Transsexual Castration Cult Loses 5 Year Legal Battle

August 23, 2012

Platine, getting his goddess on. From the NewYorkTimes.

Is adherence to sex-role stereotypes a faith-based religion? Some transgenders say yes, and worthy of religious property tax exemption. After a multi-year legal battle, the NY State Supreme Court has declined to authorize property tax exemption for the IRS registered 501©(3) non-profit Transsexual Church  “The Maetreum of Cybele, Magna Mater, Inc”, formerly “Gallae Central House Inc”.

The Catskills transsexual castration cult was founded by longtime transgender activist Cathryn Platine, a man who also uses the public monikers Catkisser, RadicalBitch, and “Reverend Mother Battakes: Transsexual Pagan Priestess: Battakes of the Maetreum of Cybele”. [hahaha I love that-GM] Although granted tax exempt status from the federal government for his transsexual church, Greene County NY officials declined to grant property tax exemption for the Reverend Mother’s residence after a prolonged legal battle, even though rites to the goddess Cybele are held there.

Why the goddess Cybele? The pagan cult of Cybele was, uniquely, a cult of castrated males. Cybele had a priesthood of castrated male eunuchs called the “Galli” that were referred to as “priestesses”, and Cybele also had a castrated male consort named Attis, who was  worshipped. It’s the original pagan Pretendbian cult!

From “Maarten J. Vermaseren, Cybele and Attis: the myth and the cult, translated by A. M. H. Lemmers, London: Thames and Hudson, 1977: “The Galli castrated themselves during an ecstatic celebration called the Dies sanguinis, or “Day of Blood”, which took place on March 24. At the same time they put on women’s costume, mostly yellow in colour, and a sort of turban, together with pendants and ear-rings. They also wore their hair long, and bleached, and wore heavy make-up. They wandered around with followers, begging for charity, in return for which they were prepared to tell fortunes. On the day of mourning for Attis they ran around wildly and dishevelled. They performed dances to the music of pipes and tambourines, and, in an ecstasy, flogged themselves until they bled.”

Sculpture of Castrated Male Priestess

According to Platine : “Our theology starts from the simplest basis: That the Divine Feminine principle is the basis of the universe. That all of us, all that we encounter is Her in the aggregate. We are all the Great Mother learning about Herself. From this simple beginning springs our organizational models, our rituals, the principles of what we call Wholistic Feminism, our mission of charitable outreach and indeed the way we, as Cybelines, live our lives. We are sometimes called the “scholarly Cybelines” because we have invested many years of strict historical research in order to embrace the essence of what proved to be literally the oldest surviving religion in the world.”

Some of Platine’s “Wholistic Feminism”

Platine alleged that his property, the three story historic formal Central House Inn on three acres of property located on heavily traveled route 23a was a shrine to the goddess Cybelle. The feds disagreed, and declined tax exempt property status, finding that the locale was primarily a residence for Platine and company.

From the Watershed Post: “[T]he primary and predominant use of the property was to provide cooperative housing for a small group of individuals, with the religious and charitable uses of the property merely incidental to this residential use,” [Judge] Platkin wrote.

The judge wrote that the property’s temple area, where regular rituals were held, made up only a small part of the entire parcel. He wrote that the rest of the 12-room former inn is used as living quarters for the religion’s members, only three of whom live there full-time.”

In one hilarious exchange in a 2010 article in the local Greene County Daily Mail Platine alleges that local authorities simply fail to recognize the religious underpinnings of most of the home’s décor:

“According to Platine, a tour of the property by town officials, including Vincelette, yielded, to them, little sign of religious iconography.

Though to an unfamiliar vision, and without knowledge of their significance, Platine said, the Cybelline themes and traditional pagan symbols abounding throughout the hotel property may seem obscure.

“Here is a Minoan lily,” Platine said as she pointed to an inconspicuous hand-painted blue and yellow flower on the kitchen’s wooden bar.”

“[Judge] Platkin also dismissed the Matreum’s argument that it deserved a tax exemption on non-religious grounds because it offers free emergency housing to women and transgendered women. The house’s use as an emergency shelter is too “limited and infrequent” to qualify on charitable grounds, the judge wrote.” 

Playing “Little Edie” to Platine’s “Big Edie” at the decaying Catskills transgender Grey Gardens inn (which the NewYork Times gently described as “increasingly decrepit”) is the interesting and historically significant Caillean McMahon.

Cai is apparently a psychiatrist and is the purported author behind prolific fake internet lesbian (and wealthy jet-setting international human rights attorney and captain of the Spanish armada, haha!) sock-puppet “Maureen Hennessey”. He was also the plaintiff [Tronetti v. Healthnet Lakeshore Hosp 2003] in what was arguably one of the most important legal cases in the modern transgender movement, a case whose ruling will long outlive the noxious anti-female “gender identity” classification that is now being challenged by feminist and women’s rights legal experts. Like the recent  Vandizer Elizabeth Glenn 11th Circuit ruling widely celebrated as historic in the LGBT movement for affirming the rights to free gender expression under existing title VII sex-based equality protections (as opposed to codifying and enshrining anti-female sex-role stereotypes into law as “gender identity” does), Tronetti/McMahon successfully won his 2003 second circuit NY case which explicitly ruled that transgenders are protected under Title VII on the basis of sex , not gender discrimination.

Cai and his daughter also maintain a telegraph museum with working telegraph on the grounds of Platine’s gender church, where Cai produces painstakingly accurate reproductions of historical documents related to telegraphy and commuter trains.

If I was a budding documentary filmmaker- well actually I’d be filming heterosexual male transvestic lesbophobe MRAs attacking lesbians at Dyke Marches. But my second choice would be Grey Gardens 2013 at the decaying manse of the Church of the Castrated Men. Any takers? Not only would they make fascinating subject for a cult documentary but perhaps with the increased visibility Platine and company could charge admission to the estate and run things like a proper roadside attraction,  amusing and mystifying weary Catskills “seekers” looking for a respite from their spiritual touristing at any of the neighboring “Eat Pray Love” cult compounds. There is simply no excuse that someone as commitedly whackadoodle as Cathryn Plantine and company should have to struggle for nickels when the market for crackpottery has never been stronger.

Seriously what is wrong with the transgender community that they will chip-in thousands of dollars to disgusting predators and pornmongers like Tobi Hill-Meyers and yet leave insane fabulists like The Reverend Mother WhateverTheFuck Platine to go to dust trying to maintain a weird decrepit inn housing a stupid religiousy thing that never hurt anyone [as far as we yet know, the backyard diggings have not yet begun-GM]? Priorities, people.

All you autogynephillic IT magnates and coders, put aside the fake lesbian porn for long enough to extract a few dollars from your facial feminization savings account and send a few bucks to Platine. Spend well, spend large, and support a truly unique example of Americana and religious kookassery.

One of Platine’s followers.

You can read the court decision here, although I can’t imagine why you’d want to:

 http://www.scribd.com/doc/102416752/Matreum-v-Catskill-Decision

9 Responses to “Transsexual Castration Cult Loses 5 Year Legal Battle”

  1. autumn11 Says:

    This is a source of great outrage in the wider Pagan community. Many see this as discrimination against a minority religion.

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wildhunt/2012/08/pagan-community-notes-maetreum-of-cybele-loses-case-m-macha-nightmare-leaves-reclaiming-new-alexandrian-library-raises-funds-and-spiral-scouts-step-up.html

    Meanwhile the wider Pagan community is shunning and viciously attacking actual female elders who want to practice in female only groups or who offer female only workshops at public events:

    http://www.sourcememory.net/veleda/?p=486

    The Wild Hunt link above also mentions elder Macha Nightmare leaving the tradition she founded. Someone in the comments accuses *her* of transphobia, too, something she denies.

  2. autumn11 Says:

    Btw, I think your write up is hilarious. I’m just dismayed at the hypocrisy and woman-hating in the wider Pagan community and the dearth of any kind of critical analysis of the militant transactivist agenda. This is actually what drove me to your blog in the first place.🙂

    Once upon a time, women embraced Goddess-centered religions as an alternative to patriarchy, but now the Pagan community in America seems to be becoming as patriarchal and as intolerant of women elders as mainstream religion . . .

    • hearthrising Says:

      I agree autumn11. I am sick about the sexism and ageism that is rampant in the “pagan community.” Our goddess-centered, woman-only tradtition has always been attacked strongly. The reasons change, but the song remains the same. I wish this “Reverend Mother” in the article well in practicing her religion. To my knowledge, pagans before this case have not tried to stretch the tax code exemption to the point of exempting our primary residence (even though that’s primarily where we worship). It would have been a great precedent for all pagans if it had worked out, but I’m not surprised that it didn’t.

  3. Bev Jo Says:

    Thank you, again, Gallus! This is so funny. And it’s true about the support for worse trans. Still, as much as I don’t believe in goddesses or gods, I do identify with Wicca in a number of ways, including that one of the original Lesbians Wiccan advocates is still strong in the fight against allowing males into her rituals and culture (Z. Budapest). She’s going through the usual hell they put us through for saying no.

    Every way that men try to appropriate female identity and culture is not good. So I do not wish Mr. “Mother” well.

  4. KittyBarber Says:

    “…the backyard diggings have not yet begun…” ha ha ha hahahahahahaha!!!

  5. Leslea Says:

    Seems to me that this could be seen as religious persecution. Just because those investigating don’t KNOW what to look for, they dismiss it? Just because members live there doesn’t make it any less legitimate than a monastery.

    Then again, I find this group no more OR less batshit insane than any other religion…


  6. Came to this blog after reading
    “Was Janice Raymond Right?
    Why trans people are often their own worst enemies”
    by Cathryn Platine.
    She agrees with same criticisms that some Radical Feminist has of the Transgender movement and that it is misogynistic and anti feminist.
    It’s too bad transsexual women were run out of Radfem circles, if they were here today, no one with a dress and penis would be getting away with calling themselves a woman.


  7. Also, what’s so wrong with encouraging men to cut off their testicles? I’m sure many men would be happier for it and some probably know they should cut their testicles off to make atonement for rape. Reduces prostate cancer risk too.


  8. She also wrote this

    Respecting Womens Spaces
    by Rev. Cathryn Platine
    http://gallae.com/cathy/Respecting.html

    She takes the same position as Radical Feminist on the need for woman only spaces.


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