Pam's House Blend has a post featuring a letter signed by Latino LGBT rights "leaders" that basically is calling for a vote against H.R. 3685, the version of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) that excludes gender identity protections (but which would add protections for millions of LGB individuals) in favor of voting on H.R. 2015, the version of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) that includes gender identity protections. From everything I have read, there are NOT enough votes to pass H.R. 2015. Thus, these individuals want to be ideologically pure, at the potential expense of millions of LGB citizens. Here is my comment that I posted in reply to the letter:
What I find most interesting is that all but two of the signers of this letter live in jurisdictions where there are state (or state equivalents) non-discrimination laws in place. Hence, they can hold out as purists and insist on H.R. 2015 or nothing. Therefore, when the whole bill goes down to defeat, those of us living in states where there currently are NO employment non-discrimination protections will be left with absolutely nothing. THANK YOU ever so much. Some of the LGBT activists need to wake up to the real world. Better yet, if their tactics result in no form of ENDA passing, lets require them to move to states without protections and then they can live like those of us they threw under the bus.
Barney Frank is right - pass as much as you can, but do NOT sacrifice everything. Again, roughly 80% of these folks are self-righteous frauds, lobbying from the safety of their home states where they have protections.
Michael in Norfolk - http://michael-in-norfolk.blogspot.com/
Will all know that these folks would NEVER move so that they'd have to live like those of us that they are screwing over.