Edge Boston A group of thirty protestors marched outside the Human Rights Campaign’s annual New England Gala Dinner Saturday to show their disapproval of HRC’s position on transgender inclusion in ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act).
Outside the Sheraton Hotel where the dinner was held, the protesters shouted slogans such as: “The HRC doesn’t represent me. We want trans equality.” The protestors, some trans, some supporters, marched on the sidewalk while clutching their signs: “HRC = Betrayal,” “I May Be Trans But I’m Human Too.”
The national office of HRC has been the subject of criticism lately due to their unpopular stance in support of an ENDA bill protecting only sexual orientation and omitting gender identity. Frank was instrumental in splitting the original, trans-inclusive ENDA bill into two bills, the second omitting gender identity.
“They abandoned us,” said one protestor. “When Barney Frank split the bill and the HRC came out in support of it, they just left us behind. The HRC doesn’t represent me.”
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