Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Let’s Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act!

Earlier this afternoon, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was introduced in the House of Representatives, marking an important day for fairness and equality. PFLAG National applauds this introduction and calls for swift passage of this legislation that would extend urgently needed workplace protections to all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

ENDA would ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It explicitly protects LGBT people, similar to protections already in place for discrimination because of race, religion, color, sex, and national origin.

Currently, 12 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 100 localities have LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections that protect all LGBT workers, covering nearly 40 percent of Americans. Additionally, more than 150 of Fortune 500 companies have enacted non-discrimination policies protecting LGBT workers. These advancements have helped to protect workers in many places, but in 30 states your LGBT loved one can still be fired for their sexual orientation, and for gender-identity in 38 states. A federal law will help to rectify these inequities.

Passage of this legislation is critical to ensure everyone works on a level-playing field; ENDA lifts up the core American values of equality and fairness and assures every person access to the American dream.

The message of ENDA is clear and straightforward: Discrimination is wrong. We look forward to the day when our LGBT families and friends no longer have to fear the loss of their jobs on the basis of their sexual orientation or their gender identity. When that day comes, America will have taken another step forward in assuring justice and equality for all of its people.

Now it’s time to make sure our representatives know about our support of an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act that protects all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Please call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and have them connect you to your Representative (based on your zip code), and tell them:

I am a constituent and I would like you to please tell Representative _______ that I strongly support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act – a bill that would ban discrimination against all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

If you don’t know who your representative is check out our online action center and just enter your zip code!

-Millie Cripe

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