[S]ome gay activists say the “don’t ask, don’t tell” Equal Signrepeal will inevitably lead to more successes in their effort to erase the official barriers to complete parity in society.

“If you can fight and die for your country, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t be granted the full set of rights” that others have, including the ability to marry a same-sex partner, said Fred Sainz, a vice president at the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group. With the military’s policy repealed, he said, “Americans will deduce that on their own. We won’t have to say a thing.”

~Quoted from the Washington Post‘s For gay rights, is repeal of ‘don’t ask’ military ban the end or the beginning? (emphasis added)

I’m having a hard time understanding what Fred Sainz means by this comment of his in the Washington Post.

We know that the repeal of DADT was a 17-year long slog, and it took an incredible amount of effort in the end to ensure its passage through the Senate. Sainz’s now appears to be saying that:

  1. LGBT community can be lazy working for ENDA because equality will magically happen as a result of the repeal of DADT
  2. Because trans people aren’t included in repeal of DADT, trans people don’t deserve full equality.

Seriously, does Sainz really believe ENDA will happen without anything but minimal effort? Divide By SignIs Sainz’s statement the official position of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)?

I sure hope not — that’s a sure path to failure. The HRC needs to clarify whether or not it believes we can sit back in our easy chairs and wait for equality to to occur on auto-pilot. And too, it needs to clarify if Sainz was speaking for the organization.

Frankly, I can’t help but feel this an incredibly stupid comment from an organization that has a poor history on full inclusion; an organization that has had a continuing tone deafness to the grassroots of the activist portion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

The HRC needs to be shaken to it’s core if their leaders really believe what Fred Sainz apparently believes.

Autumn Sandeen

Autumn Sandeen