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What's Happening with ENDA?

The ENDA vote that was scheduled to take place this week has been postponed and has not yet been rescheduled.

Gay City News has an update on the bill's status: "At a late Friday afternoon meeting in the speaker's office on October 12, a large group of LGBT advocates were told the votes were not there to ensure passage of a trans-inclusive ENDA and the House would proceed with consideration of Frank's revised bill. That measure won approval last week in the Education and Labor Committee and was slated for a floor vote on October 24. By Tuesday, however, that target had slipped by a day and on the 24th it became clear that no vote would take place this week. Rumors circulated on Capitol Hill that, in the face of growing numbers of Democrats unhappy with the prospects of voting either way on the bill as now written - to leave the trans community behind or to defeat the first gay rights vote ever held - leadership was weighing the option of pulling the bill altogether for the time being to regroup. However, a spokesperson for Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer, the House majority leader and Pelosi's number two, said his office is hoping to schedule the vote for next week, but that a date would not be firmed up until the end of this week. That spokesperson said no consideration had been given to pulling the measure.

And the clip above is Rep. Anthony Weiner's (D-Queens/Brooklyn) speech to the House on the need to pass a trans-inclusive ENDA. He spoke Tuesday night.

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  1. ATTENTION Millions of Gays & Lesbians Who—Unlike The Ayatollahs Behind ENDA Insane—Do Not Live Where State Protections Already Exist: the lunatic ideologue fringe is gambling your job security away.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Oct 25, 2007 4:34:23 PM

  2. Gay basher and liberal (but very rich) Democratic house leader Nancy Pelosi and the quisling Barney Frank are ramming their toothless version of ENDA through Congress, giving the bosses who want to underpay us exactly what they want. It’s payback by Frank because all but a few antediluvian reactionaries had the cheek to criticize him as a sellout.

    Worse, it’s an across the board attack on unions, GLBT communities and the rights of all working people, and totally eliminates civil rights for transgender people, sacrificing part or our community on the altar of dirty deals done dirt cheap.

    Cheap because if you can believe anything about the Bigot in Chief in the White House it's that the only thing he won’t lie about is his promise to veto even the toothless Democrat version of ENDA.

    And it gets worse still. Shills for Hillary claim that Frank and Pelosi gutted ENDA to mollify their Republican cousins, but they're not the ones we should be worrying about. Today the DC insider journal THE HILL says that freshman Democrats are going to the House leadership to kill the original ENDA and retain the gutted Democrat version. Reps. Ron Klein (Snake In The Grass Party - Fla.), Tim Walz (Snake In The Grass Party - Minn.), leaders of the class of freshman Democrats, carried a message to Speaker of the House of Greed Nancy Pelosi (Snake In The Grass Party - Calif.) on Tuesday that their fellow first-term lawmakers did not want to vote on an amendment extending civil rights to transgender employees… ”

    The gutless Democrats are terrified that if they vote for us their bribes, oh sorry, campaign contributions, from business owners will dry up. Then they can’t stay in the House of Greed and they’ll never get a chance to become liberal (but very rich.) Tragic.


    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Oct 25, 2007 5:18:26 PM

  3. "toothless"? What are you smoking? When will people realize that these protections don't appear all at once. It took 99 years after the civil war to pass the civil rights act. Its always been an incremental process and it always will be.

    Attack on unions? How delusional are you? Unions are doing quite well on their own becoming completely irreverent in the US.

    Pass the ENDA without the trans protections. That is the only pragmatic thing to do to ensure millions of gay and lesbian workers protections. In a few years it can be revisited.

    Posted by: yoshi | Oct 25, 2007 5:28:06 PM

  4. Bill, your general hatred of both political parties (and all politians generally, and the American 2-party system) are well-noted. I enjoy your commentary, but find it fully irrelevant.

    As for what's happening with ENDA? Nothing. Delay is congress-speak for dead. Forktime.

    Trans activists and trans-supporters have accomplished their goal: to kill the first gay rights bill that would have passed in in the House because it didn't include them, too.

    Posted by: adamblast | Oct 25, 2007 5:29:55 PM

  5. I find it disturbing that the party that comes to us over and over again for support can't do something as simple as grant us the right not to be fired for who we are.

    As for the T or no T "controversy", I'm not willing to give in on it. And if the Democrats can't pass it with the T included, its because of a lack of backbone and one too many eyes on the next election instead of on what's right.

    Posted by: Maine Gay | Oct 25, 2007 5:48:19 PM

  6. Sing out, Yoshi!!! The logical response to the naked and shameless ruthlessness of the "toothless" tactic is, "if it was so bad in the first place then why are those with Mad Tranny Disease willing to destroy the movement to be ADDED TO IT?"

    They're trying to pull a con job; will try anything, say anything, demonize anyone [Barney Quisling?] to get what they want because by simply presenting the truth that it's a heavily flawed bill but some protection for some is better than no protection for everyone they know that more and more will refuse to support their sabotage or, as DC's Gay & Lesbian Activist Alliance [GLAA] and Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, change their positions after giving more thought to its real ramifications for gays in 30 states.

    Richard Rosendall, the Vice President for Political Affairs for GLAA, “the nation's oldest continuously active organization fighting for the civil rights of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders,” after convincing them to sign onto the ENDA United letter has since written:

    “I think the all-or-nothing approach demanded by many activist groups regarding the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is nuts. ....We should face the reality that some among us are by temperament perpetually disaffected. They are the sort of people who believe that complex conspiracy theories are the best explanations for every calamity, and are so mistrustful of their own allies that they readily believe the worst about them. These are people who refuse to take “yes” for an answer. Like the 1960s Black Power radical Stokely Carmichael (later Kwame Ture), they would rather remain protesting outsiders than join their colleagues who are taking responsibility and moving into governance. At some point, we have to let these self-exiled people go.

    This has an ideological dimension, of course. For some, any coexistence with the established order, even when it involves significant but less than perfect change to that order, is a betrayal of the cause. By contrast, most of us do not want even an armchair revolution — we just want equality under the law. Similarly, most of us who support equal rights for transgender people do not feel compelled on that account to embrace the farthest-out theories of gender. When Gabriel Rotello suggested that research points to the idea that we are all transgender, he was masking a tendentious redefinition of terms as science, as if respecting atypical gender identities requires the majority to ignore their own biology. That is like telling me that to end discrimination against Muslims I must convert to Islam.

    I know better than to ascribe this radicalism to everyone with another view. That would be as bad as accusing all incrementalists of transphobia, or dismissing transgender rights altogether as if we were merely discussing academic theories and not actual people. Just as gay equality has moved closer to the vital center of American politics, so will transgender equality. It will happen faster if we do not act against our own interests by denouncing politicians for giving us only 80 percent of what we want. Should we be satisfied with that 80 percent? Of course not. We take the 80 percent and keep working. That is, unless we are locked inside an ideological echo chamber.”


    Posted by: Leland Frances | Oct 25, 2007 6:04:36 PM

  7. Every indication is that a trans-inclusive version cannot pass the House and certainly not the Senate, where any bill has to have every single Democrat and 9-10 Republicans for passage. MaineGay, you're simply in denial. Passage without trans protections is a gut-wrenchingly tough decision, but you can't wave a wand and make that touch decision go away by pretending a trans bill can pass. Yoshi and Leland are correct, and AdamBlast, not everyone is read to concede just yet that the traditional version of ENDA is dead this year. Ignore anything you hear from Lambda and UnitedENDA; they are biased, spinning ideologues. Listen to Barney Frank for the most realistic assessments of the politics on this.

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 25, 2007 6:49:26 PM

  8. Well said Leland. Please also observe the ones among us who are willingly lead to slaughter. TONIGHT in Dallas there is a "town hall meeting" which includes hrc and Equality Texas to discuss the "transgender Issues".The dagger is still in the hand and the body is stumbling and hrc wants dialoge! Lets have some respect hrc, wait untill the funeral. Transgender people have become the focus of this, we have been lead by hrc and frank to beleave this. The real issue is how gay is gay enough to get harrased. Dear people lets think clearly.

    Posted by: Kelli B | Oct 25, 2007 9:25:53 PM

  9. As the candidates and owners of the Democratic and Republican parties shift further to the right, abandoning the people of the US to a future of war, declining standards of living, more Katrina’s, union busting and the penalties of bigotry they’re pulling their shills and hacks with them in a lockstep dance of treachery.

    The logic of the shills’ blind party line loyalty translates to support for the war, the gutting of ENDA and a whole host of betrayals. It begins by apologizing for backstabbers like Frank, Feinstein, and Pelosi. It goes on to give cover to Bush’s genocidal war, which is wholeheartedly supported by Pelosi and Clinton – the same war that entails the arming of gay murdering jihadist by the US military.

    It ends with abandoning the struggle for GLBT equality entirely. "It took 99 years after the civil war to pass the civil rights act" advises Yoshi. The victims, transgendered people, become the criminals in this warped view; "Trans activists and trans-supporters have accomplished their goal: to kill the first gay rights bill that would have passed in the House because it didn't include them, too." says Adamblast in a perfect illustration of how to use the Big Lie technique, while conveniently overlooking the fact that Frank and Pelosi needlessly gutted it to appease bigots in their own party and that Bush has all along planned on vetoing it.

    The isolation of the apologists for the gutting of ENDA, the war, union busting, and etc. is so complete that they’ve been reduced to quoting one another and desperately ignoring their increasing detachment from vast majority of activist and activist organizations, the 300 or so groups they pretend don’t exist. Their rightward political movement is irreversible. They’ll end up in log cabins.

    A Republican politician is a baboon in a people suit with a totalitarian christian attached at the hip. A Democratic politician is a Republican in drag.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Oct 25, 2007 10:40:13 PM

  10. It's not enough to stab us in the back - you must feel good about it too.

    It's one thing to make a politically necessary decision, however regretful. But the talk about "lunatic ideological fringes" and "trans-jacking", accusing the *victim* of your treachery for holding you hostage if they dare complain... that's sickening. In order to justify your betrayal, you must demonise those who you've betrayed. Just to feel good.

    Posted by: Zoe Brain | Oct 26, 2007 1:13:22 AM

  11. AWESOME!

    I feel so much better and safer now!

    Thank you Matt Forman.
    Thank you ESPA!!

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Oct 26, 2007 1:03:55 PM

  12. What many of you are advocating for here is exactly what middle-class white women did to women of color (and poor women) during suffrage. . . . The marginalized, marginalizing . . . the women’s movement, which was predominately middle-class white women, distanced themselves from Black women because they feared that the inclusion of women of color would isolate white supporters and slow the political process for (white) “women”. Your anger and frustration over ENDA is understandable but, as stated here, misdirected. The trans-community and those who support them are no more to blame for what is happening to ENDA than the women of color who argued to be included in the right for "women" to vote. Fragmenting and isolating those more marginalized than you in the fight for civil and human rights only reinforces and reproduces inequality. Being a part of the reproduction and reinforcement of inequality makes you no different than the homophobes who want to deny G&L people their rights!

    Posted by: G | Oct 26, 2007 4:39:10 PM

  13. All of the negativity against those who want to hold out for an inclusive bill is so misplaced. No one is trying to deny people their rights, or hold them back, or cutting off their noses to spite their faces. Neither bill will get through the Senate and if one of them did Bush would not sign it. We're ONLY talking about a SYMBOLIC vote here. Don't lose sight of that. The way some of you sound off, one would think that real progress was being held hostage by big meanies. While I personally would not go so far as to call Barney Frank a traitor, I do see him as someone who would dearly like to be seen as someone who finally delivered something to the community after NOT being able to for so many, many years. His pushing his version has more to do with his desire for a legacy and a footnote in history than it has to do with reality, either yours or mine. And of course Pelosi would like to deliver something, too, not having been able to do much about ending the war.

    Posted by: NYC Cookie | Oct 27, 2007 1:57:04 AM

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