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Craig McGaughan 
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Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

There are so many false narratives in the article and among these comments that it's laughable. I met with the pride center, there's no hate on the Mister Sister Facebook page, the comments deleted were either false statements or insanely derogatory or threatening. No one said that the trans town hall couldn't be recorded. It was a public meeting. Although considering the content, I'd be concerned that it was recorded as well.
Rachel, I'm not upset that "you" have chosen to go elsewhere. I'm upset that "you" (and your mob) have chosen to lie, label, insult, threaten and bully myself and others to the point where people have literally been made to fear coming to Mister Sister. Many times hidden behind anonymous profiles while you call out people by name and even where they work.
There's also something among these comments that's so infuriating, it really shows that you folks are much more concerned with your agenda and trying to bully people into your ideology than you are with the very people you claim to represent. You don't support trans folks, you support yourselves.
There's a very thorough post on the Mister Sister Facebook page that fully explains my feelings regarding what's going on here. See the shamefully anonymous "jeanlou" comment for the link.

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Posted by Craig McGaughan on 06/18/2017 at 11:53 PM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

Hi Jeanlou,

Unless there's a fake site posted on Facebook, I'm unsure of what you're referring to. There's no hate allowed from ANYONE on the Mister Sister Facebook page.

Craig

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Posted by Craig McGaughan on 06/17/2017 at 12:48 AM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

Hi Elena-

First, a little known fact is that we (including the Pride Center) had agreed that due to the contentious nature of the situation, it was best for me not to attend.
I was given a copy of the recording and it was explained to me that no video or photographs were allowed into the meeting. I accepted the recording because I felt it was important to hear the voices that were there. I have listened to the meeting in its entirety several times and it was only addresssed that no video or photographs were permitted. I of course respect all of the attendees privacy and have never shared the recording with anyone.

Thank you Elena, for being respectful in your response and questioning.
I've been happy to engage in healthy conversation with anyone that has approach me in a mutually respectful manner.
For anyone questioning my "silence", falsely accusing me of lying or belittling anyone or being aggressive or anyone digging deep to manufacture an "alternative fact" in a fault finding mission without taking the time to speak with, question and understand me, I will disengage. It's unproductive and hurtful for all of us. And as a learning curve, I'd gamble to say the least effective way for someone to get their way is by attacking and insulting someone.

Craig

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Posted by Craig McGaughan on 06/15/2017 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

Hi Elena,

I agree with your points and I'm sorry if my comment seemed as though I was using anyone's memory as a defense. I also believe that being an ally to anyone is not a competition.

Please let me clarify. I'm asking, why are we choosing to attack one another during a time of pride and remembrance? I feel it's disrespectful to those we have lost and those we are celebrating by infighting during this time.

I also don't choose to speak about what I have done as an ally through support or philanthropy as a defense of the Mister Sister name. I feel that's inappropriate and those that I affect, know that I love and support them. The point I'm trying to make is, why has this writer chosen to attack me and Mister Sister out of the blue? If it's in support of trans folks, I'd be glad to talk about what we've each done because if this is his only action, it seems listless and I'd be happy to brainstorm some more direct and productive ways to be an ally.

Craig McGaughan
Mister Sister

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Posted by Craig McGaughan on 06/15/2017 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

Pamela,

By stating that you checked in with Jordan and reviewed his reporting and that you talked with Molly who covered the trans town hall, you're claiming that it's acceptable for a reporter to speak with only one source and print it as fact. You're also claiming that Molly's account of the town hall is fact and there was no communication breakdown between her experience and Jordans writing of a piece that so clearly came from a very emotional perspective.

I'd be happy to meet with you and Jordan and discuss, with evidence, the meeting with the pride center including Josie, Bridget, Maura and myself. It was very amicable and ended in hugs all the way around. I also have audio recording of the entire trans town hall that I'd be happy to review with you.

I find it troubling that you so easily support a writer that clearly did not effectively research his subject and chose to rely on hearsay, claiming it as fact. But what I find most troubling is that Jordan has chosen to approach this story with a tone of such anger, and cynicism toward another gay person just 2 days after the anniversary of the Pulse Massacre in Orlando and during Pride month. Does not liking the name make acceptable his hateful vitriol? No one at 7d had the wherewithal to question this? Or Does Jordan's passion come from being a staunch trans activist? I'm curious, because I'd gladly compare notes on how we have each supported the trans community over the past month, year or even 5 years. Or is he just choosing to write something as an "I'll get him", giggling with his buddies as he dupes you and uses Seven Days to spread his own agenda? Credibility lost.

Craig McGaughan
Mister Sister

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Posted by Craig McGaughan on 06/15/2017 at 6:02 PM

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