Representative Barney Frank's office sent us a statement from the Congressman hailing the recent court decision confirming transwoman Diane Schroer was discriminated against by the Library of Congress. Schroer was courted by the library, but when she told them she would be transitioning, they rescinded the employment offer.
"The Library of Congress dishonored us by rescinding its job offer to Diane Schroer that had been made to her when she was David Schroer. Ms. Schroer was eminently qualified both before and after her transition to be a terrorism analyst, and I was very disappointed that the Library of Congress acted as it did. I did at the time try to persuade the Director of the Library of Congress, Mr. Billington, to drop this act of discrimination and I was troubled when he refused to do so. I have been working with legislative leaders to find a way for us to reverse this policy carried out by an institution that bears the name of Congress, and Judge Robertson's decision hastens the process of extending justice to Ms. Schroer.
"I have written to the Library of Congress strongly urging that there be no appeal of this decision, and I will continue to consult with Congressional leaders to take the steps that we have to take to prevent such an appeal if there is any way we can do that. Judge Robinson's thoughtful decision, of course, extends beyond the case of Ms. Schroer and makes the strong point that a decision to rescind a job offer because someone has changed their sex clearly constitutes sex discrimination. I will be working with my colleagues to do everything we can to defend the integrity of this decision not just in the case of Ms. Schroer but across the board."
A copy of the Congressman's letter to Director Billington after the jump.