Saturday, December 01, 2007


cross-posted from

The Washington Blade published a story, "Experts question HRC's ENDA survey", in which an HRC survey methodology is denounced as obviously biased. If you'll recall, in the 11th hour of the US House maneuvers that led to the passage of a trans-exclusive ENDA, HRC announced the results of their poll showing that 68% of GLBT folks supported passing a trans-less ENDA. This survey is exposed as prejudiced.

Clearly, this is evidence of less-than-ideal behavior at HRC. Fortunately, none of the rest of us have ever behaved less than ideally, so we can all rise up in righteous indignation. How dare they!

Any movement such as ours is bound to run into such snags. The question is, what are we going to do about it? Are we going to maintain our pressure on HRC to do the right thing, while looking forward to, and strategizing over, how we can ALL get the results we want, or are we going to watch as our hard-won movement disintegrates into self-righteous polarization?

I just hate to see the GLBT community - my community! - being torn apart by this. The women's movement foundered in the 70's over stuff like this, and suffered great setbacks thereafter. We need to keep looking forward, put our energy into progress, not recrimination, or else, guess what?

We've been divided and conquered.

This past year has seen tremendous gains in visibility and recognition of the legitimate needs of all people of diverse gender expression and identity. Let's not blow it like Bush did, wasting the gift of public support by going on the attack against the wrong folks. Instead, let's build on the good that has happened, while keeping up the pressure on HRC - and the money behind them - to do the right thing. There's a lot of education yet to be done, and we can't do it while we're frothing at the missteps, or even betrayals, of allies.


helen_boyd said...

Nancy, welcome to the blog, & thanks for such a great 1st post.

proudprogressive said...

Nancy in the "enda" - you are right. We have to i guess , multi task. Build on the TG organizations, yet not throw HRC out with the bath water. They are the insider , monied , lobbying pac. They surely need new leadership. But we simply are not in a position to cut our collective noses off to spite our face. social movements do require solidarity, coalition and some degree of compromise. Walking off in a total huff is not the answer,though a changing of the "TG guard" at the HRC is necessary for integrity purposes both individually and as a group representatives. I think the resignations had to be done. We were dealt a horrible betrayal. BUT If anything good can come of the ENDA debacle its our recommittment to more education, more lobbying, more coming out for TG people. We gotta take the anger/hurt and channel it productively. That was a great first post. I am new to the blog - very new, i found your words soothing actually after all we all have a common goal, one way or another we must move forward.

Thank you.