The AP's optimistic about ENDA. Considering the fact that 90% of Americans support job protections for LGB people and 65% of Americans support such protections for trans people, we shouldn't have to be waiting for the stars to align when we already have a Democratic Congress and a Democratic president who says he supports the bill. But that's the new reality, where anyone to the left of GWB is a crazed dirty fucking hippie, and everything can be put at risk by the a hecklers' veto from a minority of the country that will never go along with anything.
Anyway, they cite several conditions as being better than in 2007, including the shifts in the House, Senate, and White House (thank you, voters). But they also spend a few paragraphs discussing the game change Barney Frank's hiring of Diego Sanchez caused.
I've gotta say, I, like Becky Juro, found Barney Frank's position on splitting the ENDA to be less morally objectionable than HRC's position on the same. Most of the reasons for not splitting it had to do with either trying to alleviate the real discrimination that occurs against trans people on the ground or how we define ourselves as an LGBT movement, both of which are an advocacy group's concerns. But a politician? Pol's aren't our friends - they have to think about looking like they're getting something done and public opinion before they worry about doing the right thing. It's the system we have.
Diego Sanchez is brilliant and I'm sure is doing a wonderful job, and hiring an openly transgender political advisor (most of the sites discussing this article call him the "first" transgender staffer on the Hill, but, come on, we all know there were others before who didn't want to have to deal with that attention) is really one of the best things Frank could have done for an inclusive ENDA. Here's the AP's take: