Trans folks may become political sacrifices. Though the majority of Democrats support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, they apparently disagree on whether or not the government should support trans rights:
House Democratic leaders are strongly considering dropping anti-discrimination protections for transgender persons from the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, after an internal Democratic head count on Wednesday found that the bill would likely be defeated if it included the trans provision, multiple sources familiar with the bill said.
House speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s apparently worried about how the bill will fair with trans inclusion. Sources close to Congress say Pelosi has considered editing out trans rights.
Gay rights groups HRC and the Gay and Lesbian Task Force don’t support the move, but gay politico Barney Frank thinks it’s worth a shot: “I think the notion that we should let the whole bill die if we can’t pass [a] transgender [provision] is a terrible idea.” Frank points to past wins, including women and blacks, which came in stages, not a flood.