There is a window of opportunity now that may not come for another generation. If we push for less than full inclusion, it may be more difficult to motivate public support for full civil right protections. We should not ask for less than we need.It's funny that Indiana Equality would be concerned about segregation when that's what it practices daily in the operation of its organization. The tightly-knit group refuses to open up its membership and allow open and free elections of its board and leadership. The primary goal of the self-appointed board and leaders of IE is to ensure the perpetuity of their control of the organization. You would think an organization that advocates equality would itself embrace equal treatment among the people it purports to represent. Another GLBT organization, Indy Pride, Inc., used to operate in a similar fashion. Its membership was limited to about seven people, all of whom were on the board and exercised complete control over the organization and the expenditure of its funds. The ACLU actually contemplated filing a lawsuit against the organization before it finally agreed to open up its membership. The group flourished thereafter. Imagine that.
Anything less than full inclusion is unacceptable. Accordingly, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (END) [sic] as currently proposed, cannot be accepted, supported or promoted by Indiana Equality....
Clearly, ENDA doesn't make us equal - rather, it creates a new form of segregation. It does not provide protections in housing and public accommodations. There are no protections for LGBT children in the public schools where administrators continue to turn a blind eye to harassment and brutality. With ENDA, we are only marginally protected in the workplace.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Indiana Inequality Takes A Stand And Falls Down
Indiana Equality, long cloaked in secrecy and backroom shenanigans, has enraged the very community it supposedly represents by publicly opposing the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act ("ENDA"), legislation that would prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. It seems the civil rights group thinks any move in the direction of equality is unjust unless all issues of perceived inequality are addressed. Bilerico's Bil Browning quotes from a statement released recently by the organization's leader, Jon Keep: