I just finished reading Tico Almeida's article, A Game Plan for ENDA. It's hard to believe the Senate Labor Committee did not call any Transgender people to testify on discrimination.
Or is it?
I watched on C-SPAN as one Transgender person after another told about their encounters with discrimination to the House Labor Committee. Their testimonies clearly moved everyone in the room. The Senate staffers for those on the Senate Labor Committee knew this and would have none of it. Thus, ENDA's last stand in the Senate Labor Committee was due to political games played by unsympathetic staffers. Trans folks got kicked under the bus yet again.
It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out why a Transgender inclusive ENDA is needed. Just take a look at the statistics. Some have told me the survey results are flawed because of the way it was taken. I beg to differ.
I am part of those statistics. I have felt the cruel sting of employment, public accommodations, and housing discrimination. I can tell you it leaves a person numb, frustrated, hurt and angry. In far too many cases, one hopelessly walks away from all of this into depression and then suicidal ideation. To be precise, those surveyed amounted to 47%. Without hope, what is the point?
Been there, done that, got the emotional scars.
I hear this same story from one Transgender person after another. Many, many, many of us have been deeply wounded by discrimination at far too many levels. Now, if one happens to be a Transgender person of color, young, old, non-WASP, or fill-in the blank the odds against you being treated equally by anyone, any business, any health care provider, any organization, any anything sky rocket to astronomical proportions. More graphically, you may as well bend over, grab your ankles, and kiss your blessed assurance good-bye!
Have I gotten anyone's attention?
The Transgender population of the United States is not looking for anyone's pity. As a matter of fact, stick your pity in your crack pipe and smoke it. I cannot speak for everyone. It is not my right. But speaking for myself, all I want is equal footing to live our authentic lives in peace and equality because we sure as hell are not treated equally now!
Discrimination rampant in transgender life
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Posted by De Sube at 3/31/2011 12:37:00 PM