You do realize that ‘Equality’ Maryland has been Barney Frank’s farm team this spring, right? To gauge just what sort of transphobic kool-aid language that just enough trans people will drink in order for him to act as though he’s introducing a trans-inclusive ENDA when he really isn’t?
Well, the end game is near on the anti-trans HB 235 – which means a new ENDA is afoot:
METRO WEEKLY: Are you going to be introducing ENDA this week?
REP. BARNEY FRANK: Yeah, we’re definitely going introduce it, [although the specifics regarding timing are still being worked out.]
MW: What do you expect to accomplish this year with ENDA?
FRANK: It’s an organizing tool. Obviously, with the Republicans in power, you’re not going to get the bill even considered. But, we have work still to do and we have overwhelming – over 90 percent – support on the Democratic side for ENDA based on sexual orientation and we had, in the last Congress, about 30 Republicans that way. Unfortunately, there’s a drop-off from that number to transgender, and this is a chance to work hard to sway those who are committed to ENDA to support the full transgender inclusion as well.
This is an organizing effort. I’m going to be urging people to spend their time talking to those who have voted in the past for ENDA and are supportive of ENDA but where we’re not certain they’re still with us on the transgender issue. So, that’s what – having a bill before you makes it easier to organize people to do that.
I get that ENDA is DOA in the curent Congress.
So, yes, believe it or not that means I’m in agreement with St. Barney on something.
But if the 2011-13 Congress is an “organizing effort,” then what were the Republican-controlled House sessions from Jan. 1995 to Jan. 2007?
Ronald Reagan film festivals?
Before anyone says it: Yes, in and of itself, asking why a trans-inclusive ENDA was never used as an “organizing effort” from Jan. 1995 to Jan. 2007 (or, for that matter, why it wasn’t openly used as a real bargaining chip to actually pass the type of gay-only ENDA that we all actually know that St. Barney actually wants) isn’t going to accomplish the goal of getting a trans-inclusive ENDA passed.
But it should give people pause when hearing St. Barney announce what he claims is his strategy – not simply about whether he’s telling the truth but also about the competence behind such a strategy even if he is telling the truth.
MW: What do you say to the people who say this job should have been done in the 111th Congress?
FRANK: I would say to them: We got hate crimes done, and we got “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repealed, and you can’t do everything at once. And that, in fact, the problem was what I just said to you: There was a fall-off – a significant one on the Republican side and some on the Democratic side – because the votes may not be there for an inclusive ENDA.
Or maybe he’s just using the leftover dog whistle from Annapolis.