I was just thinking about this topic - tonight, I plan to write the proposal for a paper on this issue.
Anyway, Pressure Mounting On Congress To Pass LGBT Civil Rights Bill:
LGBT civil rights groups are ratcheting up their lobbying efforts to get Congress to pass civil rights protections for gays, lesbians and the transgendered.
The United States remains the only major industrialized nation not to have laws providing equality in employment and housing for the LGBT community.
Legislation to provide job protections died in the past two sessions of Congress. Neither of those bill included the transgendered.
A new bill is expected to be introduced in this session and for the first time LGBT rights groups are making a major push to ensure the legislation provides protections for the transgendered.
I'm really interested to see how this turns out.
I don't think this most recent attempt to expand hate crime laws will be successful - it's failed so many times before - but I can't help but to have a bit of hope left.