Thursday, September 29, 2011

Senator Kay Hagan Signs on as ENDA (S. 811) Cosponsor


North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, thanks in large part to the personal stories local PFLAG members shared with her at a recent constituent meeting in Greensboro, NC. PFLAG leaders who participated in the meeting included Linda Stroupe along with David and Joan Parker. The group spent almost 45 minutes with the Senator discussing the negative impact their transgender loved ones have felt as a result of employment discrimination. Senator Hagan's co-sponsorship is uplifting news given that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orienation and gender identity, protecting all of our LGBT friends and family.

In particular, the legislation would provide critical protections for transgender employees who often suffer greatly from employment discrimination as evidenced in the recent study released by our friends at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality. To become more familiar with the disparities many transgender people endure on the job, please take some time to read this report: Injustice at Every Turn.

From all of us at PFLAG National, we would like to thank Linda Stroupe along with David and Joan Parker for their leadership in speaking to Senator Hagan about the urgency of passing this critical legislation without delay. Their dedication and success demonstrate the powerful voices of PFLAG allies that can help influence the actions of our elected officials. For more information about the meeting with Senator Hagan, please be sure to read Linda's blog post here.

Take Action - Please visit Thomas.gov and search for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to see if your Members of Congress have co-sponsored ENDA yet. If they are not already co-sponsors, please call and encourage them to endorse this important legislation to advance LGBT equality today!

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