BOSTON: Mayor Marty Walsh Raises Trans Pride Flag Over City Hall As Middle Finger To NOM’s Hate Bus

Patch reports:

Boston is responding to the arrival of the anti-transgender “Free Speech Bus” by raising a transgender flag at City Hall in an act of solidarity. Mayor Marty Walsh had the flag raised around 1 p.m. after saying “we are always going to support our transgender community and defend their fundamental rights.”

The “Free Speech Bus” rolled into town earlier in the morning. The bus has made its way through several states spreading its message of, well, pretty much what it says on the side of the bus: “Itโ€™s biology: Boys are boys…and always will be. Girls are girls…and always will be. You canโ€™t change sex. Respect all.”

There was a small group of protestors that greeted the bus as it arrived at the State House this morning, The Boston Globe reports. “We will not be intimated by discrimination or harassment,” Baker said in front of City Hall.

  • Bad Tom

    That’s our Marty! Very proud of him.

    “Respect everyone,” it says on their hate bus, Except for transgendered people. They’re not too keen on us gays, either.
    Edited for clarity.

    • Tiger Quinn

      You mean the other side, not trans people right?

      • Bad Tom

        Yes. The “Respect everyone” is a quote from the side of their bus.

      • The_Wretched

        The “Everyone” in question is from the bus side and means just the christian bigots. The rest of the population doesn’t count.

  • bkmn
  • swimboy

    Jeez, why doesn’t the bus say “Fuck you freaks! Respect all.” It would be easier for their mentally-challenged target audience to understand.

  • perversatile

    The vehicular equivalent of ‘a ship of fools’.

  • bkmn
  • Rex

    Freedom of speech gives them every right to do this.
    It also gives me the right to tell ’em to fuck off.

    • Tiger Quinn

      Or light it up. Fire solves all problems perfectly.

      • Silver Badger

        Fire purifies.

  • Tiger Quinn

    I would light this thing on fire so fast.

    • Lawerence Collins

      Which, this thing?

      • Tiger Quinn

        The bus. Trans people aren’t things. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Well, they are, but not “its.”)

        • Canadian Observer

          Really bad for the environment… burning rubber and upholstery and such release a lot of toxins. Passengers on the bus, not so much. Care to borrow a lighter?

        • Lawerence Collins

          Read your own first post. The one I replyed to.

  • PickyPecker
  • bkmn
    • zhera

      Oh Morgan. I โ™ฅ you!

  • mr wonderful

    Marty Walsh is awesome!

  • The_Wretched

    When the religious loons claim biology is on their side ( โ€œItโ€™s biology: Boys are”), they are either wrong, lying or both. Biology doesn’t support any of their religion.

    • i know, right? it’s jeebus this and jeebus that, until they discover that they need to pay attention to science (and interpret it incorrectly) to support their bullshit.

      • McSwagg

        They “cherry pick” science as badly as they “cherry pick” scripture, quoting only what supports their bias and bigotry.

    • That’s why they hate science so, it disproves their entire bronze age religion.

      • acde

        You are too generous in your evaluation – it is more a stone age religion: you know where thunder is god clapping or farting or some such thing.

        • Chucktech

          The nuns said it was the angels bowling.

    • zhera

      They hate science from the beginning. Only when they can twist an argument out of pseudo-science are they willing to say ‘It’s science! Look! We’re using YOUR methods against you!” Except that’s not what they’re doing at all.

    • KnownDonorDad

      Also, they can’t claim to support biology and then deny evolution. Well, not without being completely disingenuous.

  • Friday

    That’s my frickin’ town! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • BearEyes

      the flag raising’s a wicked pissah.

  • perversatile
    • another_steve

      Ooh… that gives me the creeps. :-/

      That phenomenon is a real thing in snowy regions. Causes some fairly serious accidents.

      • perversatile

        ”Causes some fairly serious accidents”
        hence the ‘Hopes and Prayers’.

      • Ginger Snap

        Yup here in New England.

  • james1200

    This is the kind of shit that makes me proud to be from Boston! Take that rednecks of New Hampshire!

    • bkmn

      I used to work in Lowell. They have quite a few massholes there.

      • BearEyes

        old stomping grounds – spent many a day in the Towers

        • bkmn

          My old office was on the other end, near the Squallmart in Chelmsford – the city boundaries must have been drawn by a bunch of drunks.

      • james1200

        For those who want to know how to identify us Massholes, you can’t always tell by how we talk but there are clues to look for. 1) an obsession with the Pats/Red Sox is the first clue 2) and this is the most important thing to look for, an obsession with how bad the weather is. All we talked about at work this morning was the nor’easter coming this weekend and how it’s another April Fools Day storm but this will be ever worse (it won’t), blah, blah, weather, blah.

        • KnownDonorDad

          I have never lived in a more sports-obsessed city. It’s pretty amazing.

    • M Jackson

      I love the drive up Cape Ann to Rockport. And a stop in Concord for the cemetery.

      • Bluto

        Picking up or dropping off?

  • zhera

    NOM’s new slogan:

    “We obsess about children’s genitalia.”

    Go Boston!

    • safari

      It is a change from obsessing over adult genitals.

    • Tawreos

      It is kind of surprising that they go so catholic priest

    • lattebud

      Easier than doing the things Jesus tales about…. caring for the ill, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless. And so much less messy

  • i dare them to come to my hood. we’ll pelt them with rotten eggs.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    OT, but I just found this. Why was this not circulated more during the recent Obamacare repeal debacle? I was very aware of the pre-existing conditions portion of the ACA, the kids staying on their parents’ insurance and the subsidies for lower income groups, and I thought I was more informed than the average voter about the ACA, but I was really surprised to find out that there is such a large economic gender disparity in what we had before Obamacare.

    P.S. Special Knucklehead Awards go to Wyoming and Arkansas.

  • skyweaver

    Your finish is “respect everyone”?

  • another_steve

    Love to Joe for incorporating “middle finger” into a blog post title.

  • billbear1961
  • Tawreos

    I seem to remember a time when being so boastful of your hate was not considered a good thing…or was that just the alcohol messing with my mind?

  • shivadog

    It really pisses me off that they put “respect all” on a bus that is dedicated to disrespecting and marginalizing people. Hypocritical bastards.

    • Friday

      The Catholic Right enjoys trying psychological doublebinds.

  • Archie

    It is very shocking to read this post. What a hateful name they have given to the “Free Speech Bus” I’m so impressed that the Mayor of Boston is able to make such a stand. In Scotland in 2008, our SNP government (so called ‘nationalists’) brought in new Sex Discrimination Regulations to outlaw discrimination when providing goods or services to transsexual people. It’s the main reason that Scotland was declared the best place for LGBT protection laws in Europe. Trans people can marry and reassignment surgery is free from our National Health Service. Seeing such hate as expressed by the unspeakable bus people leaves me lost for words. Of course the changes in laws don’t guarantee that transphobia is absent. On the contrary it is alive and kicking here. But maybe diminishing a bit as haters learn that it is generally regarded as unacceptable. I’m so glad to see that there is such an encouraging push-back over there. That, at least is heartwarming.

    • another_steve

      The haters here are feeling empowered these days.

      Their man is in the White House.

  • Silver Badger

    National Organization for Marriage equates to transgender people how?

    • because white jesus.

    • Chucktech

      That’s because they lost their asses on marriage and they need a new shtick. Otherwise they’d have to go out of business. And we can’t have THAT, now, can we?

  • Lazycrockett

    Marty’s a good one.

  • Lars Littlefield

    NOM shows up with a bus in downtown Boston and immediately begins making friends by blocking traffic? LOLOLOLOLO!

  • TheManicMechanic

    That’s solidarity at its finest.

  • Clive Johnson

    Hey NOM, how do you like those apples?

  • KnownDonorDad


  • djcoastermark

    Thank Mayor Walsh, and I will stand with you any dang time to give nom et al , the finger anytime !

  • JCF

    “Faine Greenwood @faineg Hey, it’s the Cavalcade of Tragic People With Too Much Free Time at Cambridge Common! We’re protesting #freespeechbus”

    Was anyone else confused by this Tweet, until you read the one below it? Faine Greenwood, look up “disambiguation”.

  • Ginger Snap

    Hey, North Carolina this is how you stand up for all your citizens.

  • greenmanTN

    There is a trans flag? I really don’t mean that to be a rude question, but this the first time I’ve heard about it.

    • William of Glynn

      News to me, too.

  • Robert Anthony

    Fuck you “Hate Bus”.