When Maryland State Senate President Mike Miller, the Democrat who was supposed to be on our side during the recent transgender protections battle said this on Maryland Public Television's State Circle, people were shocked:
"...The problem is this: I have senators that are not going to hire, uh, people with male sexual organs who wear a dress to serve as receptionists, okay? Umm, and so if they're not going to do it, so if the senators and house members themselves wouldn't hire someone in that category, how can we say to constituents that you've got to do this?"
So when Katrina Rose points out the obvious, I can only nod my head in agreement. When trans folk are regularly excluded from jobs inside of our community, the emperor has no clothes.
We must point this back at those who have given Miller's "legislative peers" license to have this attitude: The Gay Rights Industry™.
What would Miller's "legislative peers" have seen in terms of the Gay Rights Industry's™ opinion of trans people overall (much less trans women) as employee material back in 2001? And is the Gay Rights Industry's™ actual opinion of us really any better now?
Was the NGLTF mouthpiece who testified in Maryland for HB235 this year as an expert on trans issues a trans person?
Do not tell me that even the most transphobic of legislators can't put two and two together; so you have to be willing to acknowledge that fence-sitting, non-psychopaths can do the same math.
Outside of a few exceptions, Gay Inc. is as blindingly white and cisgender as the Out Power 50 list. With so few trans folk in position of leadership in LGB(T) organizations nationally, how can we fix this problem?
That said, Lisa Mottet, the Transgender Civil Rights Project Director at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, is a huge trans ally and one smart cookie. She's nothing to be sneezed at - and if the point is that gender identity shouldn't matter when hiring someone, how does that factor in for this situation?