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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

OutFront Minnesota Alert on ENDA

Support an Inclusive ENDA: One Community, One Bill, One Vote

Members of Congress announced on Oct. 1 that they are still deciding whether to move the fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) or the sexual-orientation-only bill. The lgbt community has worked very hard to add transgender protections to this legislation, and now we must work to keep those protections in ENDA.

It is critical that our representatives hear from each of us to urge them to keep both sexual orientation and gender identity in the ENDA--and to oppose any weakened version of the bill.

To omit a segment of the community from anti-discrimination legislation is wrong - philosophically, morally and strategically -- and removing protections based on gender identity and expression actually leaves a huge loophole in protection for lesbians, gay men, and bisexual people. If the revised ENDA were to pass, employers could simply fire anyone for expressing their gender in a way that does not conform to gender stereotypes.

Finally, given that our current president is unlikely to sign a law protecting lesbian and gay people from employment discrimination, we are currently facing a choice between standing on principle and losing or abandoning principle and losing. We see only one correct position to take: ENDA must protect all Americans from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

Please take action today to help ensure that ENDA protects every member of the LGBT community.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is a federal bill that would make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or refuse to promote employees simply based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It would reinforce the principle that employment decisions should be based upon a person's qualifications and job performance.

Write or Call Today!

Call: (202) 225-4755

"I'm a constituent calling to let Representative Ellison know that I strongly support H.R. 2015, the version of ENDA that protects all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. I oppose any efforts to cut transgender people out of the bill, and I oppose any substitute bill that would leave transgender people behind."

Write: Representative Ellison's email form

Subject: Support Inclusive ENDA Only: One Community, One Bill, One Vote

Dear Representative Ellison,

I am writing to urge you to:

(1) Support only an inclusive ENDA, HR 2015 -- the original ENDA, which provides the only real protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

(2) Oppose a Motion to Recommit -- Do not allow an inclusive ENDA to be stopped by procedural maneuvers that could strip out some protections.

(3) 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.

This is hotly debated in the gay community. The issue being debated is whether to oppose an ENDA bill if transgenders are not included. Democrats will rightly look bad if they can't get ENDA passed in this congress. They can't blame republicans any more.