How Can I Compromise Thee? Let Me Count the Ways

Absent a few stylistic edits that I’ve made, the following – which I re-present now to all of the St. Barney-defenders slithering out of the woodwork to cheer and defend his continued false claims that he was on the right side of, well…, anything in 2007 – appeared in the May 12, 2000 edition of the Texas Triangle.

I keep hearing how the exclusion of trans people from ENDA is oh so lamentable (such sentiments accented with equal sign-festooned, Caucasian, rich, straight-acting crocodile tears).

Ask yourself this, however:

If there was an attempted amendment to Barney Frank’s ENDA bill that would ‘clarify’ Title VII to ensure that it is never interpreted to protect transsexuals, would Frank and the HRC expend one ounce of political energy to kill it? Or, would it oh so lamentably be accepted as a compromise to get a homosexual-only bill passed?

How about an attempted amendment that would prohibit the federal government from recognizing gender transition (even though 20 states, D.C. and Guam explicitly do so recognize)?

Or an attempted amendment that would make it a federal crime to prescribe hormones for gender transition therapy or to perform sex reassignment surgery?

Or an attempted amendment that would make it a federal crime to send any information on transgender issues through the U.S. Mail?


Well, I’m sure that you can think of other possible compromises. Don’t think you can? Just think like Barney Frank.

How do you think like Barney Frank? Well, you just have to let your arrogance, self-importance and hypocrisy run wild. Not sure how? Try this quick-and-easy, decades-long ‘Be Like Barney’ program. You’ll get the hang of it.

(1) Hop into a closet. (2) Get elected to a state legislature. (3) Support the de-licensure of two gay bars in that state by a city licensing board which claimed that the de-licensure was “in the interest of  the public good” (as was noted in the August 13, 1975 issue of the Advocate) though allegedly solely because of a transgender sex-worker presence (as was speculated in an issue of Drag Magazine shortly  thereafter). (4) Chide a sitting Democratic President for having a “fundamental moral flaw” for not doing
anything to help the poorest and hungriest people in America, adding that “Life under the Democrats is like life under the Republicans except that [U.N. Ambassador] Andy Young’s indiscretions are morally  preferable to Pat Moynihan’s” (as Frank was quoted as saying in the July 11, 1977 issue of the Washington Post. FYI: though a Democratic Senator, Moynihan had held positions in the Nixon and Ford  Administrations). (5) Get elected to Congress and crow to the press “I think I could stay for the next 30
years and feel my life fulfilled.” (6) Five years later, rent a piece of ass from a nontrans male sex worker. (7) Come out of the closet. (8) When word of your use of a hooker bedbud gets out, blame it all on the fact that you were closeted at the time and whine things like, “Dealing with my being gay, while continuing to meet my public obligations, created tremendous internal pressures.” (9) When word gets out that said sex worker may have used your apartment to run a sex work operation, profess ignorance. (10) Count your lucky stars that your party controlled the House during the resulting ethics investigation of you. (11) Win re-election after the ethics investigation. (12) Start proposing employment anti-discrimination bills that protect homosexuals and bisexuals but not trans people. (13) Despite your own personal public life history, repeatedly claim that inclusion of trans people in such a bill, sponsored by you, is what would cause it to fail to become law.

Be honest, queer America – which picture do you really think that non-queer America is more repulsed by: Christie Lee Littleton in the ladies room? Or Barney Frank in the men’s room?

Trans people are the poorest and the hungriest contingent of the movement that started at Stonewall  in 1969. The use of the penis panic against trans people by a man who rented a piece of hustled ass while a member of Congress ultimately putting himself in the position of having to face seemingly believable (though ultimately not proven – at least not proven to the ethics committee’s satisfaction, unlike the allegations of fixing parking tickets and writing a misleading letter to his hustled piece of ass’s probation officer, both of which were) accusations that he and that rented piece of hustled ass did more with their penises in the House gymnasium’s locker room than any MTF transsexual (pre-op or post-op) has ever had any desire of doing in a ladies room or a communal shower facility to justify keeping that poorest and hungriest element out of the most fundamental of civil rights bills – and keeping us in the economic slavery of employment discrimination – is the most fundamental of moral flaws.

In fact, it’s downright obscene.

Some time back I chided Camille Paglia for referring to Barney Frank as an asexual blob. I’d now like to  apologize to Ms. Paglia in full. However, I can’t. I can only give her half of an apology – because Barney Frank is obviously not asexual.

Half an apology. That’s a compromise. ENDA minus trans people is not a compromise. It’s an atrocity.

Now ask yourself this: Might the purported need for a so-called compromise on ENDA be due to Barney Frank’s having called in too many markers during that ethics investigation a decade ago to save his political career so that he can realize that self-important dream of a thirty year career in Congress?

If so, then who is the so-called compromise designed to help? Homosexuals? Or one specific homosexual named Barney Frank?

At the time I wrote that, St. Barney had only managed 19 1/2 years of his goal of 30 years of life on the federal congressional dole. He not only made it to 30, but added two more beyond that.  But even after 32 years of St. Barney on the Potomac, there was no ENDA of any variety – ultimately proving an assertion I soon came to make: that there would never be any ENDA so long as St. Barney was in Congress.  Chad Griffin can make all of the apologies he wants – and even make all of the reparations that he organization does in fact owe to trans people (as an aside, in 2000 where were all of the trans employees he’s now touting?  On the field?  Or on the sidelines? Just curious.) – but it should be clear by now that there will never be an ENDA so long as HRC continues to exist.


1 Comment

  1. The Best Little Whorehouse in Georgetown.

    With apologies to the honest whore – that would be his office.

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