& Now the Bad News

House Democrats are taking out transgender inclusion for ENDA:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and Reps. George Miller, D-Martinez, Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., believe that they lack the votes in the Democrat-controlled House to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act if it includes gender identity along with sexual orientation as a prohibited ground for firing an employee.

Frank and Baldwin are the only openly gay members of Congress.

“People now accept the fact that we just don’t have the votes for the transgender,” Frank said.

Nervous Democrats had been hearing about Republican amendments to the employment bill, Frank said, “that would talk about schoolteachers, and what happens when the kid comes back from summer vacation and teachers change gender. We just lost enough Democrats and we couldn’t be sure of the Republicans.

The move put a damper Thursday on what Democrats otherwise were hailing as a landmark day for gay rights.

Helen Boyd

is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married.


  1. and 12 organizations stood up and said, no, this is wrong …. and one … with three initials, decided it would be better to ‘work behind the scenes’ … what the heck does that mean anyway? … means dont stand up for your professed beliefs publicly … to me … i feel so dumb for believing in them … my apologies for earlier speaking out so loudly for them.

  2. I’m very sad after years of supporting HRC that they’ve decided to take a political stance rather than a moral stance. We’ve thrown trans people overboard in hopes of keeping the boat afloat. It just sickens me. Lane Hudson had a good article in the Huffington Post about the behind-the-scenes decision-making process yesterday:


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