ENDA action ongoing

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Is this legible? If not, just go to Bellini’s Here and Now VLOG Blog to get the scoop. This evening he’s posting an interview he did this afternoon with NGLTF’s Matt Forman on the strategic questions regarding to include T, or not to include T, or how to include T, if to T.

Not like there’s much moral weight behind anything besides All For One and One For All. Some of us gets the shaft, we all get the shaft. Partial, compromised justice is not our cup of justice. That sort of thing. I’m sure some would say it’s more complicated than that. I’m not so sure it is.

My view of the whole shebang is that it’s compromise enough to be scaling back and asking for just employment protections and not full-blown civil rights protections, like what folks started to call for back when the ERA was a glimmer in the sisters’ eyes, back when it all was a movement, not a market. Pragmatism is reasonable. But tossing our kin overboard at this point is just ludicrous. And transgender folks are so, so lesbian and gay and bi people’s kin. Hatred of gender nonconformity is at the core of homophobia, and I think we all pretty much know that by now. If we don’t well then we ought to.

Here’s the text of the message NGLTF sent out to people:

Logo will air and stream a CBS News on Logo interview tonight with Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc. Foreman will discuss the grassroots activism shown in the formation and work of United ENDA, a coalition of more than 325 LGBT organizations representing more than 2 million people. United ENDA opposes any employment nondiscrimination bill that does not include transgender people.

United ENDA has been at the center of a recent controversy about transgender inclusion in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which the House of Representatives is expected to consider early next week. A bill that does not include transgender protections has passed out of committee and is expected to come to a floor vote in the coming week. U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) is expected to introduce an amendment to include transgender people in the bill and there is a current groundswell of support for this effort.

The interview between CBS News on Logo’s Jason Bellini (“Here and Now”) and Matt Foreman will stream online tonight, Oct. 19, beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m. (EST) at http://logo.blogs.com/hereandnow/ and there will be a television segment on CBS/Logo News at approximately 7:57 p.m. (EST).

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