From Page One Q:
On Wednesday’s installment of Sirius OutQ’s Michelangelo Signorile Show, Matt Foreman, outgoing director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, calls out Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) on his ‘squeamishness’ on the issue of transgender rights in the recent battle over the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
“I think what really happened,” says Foreman of Congress’ handling of employment discrimination protections for LGBT people, “is [Speaker Nancy Pelosi's] people said ‘Look, Congress has a terrible reputation right now, they’re not delivering for any progressive causes… What do we have to do to deliver to our progressive allies?’ That means labor and health and environment and gays. And, so, I mean, I don’t know this for a fact, but I would bet my life that this is what happened: They went to Barney Frank and said ‘What do we need to pass ENDA?'”
“Representative Frank,” continues Foreman, “who has always been pretty squeamish on the trans issue, and I guess I can say these things because I am leaving my job…”
“That’s what we hoped you’d do,” Signorile says to Foreman.
Foreman goes on: “…You know, said ‘Look the best way to pass ENDA, and the easiest way is to — let’s take out gender identity,’ and I don’t think the Speaker’s people thought this through–didn’t think it through–and then they said ‘OK, let’s do it’.”
A spokesman for Rep. Frank told PageOneQ the comments were “absurd”….”
Though I appreciate the sentiment, I think “squeamish” is simply not the right word. Barney Frank is transphobic – and in this he is aggressively, consistently and malignantly obnoxious where trans people and trans issues are concerned. He is a product of his political upbringing – and gay-politically he is a product of the 1970s, when assimilationists sought to politically exterminate trans-everything and all but succeeded.
He can’t stand transsexuals or trans-anything. His support for trans-inclusion in hate-crimes proposals is not because of any pragmatism on the trans issue; its because of the residuum of his generally liberal political make-up.
He is Janice Raymond in man-drag.
What is “absurd” is any contention otherwise.