I Wish I’d Said That Fifteen Years Ago

Michelangelo Signorile in the Washington Post:

Even if marriage equality comes to all 50 states in June, after all, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people still won’t be protected against discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, nor under any federal statute, a sad reality that often surprises people. There are no statewide protections in 29 states. Which means that in some states, gay and lesbian individuals have exercised the right to marry one day, only to be fired from their jobs the next after their employers learned about it.

[W]hat it is clear is that LGBT activists need to redouble the fight, not only in the states but at the federal level, where what would help most would be amending the 1964 Civil Rights Act or passing a similar bill protecting LGBT people in all areas, from housing and education to employment and public accommodations, with no broad religious exemption. They should be pressuring 2016 presidential candidates, starting with Hillary Clinton, to promise to make this a priority. And certainly they shouldn’t be declaring victory for LGBT rights, no matter what the Supreme Court does in June.

Why should anyone think that the same privileged, Gay, Inc.-ers who would show up at LGB( ) law conferences during the Bush junta to declare that ‘once we have marriage nothing else will matter’ don’t still have that attitude because, in their privileged lives in jurisdictions privileged with legal protections other than marriage, once marriage is a reality nothing else will matter because they’ll be too busy counting their money and not ponying up a penny of it to pass LGB rights laws – much less T laws – anywhere?


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