Thursday, June 25, 2009

Obama Codifies Sexual Deviance Protections in Federal Employment

If you think government bureaucracies are largely inefficient operations now, wait until you see federal workplaces where much of the workday is consumed with accommodating any variety of cross-dressers, the sexually mutilated, sexually confused people, and more.

Perhaps new management positions will be created to schedule restroom usage for the spectrum of genders.

And, those who undergo sex-change operations will be considered normal, but the other employees will be placed in psychotherapy in order to cope and learn how to work with the "normal" ones.

-- From "Obama rewriting rules on transgender rights" by Jim Rutenberg, The New York Times 6/24/09

Lawyers for President Obama are quietly drafting first-of-their kind guidelines barring workplace discrimination against transgender federal employees, officials said Tuesday.

Though transgender men and women are not believed to make up more than a fraction of a percent of the federal work force, their inclusion in the discrimination guidelines is seen as a breakthrough by transgender and gay rights advocates.

The rules are almost certain to stoke criticism from cultural conservatives already displeased with Mr. Obama’s stand on gay rights, abortion and stem cell research.

The White House has not done much to advertise the provisions, which are being written along with the new same-sex domestic partnership benefits Mr. Obama announced last week for federal workers.

John Berry, the director of the federal agency in charge of such workplace issues, the Office of Personnel Management, said in an interview on Tuesday that the administration was not trying to hide its work on the new provisions.

“There’s been no attempt to hide anything or be coy,” he said.
Mr. Berry, the administration’s highest-ranking openly gay official, said he had been an early advocate for the new protections for transgender workers.

The Library of Congress recently lost a discrimination case after it rescinded its hiring of a former Army Special Forces commander, David Schroer, as a terrorism analyst upon learning he was undergoing a sex change. The library said it was concerned that the former commander — now Diane Schroer — would be unable to qualify for vital security clearances in a timely fashion. In April, a federal judge awarded Ms. Schroer nearly $500,000 in lost pay and damages.

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