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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Fair Wisconsin vs OutFront Minnesota

Fair Wisconsin urged their members to contact congress in support of an inclusive version of ENDA. They stopped short of urging a no vote on a bill that did not include transgenders. Here is their alert:

Today, National Coming Out Day, honors individuals who live openly as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. For some, being out means being ostracized, harassed, excluded, and treated differently by employers or communities.

Today is the perfect day to stand up for equality and stand with those who are harassed and treated differently because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Unfortunately, as we are celebrating National Coming Out Day, an effort is under way to exclude transgender individuals from protection under an important piece of federal legislation, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Come out today in support of fairness for ALL!

Contact your U.S. Representative to ask for an ENDA that protects all members of the LGBT community.

Earlier this year, a broad and inclusive ENDA was introduced to expand federal employment non-discrimination laws to protect those individuals discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Gender identity is the term used in the legislation to describe transgender individuals. Recently, however, some members of the legislature decided to move forward with an ENDA that includes sexual orientation only and excludes protections based on gender identity.

We believe that no part of our community should be without these important protections.

This contrasts with an alert that OutFront Minnesota sent out that urged people to ask their congress person to oppose ENDA without transgenders.

Oppose a Non-Inclusive ENDA -- Any bill that does not include gender identity and expression does not effectively protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, OR transgender people. It leaves ALL members of our community vulnerable to employment discrimination.

Stonewall DFL supports an inclusive bill, but hasn't pushed their members to encourage opposition to a GLB bill.