November 03, 2006
Ma'am, your Freudian slip is showing
Posted by: Chris
Judging from the initial reaction to my post criticizing the "trans-jacking" of a bill to protect gay workers, transgender activists are as reasoned and impersonal as ever. At issue is the decision by gay Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) to saddle our hapless Employment Non-Discrimination Act with protections based on "gender identity and expression."
From "Donna" in New Jersey at MyHusbandBetty.com:
Chris Crain strikes again: He must be absolutely insane to think that excluding trans people would get the legislation passed; it doesn't have a snowball's chance of succeeding anyway, even with just gay and lesbian people in it. "Immoral" to make it trans-inclusive? What a dick.
I didn't say it was immoral to make ENDA trans-inclusive; I said it was immoral to hold gay rights hostage until trans rights are also accepted. Despite Donna's dismissal, ENDA came with a single vote of passing 10 years ago, so it's not unreasonable to think it might pass the Senate in the next Congress, and with Democrats likely taking over the House, that would put it on President Bush's desk. I can't help but wonder whether adding trans protections isn't something of a "poison pill" intended to dissuade a Republican president from signing gay rights legislation backed by an overwhelming majority of the U.S. public.
Then, this gem from "Michelle" in Phoenix, also on MyHusbandBetty, who agrees I'm "a dickhead" (so much penis obsession from those who've had theirs clipped!), a "Brooks Bros type" and "buckwheat":
Look, it's not you button downed, straight acting gay guys who are getting the crap kicked outta them (and worse). We're on the sharp end precisely because we transgress gender in a very public way. Much of America has progressed to the point (thank goodness) where they couldn’t give a shit what you do with your significant other behind closed doors. Hell even PDA's are getting to be no big deal. But step out into the sunlight as a leather dyke on the way to transguy or a fem tranny in a sundress. Do I gotta fuckin spell it out for you Crain?
Actually, Michelle, no you don't. A gang of seven men spelled it out for me and my boyfriend in Amsterdam, a place that is supposedly much more gay-friendly than the U.S. This "Brooks Bros type" was merely walking down the sidewalk (in his Hugo Boss leather jacket), engaging in "PDA" that consisted of holding hands, and I got two black eyes and a broken nose to show for it.
So rather than play the "I'm-more-oppressed" game, I'd prefer we try to get passed whatever protections we can in an incremental way. As I pointed out in my original post, and at least one trans activist has agreed, existing federal civil rights laws have already been interpreted by some judges to protect trans workers. The protection isn't universal, but it's certainly more than gay workers have.
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