December 12th 2008
December 12, 2008
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December 17, 2008

Diego Sanchez Named Senior Legislative Adviser To Barney Frank

Sources on the Hill confirmed to The Transadvocate that Barney Frank's office will announce the hiring of Diego Sanchez today. Sanchez will replace outgoing senior policy adviser, Joe Racalto.

Sources on the Hill confirmed to The Transadvocate that Barney Frank’s office will announce the hiring of Diego Sanchez today. Sanchez will replace outgoing senior policy adviser, Joe Racalto. Sanchez is currently the Director of Public Relations & External Affairs for AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.  He made history this past August as the first transgender person appointed by the  DNC to the  Platform Committee and is also a member of the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Boston Steering Committee and the HRC Business Council.

The appointment doesn’t come without some built in controversy. Sanchez crossed union picket lines  (on July 28th, 2008) to speak at the HRC’s San Francisco Gala Dinner.

This was something that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and most of the San Francisco politicos refused to do.

Breaking with most transgender activists, Sanchez has also continued to work with the HRC (even though they are one of the few organizations that do not oppose a gay only ENDA).  Some worry that the HRC and Barney Frank will use Sanchez as cover for their continuing support of the two bill strategy. Houston DNCC Obama delegate and veteran transgender activist, Vanessa Edwards Foster said:

“It’s great to have a transgender employee in staff in Congress, and extremely rare. But I worry that this will be Barney Frank strategizing that he can bring a trans person in and use them as a shield to deflect future trans criticism for what legislation he’s likely to push forth.”

Sanchez may be a buffer for Frank  to the GLBT community, but his background will also help in some important policy arenas.  A look at his LinkedIn profile shows extensive experience in health issues and public relations.  Sanchez is certainly qualified for the position. But a glaring question is whether or not Sanchez can bridge the gap between Frank/HRC’s position of not opposing a gay only ENDA, and much of the GLBT community supporting a  fully inclusive bill. That tightrope will be an interesting one to watch.

8 Comments

  1. kelli Busey says:

    As a former Union member I have never or will ever cross a Union picket line. As a transgender person I would never lend my name to an organization who’s legacy is enshrined in lies. I would never endorse a politician who since 1978 has deflected criticism for deeds such as employing prostitutes by bashing transgender people with transphobic statements such as his infamous “Men in women’s showers with penises.” So Barney Frank has reloaded with political fodder., Diego Sanchez? I judge a person by the company they keep.

  2. kelli Busey says:

    As a former Union member I have never or will ever cross a Union picket line. As a transgender person I would never lend my name to an organization who’s legacy is enshrined in lies. I would never endorse a politician who since 1978 has deflected criticism for deeds such as employing prostitutes by bashing transgender people with transphobic statements such as his infamous “Men in women’s showers with penises.” So Barney Frank has reloaded with political fodder., Diego Sanchez? I judge a person by the company they keep.

  3. […] Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank announced the hiring of transgender advocate Diego Sanchez as senior policy adviser. […]

  4. […] [USA] From Transadvocate yesterday, “Sources on the Hill confirmed to The Transadvocate that Barney Frank’s office will announce the hiring of Diego Sanchez today. Sanchez will replace outgoing senior policy adviser, Joe Racalto. Sanchez is currently the Director of Public Relations & External Affairs for AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.  He made history this past August as the first transgender person appointed by the  DNC to the  Platform Committee and is also a member of the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Boston Steering Committee and the HRC Business Council.” — Diego Sanchez Named Senior Legislative Adviser To Barney Frank […]

  5. […] Congratulations to Diego Sanchez for his new appointment as Barney Frank’s senior policy advisor. […]

  6. I told you all that Diego would be in there. Diego is paid by HRC, his employer is paid by HRC, is whole professional focus for years has been Gay HIV programs (demographics show very few straights in his program) that are heavily funded by… HRC. He is the perfect Tranny for Barney Frank: a FTM which is a spotlight rarity, he is in with Gays, and HIV is still a hot button.

    We must all forgive, forget, and send money to HRC to support Barney Frank, because all the other reasons Barney’s team chose Diego are irrelevant in comparison to his being Trans. Proves that Transgender people are evil selfish jackals if we don’t follow the lead of another Transperson, right? And evil jackals are killed in the wild or put in cages, not given the same legal rights and protections of more desirable variations.

  7. I told you all that Diego would be in there. Diego is paid by HRC, his employer is paid by HRC, is whole professional focus for years has been Gay HIV programs (demographics show very few straights in his program) that are heavily funded by… HRC. He is the perfect Tranny for Barney Frank: a FTM which is a spotlight rarity, he is in with Gays, and HIV is still a hot button.

    We must all forgive, forget, and send money to HRC to support Barney Frank, because all the other reasons Barney’s team chose Diego are irrelevant in comparison to his being Trans. Proves that Transgender people are evil selfish jackals if we don’t follow the lead of another Transperson, right? And evil jackals are killed in the wild or put in cages, not given the same legal rights and protections of more desirable variations.

  8. […] 1.7.3.3U – Rebecca Juro (beckygrrl) @ livejournal.comToday Transadvocate.com is reporting that FTM transgender activist and business leader Diego Sanchez has been named to replace Joe […]

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