20/20's 411 on Library of Congress Firing
Babylon Sister writes "This Friday, October 21, ABC's 20/20 will run a story on Diane Schroer at 10:00 PM EDT. Diane has an amazing story. A retired Army Special Forces Colonel,Diane accepted a job researching terrorism for the Library of Congress, only tohave the offer rescinded when she told her supervisor that she is transgender..Talking to the American public about gender identity discrimination is asignificant challenge. We hope Diane's story will be a bit of help in changingthat. Diane's long and distinguished record of service in the military over 25years makes what the Library of Congress did seem particularly unfair, even topeople who are usually difficult for us to reach. That the government chosethis moment to toss aside expertise on counterterrorism only makes the situationmore absurd. Nobody makes the case better than Diane herself. As she put it ina speech this summer, "...for 26 years I went into every godforsaken hell-holeanyone could conceive of, without so much as a whimper--Port Au Prince,Mogadishu, Kinshasa...only to be told I was not good enough to work for thefederal government..."We are hoping Diane and her case against the Library of Congress will advancethe national conversation on gender identity. (More information about her caseis available athttp://www.aclu.org/LesbianGayRights/LesbianGayRig hts.cfm?ID=18385&c=105>http://www.aclu.org/LesbianGayRights/LesbianGayRig hts.cfm?ID=18385&c=105)Matt ColesDirectorACLU Lesbian & Gay Rights and AIDS Projects125 Broad Street, 18th FloorNew York, NY 10004(212) 549-2627http://www.aclu.org/LGBT> http://www.aclu.org/LGBT"