After a night (of not too restful) sleep on the actions of the House Democrats stripping of transgender people from ENDA, I'd like to make a few observations. It's been said by Barney Frank that the votes are just not there for transgender inclusion. Considering that 60 percent of the electorate support it, I'm confused as to why Congressional Democrats dont have the support. It seems more likely that they are concerned about a trans-inclusive ENDA and the Matthew Shepard Act passing through a Democratic Congress being used as fodder by the right wing in the coming election cycles. Barney Frank is a politician, and this is a political decision.
The Human Rights Campaign, on the other hand, states in their mission statement that they are "America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality." From the actions of the last 48 hours, I'd disagree with that part of their mission statement. They are the largest GLB (and sometimes T) political organization. A civil rights organization does the will of the community, a political organization does the will of a political party. Groups that have signed on to the NGLTF/Stonewall Democrats letter are civil rights organizations that advocate on the basis of the will of the community, not Presidential politics. Have ANY GLBT rights organizations come out in support of the Congressional Democrats actions? If they have, they've not made public statements to that affect.