Women Born Transsexual, USA
Massachusetts Toothless Transgender Law Goes Into Force Sunday
07/02/2012 ó Suzan
Iím kind of an incrementalist. I try to see the positive in any
legislation that either protects oppressed minority groups or offers
them tools to make their lives easier.
I see any sort of trans-inclusive ENDA sort of legislation as positive
and tend to see a different set of short comings than those seen by my
friend, Kelli who lives on the other end of the Dallas/Fort Worth
We have different concerns based on where we are at in life and how
society relates to us.
I might be concerned about discrimination that arises when ever a
company runs even a hundred dollar back ground check for anything
above an entry level position. Kelli points out to me that many other
sister and I suspect a few brothers as well are having to deal with
bathroom issues, even in those entry level positions.
While I tend to believe in get what you can get and come back asking
for more others believe in one big push to get everything or at least
most of what you want in one big effort.
I can see the rationale behind either approach. It is hard to
maintain activist group cohesion for multi-year efforts. At the same
time we are living through an extremely reactionary era and struggles
tend to be prolonged.
Hereís Kelliís take on the Massachusetts Law:
From Planet Transgender:
By Kelli Busey
June 30, 2012
Reposted with permission
Fail. Caved. Gave up. All these terms come to mind when considering
the Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights law
that does not protect transgender peoples right to be in public
places. Why would I condemn a law many see as a step forward? Because
on the ground, unemployed or in the workplace, this law means squat.
Perception is 99% of social Conscript. The haters won. Sure they
arenít celebrating openly, we are still alive after all.
Point to consider. In September of last year I was hired to work in a
warehouse in a small Texas town. Its a huge state of the art
electronics distributor, a place you might assume to have enlightened
The second day I was there I learned of a rumor that I was seen using
the menís room. The next thing I knew I was being questioned by HR as
to whether hiring me had been a good idea. Itís been a uphill battle
since then with myself continually having to be on the defensive,
essentially fighting for my life.
Employment revolves around public accommodations. Without a job having
housing or credit protections doesnít mean mean jack shit.
No high falutiní lawyer came to my defense even if they could have.
But there are Lawyers who defend the Transgender Equal Rights In
Massachusetts: Likely Broader Than You Think
I am not a lawyer but the reality for Massachusetts transgender people
in Public Accommodations is this. The public now knows for some reason
unlike any minority before you, you were judged unworthy, unequal and
untrusted enough not to be thought of as fully human. Not to be
granted the same dignity.
Iíd rather die than live a life so judged.