directing the offensive meme towards her, which is not true. It seems she is in denial.

IMAGE REMOVED and replaced with text

Cathy Brennan
Sex Matters
Posted “You Don’t Know Dick ” to her Facebook page.

Dana LaRocca responds

“Sorry this hasn’t been posted to the paper yet. Sum dick reset my password and I no longer have access to my own newspaper”

Below, is from a post to Brennan’s Facebook page, apparently from another blog. And again, LaRocca is the first to make a comment “Males don’t understand what you say Cathy”. Is Dana LaRocca using the word “men” to mean trans women (other than herself)? Cathy is referring specifically to trans women and Ms. LaRocca was making a comment pertaining to the screed Brennan posted. I can’t be the only one that finds this incredibly bizarre! Again, this is from the managing editor (maybe the owner) of Baltimore OUTloud!
” rather accommodate one another with mutual respect.” Has LaRocca called out Brennan on her unapologetic transphobia? If she has, I haven’t found evidence of it yet.

“It should be obvious at this point that queer ideology butts up against womyn’s liberation in a million different ways. We can’t even agree on what a woman is. Feminists are trying to delineate a group (womyn) so that they can point and say, “this group is being treated like shit and something needs to be done about it.” Queer people are saying, “but these males (transwomen) are in that group, to

o!” They are so focused on validating the “identities” of a bunch of men that they can’t or won’t see the difference between throwing on a dress and wanting to be treated as a feminine person with being expected to be a fucktoy for men, a baby-making machine, a cute, submissive airhead, and generally oppressed as a female from birth onward. The misunderstanding of/glorification of gender, the body-negative preoccupation with surgery and hormones, the overlap with the pro-BDSM, pro-prostitution, pro-porn “sex positive” community, and the general unwillingness to analyze anything anyone does are other anti-feminist issues.”—
from “What Wrong With The Queer Community” by lesbianplusfeministThis whole post was great, I think anyone who hasn’t read it should. The queer community is a cess pool of pathological self absorption and woman hating politics that allows straights in drag to impose themselves on gays while saying we oppress them. Why anyone thinks queer ideology can lead to dismantling patriarchy and capitalism is beyond me. Systems of power can’t be genderfucked their way out of.(via medusasseveredhead)


Dana LaRocca Males don’t understand what you say Cathy, in the same way that a person wearing rose colored glasses can’t see the red spectrum. In the LGBT world, we should see this as an offence against the rainbow, not that the rainbow really exists. “Diversity” is just a comfy word used to pretend that differences should assimilate, rather accommodate one another with mutual respect.
Equality Maryland is Maryland’s largest LGBT civil rights group, with thousands of members across the entire state. Equality Maryland includes:
  • a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization that lobbies in Annapolis and across the state to create equal protection under the law for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Marylanders and their families;
  • a 501(c)(3) educational foundation that works to eliminate prejudice and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity through outreach, education, research, community organizing, training and coalition building; and
  • Equality Maryland PAC, which exists to influence elections.

What We Do

Equality Maryland works to secure and protect the rights of LGBT Marylanders by promoting legislative initiatives on the state, county and municipal levels. Our professional lobbyists and legislative team work with our allies in the General Assembly to shape and pass positive legislation in Annapolis and to beat back discriminatory legislation.

Equality Maryland’s sister arm, the Equality Maryland Foundation, works to eliminate prejudice and discrimination against LGBT Marylanders through outreach, education, research, community organizing, training and coalition building.

  • We act as an advocate for LGBT Marylanders.
  • We aim to empower ordinary citizens to become extraordinary activists.
  • We work to provide a strong and unified voice for LGBT concerns in the media.
  • We will tirelessly toil until equal protection under the law has been achieved for all members of our diverse community.

Is it possible that Equality Maryland hasn’t seen the transphobic articles on Baltimore OUTloud? I guess that is possible. I would hate to think that Equality Maryland would see this and continue participating with the newspaper.

Equality Maryland Banner on Front Page
Equality Maryland Banner On Front Page
I sincerely hope that Dana LaRocca is not the owner of this newspaper because she needs to be replaced. I hope that Equality Maryland will reach out to Baltimore OUTloud and voice their concerns with Brennan’s column. I posted a link to their Facebook page and got no response, so this may end up requiring a petition.
There is not place for homophobia and/or transphobia in the LGBT community. We have too many people out there who wants us all to jump back in the closet or even worse, die. We need to work together.

*Editor’s Note*

Fair Use Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107

Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Section 107 also sets out four factors to be considered in determining whether or not a particular use is fair.


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  1. Reblogged this on tambrosia.

    Comment by tambrosia | August 17, 2012 | Reply

  2. Seriously, grow up, Cathy is just standing up for the rights of females instead of for your special snowflake gender identity.

    Comment by Lucille | August 17, 2012 | Reply

    • Grow up? What an incredibly mature response. Thanks for stopping by. Can you share this with your friends? Thank you!

      Comment by equalmeansequal | August 17, 2012 | Reply

  3. I see no transphobia or homophobia in Brennans’ blogging. She is a feminist and looking out for women and lesbians. Women and lesbians have been poorly treated in LGBT circles, especially since the rise of genderism and transgender activists – who seem to have more in common with MRAs than women in their interests. If it seems that radical feminists are spending too much time arguing with transwomen, it is because transwomen are unable to hear the truth about biology and the patriarchy and gender roles. And so they attack speakers of truth with threats and vitriole.

    Comment by Carolyn in Baltimore | August 21, 2012 | Reply

  4. Although, I don’t agree with everything Cathy has said or written, of course not…it seems to me…
    The “cotton ceiling” is what started this clusterfuck. And I am vehemently against the ideas put forth by the ‘cotton ceiling’ crowd. The idea is that lesbians should want transwomen whether or not they have bottom surgery. That we are somehow not accepting transwomen if we can’t find a way to wrap our head and mouths around wanting dick. I don’t want dick. Whether it is on someone identified as a man or woman or transgender or intersex or even a dildo on a wbw dyke. I want a pussy and that is fine. There should be no argument. No reason to meet and discuss how someone can convince me to want dick. There are straight men all over the world that would love to join such a conversation. It is oppression, plain and simple.
    If a gay man is not interested in a transman…that is okay. Suck it up. Move on with your life. I don’t see gay transmen meeting to discuss how to convince gay cismen to sleep with them. I am trans. Sometimes, my masculinity does not work for some lesbians…fine…I move on. There are plenty of people to go around. It is sad and pathetic to need to convince someone to sleep with you. Not to mention, wrong.
    I love pussy that came out of the box as a pussy. This is who I am and I demand to be left alone to the beauty and glorious laser-like focus of my desire. I am only attracted to femme-identified folk that are women born women. And Cathy has stood up for my right to want what I want and not be harassed. Thanks, Cathy!

    Cathy’s issue is NOT with transwomen in general. She is a trans ally and someone I have known for over two decades. Her issue and my issue is with transwomen harassing women that aren’t attracted to them. Our issue is going to be with ANYONE of any identification harassing women that aren’t attracted to them.

    If, Ms. Rocca, is indeed friends with Cathy like me…It is probably because she, like me, respects people’s desire and doesn’t want anyone forced or convinced or badgered or shamed into wanting something that is not authentic to/for them.

    Comment by Jai Brooks | August 21, 2012 | Reply

    • Obviously you haven’t been following Brennan’s blogs. She is no ally to the trans community. And can you tell me where in this article that I said I agreed with the cotton ceiling? Nope, not there.

      Comment by cyberbullywatch | August 24, 2012 | Reply

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