There is an old baseball adage that goes something like this: "You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out."
The Human Rights Campaign lost the confidence of many of its members when they choose to abandon the Transgender community in their support of the 2007 Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA).
Yep, HRC lost that one in a big way. The hopes and dreams of the Transgender community were thrown under the proverbial bus resulting in incredible resentment towards all so-called LGBT inclusive organizations.
Was I upset and discouraged?
But I have come to realize that organizations are made-up of imperfect people. We make mistakes. We win some and we lose some. Organizations are the same.
Do we as Trans folks forgive and forget?
I suggest we forgive but not forget. It was not the first time the Transgender community has been used as a bargaining chip and it will not be the last, e.g. Maryland's current non-discrimination bill that lacks access to public accommodations.
How can we forget when our heads are covered with bus tire tread marks?
I suggest we look at each individual and each organization for their strengths and weaknesses and use them to our advantage including the notorious HRC.
A friend told me that there is one area where the Human Rights Campaign - HRC is a winner and that is in collecting data. HRC's Corporate Equality Index is a good place for Transgender folks to research how Trans friendly a corporation might be.
As the article indicates, HRC is raising the standards for corporations this year for Transgender equality and achieving the coveted 100% perfect equality rating.
Has HRC learned its lessons? Will it continue to hit winners like the Equality Index?
Only time and HRC's actions will tell on a case-by-case basis. In the meantime, the Transgender struggle for equality continues. As a community, we cannot rely on other groups or individuals to do the work – the fighting for us. We must do it ourselves.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Posted by De Sube at 2/22/2011 09:57:00 AM