By the way, Michael meant to write "ENDA," not "EDNA."
"The proper thing for trans activists and people like Alex to do would be to wish us well and to push for a bill that will pass. If and when it does pass, and if the president signs the bill, then we’ll celebrate. When that’s done, we’ll start pushing for the inclusion of other sexual minorities in the EDNA."
Whoever "EDNA" is, I don't think she'll be thrilled if all the sexual minorities in the world want to be included in her!
For those of you who don't know, here's a definition of ENDA, according to Wikipedia...
"The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), introduced as H.R. 2015 in the 110th United States Congress on April 24, 2007, is a proposed U.S. federal law that would prohibit discrimination against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill provides employment protections similar to those of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (also known as "Title VII"), but specifically directed to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees. The bill is different from Title VII in that it contains exemptions for religious organizations and specific provisions about employer dress codes.
"On September 27, 2007, a revised version of the ENDA was presented to the House by Rep. Barney Frank. The revised version of the bill no longer includes language regarding protections for transgendered people. The September version of ENDA has been protested by the majority of LGBT rights organizations with the exception of the Human Rights Campaign."
Good ol' HRC. Always backing away when we need 'em most!
Anyway, check out the debate if you like. Here's just a little sample of my response to Michael's post...
"You describing the 'proper thing for trans activists and people like Alex to do' - - which, according to you, would be for them to bow out graciously so the rest of us can have our rights inside while they remain outside - - sounds to me like you’re telling the trans community…
"'Sure, you can stay at the party. We don’t WANT you here and the party would be SO much better if you left, but you can stay. I would NEVER ask you to leave. I’m a nice person that way.'"