I’ve been keeping up with the ENDA executive order kerfluffle being stirred up by some quarters of Gay, Inc. It reminded me of something that Kat Rose said on her FB page last year.
I would also add to that statement by Kat, anytime a politician doesn’t immediately jump to the will of what white gay peeps demand at that moment in time.
And I have to wonder did anyone in Gay, Inc leadership ranks or the Gayosphere take political science, think strategically about issues that affect this community or have any fracking common sense?
What’s going on in rainbow political world is that elements of the white GL community started going apoplectic because President Obama hasn’t signed an executive order that is alleged by the GL 1% to be the elixir for stopping anti-GLBT discrimination.
The ENDA executive order elements of the Gayosphere are loudly complaining about would only protect a small slice of the GL population. It would if signed only prohibit discrimination for those rainbow community people employed by federal contractors, not the entire community..
As they like to say when any issues surface that affects them short of full legislative equality, it’s crumbs.
It was also interesting that within days after the screaming started in the Gayosphere, the unanimous trans friendly EEOC ruling in the Mia Macy case came down.
But back to discussing the executive order drama.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which is a trans community political Holy Grail, is more comprehensive than the proposed executive order the Gay 1% is pimping. ENDA would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in both public and private employment..
So why are they tripping, especially since the trans community has repeatedly urged them since 2004 to focus on passing an inclusive ENDA, local and state level GLBT employment protection and human rights laws like New York’s GENDA instead of this ‘all gay marriage all the time’ push?
I submit to you that the reason the Gay 1% boys and girls went on that 2010 full court DADT repeal press was desperation for a policy win in the wake of another devastating marriage equality referendum loss in Maine that dropped the marriage referendum record to 0-31.
And don’t think we trans peeps forgot about Rep. Barney Frank cutting trans people out of ENDA in 2007 or the fact that people like Americablog’s John Aravosis (who cheerleaded that decision) is one of the gay bloggers chewing on the POTUS’ behind about that executive order.
Um John, I trust a constitutional scholar and former law professor over you any day. In addition I don’t buy for a moment you have ‘evolved already’ on the issue of trans inclusion in ENDA.
There’s a Houston connection to this GLBT political theater because the questionnaire that the POTUS signed to get the Houston GLBT Political caucus endorsement over Hillary back in 2008 mysteriously found its way into the gay media via MetroWeekly. The Caucus denied they leaked the questionnaire, but my suspicions are it came from some Hillary supporters that are still pissed that then Senator Obama won that Caucus endorsement by a razor thin margin.
GetEqual is making noises about protesting Obama campaign headquarters over the executive order, which if they do go there is not going to sit well with African-American TBLG people and exacerbate our already testy post Prop 8 relationship with our white GLBT counterparts.
But sure as making money betting Dan Savage is going to say something insulting to another group, the White Gay Peepul are going to go there anyway.
You longtime TransGriot readers know I have called out GetEqual and Gay, Inc orgs at times for their penchant of knee-jerk protesting of President Obama anytime in their vanillacentric viewpoint they perceive he’s on the ‘wrong’ side of GL issues. But GetEqual won’t lift a finger or expend the same levels of energy to protest their real Republican gay oppressors to the Black rainbow community’s disgust .
So GetEqual. I eagerly await the posts describing your upcoming protests of Romney campaign headquarters around the nation and the upcoming GOP convention in Tampa.
Umm hmm, That’s what I thought.
Never mind the fact President Obama has been the most gay friendly one that have ever occupied the Oval Office and the best ever on trans issues. Mitt version 2012 damned sure won’t be signing any GLBT friendly legislation if we are unfortunate enough to have him win on November 6, much less nor will any progressive GLBT friendly legislation be coming out of a House or Senate controlled by bat guano crazy conservative politicians.
The smart political play would be to ensure that the POTUS gets reelected to a second term, bust your rainbow asses to ensure the Democrats hold the Senate and if possible increase senate representation (think Senator Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin) , and get the House back in Democratic (and Nancy Pelosi’s hands) while gearing up for a full court press to pass an inclusive ENDA in 2013.
But what we’re getting right now is a replay of what happened in 2010 in terms of elements of the white gay community demanding the POTUS sign an executive order in the middle of a tight political campaign year on an issue that demands and needs a legislative solution to distract from another anticipated marriage equality loss, this time in North Carolina.