Human Rights Campaign sure knows how to play politics. In the wake of this year’s ENDA disaster, the gay non-profit pledged not to endorse HR 3685, which neglects trans rights. From an October 2, 2007 press release:
Last 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.
Less than a month later, however, the group posted a generic letter to congress which reads thus:
As your constituent, and a Human Rights Campaign supporter, I’m writing to share my strong support for HR 3685, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, legislation that protects GLBT Americans against discrimination in the workplace.
Rather than addressing Trans Advocate’s complaints, HRC simply removed the page supporting HR 3685. TA calls it a “bait and switch”. Could it simply be a mistake or something more devious?