THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — “Can you imagine walking into your child’s classroom and meeting a teacher dressed in drag?” This was said by a prominent opponent of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) following testimony from a transgender person during a ENDA hearing in the U.S. Senate last week.
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council: “It wasn’t too long ago that homosexual activists said they just wanted ‘to get the government out of their bedroom’ … Now we know why: they wanted to put their bedroom in the workplace!”
On the topic of trans people, Perkins said this: “. . . this legislation [EDNA] would extend those special protections to transgenders. In other words, businesses and public organizations would have to bend their dress codes and change their bathroom and shower policies to accommodate men who dress like women and vice-versa. Can you imagine walking into your child’s classroom and meeting a teacher dressed in drag?”
Of course, none of this rhetoric has much to do with EDNA, but the fear generated by Perkins and others of this ilk kept all Republicans from attending the EDNA hearing.
Committee chairman Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) hopes for a swift move for EDNA through the committee but couldn’t promise a time frame beyond that. The Trans People of Color Coalition’s Kylar Broadus was among those testifying at the hearing.
Newsworthy to trans people is a 2011 report by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law that indicates 78% of trans people are harassed at work.
As for Perkins, remember the power he yields is diminished by a rising number of Democrats elected to the Senate and House. Please vote accordingly.
[Note: trigger warning for the comments section here.] http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/congress-eyes-workplace-protections-for-transgenders/
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