From the Washington Blade:
Passage of ENDA in any form would make history and no one in the “community” should be rooting for its demise. Politics has never been about “all or nothing” — it’s about the art of the compromise. Gay-only ENDA may not be the perfect bill, but it would bring immediate relief to millions of gays and lesbians hiding in the closet at work, fearful of losing their livelihood if their sexual orientation were exposed.
Now why does this sound familiar? Oh, yeah . . .
When we talk about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” we almost immediately get into a conversation about how unfair it is without regard to what came before it. DADT is indeed an unfair policy, but it’s a damned sight better than the prior policy, where you COULD be asked your orientation and then dishonorably discharged for it. DADT isn’t perfect, and should be changed, but at least it was a step in the right direction. And so is a non-trans-inclusive ENDA. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing.
We should take a step back for a moment and realize what progress we’ve made so far in order to recognize our next steps forward. Ten or fifteen years ago, gay men were just beginning to be recognized as something other than freaks in the mind of the typical American. And in the mind of that stereotypically macho American male, “Transgender” equates with “wants to chop his own penis off.” It may not be fair, but that’s the mindset. And while we can help our Trans brothers and sisters to fight the preconceived notions that bedevil them, we don’t have to abandon our own fight for equality along the way.
Evidently, at least according to Mr. Kevin Naff of the Blade, those who oppose passing the non-inclusive ENDA are a “vocal minority.” Trust me, Kevin, they’re very vocal. And not very nice, either.