[NOTE: HRC's Joe Solmonese will be on the Mike Signorile show at 2:15.] 

Just in my inbox:Human Rights Campaign's release on Donna Rose, the transgender member of the HRC board who stepped down yesterday:

Statement from HRC Board of Director Co-Chairs:  Lawrie Demorest and Henry Robin

The entire HRC family is deeply saddened by Donna’s decision to leave the board of directors.   Donna has given a tremendous amount of time, energy and passion to this organization, and we are forever in her debt.

On Monday, the HRC Board of Directors voted to affirm its 2004 decision not to support a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that does not explicitly include protections based on gender identity.  We do not support the current version of ENDA that is being considered by the House, and are not advocating for it on the Hill.

Donna maintains that HRC should have gone further in its opposition to the legislation and the strategy put forth by Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Frank.

We respect Donna’s decision, and wish her only the very best.  We hope to find a way to work together in the future, to pass a complete ENDA that provides employment protections to all members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

HRC is heartened that Donna will continue her work as a member of HRC’s Business Council, and we look forward to working together to pass a complete ENDA and continue to make corporate America more fair and equal for GLBT employees.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding