The Lemmings listen:
Since I stood before you one year ago, I believe that our community has made more progress and has done more to move this country in the direction of full equality than at any other time in our movement’s history.
Has it been without pain? No, but work as complex as social change rarely is. Has it been without sharp disagreements about how best to move forward? No, as evidenced by the people protesting outside tonight.
But here’s what I know. In any struggle for civil rights in this country, there have been occasions when different groups of people have marched down different roads. What is important to our ultimate success is that each of those roads ends at the same place. And while I regret the pain and distance that sometimes comes from taking different paths, I am more assured and more committed than ever that those of us outside this room and those of us inside this room are going to arrive at the same place – one that ensures that every member of our community, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender has the same rights and the same protections as every American. We may differ in how we get there, but we will get there together.
We are fortunate to live in a country that allows us to speak out passionately and forcefully about our beliefs. I welcome that passion and I respect it.
Joe So is saying that both groups of people who are inside the dinner and outside protesting are struggling for the same thing and he is right. Both groups are struggling for equality. Joe So also says that both groups will get there some day and he is right about that too. What he never says is that HRC will help us to get there and that we will all arrive at the same time. We can’t get someplace together and be on different paths.
Just for the record, I don’t lie awake at night wondering if our community has gained the respect of Joe So. The arrogance he displays is maddening.
I hear there might be a meeting between 6 angry transgender activists and Joe So. You know what I think of that? I think it’s a complete waste of time. Unless Joe So publicly states that HRC will ONLY support a single ENDA bill which includes both sexual orientation and Gender Identity, there is NOTHING he can say to stop the anger. No matter who HRC hires, no matter which transgender person they get to speak at their dinner party, fund-raisers. DO WHAT’s RIGHT or shut the F_ck up.