There is a piece over on Bilrico, by Babs Siperstein, a member of the Democratic National Committee, co-chair of the National Stonewall Democrats’ Federal PAC Board and Political Director of the Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey.
The article is at: ENDA Is Dead: Bury It and Move On
I for one didn’t understand giving the repeal of DADT priority over ENDA.
That said ENDA is rather problematic considering the history of non-discrimination laws.
Having these protections hasn’t prevented an astronomically high unemployment rate among young Black men.
Nor does it prevent corporations from firing anyone they want. Last year I was terminated so they could move someone in from outside. They found a mistake I had made, an error of judgment while I was being called upon to perform job I was not trained to perform.
When I hear stories about people sending out hundreds of resumes and hundreds of query letters with no response I can feel empathy from both sides. I am in the process of sending those letters and resumes, a few months ago I was receiving them. We would get 50-60 letters for one opening.
The modern McJob sucks. Worker abuse is universal. We have 17% real unemployment. Part time is the new standard as is a sub-living wage and forget benefits.
I’ve listened to the transgender blame game regarding “Trans-Inclusion”.
The National Gay and Lesbian this and that. Rep. Barney Frank. Marriage rights advocates putting their issues first.
Blah.. Blah.. Blah..
Some one has to say it Transgender Inc has to clean up its act.
Many post-transsexual folks , myself included look at the identity circus, the total zoo of bigendered, gender-queer, non this and non that along with all sorts of perposterous intersex claims that make up the “transgender as umbrella’ crowd. Perhaps we have seen representatives of this so called community shopping at our stores and we know in our heart that were they to apply for a job we would not hire them.
People with transsexualism have either had sex reassignment surgery or are in the process of getting it.
People with transgenderism live full time 24/7/365.25 as members of the sex not commonly associated with their genitals.
Getting an ENDA that clearly defines what constitutes transsexual and transgender passed and working from there to cover “gender expression” might be doable if Democrats can keep the Presidency and senate as well as win back the house in 2012.
But even if an ENDA gets passed it does nothing about a work place that wants plastic fantastic conformist Stepford workers.
Too many people under the umbrella don’t and aren’t willing to conform or maybe their physical appearance is such that they can not conform.
I don’t know what the answer is.
I just finished Ann Powers’ book, Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America and maybe the answer for at least those of us who are unable or unwilling to conform to what mainstream employers want is finding niches in places where eccentricity is an asset.
Hair dressing school used to be a biggie and now there are Baristas with Ph.Ds and massive student loans.
Hiring is done on the whim of the person doing the hiring.
Add to that age and a hundred other factors.
Even opening this one to discussion is to invite hysterical responses and accusations as well as a ton of anger.
Those who can’t assimilate get hugely angry at those of us who can and do. We in turn get angry about those who can’t assimilate.
At this point I honestly think targeting corporations is more productive than wasting time in DC.
Perhaps targeting a few states as well.