Matt Foreman, soon to leave his post as director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, went on Wednesday’s edition of Sirius OutQ’s Michelangelo Signorile Show, and said this about the ENDA debacle and Rep. Barney Frank (via PageOneQ, which has audio):
“I think what really happened,” says Foreman of Congress’ handling of employment discrimination protections for LGBT people, “is [Speaker Nancy Pelosi's] people said ‘Look, Congress has a terrible reputation right now, they’re not delivering for any progressive causes… What do we have to do to deliver to our progressive allies?’ That means labor and health and environment and gays. And, so, I mean, I don’t know this for a fact, but I would bet my life that this is what happened: They went to Barney Frank and said ‘What do we need to pass ENDA?’”
“Representative Frank,” continues Foreman, “who has always been pretty squeamish on the trans issue, and I guess I can say these things because I am leaving my job…”
“That’s what we hoped you’d do,” Signorile says to Foreman.
Foreman goes on: “…You know, said ‘Look the best way to pass ENDA, and the easiest way is to — let’s take out gender identity,’ and I don’t think the Speaker’s people thought this through–didn’t think it through–and then they said ‘OK, let’s do it‘.”
Well that didn’t go over well with the Massachusetts congressman, so he will appear on Mike’s show this afternoon at 3:30 (free 3-day trial access here) to address Foreman’s comments, which his office said are “absurd.”