The History of our community and HRC

This is an amazing and appalling time line of events

1998 New Orleans Boycotts HRC Dinner

The Task Force, just weeks prior to the re-introduction of ENDA, declares,
“Without the inclusion of transgender people, the Task Force cannot
endorse ENDA.” The Task Force re-directs its federal lobbying towards
defeating the Religious Liberty Protection Act and other anti-LGBT
legislative proposals that gain traction in the Republican-led Congress.

Sept 27, 2002 PFLAG Board Supports only Inclusive Legislation

Inclusion in Legislation

Long experience
has shown that it is exceedingly difficult to broaden the scope of
civil rights legislation to expand the protections provided for
additional classes of persons, such as transgender, once those laws are
in place. This means that any proposed legislation, however
progressive and desirable, which does not include all the classes of
persons in our mission statement and for whom we advocate will result
in the exclusion of those persons from the benefits of such legislation
for years to come, if not permanently.

The Board of Directors of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays has, therefore, adopted the following policy:

PFLAG can only support legislation that provides explicit inclusion of all who are included in our mission statement.

(Adopted by the PFLAG Board of Directors on September 27, 2002 and revised on October 18, 2003.)

Transgender Leaders Laud Unified Voice of GLBT Community in Federal Legislative Efforts

June 17, 2003

Aug 7, 2004 Protest at HRC Board Meeting

Enda As We’ve Known It Must Die

ENDA as We’ve Known It Must Die


by Matt Foreman, Executive Director,

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

For many years, our community has debated the place of transgender
people in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The time for
debate is over. The question must be called. ENDA must be amended to
protect transgender people. If it is not, we all must walk away from it.

HRC Board Will Only Support Inclusive Legislation

HRC Moves to Add Trans to ENDA

by Bob Roehr


The Human Rights
Campaign has decided to support including protection for transgender
persons in draft language of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
(ENDA) at the Aug. 7 meeting of their board of directors.

Trans activists have worked for inclusion in ENDA from the time it was
first introduced in 1994, but HRC has resisted for reasons of political
strategy. Many felt that opposition from Massachusetts Democrats Sen.
Ted Kennedy and Rep. Barney Frank’s had been the key factor.

HRC adopted a resolution stating it “will only support ENDA if it is
inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity expression.” No
action is expected in this Congress but it will affect the bill when it
is reintroduce next year.

“Passage of ENDA is a brass ring for our community and we’re making it
clear that it must have the strongest teeth possible to protect
everyone,” said board cochair Tim Boggs.

“It was ten years and nine days ago, 29 July 1994, that Karen Kerin and
I sat in the Senate hearing room as guests of Sen. Jim Jeffords (then
R-Vermont) for a committee meeting chaired by Ted Kennedy at which the
current, non-tg-inclusive ENDA was first introduced,” Houston trans
activist Phyllis Randolph Frye wrote in a widely distributed e-mail.

“On that day, Karen and I were both prevented from testifying for tg
inclusion by Kennedy’s staff. After the hearing, Karen and I met with
lots of people in the know, asking why tg folks were omitted. The
answer was always, always, always HRC. And so the struggle with HRC

Friday, August 13, 2004

Aug 13, 2004 HRC Puts the T In Enda

HRC’s board has decided not to support ENDA without transgender protections. It’s the right and pragmatic thing to do. ~Cheryl Jacques

Oct 2, 2007 Human Rights Campaign Board of Directors votes to reaffirm 2004 policy on ENDA

night, the Human Rights Campaign’s Board of Directors voted to reaffirm
the 2004 policy supporting a fully inclusive version of the Employment
Non-Discrimination Act. Therefore, HRC will not support the newly
introduced sexual orientation only bill. The board’s position
articulates a process for continued dialogue with House leaders about
strategies that have been put forth to, in the end, achieve passage of
a fully inclusive ENDA.

“We are now faced with definitive Congressional action to move forward
a version of the bill stripping gender identity. Though we support a
fully inclusive ENDA, we acknowledge the legislative strategy put forth
by Congressman Frank and the Democratic leadership to obtain a clear
path towards an inclusive bill in the future,” said Human Rights
Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “We look forward to working with
them to accomplish the goal all of us share – ending workplace
discrimination against the entire GLBT community.”

“Since 2004, HRC has had in place a policy that supports only a fully
inclusive version of ENDA and the Board of Directors voted to reaffirm
that position,” Solmonese continued. “Therefore, we are not able to
support, nor will we encourage Members of Congress to vote against, the
newly introduced sexual orientation only bill. And will continue
working with our allies in Congress to support a comprehensive,
legislative strategy to achieve passage of a fully inclusive ENDA as
quickly as possible.”

Oct 25, 2007 PFLAG Supports United ENDA


Symbolism or Substance in ENDA Debate?

Posted October 25, 2007 |

Read More: Employment
Non-Discrimination Act, Enda, Gays In The Workplace, Homosexuality,
Lgbt, Transgendered, Workplace Discrimination, Breaking Politics News

When the
Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) received its first-ever vote
in the House of Representatives and passed the Education and Labor
Committee on Oct. 18, it should have been a historic — and celebratory
— moment for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
community. But there was a cloud hanging over the vote, with over 300
LGBT and allied groups in the United ENDA Coalition advocating for the
original form of the bill introduced earlier this year — one that
finally included a ban on discrimination based on gender identity. The
House Democratic leadership’s decision to strip those protections from
the bill, leaving only sexual orientation covered, has turned what
should have been a victory into an unnecessarily divisive,
disappointing setback for the LGBT movement.

November 6, 2007

Breaking its month-long posture of nuanced neutrality, the Human Rights
Campaign (HRC) today endorsed the revised version of the federal
Employment Non-Discrimination Act that provides protections for gay and
lesbian Americans but does not include language barring bias based on
gender identity and expression.

Dear Representative:

We, the undersigned organizations, write to express our support for

H.R. 3685, the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007” (ENDA).

would prevent most employers from firing, refusing to hire, or denying
a promotion to any worker on the basis of sexual orientation. In doing
so, this legislation represents a major step forward in the advancement
of civil rights protections for all Americans, and would bring federal
law closer in line with highly-successful policies that already exist
in a number of states and corporate environments……..

such, we urge you to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and
to oppose any floor amendments or motions that would undermine its

If you have any questions, or need any further information please feel
free to contact LCCR Vice President and Director of Public Policy Nancy
Zirkin at (202) 263-2880 or Rob Randhava, LCCR Counsel, at
202-466-6058. Thank you for your consideration of our views.


American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees

Human Rights Campaign

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

National Education Association

National Employment Lawyers Association

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

HRC Tries to Fool the Community –Unbelieveable & Underhanded

April 4, 2008 – Solmonese Says HRC May Support Non-Inclusive ENDA Again

An open letter to the LGBT community & our allies,

from the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club

June 18, 2007 – Alice B Toklas LGBT Democratic Club Writes OPen Letter to Community

June 26, 2008

Officials announce HRC Dinner Boycott

July 2, 2008


Diego Sanchez  crosses picket line to Speak at HRC Dinner in San Francisco


Protest planned for the HRC Chicago Gala Dinner

Another testament to LGBT solidarity. Please attend this event
and show your support for the inclusion of Gender identity and
expression in the Employment Non-discrimination Act.
We need protections for our whole community, not just a select
and privileged few.

When: On Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 5:30 PM

Where: Hyatt Regency hotel, 151 East Wacker Drive,
Chicago, Ill.

Contact: Cyndi Richards
Send Cyndi your phone number and she will call you.


3 Responses to The History of our community and HRC

  1. Kelli Busey says:

    This post is a living tribute to the epic struggle transgender people have engaged in. We have faced dedicated foes from all political parties and unbelievable as it would seem the most ardent foe HRC. The very same group which proclaims to be our advocate. Boycott HRC, at any cost bring our enemy to its knees. It is the only answer. We have attempted all peaceable means time and time again.

  2. Kathryn says:

    Thanks you for posting the history of this fight. Being new to being out in the trans community, I need some history lessons on where we have been. This was helpful to see that this was not a new betrayal.


  3. You are welcome. Kathryn, if you need any other information,
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