Seen recently on Facebook:
While I have heard that there was one current Maryland legislator who said something about what happened in 2001, I’ve still yet to see one LGB person who was complicit in the duplicity and deception which resulted in the construction of Maryland’s 2001 gay-only rights law “act honorably by stepping forward and taking full responsibility” for the unemployment, homelessness and lack of access to public accommodations of trans and gender-non-conforming Marylanders that has occurred since 2001.
“Taking full responsibility” does not mean simply saying “It was regrettable.”
“Taking full responsibility” does not mean simply saying “All rights are gained incrementally.”
In fact, “taking full responsibility” does mean acknowledging that all rights aren’t gained incrementally because Maryland’s gays got everything that they were seeking in 2001 – including the political subjugation of Maryland’s trans populace – and the word “compromise” was not in their vocabulary in 2011 where marriage was concerned.
In fact, “taking full responsibility” also means going on the record fully, openly and under oath about the lies, deception and backroom deals that led to Maryland’s political hate crime of 2001.
And, “taking full responsibility” also means acknowledging that trans people most need civil rights protections in order to be able to seek redress against discrimination by gays and lesbians – because “taking full responsibility” also means acknowledging that gays and lesbians would never fight so hard to keep trans people out of gay rights bills unless they want to ensure that they themselves are able to discriminate against trans people – particularly trans women.
NGLTF ‘trans expert’ scoreboard.
HRC trans employment scoreboard.