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  •  I agree... no leaving our T siblings behind (13+ / 0-)

    I'm opposed to any form of ENDA that excludes discrimination based on gender identity or expression. Same for the housing nondiscrimination bill. If anything the T is more needed in both given the staggeringly high rates of unemployment and homelessness among the transgender community, often caused by nothing more than the prejudice both bills aim to fight. We also need SNDA to strengthen the gender identity and expression protections that have been interpreted into the Title IX Education Amendments of 1972 because no child should have to face the ugly hate, prejudice and discrimination we are seeing while often navigating the difficult revelation of their own gender identity. The mental aspects of that are difficult enough without schools compounded the problem.

    As for the perceived rise in hate crimes, L, G and T, I think a portion of it can be explained by the Hate Crimes Prevention Act and the rising LGBT tide making LGBT's feel able to safely report the crimes against us. Whereas in the past, after being the victim of a hate crime, the victim didn't often want to be victimized a second time by reporting the crime because police frequently didn't take such crimes seriously and were often LGBT bashers themselves. See Brandon Teena and Duanna Johnson. The other portion of the rise in reported hate crimes can be explained as the haters last stand because they know they have lost and are becoming desperate, lashing out as their last defense of "morals."

    "Lesbian and gay people are a permanent part of the American workforce, who currently have no protection from the arbitrary abuse of their rights on the job." --Coretta Scott King

    by craigkg on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 07:52:27 PM PDT

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