The following is the call to arms I rec’d from the friendly folks of the Alliance For Full Acceptance. Don’t forget that once one group of citizens gets excluded from the process, it’s that much easier to move on to the next group deemed “unfit” for whatever reason.

This is about civil rights, people!

Acceptance Without Exception

Insist on a transgender-inclusive ENDA!

Tell Congress you’re watching: You want a transgender-inclusive ENDA passed this year!

Last week, leadership in the House of Representatives announced they were moving forward with a nondiscrimination bill that would not have protections for transgender people. The outcry from the LGBT community was united, and intense. We stood together and said we would rather have no ENDA than a bill that left some of us behind.

You changed the course of Congress. On Monday, the House leadership announced that the committee vote that was scheduled for this week was postponed. But that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods yet. We need to make sure that every single member of Congress has heard from constituents, urging him/her to support a transgender-inclusive ENDA. We also need to make the specific request: oppose any effort to weaken the bill, including by stripping or modifying any of the transgender protections.

Call your Representative TODAY at (202) 224-3121 (or use direct numbers below) and ask him to “support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), H.R. 2015, as originally introduced – a fully inclusive bill that provides workplace protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual, AND transgender individuals.”

If your Representative says he supports the bill or is a cosponsor, please follow up with:

“Thank you. I urge you to fully support ENDA (H.R. 2015) as introduced, and to OPPOSE any effort to weaken the bill, including by stripping or modifying any of the transgender protections.”

Talking Points

ENDA Must Contain Explicit Protections for Gender Identity

ENDA should protect the entire gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community from unequal treatment in the workplace, especially those of us who are most vulnerable to discrimination.

The LGBT community is one community, and we want to move forward, together, in one bill.

Including explicit protections against discrimination based on gender identity not only helps transgender people; it also strengthens ENDA for the rest of our community by ensuring that an employer cannot fire or refuse to hire a gay employee for an “effeminate” walk or a lesbian employee for dressing “too butch.”

Despite advances in protecting transgender people on the state and local level, as well as in the private sector, it remains perfectly legal in 39 states to fire someone solely based on his or her gender identity.

Recent national surveys have found that 65% of people believe it should be illegal to discriminate against transgender people in employment.

About the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

This legislation would address discrimination in the workplace by making it illegal to fire, refuse to hire, or refuse to promote an employee simply based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. It would reinforce the principle that employment decisions should be based upon a person’s qualifications and job performance.

ENDA closely follows the model of existing federal civil rights laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, ensuring that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are treated in the same way as other groups protected under law – no better, no worse.

Most of America’s smartest business minds understand that a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity has nothing to do with their job performance. That is why 200 Fortune 500 companies include gender identity in their nondiscrimination policies.

Federal law has also been outpaced by the actions of state and local leaders. Thirty-seven percent of the country, including eleven states and more than 90 cities and counties, have passed protections for the transgender community.

TAKE ACTION

Representative Joe Wilson (R – 02)

DC Phone: 202-225-2452

DC FAX: 202-225-2455

Email http://www.house.gov/formwilson/IMA/issue.htm

Representative Gresham Barrett (R – 03)

DC Phone: 202-225-5301

DC FAX: 202-225-3216

Email http://www.house.gov/formbarrett/writebarrett.htm

Representative Henry E. Brown, Jr. (R – 01)

DC Phone: 202-225-3176

DC FAX: 202-225-3407

Email: http://brown.house.gov/writebrown/

Representative Bob Inglis (R – 04)

DC Phone: 202-225-6030

DC FAX: 202-226-1177

Email http://inglis.house.gov/contact.asp?content=sections/contact/write_inglis

Representative John M. Spratt, Jr. (D – 05)

DC Phone: 202-225-5501

DC FAX: 202-225-0464

Email http://www.house.gov/spratt/email_john.shtml

Representative James E. Clyburn (D – 06)

DC Phone: 202-225-3315

DC FAX: 202-225-2313

Email http://clyburn.house.gov/zip_code_verify.cfm

Thank you to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

and United ENDA for their assistance in preparing this alert.


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