Fully inclusive, with 8 bipartisan cosponsors, here's ENDA.
An assistant to U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) revealed Wednesday that the congressman will introduce the Employment Non-Discrimination Act next week.
Diego Sanchez, who is transgender and a senior policy adviser to Frank, said the bill will be inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity. He noted it will include the legislative language Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) used in 2007 in an attempt to restore gender identity provisions to an earlier version of the bill.
OK, let's get to work on this one. Obama's memo to give a few weak benefits to federal employees is small potatoes compared to a law that would be our first federal civil rights win. This will be the starting point to build on for future civil rights legislation.
But we won't let it be split, because lawmakers have to get used to the fact that transgender people are just as in need and just as deserving of legal protections as LGB people and we're going to go through as a group. If they split up the community this early in the game, they'll have effectively divided and probably conquered.
And HRC, we'll be paying attention. The gay and lesbian people are more aware of transgender issues and much less patient this time around, so don't fuck this up.