From the Windy City Times (via the Edge):
WCT: HRC received a lot of criticism and continues to do so because of the disappointment in how ENDA turned out. How do you respond to continuing accusations that HRC does not work on behalf of the entire LGBT community?
JS: I think the most important thing to note there is when you talk about how ENDA turned out-ENDA has not turned out at all, by any means.
Uh, Pee Wee – Aren’t you, with this, acknowledging as legitimate (not to mention 100% accurate) the truly-practical criticism of the Scampaign’s 2007 turncoating? You know – the point, more-than-often made, that there was no true practical rationale for dumping trans people from ENDA because it had no chance whatsoever of even reaching the desk of the person who claims to be president, much less of actually becoming law?
In some ways, I think we are the victims of our own success
Oh. Oh. Stop it, Pee Wee. You’re killin’ me!
because we were so lucky with hate-crimes [legislation] and … passed an inclusive bill through the House and the Senate that when circumstances unfolded differently in the House-and when we saw that there was a real disparity there around support for gender identity in the House-we took all the information that we had, and we took all the conversations that we had with members of Congress that we had about what would be the best way to begin this process, understanding that there was a desire to move forward on the sexual orientation-only bill-something that none of us were happy with, even those who were advocating moving it forward.
Translation: We’re lying sacks of shit, but Barney said we could be – so its okay.
Don’t forget this is a piece of legislation that had never been voted on in the House before
Trust us, Pee Wee, we won’t. (Please refer back to the paragraph about the real practicalities of 2007).
It would be the first step in what we anticipated would be a long road toward an inclusive bill.
Why didn’t you use those exact words at Southern Comfort last fall?
It is the course that every other civil-rights measure has taken.
Well, first of all: NO, not every civil rights measure has done so. Do the following states mean anything to you?
Oh…That’s right. They’re nowhere near the Rhode Island Avenue Monument to Gay Self-Importance and Money-Sucking Mediocrity, so they don’t really matter.
It is the course that the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, every other measure that has come before Congress, [took].
Ah yes…the ADA – with its explicit trans-exclusion (that, I’m sure you don’t remember or care about, was praised by the Scampaign when it was put into the ADA bill in 1989) – which (for all practical purposes) replaced a more general disability statute that had occasionally been interpreted in favor of transsexuals.
In case you care, this is the definition of “progress“: “a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage.”
This is the definition of “regress“: “to move backward; go back.”
You tell me which one more accurately describes the change from the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to the Americans With Disabilities Act?
Often times, as we have stepped up to the starting point, the conclusion has been made that it is something we need to do in pieces.
I’ll ask again: Why didn’t you say that at Southern Comfort last fall?
As much as that is the conclusion we came to here at HRC, I certainly understand that that would be grounds for a lot of fear and anxiety in the community that a group of people were being left behind.
No attempt even to lie to us and say that we weren’t actually being left behind.
I guess Pee Wee would call that progress.
I’ll call it something else.