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Title Houston Voice, August 27, 2004
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date August 27, 2004
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com letters Criticism of HRC is transgendrothropic' To the Editors: Chris Crain states that Employment Non-Discrimination Act was "trans- jacked" (editorial, Aug. 13). What a pile of egregiously hypocritical tripe! What do you call efforts to achieve rights for gay men and lesbians — "gayjackings"? For a change the Human Rights Campaign is supporting only equal rights for all, at least on this one bill. This was an important first step towards equality Remember the huge "equal sign" logo on their building'.' Crain's suggestion that transgenders will be covered by "sexual orientation" language is naively short-sighted and ignores the current reality. Even in Minnesota, where non-discrimination covers sexual orientation and in its intended definition covers gender identity, the state supreme court inexplicably ruled a trans plaintiff hadn't proved discrimination. In Crain's estimation, incremental change is good and rights granted to gays- and-lesbians-only is laudable. He doesn't want to delay or jeopardize gay rights while waiting for a bunch of trannies! Crain has again proven himself to be the selfish, uncaring, "transgendrothropic" elitist snob he has historically been. If we find someday that the (oh-so-clos- eted) president instructed for Crain to be AUGUST 27, 2004 11 paid off to help divide and conquer us, it wouldn't surprise me at all. VANESSA EDWARDS FOSTER Houston Editore' note: The letter writer is chair and co-founder of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition. HRC won't risk ENDA loopholes To the Editors: This is in response to my friend and colleague Prof. Steve Clark's arguments {"HRC has trans issue backward," letter, Aug. 20) against the Human Rights Campaign board resolution only to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act if it covers gender expression and identity. Although the Supreme Court did interpret Title VII to prohibit sex stereotyping — being "too masculine or feminine" — in its 1989 Price Waterhouse decision, openly gay gender-nonconforming plaintiffs have had limited success in relying on that case. More importantly there is no guarantee whatsoever that a litigation strategy jerry- built on a combination of the narrow (sexual orientation only) version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the Price Waterhouse precedent would prevail against employers who discriminate against gender- nonconforming gays and lesbians. Quite to the contrary, that approach would leave us susceptible to conservative judges — like many of the judges appointed to the federal bench by President Bush — who would go the extra mile to protect anti-gay employers by finding the gaps in such an approach. Our movement's lead litigators at the ACLU, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, have been telling us this for years, and all support a broader ENDA. My board colleagues and I enthusiastically adopted our resolution because a comprehensive ENDA not only would protect our transgender brothers and sisters, but also would best protect all of us. TONY VARONA White Plains, NY Editors' note: The letter writer is an associate professor at Pace Law School and is a member of HRC's board and the group's former legal director and general counsel. Only separatist gays accept non-trans ENDA To the Editors: I was appalled to read Chris Crain's editorial decrying the HRC deciding only to support ENDA if transgender protections are included. Crain's transphobia is clearly biasing his judgment. As a femme lesbian who believes in human and civil rights for everyone, even bigots, I apparently have a lot more in common with transgender people that I do with some gay men. Don't you dare claim me for your separatist gay and lesbian camp; I'm not on your side. If some are not equal, none are. ROWAN FROST Tucson, Ariz. ENDA for rich gay white males would be enacted To the Editors: Give me a break, Chris Crain. Your claim that ENDA has been "trans-jacked" is what is "immoral." The Human Rights Campaign, a group that has claimed to advocate for trangenders. is finally making good. What do you want the HRC to do, play favorites? I guess you want them to continue with the logic, "Well, our gay constituents are more accepted than our transgender constituents, so we will just put trans people on the back burner until they are more popular." OK then, lets take those pesky unpopular, and undeserving transgenders out of EDNA. While we're at it. people in Congress really seem to like rich people more, so let's kick those working class gay people that HRC represents to the curb. Sorry ENDA will just represent rich gay people. This queer trans-man is tired of being painted as someone who is keeping gay people from getting their rights. MILES Q. OTT San Francisco point DAVID CATANIA George W. Bush betrayed the promise he showed four years ago. So this lifetime Republican is supporting his opponent. 'Austin 12' is now minus 1 IN APRIL 2000,1 TRAVELED TO TEXAS to meet with then-candidate George W Bush. The 11 gay men and one lesbian who made this journey became known as the "Austin 12." For me, this meeting held the promise of a new beginning. It was my profound hope that we could at long last take a meaningful step toward making the Republican Party more inclusive of — and respectful toward — gay men and lesbians. The group made four requests. We asked for an openly gay or lesbian speaker at the Republican National Convention. We asked for a continuation of President Clinton's executive orders barring discrimination of gays within the federal workforce. We asked that Bush commit to making openly gay and lesbian appointments to his administration. Finally, we asked for a con tinued dialogue on issues affecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. Candidate Bush agreed to all four requests. At the conclusion of the meeting, while there was certainly much work to do, we felt a sense of cautious optimism. In his 2000 convention address, Bush spoke of America's promise. He spoke of being a uniter and not a divider. He spoke of compassionate conservatism. I believed him, and I supported him. THIS FEBRUARY, I WATCHED GEORGE W Bush make a mockery of his election promises as he endorsed the divisive and discriminatory Federal Marriage Amendment. After initially fulfilling many of the commitments made during the Austin meeting, President Bush chose politics over people. It appeared as if he made a calculated decision that appealing to people's anti-gay prejudices would translate into support for his own re-election. Armed with the Federal Marriage Amendment, President Bush gratuitously divided America. Sadly it appears that for this administration, the use of fear in an effort to manipulate the population is reflexive. We have seen the fear of terrorism used as an excuse to curtail our civil liberties. We have seen the fear of unproven safety concerns used as an excuse to prohibit the importation of less expensive, life-saving drugs from Canada. The list is endless. IT IS FITTING THAT THIS YEAR'S Republican National Convention will open in New York's great entertainment arena, Madison Square Garden. We will certainly see one bewitching show after another as the Bush/Cheney ticket attempts to convince America that they are the voice of reason and the protectors of the nation. Expect to see centrist, gay-friendly figures like Rudy Giuliani and Arnold Schwarzenegger trot across the convention stage. We will see a moderate, middle of the road Republican Party Too bad it is only an act. Since the candidacy of Barry Goldwater in 1964, the Republican Party has been moving relentlessly to the right. On the national level, moderate Republicans are almost entirely ignored and marginalized within the Party. I have had my fill of George W. Bush's definition of compassion and of his efforts to divide us. As a gay person, I have been insulted and assaulted by this administration. As an elected official of a major city, I have witnessed this administration's absolute indifference toward our cities and their populations, particularly the poor. Next month will mark the seventh year since the federal government adjusted the minimum wage, which represents the second longest period in history without an adjustment. At the same time, the Bush administration has slashed the federal government's financial commitment to the Workforce Investment Act. which is intended to help the unemployed and underemployed access educational opportunities needed to obtain meaningful employment. This time around I will not be attending the Republican Convention. And I will not be fooled again by George W. Bush's promises. This year I will be supporting John Kerry As a lifelong Republican, I did not reach this decision lightly. I believe that Senator Kerry's record, while perhaps wanting in some respects, is far superior to President Bush's on issues that matter to me. David Catania is a gay aMarge member o the D.C. Council; he can be reached through this publication.
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