From New York trans activist Donna Cartwright (posted here with permission):
So I’m standing in the video store this morning, trying to figure out if the clerk behind the counter is trans, when my cell phone rings. It’s a fund-raiser for HRC. He tells me (obviously reading from a prepared script) about how the hate crimes bill passed Congress last month, and now there’s a great opportunity to pass another bill, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, that would outlaw job discrimination against the LGBT community nationwide. He goes on to say that “we” (HRC) “are going all out to pass this bill” (or words to that effect) “so that we will have not one but two great victories for the LGBT community this year.”
I stopped him to say that the ENDA bill before Congress is NOT inclusive of the T part of the LGBT community. Only momentarily flustered, he shifts to another part of his script and says how important it is to get this victory and HRC remains fully committed to protecting the entire LGBT community . . . At that point I stopped him and said that I would not be contributing to HRC any more until it gets fully
aboard with trans inclusion, and then hung up.
So, of course, this is a completely different message than HRC is giving the trans community and its allies. The caller said nothing about HRC not supporting HR 3685. In fact, it sounded very much like HRC fully supports HR 3685 and is pulling out all the stops for it. Seems like they have a different line (or perhaps, lie) for every different group they talk to. Have I mentioned that HRC sucks?
Oh – Donna checked the number from which the call originated. A call to it was answered “by a recording for Telefund, ‘professional fund-raisers for political and nonprofit groups.'”
Yep – you can take the HRC out of the HRC, but…
Oh, wait – you can’t do that, can you? An HRC without lying, duplicity and transphobia is like a fish without a bicycle.
HRC is and will always be what HRC always was: a cesspool of transphobia.