Friday, October 12, 2007

Barney Frank's ENDA Press Conference

Yesterday Representative Barney Frank held a press conference. The clip is below.

Here's the bottom line, as far as I'm concerned. If we leave our transgender brothers and sisters behind, they will have to wait many, many years before they are afforded their due freedom from workplace discrimination. If we stick together, we may be able to achieve equality for all of us in the very near future. If not in this congressional session, than in the next. We've waited far too long to compromise, and we must remember that transgender workers suffer the worst discrimination. We simply can't leave them behind. As much as I admire Congressman Barney Frank, on this issue, he is tragically wrong.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As a transgender I am highly disappointed in Mr. Frank and the HRC. In September I was at a conference where Joe Salomese made a PROMISE that HRC would not support an ENDA without transgender inclusion. Obviously he and Mr. Frank have got what they want. But it has to pass the Senate yet. The transgenders who are active as I was are not going to stand still. If we need to campaign against the ENDA as it is currently written, we will. Think how the news stations and the conservative right would like to see transpeople campaigning against ENDA.

For all those that disagree just remember it wasn't until a few years ago that HRC ever mentioned transgender. And where was your support for an inclusive ENDA now? Once they got our donations that was it. I have tried to be active in Pride and HERA, no more. Suffice it to say that the schism in the community is now definite and permanent as far as many transgenders are concerned.

Good luck with your agenda, you're going to need it.