It is 2010, and it is still legal across most of this country to fire someone simply because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender – and we have no legal recourse. We demand that a gender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act come to the floor of the House for a vote immediately.
Today, many liberal and LGBTQ blogs are joining together to ask our readers to contact House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and demand that ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) be put up for a vote immediately.
While it was introduced as far back as 1994, it has never been enacted. Meanwhile, studies show that anywhere from 16% to 68% of LGB workers have experienced discrimination on the job and 97% of transgender workers have been harassed at work. 26% report having lost jobs on account of their gender identity.
And this remains legal. There is no recourse for those who lose their livelihoods to the bigotry and hate of others. In other countries, employers are not allowed to discriminate like that.
It’s been 16 years now since ENDA was introduced. 16 years of discrimination and hardship that is unconscionable and should be illegal. While the Democrats seem sympathetic to our cause, they still don’t seem willing to push it forward, for whatever reason.
Their reasons are not our concern. We need to stand up and demand that LGBT Americans have the same protections as other Americans.
We need to be concerned now that this has been constantly delayed and pushed away when “more important” business has appeared. It’s time to make it clear that justice delayed is justice denied.
If what you want is equal rights, you want equal rights. And it’s worth demanding equal rights. And if somebody’s telling you to wait for them, it’s hard for them to argue that they’re also on your side. If you’re in the position of being an advocate, you’re in the position of asking for what you think is rightfully yours. Ask for it.
Today, we ask our readers to call the office of Nancy Pelosi and voice your urgent concern about the delay on passing ENDA. Demand that non-discrimination be a priority of a government headed by a man who called himself our “fierce advocate”.
Make no mistake, no one else is going to demand this for us. If you want equality, today is the day to pick up the phone and make your voice count. Tell them this is important; it can’t wait. This is the change you all voted for.
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Will you join with us in asking that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people be protected from job discrimination?
Please call Speaker Nancy Pelosi at 202-225-4965. Ask that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, HR 3017, move to a vote.
Please be polite, but firm.
After you call, please tell us how the call went by clicking here. If you get a busy signal or hang up, let us know that too.