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Carolyn Lochhead: Frankly Upset

Sparks are flying on Capitol Hill between gay rights activists and their leading champion, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. As gay lobbyists work frantically to stop Frank’s plan to drop transgender people from a landmark bill forbidding job discrimination, Frank is fighting back, announcing a press conference tomorrow to discuss the matter in no uncertain terms.

“The subject will be the obligation of the Democratic Party to govern responsibly when confronted by a demand to react emotionally by a deeply committed, single-issue faction insisting on putting ideological purity over achievable advancement of our values,” Frank’s press release announced.

“The specific example discussed will be the current demand that the Democratic leadership kill the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which has been the prime legislative goal for gay and lesbian people for over 30 years, because we do not have the votes to include people who are transgender,” the missive stated.

Frank’s move has infuriated gay rights activists, who face the prospect of dropping the “T” from the GLBT moniker they adopted to represent gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender interests. The issue has split the gay community and now opens a major breech between liberal Democrats and one of their chief constituencies.


Written by kickingalion

December 13, 2008 at 4:29 pm

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  1. gosh! if i had a hammer i will pound frank in the head right now. it doesn’t matter if a person is het, G, B, L or T- people are people and they should not be discriminated agianst based on their identity!

    The ENDA can even be an all-encompassing proposition where no discrimintation can be based on any aspect of the person’s identity that does not affect skills – hair color, nail polish, etc.

    Discrimination is BAD. Period.


    December 14, 2008 at 3:41 am

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