Normally I get up on my little national biscuit company antique store box with the cracked 130 year old glass pane that once rested in Ouray, Colordao. And from that point I talk about meta concepts in the whole of the LGBT community, with special focus on trans stuff.
But I asked a lot of questions and got a lot of answers and they have me doing some thinking while I research a couple other posts, including one on a problem that New Orleans has with making anyone they don't like who has sex a registered sex offender. And so I've got some effort going on behind the scenes that's held me back from doing some stuff I really need to do.
But I know how much ya'll miss me, lol, so I figured I'd toss another post out just to keep you reminded, and in this case, I'm to talk about what I think is important, and how I feel about things because one of the things raised in making trouble is that people just don't know my thoughts well enough.
Well, here's how I see it.
I see ENDA as the single most important legislation possible right now.
Yes, really. And I don't say that because I'm unemployed -- even if ENDA were passed tomorrow, it wouldn't change people's hearts and minds, and let's be real: this ENDA has no teeth to make them want to change their hearts and minds.
I don't say any of this because I may or may not benefit from any of it. I say it because the entire LGBT community benefits from this. Our ability to change hearts and minds benefits from this, and our collective ability to fight injustice benefits from this.
The reason it benefits is, ultimately, money. Get ENDA passed, and more people will be able to work (once the economy picks up) and more benefits will be available and more employers will have to deal with people doing things like having their spouse's photo on their desk or at their counter or whatever than have to do so right now.
And the more LGBT+ people who are working, the more money our community has. And that means more funding available to elect more positive politicians, to fight onerous petition drives, to create effective PSA's that get aired over network objections, and so forth.
That is not just a trans issue. That's an America issue. That's an LGBT+ issue -- that's all of us.
More of us working also means more mainstreaming -- we all know the power of just one of us being present in a workplace, how our perseverance can change a company's outlook.
After that, I believe that Comprehensive Immigration Reform is the next most important piece of legislation we can pass because it also affects every last one of us. No one in the United States is immune to the effects of the broken and crippled Immigration system in the United States right now. Not even those self sufficient prairie muffins and their survivalist families who live off the grid and do everything themselves.
I have problems with some of the stuff I've seen declared, and I've expressed that before, but that's simply a problem that an be overcome -- and it's easy to overcome -- and part of the whole thing. Fully comprehensive reform will be inclusive of all of us -- or calling it comprehensive is an outright lie.
The third most important thing for all of us the way I see it is Marriage Equity and Equality. I've never had an issues with this -- marriage equality is a trans issue as well as an LGBT issue. I'm aware of the reason why it's such, but I tend to focus on the solutions once you you know what the problem is. The problem is that so long as Marriage Equality doesn't exist, and is a patchwork of laws, trans marriages will be subject to various interpretations in different jurisdictions according to whim and circumstance.
The fourth most important thing as I see it is Health Care Reform. Now, a lot of you can say I'm a tad bit out of step and all that, but keep in mind that health care reform is something that trans folks have an additional interest in. Trans folks are at the greatest risk for HIV & STDs in many areas of the nation -- greater than G and B folk. HIV funding loss affects us disproportionately. T and L have needs for medical services that include better research, since most of the research done in the past was exclusively done on men in health care -- creating a startling disparity in effectiveness.
The fifth most important thing is effective education. And, again, I'm out of step. The Governors of the states recently agreed on a set of fairly uniform standards for education. This is important -- there are a lot of people out there who are unaware of this little change, and one of the things that may get left behind (and will be if some of the forces involved here are allowed their will) is structures for how to educate our children on our lives and our contributions. In short, yes -- I'm talking about an agenda item that says we need to educate our nation's children.
So there's five basic priorities. Some might ask "well what about this or that?" Well, DOMA falls under Marriage Equity and Equality (because I won't settle for just one or the other). DADT falls under Employment. So does the non-DADT Trans people deserve to serve openly too thing that everyone runs from as if it were poison because they are afraid someone's going to make them hack something off.
I realize a lot of folks wont agree with my priorities. I set them up on the basis of money, not opportunity. On the basis of real, tangible need, not segmented desires, I set them up on the basis of their benefit to all of us, not just some of us.
And mostly I set them up so that they can harness the power of a collective will instead of an individual one.
But hey, they say I'm a dreamer. And no, I'm not the only one. And part of what makes for a strong community is the ability to disagree with each other without erasing or ignoring a segment.
And as I'm learning right now, I just keep getting into ever more easily erased categories...