Daily Update Tuesday, October 9, 2007

It is clear that it is time to step it up another notch. Our collective efforts are obviously working spectacularly. Congress is hearing us. Tonight our amazing ally the Equality Federation told us that they have documented over 14,000 individual contacts to members of Congress. That’s just the contacts we know of. Tens of thousands of transgender people and our allies have reached into their hearts and mobilized to make the case for transgender rights and LGBT unity. Almost 300 organizations have chosen to stand with us and attach their names to our joint effort.

Another significant thing happened tonight. Up to this point, no member of Congress has done more to advance transgender rights in Washington, DC than Congressman Barney Frank. I am truly distressed when transgender or allied people misunderstand the great work and tremendous heart he thus far has put into this lifesaving work-lifesaving work for transgender and all LBGT people. But tonight we respectfully cannot disagree more with his proposed strategy, nor agree more that there is additional work to do.

This evening Congressman Frank took to the House floor to discuss transgender rights-this time with a message he correctly noted we would be less happy to hear. He reminded us that we have not yet finished the important education of Congress and the public that we diligently set about doing a decade or more ago. Mr. Frank’s words are a call to action, and we must step up our educational efforts with new found focus and intensity.

There are, no doubt, others who are disheartened by the Congressman’s words, but just that he spoke them, tells a story of our success and of the need for us to finish the education we have done so well together.

People do not ask for their civil rights when Congress is ready to give those rights happily and wrapped neatly. They ask for, they demand, their rights when they need them. And LGBT people need job protections rights now. Transgender people need job protection rights now. My friend Angela reminded me this weekend that ENDA is a matter of life and death. Transgender people around the country are still having their lives destroyed by the ignorance and discrimination that Congress can help us end. Some transgender people are losing our jobs, our homes, our families, and even our very lives to the despair, to the hopelessness that discrimination can lead to.

We will continue doing this education and we agree with Congressman Frank that we must continue stronger and with greater purpose.

3 Responses to Daily Update Tuesday, October 9, 2007

  1. Anonymous says:

    All Christians should lovingly be informed that ignorance and discrimination are what all God’s children, created in His image, need and deserve. Consider that in the absence of those things you have the scaffolding upon which we perpetuate a “culture of death”. For example, some individuals who may be considered “trans” have an Intersex condition (a definitive etiology of other “trans” conditions has not yet been determined). For these individuals born with an Intersex condition, this means that their hormones, sex chromosomes, gonads, genitalia, and/or phenotype is not entirely “male” or “female”. It is difficult in these cases to know in which gender to raise the child; but as a Christian, you know that God called this child by name before birth. That child’s innate knowledge of who they are is God’s first communication to them. How awful then that ignorance and discrimination enables these individuals to be summarily aborted.“In our study population, the overall rate of termination was 81%”, “Variation in the decision to terminate pregnancy in the setting of fetal aneuploidy.”, Prenat Diagn. 2006 Aug;26(8):667-71, “In all cases with a fetal abnormality seen on ultrasound, pregnancy was terminated.”,“Parental decisions following the prenatal diagnosis of sex chromosome abnormalities.”, Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2004 Sep 10;116(1):58-62, “Forty-nine of 89 pregnancies with sex chromosome aneuploidy were terminated.”, “Factors influencing parental decision making in prenatal diagnosis of sex chromosome aneuploidy.”, Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Jul;104(1):94-101.Charity toward others born differently is what is truly needed to help reduce the number of abortions in this world.Charity toward others born differently is what is truly needed to help us all reduce the amount of suffering for those born in Gods image.I believe all Christians, who spend time to discern the truth of these conditions that does not contradict the truth in God, should support this bill.

  2. Jillian_E says:

    “This evening Congressman Frank took to the House floor to discuss transgender rights-this time with a message he correctly noted we would be less happy to hear. He reminded us that we have not yet finished the important education of Congress and the public that we diligently set about doing a decade or more ago. Mr. Frank’s words are a call to action, and we must step up our educational efforts with new found focus and intensity”If they still don’t ‘get it’ after a decade, what can we do to ‘educate’ them into giving us what is rightfully ours? Equality.I’ve contacted my representatives, but, Mara, what else is being done on the beltway that we don’t hear about, up close and personal? Does it look like there is a chance of passage of the inclusive ENDA?

  3. Michael L. Gooch says:

    I have only one rule when it comes to ANY discrimination….“There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28. Sad to say, this ancient rule is nowhere to be seen in the modern American arena. Do we discriminate against people that are ‘different’ from us? What a strange world that we still have issues regarding discrimination. Like sexual harassment, the true victims rarely report it while the abused suffer in silence. This is a problem. Huge Problem. In my book I devote a chapter to discrimination and how it is often over-looked or swept into a dark corner. And yes, it still exists in modern America. While we pour more stupid laws into the books to prevent such painful actions, we fail to fix the real problem, that is, the root. In addition, we have been conditioned by lawyers to believe that legal and moral are the same thing. So sad. Whenever a human is treated differently than the masses, we should take a cold, hard look at the situation. A hard look indeed. Maybe even the mirror. Michael L. Gooch, SPHR Author of Wingtips with Spurs: Cowboy Wisdom for Today’s Business Leaders http://www.michaellgooch.com

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