What really bothers me about this is that a lot of neocon leaders and conservative Christian fundamentalist leaders seem to be feeding the fires of hatred against us. Examples, the diatribes of Michael Savage ("The freaks be should be locked up in some back room , on some serious medication, screaming their lives out.") and opinions of Sean Hannity against us. ("Transsexuals should be illegal.") Another sick example of this sort of mentality are the statements of James Dobson from Focus On The Family, who has stated about the inclusive ENDA that "...it is the "Pedophile Protection Act." While it is true that he did not specifically call transsexuals pedophiles, his manner of statement did not qualify the use of the term and has had the effect of inducing the undereducated and fanatical as considering the trans population as such. Right now we are in taxing times, politically speaking, and neither of the political parties has clean feet when it comes to dirtying up the political arena. For this reason, it becomes necessary to give the populace targets of hatred to vent on. I would state that the people I named, and others like them, are essentially fanning the flames of hatred against us for their own personal gain. It is not us who are to blame for the mess, nor is the LBGTQI responsible for things being the way they are. Frankly, it is our politicians and "politics as usual" that are to blame. If anything, the current situation victimizes a lot more than any other segment of our society. We basically are the most minimized minority out there, have virtually no legal protections, are routinely discriminated against in every aspect of life, and have been specifically written out of things like the Americans With Disabilities Act, which also rules us out for any kind of coverage under Medicare as well. So now we are being subliminally targeted as scapegoats by many politicians to do a bit of CYA for themselves and their terrible records, politically speaking. Yes, we really do need the Transgender Day of Remembrance. But we also need the LBG community to stand up for us as well. If we go down, that will allow more hatred to be directed toward them. I feel we must all hang together in times like this, or we will certainly all hang separately.