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Demand LGBT Employment Rights Today

18 Mar

The Bilerico Project, an affiliate of our friend Nate Strang at Buffawhat.com, is participating in a blogswarm to get the word out for the community to call Nancy Pelosi and ask her to move the Employee Non Discrimination Act (HR 3017) to a floor vote.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, first introduced in 1994, would prohibit job discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. But LGBT people have never been able to achieve the enactment of the bill, known by the acronym of “ENDA”.

Last year, the Administration’s highest ranking gay official, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry, indicated that ENDA was highest priority on the LGBT civil rights agenda.

If we can get ENDA enacted and signed into law, it is only a matter of time before all the rest happens,” he said. “It is the keystone that holds up the whole bunch, and so we need to focus our energies and attention there.”

Hearings were held last Fall in the House and in the Senate to demonstrate the need for the bill, and testimony was heard on the severe unemployment, underemployment and harassment experienced by LGBT workers. Witnesses testified to the scientific studies demonstrating this.

What can YOU do?

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. If you want more information on Speaker Pelosi’s position on ENDA as stated by her office, you can find it here. Let’s work together to let Speaker Pelosi know that we want action now!

You can also call your local Congressional Representative and ask where they stand on the issue.

Rep. Brian Higgins 202-225-3306 and 716-852-3501

Rep. Louise Slaughter 202-225-3615 and 716-853-5813

Rep. Chris Lee 202-225-5265 and 716-634-2324