On The Need To End Job Discrimination Against Trans Individuals

This morning, Kylar Broadus, the founder of the Trans People of Color Coalition, testified on behalf of the inclusion of trans people under the proposed protections of ENDA. Below is his testimony. According to Zack Ford, this is the first ever trans witness in the United States Senate. Ford has more details and some key quotes.

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  • http://criticallyskeptic-dckitty.blogspot.com Katherine Lorraine, Chaton de la Mort

    Sadly, the witness was testifying to a room with supporters only. No opponents of the bill are going to hear this important message. They’ll just vote against it without a care about who it’d affect.

  • John Horstman

    My thoughts are that gender discrimination is absurd, though I also think it’s possible to construct trans discrimination as sex-based if we hold gender/expression to be the constant and vary the sex: if someone of a different sex was engaging in the same sort of gendered behaviors for which someone is being discriminated against, then they would be treated differently. This is a clear case of sex-based differential treatment. (The same goes for sexuality – hold object choice to be the constant and observe that treatment differs on the basis of the sex of the person expressing sexual desire.) Of course, I see no reason to NOT include gender/expression as a protected class.


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