According to a recent poll conducted by the HRC, that’s how many LGBT Americans think we should pass the non-trans-inclusive ENDA.
Pertinent snips from the Advocate article:
- According to a new poll, 70% of LGBT Americans prefer passing an Employment Non-Discrimination Act that does not cover transgender people over not passing the bill at all. The poll, commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign and conducted on October 26, surveyed 500 members of the LGBT community across the country.
- The poll also asked people if they agreed that “national gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender organizations should oppose this proposal because it excludes transgender people.” Only about 20% of the people agreed with that statement.
- However, about 70% of people polled still believe that protections for transgender people should be included in the ENDA proposal, as they did in a poll conducted in 2004 — but they also favor passing a noninclusive ENDA as a path to gaining those protections for transgender workers. This shows a shift from 2004, when 70% of LGB respondents indicated trans inclusion was important even if it caused delay.
One, HRC could’ve saved all of that polling money by just taking my word for it in the first damned place, and two, the poll certainly indicates that wanting to pass the current version of ENDA does not make one a “traitor,” “backstabber,” “exclusivist,” “coward,” or “transphobic.”