Friday, October 5, 2007

Historical Perspective and more on ENDA

Fear and Loathing on the (Trans-Inclusive) ENDA Trail
by Katrina C. Rose here in pdf format.

Katrina C. Rose is a transgender legal historian and is licensed to practice law in Texas and Minnesota. She is the author of "Three Names in Ohio: In re Bicknell, In re Maloney and Hope For Recognition That The Gay-Transgender Twain Has Met," which appears in the current edition of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review. She may be contacted via e-mail at TexKatrina@aol.com.

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It’s Your History—Use It! Talking Points for Tran-Inclusive ENDA Activists
by Susan Stryker, here in pdf format ~

Susan Stryker earned her Ph.D. in United States History at UC Berkeley in 1992, the same year she transitioned male-to female, helped found Transgender Nation, and got fired from her first job for being transgendered. She later won two years of fulltime funding from the Ford Foundation, through the Sexuality Research Fellowship Program of the Social Science Research Council, to do historical research on transgender community formation. She worked for five years as Executive Director of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco, and was co-writer, -director, and producer of Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria. She currently holds the Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowed Chair in Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.

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Much more from United ENDA
http://unitedenda.org/
which I'm proud to say Families United Against Hate is listed as a coalition member of.

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Also, listen to The Radicalguy's September 30th podcast episode:
ENDA: What You Need To Know
A Time line of facts concerning ENDA, with Ethan St. Pierre & Marti Abernathey. Also, part of Joe Solmonese's speech at the Southern Comfort Conference.
If you don't Listen from beginning to end, you may miss relevant facts!

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and ...
ENDA must remain inclusive of protections for trans people.

JUST OVER A year ago, when a debate over supporting hate crimes legislation that was not transgender-inclusive started, the staff at PFLAG National went to work to educate our members about the problems with the bill. In the process, we got some interesting feedback.

An e-mail came from a mom in Iowa who informed us that she'd called her legislators and told them to vote yes only if the bill was inclusive of all members of our PFLAG family. She commented, "I don't think that I've ever met a transgender person, but it doesn't matter. I won't support anything that leaves them out." She did this knowing that no bill meant no coverage for her gay son, but as a parent, choosing which members of a family will get integral protections just isn't a choice.

The idea that leaving the T behind is a strategy to the bill’s passage actually isn’t a strategy at all. It is a validation of our opposition’s plans to divide and conquer, to make us satisfied with whatever we can get, and, worst of all, affirm the idea that some of us are more acceptable than others.
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The idea that leaving the T behind is a strategy to the bill’s passage actually isn’t a strategy at all. It is a validation of our opposition’s plans to divide and conquer, to make us satisfied with whatever we can get, and, worst of all, affirm the idea that some of us are more acceptable than others.
Read all of
Don’t break up the family by Jody Huckaby, executive director of PFLAG.
Washington Blade ~ Friday, October 05, 2007

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