Tuesday, May 18, 2010

LGBT Leaders and Community Members Demand ENDA Vote

Earlier today, PFLAG National’s Executive Director, Jody Huckaby, joined other LGBT rights leaders and community members at the National Press Club demanding for immediate action in both the House and Senate on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) - a federal bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The press conference kicks off a series of nationwide actions planned for later this week, all of which calling for an immediate vote on ENDA.

At the press conference, Jody acknowledged that while “most of our PFLAG members are not directly impacted by the lack of employment protections for LGBT people, they know all too well the incredible impact employment discrimination has on their LGBT loved ones.” He also talked about the high volume of grassroots lobbying accomplished by PFLAG members since the last time the House voted on ENDA in 2007; hundreds of trips to Capitol Hill, countless in-district lobby visits along with thousands of telephone calls sharing one simple message; “our LGBT loved ones deserve the same equality we have. Congress must pass an inclusive ENDA now.”

Other LGBT advocates reminded the audience that they have continued to lobby for ENDA’s passage since its original introduction in 1994. With years of hard work accomplished, these leaders are quite confident that there is more support for ENDA than ever before in Congress, and it continues to grow every day. Moving ahead, they are urging Congress to prioritize ENDA for immediate passage to secure the most basic of civil rights - the right to work - for LGBT people. In parting from the media event, these leaders and community members closed by sharing a united message to Congress: No more excuses, no more delays: Pass ENDA now.

To continue sharing your message of support, please visit our PASS ENDA NOW webpage, and take action today!

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