T. Kennedy takes ENDA step; T. Community unlikely to applaud
Apparently bored with only dealing with the Clintonites who are pissed that he endorsed Obama, Sen. Ted Kennedy has found a new way to divide progressives' opinions of his political stances. How? Well, the longtime gay rights champion has announced plans to push the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the Senate. But that's not the divisive part. The alienating element is that Tedward, like fellow liberal Mass. lawmaker Barney Frank, is supporting the version of ENDA that leaves the transgender community behind.
Read the AP's full report at link:
Kennedy Targets Job Bias Against Gays [AP via Google]
Speaking about his reasons for incrementalism on this measure, Kennedy tells the AP:
"The fact is that the House of Representatives has taken action," ..."The best opportunity for progress is ... to follow along on the action of the House of Representatives, and then look down the road to a new day after we have a good Democratic Congress and a Democratic president."
Comments to which transgender people everywhere were heard to quip:
"Remind me to never find myself in a life raft with a gay man, a lesbian, and a liberal lawmaker!"
Good as you.
Now if only gays and lesbians everywhere believed this about transpeople.
Y'know, the ones who fought for gay rights. The ones who put up with the transphobia and hate spew coming from gay and lesbian mouths.
The ones who freak and lash out when called on their spew.
The gays and lesbians ned to work hard on making lesbian and gay spaces safer and less hostile for the often gay and lesbian trans sisters and brothers.
Until then, they clamor for special rights, not the just and equal LGBT rights.
Seriously, if an LGB bill comes up to vote... how many gays and lesbians will say "This is wrong! People are being left behind."
They may hand wring, but in the end, they will cover themselves and rationalize leaving the most vulnerable to twist in the wind.
Posted by: lyssa | Apr 9, 2008 8:13:12 PMcomments powered by Disqus