Bill Stalls Over Transgender Protections (Associated Press) 10/02/07
Don't Fear the Whip Count (Nadine Smith) 09/30/07
Politico or Activist, You Choose (Marti Abernathey) 09/29/07
ENDA – to support it or not? (Peter Rosenstein) 09/29/07
Rep. Barney Frank on ENDA 09/28/07
ENDA hits a snag over trans inclusion (The Washington Blade) 09/28/07
A Civil Rights Law (Editorial, The Washington Post) 09/28/07
Federal Bill Would Ban Bias on Sexual Orientation (TWP) 09/19/07
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Fighting for Equal Rights Since 1971
GLAA Action Alert:
Support Transgender-Inclusive ENDA
September 30, 2007
(updated October 2, 2007)
GLAA has joined over 100 national and statewide LGBT organizations urging congressional support for a transgender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), and opposing a non-inclusive version. A joint letter to this effect was delivered to congressional ENDA supporters on Monday morning, October 1.
You can do your part by contacting your family and friends living outside the District and asking them to call their members of Congress (U.S. Capitol switchboard: 202.224.3121) to urge support for a transgender-inclusive ENDA. They can make the point that those most at risk for employment discrimination should not be left behind when Congress enacts these important and long-sought protections. Just last week, the Senate adopted a transgender-inclusive hate crimes bill.
Last fall, I spoke on behalf of GLAA at a local transgender day of remembrance. Those remarks can be found at:
We need to reach more of our fellow citizens around the country with the simple message that people should not face job discrimination based on factors unrelated to their qualifications or performance, such as gender identity or expression or sexual orientation.
As you can see from the links in the right-hand margin, there is some dispute over how to proceed on this matter. We in GLAA believe that now is the time for efforts urging passage of a trans-inclusive bill, not for internecine warfare within our movement. Let us make the case for including our transgender sisters and brothers within ENDA’s protections. We are sure of one thing: whatever happens now, the struggle for equality will not end until all are protected.
Thanks for your help.
Vice President for Political Affairs
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance