From Roll Call:
[T]he whip count on ENDA, which Obama also backs, is entering its fifth week. The effort has most recently focused on rechecking support among Members thought to be more comfortable with the legislation than politically imperiled moderates who have raised most of the concerns, one source familiar with the effort said. That, the source said, bodes well for its progress. But many Members remain officially undecided and have quietly voiced frustrations about the prospect of taking a tough vote that they see as a distraction from an agenda focused on job creation.“It seems to run contrary to what the Speaker said a few months back about focusing on jobs and moving away from these controversial items,” one senior Democratic aide said. “Anything that’s not specifically tied to keeping the economy going raises red flags for folks.”
But Frank said that he is optimistic about the vote count and that transgender protections will remain in the bill.
“There’s no chance of doing it without it,” he said of the transgender protections.
Frank said he’s told wavering Democrats that “the principle is the same. It’s discrimination.”
He said concessions were made in the drafting of the language to address moderates’ concerns. For instance, Frank said, transgender people with “one set of genitals” would not be able to go to a bathroom for people with another set of genitals.
And, Frank said, they also would have to have a “consistent gender presentation” in order to be able to sue for discrimination.
“They can’t sit there with a full beard and a dress,” Frank said.
Actually, that last bit is reaonable.
But about that bathroom issue.
Frank said, transgender people with “one set of genitals” would not be able to go to a bathroom for people with another set of genitals.
Will lesbians be allowed to use the women’s restroom when looking like this?
And if so, will it be before or after their genitals are inspected?
This is all about demonizing trans women out of the workplace even with an ENDA on the books.
Under what St. Barney is saying – and I can’t quote the bill language because he and HRC’s acolyte, Gramma Frumpp, consider it to be forbidden knowledge – no transsexual, be it pre-op or post-op will ever be able to refuse a genital inspection. Moreover, who will be the prime target? Not simply trans women, but trans women who are beginning to transition or are presumed to have ‘merely’ begin to transition.
What will be the ‘reasonable accommodation’?
And who will have to make it?
Here’s a hint: Employers won’t have to do anything that they don’t have to do now – and the person beginning her transition (and I don’t want to be read as ignoring FTMs; this will hit them as well, but we all know who the gay rights industry is most wiling to get be driven from the workplace: any transsexual woman not named Mara Keisling or Allyson Robinson) or who is forcibly outed as being pre-op will have to make an accommodation: namely, packing up her things and heading to the unemployment office.
Sound reasonable to you?
Don’t tell me that the Gramma Frumpp-St. Barney ENDA won’t allow – or perhaps even mandate – such an outcome…
unless, of course, you have the Gramma Frumpp-St. Barney ENDA language in hand, are willing to share it and defend its operative effect.