10 June 2012

About ENDA: Employment Non-Descrimination Act

Why is it that "straight" people are not discriminated against? Is it because LGBT people are nicer than straight people? 

Why is it that "white" people can go anywhere they choose? Is it because non-white people think you are cool?

How would you white straight people feel if you were unable to get a job, or a house, or made to feel uncomfortable in a restaurant, because of what you seem to be?
Consider this:
Whether you're a retail clerk, a mechanic, or a surgeon – if you're gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you shouldn't be forced to stay in the closet for fear of losing your job. Today, in 29 states LGBT people can be fired only because they're lesbian, gay, or bisexual. And in 34 states, people can be fired just because they're transgender — reasons completely unrelated to their work!

For two years, Congress has stalled all action on ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban discrimination just like this — discrimination based on an employee's sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Thankfully, on June 12 a Senate committee will finally hold a hearing on ENDA. This is our chance to shine a spotlight on the real harm caused by these forms of workplace discrimination. But we need the Senate to go further — ENDA needs to be voted out of committee and sent to the Senate floor!

It's simply outrageous that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community STILL does not have clear federal protections from workplace discrimination. Discrimination at work is well-documented, both for LGB people as well as transgender people. 

ENDA would ensure that employees are treated based on the quality of their work and nothing else.
We need your help right now to outlaw this form of discrimination, once and for all!  
 From  Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Think Big, people!
Think about "fairness, dignity, and respect" (h/t Chris Donovan).
Thank you.

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