Oh no! Not another ENDA post!
Yes another ENDA post but it's a short one.
By now, I am sure everyone is aware of how the House of Representatives is gutting the ENDA bill due to the reluctance of some members to support the part about our transgender brothers and sisters.
Apparently anti-gay industry instigations about "she-males" wanting jobs in churches and "300 pound linebackers" dressing in drag and using the women's bathroom is getting to some people.
I don't like how the House Democrats acted.
I understand it, but I don't have to like it.
Strangely though, the anti-gay industry seems to be silent as to how their scare tactics worked. I think a lot of them are either reeling from the low attendance of their "Values Summit" or attending the Folsom Street Fair.
Be sure to take some interesting pictures, Peter.
I have a feeling that the lgbt community has not heard the last of the Folsom Street Fair controversy. Poll numbers and experts show that the anti-gay industry pissed away the advantage they gained from the 2004 elections.
Well that could have been easily predicted.
I am sure that in the coming weeks, we can probably expect to hear more about "she-males" and men in leather.
I sincerely hope that some of us in pursuit of "personal freedom" don't provide the anti-gay industry with ammunition that could destroy us all.
There is one thing though about this fight over ENDA that I am very proud of. I was wrong (so far) about "brutally honest" gay folks who would use the opportunity to voice their prejudices about the transgender community and play into the hands of the anti-gay industry.
From what I have seen, lgbts (major organizations included) have formed a united front in defending the dignity of our transgender brothers and sisters.
Let's see more of that unity in defending those in our community who don't fit the personfication of a "perfect lgbt."
But at the end of the day, we would do best to remember that it's all politics.
And politics is like sticking your hand in a pile of manure in search of a diamond.
When you find the diamond, how in the heck do you get the smell off of your hand?