Originally Posted by Eugene
One sure way to get no change at all is to insult those "privileged heterosexual" allies in Congress and across America who have come so far in their thinking but not as far as you'd like. You can throw their liberality back in their faces and snort at incremental change.
I am not opposed to equal employment rights for anyone. However, if Congress has enough members willing to brave their constituencies and pass laws to protect my job security, I expect HRC to be supportive. I DO NOT expect them to become ideological and stand in the way of incremental progress. And so I fully supported HRC's position. Even more so when they maintained it despite all the politically correct bitching within the LGBT community.
Somebody I don't know invented the LGBT acronym and decided it was a good idea to lobby for equal rights on a collective basis. That's all fine and good until equal rights are offered on a less-than-collective basis. You take what you can get when you can get it, and you then work for more from a stronger position. Any other approach is inefficient, and I wouldn't support it financially.
I can definitely see this point and have immense gratitude for what HRC has accomplished. I think we are talking about "lifeboat ethics" in a sense. The lifeboat representing protective legislation for gays and lesbians. try to rescue too many and the lifeboat sinks. Sacrifice a few and the lifeboat floats.
From the perspective of a survivor in the lifeboat the decision can be defended. From the perspective of the trans person not included obviously would be justified in feeling other than gratitude. That doesn't mean that trans folk won't be included in the future, however being classified as dispensable once again would certainly make me feel betrayed.
"Slum thinking" or accepting second class status and treatment by others is a psychological injury with many long term consequences and many creative compensatory strategies. My "Martyr Mind" did this very well (And probably always will to the extent that I let it.) I find that if there is a reward for my sacrifice I can handle it better and not get depressed and overwhelmed.
I honestly do not think that HRC loathes trans folk. In the future, I believe equality for trans folk will become the focus of the human rights campaign.