Christopher Lisotta and The Nation have given commendable attention to the ENDA issue. Still, over the last thirty years the right wing has done an excellent job of controlling language and deciding what words will be used to speak of particular topics.
Laws such as ENDA don't just protect queer people from employment discrimination, they protect everyone. The failure to include protection against discrimination based on gender identity or gender expression is an egregious omission that should concern us all, not just transgender people.
The gender police will enforce the prevailing cultural standards without regard to whether a person's perceived transgression is fundamental to their identity or not. Most of the gender-based discrimination I have personally heard of has involved women (heterosexual more often than not) who were judged as being too masculine.
Speaking of language, I'd like to propose that we erase the word "effeminate" from the language--it's only use is to refer to femininity in a pejoritive sense. There's nothing wrong with feminity, and no reason to denigrate feminine men, or anyone else.
Oct 20 2007 - 11:44pm