Jeremy Bishop

Somebody Gets Trans-Inclusion

Filed By Jeremy Bishop | November 07, 2008 7:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, gender identity, jobs, labor

For those of you looking for a dream job in the President-Elect's administration, you should visit, the Change.gov website.

And good news for our community. Look at their anti-discrimination clause:

The Obama-Biden Transition Project does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by law.

I guess we should savor the small victories.


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Scott Kaiser Scott Kaiser | November 7, 2008 8:15 PM

Thank you for pointing that out.

That may seem small, but it's VERY significant. Can you recall any other President in history being as inclusive?

It's a very welcome statement from the President elect on the value of all lgbt people. And is fully in accord with his stated views on ENDA.

This sends a powerful message on the next ENDA. It's strange when politicians have to lead civil rights organizations rather than the obverse.

That's change I hope I can believe in!

It will be nice to have a President with a brain!

But will they take this to its logical conclusion and actually make equality for all a reality?

Jeremy, first thanks for pointing out that the Obama-Biden issues and positions, those of our next Executive Branch leaders, include gender identity.

Second, there's nothing small about it, and it didn't just pop up. Being the first transgender person ever appointed by a DNC Chair to The Platform Committee and named a Party Leader and At-Large Delegate, I know, and others do, too. We had a record number of LGBT Delegates at this election cycle's DNC, and that was historic, too, as was adding same-sex couples explicitly as families and calling for a National AIDS Strategy.

The three inclusions are historic. It's the first time that gender identity is included along with sexual orientation -- from the Democratic Party Platform Drafting on which Rep. Tammy Baldwin helped write and forge to being approved unanimously in Pittsburgh where I got to lead with much great support, to being mentioned frequently at the DNC in Denver by speakers and leaders including our next First Lady Michelle Obama, DNC Chair Gov. Howard Dean, Sen. Hillary Clinton. Rep. Barney Frank and even me, to the actual overt and stated position of President-Elect Obama.

It follows the historic Congressional Hearing on Transgender Employment Discrimination, in which I testified among others and for which ACLU, HRC, NCTE and The Task Force helped witnesses prepare to address Chairman Andrews and his Sub-Committee, alongside Reps. Baldwin and Frank, who formed the Members panel.

In short, it didn't just get there. We had tremendous support, and we did the work to make it real, as some of us have been plugging away for decades. Next is a fully inclusive Hate Crimes and then ENDA, for which Pres.-Elect Obama has already expressed clear support as do the policy statements at www.change.gov, and there's plenty more to do after that. Thanks again. Diego

THANK YOU. You understate your role into getting GI into the platform. I know first hand the conversations you had to have and what you did to achieve it. Hopefully others will recognize that once I-ENDA is enacted into Federal Law.

Meghan

Great! It's good that they're putting that statement front and center.

Let's hope it translates into an inclusive ENDA and good federal court judge appointments to enforce that law!