So you’re thinking that I’m being a bit alarmist about how we’re being shit on in West Virginia and Delaware and why its reasonable to believe that those who claim to know what’s best for us because they have appropriated jobs for themselves that allow them to be paid for saying that they know what’s best for us will blow right by us once they get what they actually want (which, of course, isn’t trans-inclusion)?
Well, here’s a blast from the past – courtesy of the Way Back Machine:
HRC PRAISES MARYLAND SENATE FOR VOTING TO END LEGAL DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION
Maryland Would Become12th State to Ban Discrimination, Says HRC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 27, 2001
WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign praised the Maryland Senate today for voting to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, public accommodations and employment. The House is also expected to pass the bill, which would make Maryland the 12th state to take the step, according to HRC.
Well, I’m sure you’re asking, what’s so special about that excerpt from a Rhode Island Avenue Cesspool press release dated March 27, 2001?
Trans people tend to have vivid memories of the original version of the press release – which I can no longer find either on the Cesspool’s website or on the Way Back Machine (though I was able to locate it, tucked away in one cozy Rest Area along a lonely stretch of the Infobahn – whose URL I’m not going to provide, lest Cesspool Scrubbers descend on it):
HRC CONGRATULATES MARYLAND SENATE FOR VOTING TO END LEGAL DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION
Maryland is on the Verge of becoming Twelfth State to Ban Discrimination, Says HRC
WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign today congratulated the Maryland state Senate for voting to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, public accommodations and employment. The House is also expected to pass the bill, which would make Maryland the twelfth state to become a discrimination-free zone, according to HRC.
“This is an enormous victory that sends the message that discrimination is not acceptable in Maryland or in society,” said HRC Executive Director Elizabeth Birch. “We reserve our highest praise for the bill’s sponsors and especially Gov. Parris Glendening who expended political capital and used his moral authority to end this vestige of discrimination. Thanks to their efforts, along with the tireless work of Maryland’s Free State Justice, literally thousands of workers are one step closer to being able to work without fear in their hearts.”
They scrubbed out what they really think – that once gays and lesbians get anti-discrimination protection, there is no more discrimination and no people left lacking protection from discrimination that may or may not exist – significant because 2 1/2 weeks earlier…
The Human Rights Campaign’s board of directors and board of governors voted March 10 to expand the organization’s mission statement to include gender expression and identity. This action was taken to memorialize and build upon the organization’s growing and substantial work in this area.
We at HRC believe that changing our mission is an honest reflection of HRC’s work at this moment in the institution’s history. Although HRC’s primary focus is on issues related to sexual orientation, it also has an important institutional commitment to issues related to gender expression and identity. HRC views this step as honest and proportional.
While HRC recognizes that there are those who will only be satisfied when ENDA is altered to include gender identity, it is our assessment that many congressional members are invested in the bill in its current form and that any changes would not be well-received on Capitol Hill. It is evident to many that substantial education is necessary to garner a far deeper understanding regarding gender expression and identity before a bill addressing this issue would be deemed viable.
Nevertheless, we at HRC believe that while we face enormous challenges as a community and as an organization, we must arm each other with the conviction that – with focus, strength and investment – we can win passage so that every gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender American can be open, honest and safe at home at work and the community.
The cesspool was honest in the first version of that March 27, 2001 press release – because that’s what they really think…
about trans people.
The eighth anniversary of that press release is coming up this week. I encourage everyone to, on March 27, call up the Human Right Scampaign and tell them if you believe Maryland actually has been a “discrimination-free zone” for the last eight years.
And, while you’re at it, add your thoughts about New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Nevada…
and 2007 H.R. 3685.