Posted by a 42-year-old trans woman over at Pam’s House Blend:
You should be ashamed. I know you don’t think you are “transphobic” — that you are simply trying to get something, anything, through. I know that you think you are doing the right thing.
But you have decieved yourself and the public — you have forsaken your constitutional obligations. The Orignal Bill never had any of the concerns you raise in your speeches until after you chose to remove the transgender elements.
This entire debacle is your own doing. The controversy is yours, and yours alone. You might want to pass the buck to Pelosi, but everyone knows that this is your baby and she’s going to let you di it. You are an elder statesman.
AS such, you are likely subject to many of the older prejudices that were instilled in so many of us during the 1970’s. Or perhaps you aren’t aware of the incredible advances in knowedge and understanding made jsut within the last 8 years.
YOu speak of “doing it another time”. Giving us our rights at a nother time.
Despite this being the second and third time that you have, yourself, sandbagged the “least of those”, I’m actually willing to give you a chance. An opportunity to prove to myself — and all my brothers and sisters who might not act or look straight enough for our common political foes, inclusive of yourself — that you really do mean this.
Tell us, now, when this opportunity will happen. Who will sponsor the bill. And guarantee it. Not “as best you can”, but an absolute, ironclad guarantee that it will happen on a specific day and date.
I am unemployed. I’ve been looking for a job for six months. I am fully qualified to do the jobs I am seeking and have excellent references anmd prior work history. I dress professionaly, sharp and clean. I’m 42 and am frequently told I look ten to fifteen years younger than that.
After 1,137 applications (as of this writing), I have had 34 intrgviews, all of which ended within 40 minutes because I’m transgender.
If anyone is keeping track: no. I’m not that 42 y.o. trans woman – though when I saw that paragraph, I was wondering if, perhaps, I hadn’t sleep-blogged.
That 42 y.o. woman still holds out hope that Barney is capable of giving a damn – ands capable of not lying to trans people.
[T]he symbolism of an inclusive bill being passed has enormous effect on the population. IT sets a signal that says “this is wrong”, even if its not a law yet.
You are saying it isn’t wrong. And harming my family by doing so.
You are doing this. I hold you, personally, responsible.
So will you — can you? — give me that date and that promise?
If not, then make *now* that time and fulfill that promise. Please.
Barney will make you a promise – just like he and HRC have done for years.
Then, you leave the room – and they do what they had always planned to do to begin with – which is to make sure that you, me and all of us get to send out 1,137 more applications to people who will have no obligation under any civil rights law to even look at them.
The only difference will be an increased likelihood that the job you were qualified for – that you never even got an interview for – will go to someone who supported the version of ENDA that codified your third-class citizenship.