The second most irritating Barney, that purple dinosaur being the most irritating one, got a big thank you from some leading transgender activists in San Francisco this past week. Yes, in spite of all he has done to trash transsexual women, they are thanking Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank for hiring a "transman" as his legislative assistant.
Many might find this somewhat impressive, but it has to be kept in mind that even Jesse Helms once hired a black man, James Meredith, as his legislative asssistant. And that did not really seem to do much to improve Helm's attitudes.
Sadly, this sort of thing happens a lot. How many times have people been fooledinto believing that the Human Rights Campaign is going to support an "inclusive ENDA." Now, personally, I don't really want to be lumped in with the "transgender" crowd in order to receive protection for my rights, but it may be the only way. And I think any sort of "inclusive ENDA" actually needs to be carefully written in order to prevent it from leading to more problems than it solves. But the bottom line is, like Frank, the HRC seems to be willing to toss transsexuals under the bus.
Will Frank's new token trans man make any difference? Or will he just supply some small measure of cover when Frank repeats past history? Only time will tell, but until it does, any thanks should have been withheld. But, alas, that is not how the "transgender" crowd does things.