Thursday, January 17, 2008

Goodbye HRC

The following is a copy of a letter forwarded to me for posting in this Blog. It represents the sentiment of many Trans Folk and is similar in intent to many letters written to HRC after their betrayal of the Trans community on the ENDA legislation.
The Rev. Michelle Hansen, blog moderator

To Whom It May Concern:

It is with sadness, not anger, but sadness, that I no longer consider myself a member of HRC. I will not be contributing any funds to your organization. As a transwoman, to do so would be to cooperate in the continued exclusion of myself and my brothers and sisters from our full humanity.

The decision to exclude trans people from ENDA was a political decision. I understand political decisions. They can and should be difficult to make. They are also sometimes necessary. The adage is correct, half a loaf is better than none, however odious some may find that mindset. Therein lies the problem.

No one in the GLBT community will be getting half a loaf. If the neutered ENDA passes the Senate, Bush will veto it. Back to square one. It would seem trans people were excluded for no good reason. After considering the decision, my conclusion is that it was made in either ignorance or arrogance. I find neither option worthy of my support or my funds.

The Rev. Gari Green
Kenosha , WI