01 Jun 2009

Inclusive ENDA 2009: Can A Viral Facebook Campaign Make It Happen?

Last week, Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts said that ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation and, maybe, gender identity, will be reintroduced this month.  As we all remember all too well, in the last introduction of that bill in 2007, “gender identity”

05 Sep 2008

The Palin Choice

Tikkun Magazine has a great article by George Lakoff, author of The Political Mind: Why You Can't Understand 20th Century Politics With an 18th Century Brain.  He makes the point that Democrats who simply belittle the Palin choice are courting disaster. It must be taken with the utmost seriousness because the

22 Oct 2007

Call 202-224-3121

I am asking you to pick up the phone and dial 202-224-3121.  It's the number to Congress, and your zip code will connect you to your Representative's office, where an aide will register your request. For those of you who have never done it before, it is a call that

16 Oct 2007

Join my Twitter campaign to educate Congress about ENDA

I invite you to join our political education campaign. It uses a new technology to keep you informed of who else is taking similar action in real time. The plan is this: you join Twitter, a free text messaging service, and then set it to follow our Inclusive_ENDA campaign. You

12 Oct 2007

SPLENDA: Representative Frank and Professor Carpenter and Lewis Carroll

The sun was shining on the sea,Shining with all his might:He did his very best to makeThe billows smooth and bright–And this was odd, because it wasThe middle of the night. Lewis Carroll, The Walrus and The Carpenter The current contretemps about ENDA reminds me of this famous poem by

09 Oct 2007

Volokh Conspiracy Says Lambda Legal Lies About ENDA

I am steamin mad this morning! I open up my reader, and I see some one writing that Lambda Legal is lying about whether gender identity is needed in ENDA to protect gay people.  He has no evidence for his claims, and obviously has not read the case law, which

02 Oct 2007

ENDA: The Sound of One Hand Clapping

Yesterday, after several days of lobbying by many LGBT organizations to the Democratic leadership, it was announced that gender identity would not be pulled from ENDA. I am as pleased tonight as I was upset yesterday, and I take back all those petty, ungenerous thoughts. The mobilization of so many

25 Apr 2007

Rev. says ENDA unnecessary

A measure was introduced in the House yesterday to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Reverend Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values coalition opposed the bill, saying it was unnecessary: What are these people doing?  There is no level of discrimination.

14 Apr 2007

Steve Stanton announces he will not sue

Appearing last night on Larry King Live, Steve Stanton, who had been fired by the City of Largo as city manager when his transsexuality was revealed by a local newspaper, announced that he would not sue his former employer

11 Apr 2007

Steve Stanton to appear on Larry King Live

The St. Petersburg Times today revealed that Steve Stanton is slated to appear with his attorney on Larry King Live on Thursday.