Gay group opposes gay employment bias bills

A move to expand employment discrimination protections to gay workers is facing opposition – from a gay civil rights group.

The House and Senate are considering bills that would protect gays, lesbians and bisexuals from employment bias. The House version, which passed in November, is sponsored by openly gay Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts. Sen. Edward Kennedy, also from Massachusetts, is pushing the Senate to pass its version as well.

But members of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force oppose the bills because they do not include transgendered individuals in the protected category.

“Leaving transgender people out makes that a flawed movement,” member Roberta Sklar told The Associated Press. The group “strongly opposes” the bill, she said.

Kennedy said that it may take baby steps to cover everyone, but including transgendered workers in the current versions of the bill would jeopardize it for everyone. He said next year – particularly if a Democrat is in the White House – Congress can work to expand the law’s protections.

“The fact is that the House of Representatives has taken action,” Kennedy told The Associated Press. “The best opportunity for progress is … to follow along on the action of the House of Representatives, and then look down the road to a new day after we have a good Democratic Congress and a Democratic president.”

Frank, who was also criticized for not including transgendered individuals in his bill, also said he hopes to expand upon the law later.

2 Responses to Gay group opposes gay employment bias bills

  1. stellewriter01 says:

    So those of us who are living behind a dumpster and are rejected from the job market are in fact “street trash” to Ted and Barney.

    Let us not confuse by unfair association those who have medical issues…
    Every ten minutes a child is born, 1/2500, in which the doctor cannot determine the sex, or gender. This is not talking about homosexuality, but tragically a congenital condition of birth which can be caused by endocrine agents and chemicals. These children are Intersex; they are born into a life of not male or female. Likewise in similar fashion the Transsexual is identified with a Bioneurological congenital condition, and they too are locked into something not quite so clearly defined as male, or female. The best we can do is live as close to what we seem to believe we are. That may preclude the wants, and often ignorant and bigoted beliefs of others. In what case do we ignore this issue and abandon the children who now cannot hide? How can anyone continue in hate and prejudice so as to deny simple equality and justice? Not an easy thing to resolve, but one that is present and will not go away. I can appreciate social opinion, and the freedom to express same, but I would hope our culture and ethos would be with regard to the children, teens, and emerging adults, and all who are not so fortunate to have been born by someone’s idea of “normal.”

    Stellewriter – Conservative Christian, Parent, and Transsexual.

  2. Ryan says:

    Let us not forget that Title VII and other discrimination bills were passed to remeidate for past wrongs and general inequities within the workplace. These inequities simply do not exists for gays and lesbians in the broad statistical sense. Why pass a law that is unecessary. Gays and lesbians already have a higher per capita income then any minority group. I don’t believe that someone should be fired because of their sexual prefrence or precieved preference, it does not seem to be occuring on such a great level. Further, it seems that it would be more practical to pass an anti-harassment law based on homo-sexuality.

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