From Michelangelo Signorile:
On the show last week I spoke to Rob Schlein, president of the Log Cabin Republicans of Dallas, who had written this piece in which he said that though he likes Jon Hunstman best he’d support Texas Governor Rick Perry over President Obama because LGBT people need to think about their “pocketbooks” first and their rights later
Of course, its pustules like this one who get their panties in a twist when anyone points out to them that discrimintion prevents many of us from ever getting anything to put into our “pocketbooks” (’tis funny indeed how certain obnoxiously over-privileged gay men have at least one thing in common with lesbian trans-exterminationists: an inherent inability to address flaws in their thinking.)
Of course, Shlein does the mainline with his psychosis:
He went on to say that gays and lesbians need jobs and that he trusts Perry’s jobs plan. I pointed out that Perry is against an anti-discrimination law protecting gays and lesbians, which is certainly about helping LGBT people keep their jobs. I then pointed out that in most states, including Texas people can be fired for being gay or transgender. He responded by implying that anti-discrimination laws don’t matter because he could fire anyone for any reason anyway:
Schlein: Texas is a right to work state. [Kat’s note: As someone commented at Signorile’s site, “right to work” has nothing to do with anti-discrimination laws; it has to do with whether one can be forced to join a union or not] So as an employer, which I am, I can fire anyone at will [Kat’s note: As you might surmise from this, the term Schlein was looking for above was “employment at will,” which is actually an Orwellian misnomer, but that’s a different matter], there’s no such obligation.
Signorile: You can’t fire someone for being black—
Schlein: I can them for whatever reason I want—
Signorile: You cannot fire someone for being African-American…
Schlein: Well, I wouldn’t tell them…
Signorile:Well, you wouldn’t tell them, but you’d do it anyway?
Schlein: Well, I sure wouldn’t tell them…I’d find a reason if I wanted to fire them…
Naturally, then, it would follow that he’d find a ‘reason’ not to hire them in them in the first instance.
Do you really think that there are not people in the gay rights industry with the power to hire and fire who do not have a Sue Hyde ca. 1977 attitude toward the notion of working with transsexual women?
Remind me again…
How many trans employees does NGLTF have? If any, how many have spent a decade+ employed by the organization as a trans expert?