At a press conference yesterday, Congressman Barney Frank announced that he plans to reintroduce the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) soon. Before reintroduction, Congressman Frank stated that he plans to recruit more original cosponsors to showcase the broad, bipartisan support for this vital piece of legislation.
As many of us know, job discrimination remains a significant problem for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their families, which is why ENDA is desperately needed. With so much of our government’s focus on the economy and creating jobs, each job that is lost due to prejudice compounds the unemployment challenges not just for the LGBT community, but for our nation’s economy as a whole.
ENDA’s reintroduction presents an important opportunity to continue education efforts within the halls of Congress to make clear why this bill is such a critical piece of legislation for many of our loved ones. With over 100 new members in this Congress, we must continue our efforts to enlighten and inform these new representatives about LGBT lives and workplace discrimination. While our work in Congress may seem daunting, we will continue investing our time and energy in Washington -- and in our home districts -- to ensure that every new member understands the importance of this critical jobs bill. Clearly, our hard work will help build a much stronger coalition of allies who can eventually make ENDA a reality.
In the days leading up to ENDA’s reintroduction, we urge you to reach out to your Representatives and ask them to support and consider serving as an original co-sponsor for ENDA. To locate your U.S. House Representative, please visit our action alert center by clicking here and type in your zip code, or consider calling the US Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
Once you’re connected with your Representative, remind them that nearly 90% of Americans favor equal employment rights for LGBT citizens, and that President Obama has expressed his readiness to sign ENDA, therefore we need Congress to catch up with public opinion and give the President the opportunity to sign this bill.
Only with your help can we ensure that all LGBT employees have the critical job protections that will ensure a fair and equitable work environment.