2005-06-14

Lavender Alert

Terror expert suddenly "not a good fit" at Library of Congress. Army Rangers veteran Diane Schroer, formerly Colonel David Schroer, was offered a job at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), last December. But the CRS - a branch of the Library of Congress - rescinded Schroeder's offer when it learned she was in the process of gender transition, the Washington Blade reports: 'The Library of Congress rescinded its offer to hire a decorated Army combat veteran who headed an elite anti-terrorism unit after it learned the retired colonel was in the process of changing genders from male to female. Diane J. Schroer, 49, who served in the U.S. Army for 25 years as David Schroer, filed suit on June 2 in federal court in D.C., charging the Library of Congress with engaging in sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The lawsuit says the Congressional Research Service acknowledged Schroer’s qualifications by offering her a job as a terrorism research analyst before rescinding the offer last December on grounds that she would not be a “good fit” at the CRS, which is an arm of the Library of Congress. ... In 1997, Schroer was assigned to the U.S. Special Operations Command, which plans, directs, and executes anti-terrorism operations throughout the world, the lawsuit says. After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Army officials assigned Schroer to the post of director of a 120-person top secret unit that tracks and targets international terrorist organizations. Schroer’s duties included giving personal briefings to Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the U.S. Armed Forces, the lawsuit says.' LC spokesperson Helen Dalrymple declined to comment specifically on the case, but stated that the Library of Congress has several transgendered employees. (Washington Blade)

Alison Bechdel speaks at Boston Dyke March. Cartoonist and blogger Alison Bechdel spoke at the Boston Dyke March last Friday (June 10). Alison writes: 'I talked about the whole marriage thing, and how if I had charted the progress of this civil rights movement, I wouldn’t have picked marriage to be the deciding issue in our attainment of legal and social equality. But now that it is, let’s keep fighting for it. But more importantly, once we get it, let’s not sit back and lapse into a coma of orthodoxy, but work to undermine the false equation of marriage with citizenship.' Read the whole post at the link. A commenter writes to Alison: "Thanks for being so decent. And thanks for giving us all food for thought; for raising important questions without easy answers that call for true change and not just tossing us easy, angry rhetoric." (Alison Bechdel)

LA Times recognizes gay conservatives. (Hat tip: GayPatriot.) An article by Johanna Neuman at the Los Angeles Times provides "A Short History of the Gay Right". 'The Log Cabin Republicans formed in the late 1970s, when Republican state Sen. John Briggs of Orange County proposed a statewide ballot initiative to ban gays and lesbians from teaching in public schools,' the article begins. The brief but information-packed article mentions California Governor Ronald Reagan's public opposition to the anti-gay teacher initiative, which failed despite an overwhelming advantage in early polls; President George W. Bush's positive actions, including an ambitious AIDS plan and continuing support of nondiscrimination policies; and the leadership of current LCR president Patrick Guerriero. Well worth a read. (GP, LA Times)