May. 13th, 2010

On ENDA

May. 13th, 2010 10:26 am
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So, we finally have a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that protects gender identity as well as sexual orientation. That's a great thing, right?

For the most part, yes... but not entirely.

You see, the bill includes language codifying a "separate but equal", genitally-centered bathroom policy, as a sop to "moderates" who are obsessed with what's in trans people's pants.

*sigh*

Time and again, trans people have fought tooth and nail along with cis LGB people for LGBT rights, only to be screwed over when the notion of trans rights became politically inconvenient. With ENDA, it's happening all over again.

The language doesn't seem likely to change at this point, so I won't hold any of my friends' support of ENDA against them. I can't in good conscience fight for the bill as it stands, but I understand those who do. Federal employment protection for LGBT people is vital, and it's about damn time it's happening. But if you do choose fight for this, please, don't try to ignore or downplay what it will cost.

And don't forget who's paying that cost. Again.
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Indiana might be adopting Arizona's immigration law.

I overheard my boss and his wife talking with a client about the Arizona law, and how it's basically racist and grossly unfair to POC, so at least some people here get it. Alas, I fear that many more don't. I've seen and heard far too many Hoosiers complaining about the "invasion" of "illegals" who are supposedly stealing everyone's jobs and forcing everyone to speak Spanish and blah blah blah. And knowing how conservative the Indiana legislature tends to be, I'm really not expecting them to do the right thing here. :(

So sick of this racist bullshit.

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